According to latest rumors Canon’s next lens could be the RF 50mm f/1.4. Anonymous sources suggest a new RF 50mm f/1.4 is being tested by select photographers, though its announcement is not imminent.
This lens would fill the gap between the excellent but expensive RF 50mm f/1.2L and the inexpensive RF 50mm f/1.8 STM. At around $600-800, an f/1.4 could hit the sweet spot for enthusiasts who want superior optics and build without the cost of an L-series.
Canon RF 50mm f/1.4 Lens Rumors
With a bright maximum aperture, 50mm primes are immensely popular for their versatility. An updated f/1.4 would likely sell very well, making its omission from the RF lineup increasingly conspicuous. Canon may want to release it themselves before third-parties like Sigma and Tamron beat them to market. Recent patent applications demonstrate Canon has been actively developing 50mm f/1.4 optical formulas.
However, Canon has left us scratching our heads before regarding obvious gaps in the RF lineup. After so many years of waiting, an RF 50mm f/1.4 almost seems too good to be true. But the time is right for Canon to retire its ancient double-gauss design and usher 50mm into the modern era.
This would also be a prime opportunity to deploy linear focus motors outside of L-series territory for the first time. Quiet, fast autofocus would further enhance the usefulness of a moderate aperture standard prime.
While we remain cautiously optimistic, an official announcement would certainly be cause for excitement. The 50mm focal length remains integral to many photographers’ kits, so an updated f/1.4 could become an instant classic. Only time will tell if Canon finally brings this overdue lens to fruition after over two decades of anticipation. But they would be remiss not to fill this gap, which so many enthusiasts are waiting for.
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