Canon’s next lens could be the RF 50mm f/1.4. Recent rumors suggest that the new RF 50mm f/1.4 has been tested by elite photographers, but its announcement won’t be anytime soon.
As it is known, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM has been in Canon’s lens range for over 25 years. Along with the mirrorless EOS R system, rumors are circulating that Canon is finally developing a modernized version.
Predictably, this lens will fill the gap between the excellent but expensive RF 50mm f/1.2L and the inexpensive RF 50mm f/1.8 STM. An f/1.4 for around $600-800 might be the best fit for enthusiasts who want superior optics and hardware without the cost of the L-series.
Canon RF 50mm f/1.4 Lens Rumors
Bright maximum aperture 50mm prime lenses are extremely popular because of their versatility. An updated f/1.4 will probably sell very well and it will become more and more obvious that it’s not in the RF lineup. Third parties such as Canon, Sigma, and Tamron may want to launch the product themselves before they outpace them. Recent patent filings show Canon is actively developing 50mm f/1.4 optical formulas.
But Canon has left us scratching our heads before on the obvious gaps in the RF lineup. After years of waiting, the RF 50mm f/1.4 looks almost too good to be true. But it’s time for Canon to phase out the old dual-gauss design and bring the 50mm into the modern era.
This will also be a significant opportunity to place linear focus motors outside the L-series region for the first time. Quiet, fast autofocus, medium aperture will further increase the usefulness of the standard prime.
While we remain cautiously optimistic, an official announcement is sure to cause excitement. The 50mm focal length remains an integral part of many photographers’ kits, so the updated f/1.4 could become an instant classic. Only time will tell if Canon can finally bring this long overdue lens to life, which has been anticipated for over two decades. However, it would be negligent not to fill this gap that many enthusiasts expect.
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