Canon’s very broad library of lenses has never stopped expanding. It includes many standard options alongside some pretty specialized models for specialist photographer needs. Despite this, there are still quite a few gaps in the lineup when it comes to mirrorless technology. Now, this too is changing.
While it’s a bit too early to concretely say that DSLR cameras are on their way out the door, rumors of their impending death on the new camera market aren’t entirely without exaggeration. The nails in the coffin include rumors of Nikon’s impending halt to DLSR production and Canon’s confirmed decision to stop producing future DSLR models in favor of mirrorless. The new RF lens being hinted at by the website Canon Rumors further reinforces this idea.
The iconic company is supposedly going to release a new edition of one of its most desirable EF lenses, but now for the RF system. This is the Canon RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM, a rehash of Canon’s older lens of the same specs which has been discontinued for a while now.
Based on what Canon Rumors has been told, Canon already has prototype models circulating in small numbers and the new version of the lens offers a full-fledged redesign of its original focal lengths. What’s more, despite a lack of concrete size specs, sources are claiming that the weight of the new edition is 40% lower than what its EF predecessor offered while being 30% shorter.
For dedicated wildlife and sports photographers, confirmation of a release like this is sure to be a good thing. It can mean relief from having to haul a bulky, heavy super-telephoto prime lens into complicated situations such as crowded sports events and remote wildlife settings. The original EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM from Canon has been a consistently popularmodel among photographers whose needs make lots of focus reach and really high aperture really important for rapid shots.
Considering that this supposed new lens is little more than a strong rumor, a confirmed release date is still very hazy, but if what we’re hearing about the Canon RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM is roughly true, it should be formally announced by mid-2023. You might even spot one of the claimed prototype models being used along the sidelines at some major sporting events in the meantime, so keep an eye on what those particular photographers are using in the coming months.
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