Four new Canon RF lenses have been announced

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As well as the announcement of the new EOS R5 and R6, Canon also announced a boatload of other new product releases, including four new RF lenses and two RF extenders, accessories for the new cameras, and a new printer. Let's start with the lenses.

Joining the RF line-up is the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM – an L-series telephoto zoom lens with 5-stop IS, Dual Nano USMs, weather sealing and a Lens Control Ring. There's also a new portrait lens, the RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM – which offers 5-stop Image Stabilization (IS) (or 8-stops coordinated control IS when using the R5 and R6) and macro capabilities.

Canon's RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM lens.

And, as you've likely already heard, the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM – the world's lightest autofocus lenses including a focal length of 600mm and 800mm, respectively.

 Canon's RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM lenses.

With those narrow f11 apertures, Canon sees the two lenses as enthusiast glass for people who would never be able to afford their high-end professional level primes like the 600mm f/4L and 800mm f/5.6L, and as such they should have a relatively accessible price-point. In the hand, they have a robust but unflashy build quality.

These can be paired with two new extenders, the RF 1.4x and RF 2x. With these, the lenses can reach 1200mm (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM) and 1600mm (RF 800mm f/11 IS STM).

Canon have also announced the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 – a professional-level A3+ photo printer, which replaces the PIXMA PRO-10S, and a new battery grip for the R5 and R6, the BG-R10. 

The lenses, PRO-300 printer, and grip will be available from the Canon Australia Store and authorised local dealers from August 2020. Pricing is still to be confirmed. 

RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Key Features: 

  • • 100-500mm zoom range 
  • • One Super UD lens and six UD lenses 
  • • 5-stops IS (CIPA standard) 
  • • Dual Nano USM 
  • • Assignable Lens Control Ring 
  • • L-series weather sealing 
  • • Compatible with EXTENDER RF 1.4x / EXTENDER RF 2x (usable focal lengths, from 300mm to 500mm) 

RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM Key Features: 

  • • 85mm focal length 
  • • f/2 maximum aperture 
  • • Lightweight at 500g 
  • • STM Autofocus technology 
  • • Up to 5-stops IS (CIPA standard) 
  • • 1:2 macro capabilities 

RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM Key Features: 

  • • 600mm (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM) and 800mm (RF 800mm f/11 IS STM) focal length 
  • • Image Stabilization (IS) up to (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM: 5-stops, RF 800mm f/11 IS STM: 4-stops) 
  • • STM Autofocus Technology 
  • • Lightweight (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM: approx. 930g and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM: approx. 1,260g) 
  • • Compact - equipped with barrel structure that extends in use and retracts when stored 
  • • Lens Control Ring – giving direct control over Tv/Exposure compensation/ISO settings 
  • • f/11 aperture lens with IS with full AF when paired with a Canon EOS R camera 
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