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    RF Lenses...What's Missing??

    A bit of a fun question, but what would we like to see from the RF lens lineup. David's question/comment over in the R3 thread got me thinking and I realized, looking at the existing RF lens line up that there are now either direct or equivalent RF lenses for all my moderate to heavily used EF lenses. In other words, I could now transition to my same kit, with each RF lens having some sort of advantage over the EF:

    • EF 16-35 f/4 to RF 14-35 f/4
    • EF 24-70 f/2.8 II to RF 24-70 f/2.8 IS
    • EF 70-200 f/2.8 to RF 70-200 f/2.8 (smaller/lighter/lens coatings)
    • EF 100-400 II to RF 100-500
    • Sigma 50A f/1.4 to RF 50 f/1.4 (lens is raved about)
    • EF 85 f/1.4 IS to RF 85 f/1.4 (lose IS, but IQ/bokeh of RF is slightly better)
    • EF 100 f/2.8 macro to RF 100 f/2.8 with distortion control
    • EF 500 f/4 II to RF 400 f/2.8 or RF 600 f/4...either are lighter or as light as the EF 500 II

    I am not planning on jumping to RF for awhile.

    But, what would tempt me has been rumored. "L" lenses like:
    • RF 70-135 f/2
    • RF 100-300 f/2.8
    • RF 200-500 f/4
    • RF 200-600 f/5.6

    Then, I would also like to see several stellar primes, primarily UWA (16 or 20 mm), 24 mm, and 500 mm.

    This is more for fun at this point, as I am happy with my kit. But, looking at the RF lineup and thinking about RF lenses, I could easily see having ~2 zooms and then mostly primes. A general purpose zoom (24-70) and telephoto (100-400 equivalent) will always be in my bag. But, I could see doing everything else with primes. However, give me a 70-135 f/2 and a lightweight 200-500 f/4 (potential replacement of the 200-400 f/4 1.4tc) and yeah, suddenly my future kit is primarily 3-4 zooms.

    So, what RF lenses are currently missing from their lineup that would tempt you?

    Edit: RF 50 and 85 are f/1.2 not 1.4 ....
    Last edited by Kayaker72; 09-16-2021 at 10:43 AM.

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