Last Updated on 06/21/2020 by Mark Beckenbach
A Canon pancake lens will be an excellent, small and affordable addition to the RF mount lens library.
There are no two ways about it; when it comes to lenses for Mirrorless cameras, Canon has been the most innovative company in recent years. Canon’s current lineup of RF mount glass is excellent, with perhaps the only negatives being the size of the lenses and the hefty price points that go along with them. Lately, we have been seeing and hearing mumbling of some new smaller and hopefully more affordable RF lenses, and one of these new lenses is a possible Canon pancake lens. After the break, we will talk about this and other pancake lenses we would love to see for Canon’s RF mount Mirrorless cameras.
If the news over at Canon Watch is to be believed, come 2021, Canon will have launched several new RF mount lenses including a 100-400mm f7.1-11, which will no doubt please wildlife photographers, and the aforementioned RF 18-24mm f4 pancake zoom lens. As you would expect, there are no more details about the lenses available, but the news of these possible lenses is exciting in itself. If there is one thing Canon’s RF platform needs it’s more affordable lenses that the average user (and not just photographers with well-endowed wallets) can reach for. This news got us thinking: a Canon pancake lens would be great, but we would like to see more than just one.
One of the factors that made the EF mount so enjoyable was the sheer variety of lenses offered. The RF mount is still in its infancy, but, so far, the platform and the lenses released for it have targeted professional portrait photographers more than anything else, and it has left every other photographer waiting in the wings. If Canon really wants their RF mount cameras widely adopted, they need to cater to more needs, and now, my friends, it sounds like this might be starting to happen.
Starting off with an 18-24mm f4 Canon pancake lens would be great. It will be smaller and much more affordable than the RF lenses on the market now. Along with this Canon pancake lens, we would love to see an 18-55mm f2.8-4 or a 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 like the fantastic Z mount offering from Nikon. These lenses will give many photographers a good starting place, and could even be sold as kit lenses. Heck, many so-called kit lenses are excellent these days and can be used by more than hobbyists. We would also love to see more pancake primes as well.
There are lenses from the Canon EF mount that could be re-imagined with an RF mount, like the 24mm f2.8 pancake and the 40mm f2.8 Canon pancake lenses. These lenses are optically superb and dirt cheap. They would be perfect to pair up with the entry-level Canon EOS RP and great for any Canon APS-C RF mount camera Canon may release in the future.
Let’s face it; right now, the average user of the RP is not going out and buying lenses that cost more than $2,000 apiece. I am also sure that I’m not the only photographer who wants to use the lenses that are designed for the system I am buying into rather than adapting, so the need for cheaper RF lenses is very real. Here’s hoping that the upcoming Canon pancake lens is just the start of much more affordable Canon glass.