Since the days of the Canon EF-mount, there has been a running joke about the ancient Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM being retained by the company to generate income from replacement focus motors. The lens had been around for about 25 years when the EOS R System was introduced.
Over the past two or three months, CanonRumors has received a lot of speculation that Canon will finally release a modern RF-mount version of the lens. The final statement from an anonymous source is that the RF 50mm f/1.4 is already in the hands of several photographers and will be unveiled shortly.
With the excellent but expensive Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens ($2200) and the budget RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens ($180), there is a niche that the company could fill with a modern RF 50mm f/1.4 lens. And if Canon is not going to allow Sigma and / or Tamron to fill this gap, then it is practically obliged to release such a lens itself.
“Fifty dollars” are present in the bags of photographers more often than any other prime lenses. But many people would like faster autofocus than RF 50mm F1.8 with STM drive, but not everyone is ready to pay more than $2000 for RF 50mm F1.2L…