But let’s see where it comes from.
Recent rumors point to a Canon RF-S lens in the mold of the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM in the works. There aren’t any major leaks in terms of key specs, but an ultra-wide-angle lens is what Canon’s excellent APS-C mirrorless cameras need to realize their potential.
While the Canon EOS R7 is one of the most capable APS-C cameras on the market for wildlife and sports photography, and the EOS R10 is our top pick among the best mirrorless cameras for beginners, these models are somewhat affected by a limited lens. choice
Only three RF-S lenses are available, and all of these lenses are moderate zoom lenses with modest maximum apertures; in short, not lenses that really excite photographers, or up their game. It’s the thin lenses and premium zooms that get the juices flowing, and there aren’t any yet.
Nikon’s Z-mount mirrorless camera system is also in a similar position to Canon’s. We expect both to start showing similar levels of enthusiasm for APS-C as they do for full-frame, by developing a wider range of lenses. May the rumors of the so called Canon RF-S 11-22mm be true and the sign of more to come.
Full-frame vs APS-C: unbalanced scales
The three big names that have established full-frame and APS-C mirrorless camera systems are Sony, Canon and Nikon.
Sony was one of the pioneers in mirrorless cameras, releasing its first APS-C cameras, the NEX-3 and NEX-5, in May 2010, and then its first full-frame cameras (the a7 and a7R) l ‘October 2013. Full-frame cameras are now in their fourth and fifth generations, and Sony has created a formidable selection of proprietary glass for both sensor formats, with 22 APS-C lenses and 46 full-frame options.
Canon and Nikon entered the mirrorless camera market much later, releasing full-frame cameras (the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6 and Z7) only in 2018. All of them have developed a wide range of full-frame lenses from High quality with impressive speed. The same cannot be said for the APS-C.
At the time of writing, there are 28 Canon RF lenses for full-frame cameras and three RF-S lenses for APS-C cameras. Nikon has 30 full-frame to four APS-C lenses.
It’s only been a year since Canon released the EOS R7 and EOS R10 (and more recently the EOS R50), so it can be excused for only having three APS-C lenses so far. But it has a track record of modest investment in this sensor format. The Canon EF-M mirrorless system has been discontinued; despite early promises, it never got off the ground.
Nikon’s APS-C system was announced well before Canon’s in October 2019 with the Z50 cameras and since then the Z fc and Z30 cameras, but it still only has four lenses. The latest of these, the recent Nikkor Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR, is similar to what we expect the new Canon lens to be. Nikon has opened its arms to third parties, and a trio of excellent Z-mount Sigma prime lenses have recently hit the shelves, while Canon has remained closed.
Why is an ultra-large lens so important in APS-C?
Full-frame lenses are compatible with APS-C cameras, and Canon’s full-frame RF lenses can be used on their APS-C cameras without the need for an adapter. In doing so, there is a crop that effectively extends the focal length by 1.6x (for Sony and Nikon it is 1.5x).
A crop of the image area is beneficial if you want to zoom in. For example, the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens is a 25.6mm lens when cropped. Nikon basically released the Nikon Z fc camera with the full-frame Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 lens. The camera and lens match the style, if not the sensor format, and the lens’ effective 60mm focal length is great for portraits.
Both lenses match the size of APS-C cameras and are reasonably priced. However, the same cannot be said for most other full-frame lenses, which are disproportionately large when attached to an APS-C camera.
The crop also makes it difficult for those who want to shoot wide, which is why it’s so important to have a native ultra-wide-angle lens available that matches the sensor’s format uncropped. So if you’re considering buying a Canon EOS R7 or EOS R10, be sure to keep an eye out for the new RF-S lenses, and especially the rumored RF-S 11-22mm. We hope it will be a good one.
It has been rumored that the new ultra-wide RF-S lens from Canon could be what its APS-C cameras have long needed. According to TechRadar – TechToday, this new lens could boost the capability of many of Canon’s APS-C cameras, providing enhancements to several aspects, including shallow depth of field, long focus distances and larger field of view.
The rumors have been circulating for a while now, with Canon yet to make an official announcement. However, if these claims turn out to be true, it could be great news for photographers looking to get the best out of their Canon APS-C cameras. According to the report, the lens could provide improved resolution, allowing photographers to capture extraordinary shots that take advantage of the larger field of view.
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Whatever the outcome of the rumors, it’s clear that the testing and production of the new lens will be worth keeping an eye on for Canon APS-C camera owners as it could be something that will make a huge difference to their photography experience.