Canon Announces 15-35mm f/2.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8 RF Zooms & New Firmware for EOS R and EOS RP Cameras

August 28th, 2019
Canon Announces 15-35mm f/2.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8 RF Zooms & New Firmware for EOS R and EOS RP Cameras

Canon’s next announcement today included the new zoom full-frame lenses for Canon RF mount and a firmware update for the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP cameras, which enhances AF for object tracking. Those new lenses are the ultra-wide 15-35mm f/2.8 and the standard range 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Canon also teased the new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which will come later this year. The firmware update for Canon EOS R and EOS RP cameras.

Canon announced new RF lenses and Firmware update for EOS R and EOS RP cameras.

This article only covers today’s Canon RF mount news. For two new Canon camera announcements – the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II – please refer to our second article.

New Canon RF Lenses

One of the two newly announced lenses is the ultra-wide Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 IS USM. It covers full-frame sensors, features three aspherical elements and two ultra-low dispersion elements. The lens has an 82mm front filter thread and minimum focusing distance of 11.02″ (28cm). With 15mm on the wide end this lens is the widest Canon lens for the RF mount yet.

The other newly announced lens is Canon’s standard range zoom Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 IS USM. The lens of course also covers full-frame sensors and features three aspherical elements and three ultra-low dispersion elements. The minimal focusing distance is 8.27″ (21cm) and the lens has 9 diaphragm blades.

Both lenses feature image stabilization system and they are available now for pre-order. The price for each lens has been set to US $2,299.

New Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.

New Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.

Canon also teased their new Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which should be properly introduced at the end of 2019.  The lens looks surprisingly compact when compared to its EF mount version. It seems Canon redesigned the optical design. I am really curious about this lens.

Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP Firmware Update

Newly announced firmware updates for the Canon EOS R (Version 1.4.0) and EOS RP (Version 1.3.0) bring enhanced and more precise autofocus for face-detection and object-tracking.

The eye-tracking autofocus got enhanced too. Before the update, the face had to take up at least 13-15% of the image so that the camera could recognize it. With the new firmware only 3% are enough for the eye to be tracked and focused on.

All autofocus improvements are effective for both stills and video recording. These firmware updates for both cameras will be available as a free download links in September directly via the Canon website.

What do you think of the new Canon RF lenses and the Canon firmware update? Do you use the Canon EOS R or EOS RP for your work? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Eugenia L
MemberAugust 28th, 2019

…while at the same time they removed 24p from their lower end cameras, at a time when every other competitor still supports 24p.

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