Canon's Next Lens Could be the Versatile Prime Fans are Waiting for

Canon's Next Lens Could be the Versatile Prime Fans are Waiting for

With new reports forecasting the long-awaited release of an RF 35mm f/1.2L USM later this year, Canon fans may soon be treated to one of the primary lenses they have been waiting for.

Since the launch of the Canon EOS R system, a flexible 35mm f/1.2L lens has been on the wish list of a wide range of photographers. The lens will "be hitting dealers later in Q3 of 2022," according to Canon Rumors, which is accurate.


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That means the lens should be available between July and September. The latter half of that time frame is more feasible.

According to Canon Rumors, the lens could have an f/1.4 maximum aperture rather than f/1.2. It would make it smaller and less expensive than an f/1.2 version, but this is unlikely to affect its appeal.

Bright 35mm lenses are popular because of their flexibility, while 'L' lenses ('luxury') provide the quality that professionals and serious amateurs require. A 35mm lens length is ideal for portraits, especially those with a lot of background detail and street photography, travel, landscapes, and weddings.

Meanwhile, an f/1.2 or f/1.4 aperture provides significant light-gathering capabilities, allowing the lens to blur backgrounds to help highlight subjects while maintaining image quality in low-light circumstances. The L-Series label also indicates professional build and optical quality.

Many photographers are instead converting their earlier EF versions meant for DSLRs because Canon's mirrorless cameras currently lack brilliant, prime lenses at wider focal lengths. For a price, a new version for Canon RF-mount cameras should provide better image quality and autofocus performance.

The only question is whether the RF 35mm f/1.2L USM (or f/1.4) will be accessible when it launches. Supply chain issues and chip shortages are now affecting mirrorless camera and lens production.

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Canon has announced that it plans to expand its RF lenses for mirrorless cameras "at the same speed" as it has previously over the next four years.

This number will include ultra-specialized lenses like the RF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM released in February. So it is encouraging to hear more mainstream (though pricey) choices like the RF 35mm f/1.2L USM are on the way.

If the lens' maximum aperture is f/1.2 rather than f/1.4, it will undoubtedly be a costly option. For example, Canon's RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens costs $2,299 / £2,589 / AU$3,799.

Despite this, an RF 35mm f/1.2L USM would be pretty popular, thanks to its versatility and high quality. It would also be a significant debut for Canon. Sony already offers the outstanding Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM lens for mirrorless cameras and third-party options from Sigma.

According to Canon Rumors, the extended wait for the RF 35mm f/1.2 suggests that "Canon will sell as many as they can create for a long time." So, competition will be challenging if the announcement happens later this year. Prepare to start saving if you own a Canon EOS R and have your heart set on a 35mm prime lens.

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