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Canon completes its 2019 commitment to RF lens line-up

Canon Europe today launches the RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm f1.2L USM DS lenses, delivering on its commitment to introduce six RF lenses for the EOS R System in 2019.

Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM

Completing Canon’s f2.8 trinity series for the RF mount, the RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is the world's shortest and lightest 70-200mm interchangeable lens. Weighing approximately 1,070g and 146mm in length at its shortest, it's around 28% lighter and 27% shorter than the existing EF mount model. It's also the first RF lens with a white heat shield coating – meaning that the RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM will perform at a premium high standard whatever the weather.

The RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is the first Canon lens to support an electronic floating focus control that drives the two lens groups individually with Dual Nano USMs. Alongside the benefits of Nano USM – quietness and speed – the Dual Nano USMs also help achieve high-precision still image AF and smooth movie AF in combination with the EOS R-series' Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This combination reduces focus breathing for video shooting. Coupled with 5-stop IS (Image Stabilizer), images will be pin-sharp even when slowing the shutter speed down and in dark scenes – expanding the possibilities for handheld shooting.

Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM DS

The RF 85mm f1.2L USM DS sits in the new RF line-up as a complementary lens to the RF 85mm f1.2L USM. Sharing the same optical excellence, but with an added Canon unique coating, the RF 85mm f1.2L USM DS is a specialist lens with soft bokeh properties. It's designed for discerning photographers looking to capture portrait shots with smooth backgrounds so as to draw attention and focus on the subject – its dramatic blurring capabilities makes the subject ‘pop’ more than ever before. The results are something of a cinematic look.

This bokeh effect is made possible thanks to Canon’s original Defocus Smoothing (DS) coating – a vapour-deposited coating technology that has a high transmittance at the centre and a low transmittance toward the periphery. The DS coating is applied on the front and rear surfaces of the lens which softly and smoothly blurs the entire outline of bokeh.

As with the non-DS version of this lens, the RF 85mm f1.2L USM DS features BR optics and UD lenses to minimise chromatic aberrations for maximum image quality.

Pricing and availability

The new Canon RF lenses will be available from December 2019 with the following RSPs:
•    RF 85mm f1.2 DS: £3,249.99 / €3799.99
•    RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM: £2,699.99 / €3149.99

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