Canon seems to be on a warpath when it comes to mirrorless cameras and lenses, and it looks like they won’t be slowing down anytime soon, as 2021 could bring some of their most impressive lenses yet.
Canon Rumors is reporting that the company will likely release at least two new “big white” lenses for the RF mirrorless mount next year. “Big white” is the colloquial name for the company’s top-level supertelephoto prime lenses (which are white in color to reduce heat expansion of the elements): the 200mm f/2L IS USM, 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, 600mm f/4L IS III USM, and the 800mm f/5.6L IS USM. These lenses are generally used by professional sports and wildlife photographers who need top-level performance and durability combined with superlative image quality and the widest possible apertures.
The upcoming RF big whites are likely to coincide with the release of the R1, the company’s upcoming flagship mirrorless camera and analog to the 1D DSLR series. Rumor has it that one of the lenses will be a 300mm f/2.8, but it is not clear what the second will be. If I had to guess, I would suspect one of the lenses would be a 400mm f/2.8, as this is one of the most common choices for sports and wildlife photographers and generally the longest lens that maintains an f/2.8 aperture. Either way, 2021 will bring more excitement for Canon fans!