Canon announces the development of the EOS R3 and three tele lenses

Canon has announced three new lenses today for the EOS R system, including the RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM, RF 600mm F4L IS USM and one I had the pleasure to be asked to write the intro for on the Canon PRO web site, the RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM.

The macro lens is intriguing for its maximum 1.4x magnification and spherical aberration control, so it can do double duty for portraiture. Also interesting is that it features a mechanism to reduce focus breathing, so it will appeal not only to the video crowd but also for hardcore macro users who use focus stacking.

Canon also announced the development of the Canon EOS R3 to be launched later in the year.

I suspect this is the mirrorless equivalent to the Canon EOS-1DX III in everything but name, as the Japanese are very much about ‘saving face’. The Canon EOS-1DX III is still very new and Canon will be keen not to alienate customers by effectively stating it has been replaced already. Hence the R3 moniker instead of R1. I also suspect we’ll see an R1 eventually, but it won’t be for a while yet.

Pre-order links for the lenses [affiliates]

WEX Photo (UK)

B&H Photo US