Canon strengthens EOS R System, adding RF f/2.8L lenses, major firmware upgrade to super-charge existing EOS R/RP cameras

28th August 2019

RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

Sydney Australia, 28 August 2019 – Canon Australia today announces another round of additions to the ground-breaking full-frame mirrorless EOS R System with the launch of a major firmware upgrade for existing EOS R and EOS RP camera models and the highly anticipated RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM lenses.

Meeting the requirements of professionals, the RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM is the perfect high-performance standard zoom choice, the RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM is Canon’s widest lens for its EOS R System yet. The full RF line up offers incredible quality and versatility for professionals and enthusiasts looking to expand their skill set and take stunning shots with the EOS R System. Blending optical performance, fast aperture and image stabilisation, these lenses enable photographers and videographers to capture high-quality still and moving images across all genres – from landscape and architecture, to portrait and nature, or sports and media.

Complementing the new lens announcements, the free firmware upgrade offers marked performance enhancements including precise eye tracking of subjects up to 5 times farther away than is currently possible and fast and accurate AF tracking of moving subjects.

Optical excellence across the RF lens range
Demonstrating Canon’s longstanding commitment to optical excellence, both the RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM are built on the pioneering RF Mount offering new optical designs and lens potential. The RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM comprises three Ultra Low dispersion and three moulded glass aspheric lens elements, while the RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM has two Ultra low dispersion and three moulded glass aspheric lens elements. The composition of both lenses corrects aberration, distortion, and astigmatism enabling high-contrast images, with edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range.

Both lenses have a fixed, fast f/2.8 aperture providing professionals with low-light shooting capabilities, such as at dusk or indoors, as well as precise control over depth of field. These wide aperture lenses enable stunningly sharp images when using a higher shutter speed in low-light, giving photographers the creative freedom in varies shooting scenarios.

Ideal for landscape and portrait photography, the RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM is a versatile multi-purpose, standard zoom for professional photographers who need a lens for shooting on-the-go. The zoom has the beautiful blurring characteristic of a large aperture lens, making it ideal for use as a portrait lens. At this focal range, subjects stand out against a soft background bringing a quality of intensity to images. Comparatively, the RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM is a high performance, ultra-wide angle zoom lens, providing the flexibility of a selection of popular wide-angle focal lengths, making it ideal for photographers capturing landscape and architecture. It is the widest Canon zoom lens ever to feature a f/2.8 aperture – allowing professionals to capture subjects in dramatic perspectives. The large f/2.8 aperture also makes this lens a strong choice for professionals who specialise in sports, press and astrophotography.

The professional’s choice for smooth photography and videography
The lenses are the first wide angle L series lenses to feature Canon’s 5-stop Image Stabilizer, based on Canon’s innovative technology pioneered in the EF lens range. Photographers and videographers can shoot without worrying about blur caused by camera shake affecting the final image. The Dual Sensing IS and Combination IS improves the IS shake detection capabilities of the lens as well as automatically detecting when used on a tripod to turn off the IS system – giving professionals the reliability to capture stunningly sharp images whatever the shooting situation.

The RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM and the RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM are Canon’s first fast aperture zoom lenses to include Nano USM technology. Originally introduced in the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Nano USM lenses use a motor system that delivers high-speed focusing for photography, as well as continuous smooth, virtually-silent focusing for video recording. This development makes these lenses an essential tool for videographers using the EOS R System as focussing sounds are not recorded during shooting. The RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM, like the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, features a focus breathing suppression system which prevents the angle of view changing when focusing – producing a natural look when focusing during filming.

Professional L-series handling across the range
As with all RF lenses, both the RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM feature a control ring that can be assigned to aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed or exposure compensation, allowing full customisation alongside the full-time manual focus ring. For peace of mind when shooting in harsh conditions, the lenses feature the superior durability and operability expected of the L-series, including dust and moisture sealing and fluorine coating on the front and rear elements to repel oil and water.

Firmware update
To complement the introduction of these lenses, Canon is releasing a free firmware upgrade for the EOS R and EOS RP to further enhance the eye detection AF performance and AF motion tracking performance of the existing EOS R and EOS RP cameras. Available for public download from the end of September, the upgrade enables the camera to detect and focus on the eyes of subjects up to five times farther away compared to the current firmware version, as well as offering faster acquisition and improved accuracy and tracking of fast-moving subjects. in response to user feedback, firmware engineers have also simplified the Eye Detect AF indicators and improved the indicators refresh rate to enhance operability and sense of confidence for professionals and enthusiasts alike when shooting action.

Availability
The RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM will be available from the end of September with pricing set at dealer discretion.

The firmware upgrade will also be available for public download from the end of September.

RF 15-35MM f/2.8L IS USM Key Features:

  • High quality ultra-wide focal length lens
  • 15-35mm mm focal length provides a range of wide angles suitable for landscapes or architecture.
  • Fast fixed f/2.8 aperture for shooting in low light conditions
  • 3 Aspherical and 2 UD elements ensure the highest resolution from edge to edge of the image - 5 stop image stabilizer enabling hand hold even at low shitter speeds
  • Nano USM motor for fast, smooth, silent operation idea for video
  • Control Ring - giving direct control over Tv/Av/ISO settings
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.28 m with 0.22x magnification
  • SWC (Sub wavelength structure Coating) and ASC (Air Sphere Coating) prevents flare and ghosting from deteriorating image quality

RF 24-70MM f/2.8L IS USM Key Features:

  • 24-70mm focal range featuring the most commonly used focal lengths for landscape/portrait and travel
  • /2.8 fixed aperture ideal for low light photography or controlling the depth of field
  • Nano USM motor for fast, smooth, silent operation idea for video
  • 5-stops Image Stabilizer performance (CIPA tested) ideal for handheld photography and videography
  • 3 Aspherical and 3 UD elements ensure the highest resolution from edge to edge of the image
  • Control Ring - giving direct control over Tv/Av/ISO settings
  • ASC (Air Sphere Coating) prevents flare and ghosting from deteriorating image quality
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