Canon’s RF lens library has been growing steadily, with a wide range of standard lenses and more extreme options to meet the needs of a wide range of photographers. Still, there are still a few lenses that professionals are looking for, and luckily, a new one with some big improvements is probably coming soon.
Canon Rumors says that Canon is getting ready to release the RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM soon. Prototypes of the lens are already being tested. The fact that the new version is about a third lighter and shorter than its EF predecessor is especially interesting. This is good news for any sports or wildlife photographer who needs to carry around large super telephoto prime lenses.
It is the second longest lens the company makes and has an aperture of f/2.8. Bird photographers, who need a long reach and a wide maximum aperture to keep their shutter speeds fast, have found it to be a very popular lens. An RF version of the lens would be a sure-fire hit.
There isn’t a clear date for when the lens will be ready, but it looks like Canon is aiming for the first half of 2023. I think that Canon is putting a lot of effort into their super-telephoto prime lenses right now because the EOS R1 is also due out sometime next year. We’ll see what happens next year.