After much speculation, Canon has finally set the date for its official announcement for the anticipated set of RF lenses for July 9. The RF mount was first announced in September of 2018 and is the interchangeable lens mount for Canon’s popular mirrorless camera line, which began with EOS R.
The Mirrorless line of Canon cameras currently includes the EOS R ($2,200), EOS RP ($1,400), and EOS Ra ($2,500), but as announced by Canon Rumors, here is the rundown of the new gear to be officially announced in just a couple of weeks.
Canon EOS R6 Camera Body
- 20MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- 12 fps mechanical and 20 fps electronic.
- Oversampled 5K Video
- 4K @ 60p
- Full HD @ 120p
- Canon Log
- AF identical to the EOS R5
- No RAW video mode
- Dual SD UHS-II slots
- Head detection AF
- Animal detection AF
- Identical 5-million dot EVF as the EOS R5
Canon EOS R5 Camera Body
- 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- 12 fps mechanical, 20 fps electronic
- Scroll wheel added to the back
- No touch bar
- Live View/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
- Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
- 8K @ 30 fps with no crop and Dual Pixel AF
- 4K @ 120 fps
- 4K @ 60 fps
- Internal recording
- Animal detection – Steadily tracks animal subjects by detecting the body, face, or eye of the subject.
- Built-in 5GHz WiFi
- New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
6 New RF-Mount Lenses
- Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
- Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM
- Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO IS STM
- Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM
Canon is featuring some new technology, here. The final two lenses (the RF 600 f/11 and RF 800 f/11) feature the new DO, or diffractive optics, designation that Canon News reported on earlier this month. The diffractive optics lens technology was announced in November of 2019 and is what will allow the RF 800mm f/11 to be much lighter and cheaper than the nearly 10-pound, $13,000 EF 800mm f/5.6L counterpart. Of course, the maximum aperture values are a full two stops apart between the two lenses.