Introducing the Canon EOS-1DX Mark III and 2 New RF Lenses

  By Ryley Smith

Just announced, two new lenses and a camera just joined the Canon family. Now, I am not talking just any kind of new lenses or camera. I’m talking about the new, RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, the first lens to feature defocus smoothing, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM, the world’s smallest and lightest lens in its class, and finally, Canon has announced the development of the new EOS-1DX Mark III! Since I have you hooked now, let’s dive deeper into all the details Canon gave us on these three new products.

Starting with the two lenses, they perfectly fit into the RF family, while bringing their own special and unique attributes to the lineup. With the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, this lens builds off of Canon’s long history with 85mm lenses but gives it just enough to stand out beautifully from the crowd. It has Defocus Smoothing, which enhances the appearance of bokeh. Alongside the newly designed DS coating, made with vapor-deposited coating technology, it allows off-axis flux to pass through the periphery of the lens, gradually decreasing the transmission of light, and creating stunning blurred backgrounds. This possible by applying the coating to the front and rear surfaces of a specific lens element inside the lens. In addition to that, a bright f/1.2 aperture and 85mm focal length makes this lens perfect for portrait photographers.

Here are the additional features to give you a better picture of what all this lens entails.

Additional features of the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • One Aspheric lens and one UD Lens, along with BR optics that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather-resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

The second lens that Canon announced is the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM telephoto lens. Now, this lens is unique when comparing it to other telephoto lenses. Not only is it 28 percent lighter, but it is 27 percent shorter, with a large portion of the lens element arrangement closer to the camera body. This design gives the photographer a lot of balance and overall better feel when shooting. It also makes it a lot easier to store away when not in use. It also has two Nano USM motors providing an even greater level of high-speed autofocus for still image shooting and quiet and smooth autofocus for video shooting, which is a first for Canon lenses. Another new addition for Canon is the floating focus control, where the lens element shortens the focusing distance and help reduce breathing, providing users with fast, consistent and reliable performance, in total, making this lens ideal for fast-paced shooting such as sports and wildlife photography.

As usual, here is some additional information Canon released for your reading pleasure.

Additional features of the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM include:

  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 17 lens elements in 13 groups including two aspherical lenses, one super UD lens and four UD lenses, that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • CIPA standard five stops of image stabilization (IS) including three IS modes with dual-sensing and combination IS
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

Now! For the EOS-1D Mark III! Made to be powerful, fast and rugged, this is a highly anticipated camera. By taking the best features of its parent, the EOS-1D X Mark II, and grandparent, the EOS-1D X, this new Mark III is being thoughtfully re-engineered to stay fresh yet keeping with Canon’s high standard of quality performance.

With such strong competition, the EOS-1D X Mark III is being designed to be blisteringly fast, offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus, and subject-tracking. The Optical Viewfinder will use a new autofocus sensor, with approximately 28 times the resolution in the center of the EOS-1D X Mark II. This will give users the ability to autofocus in exceptionally bright and dark situations, with greater precision than before. In Live View mode, users will be able to use 525 AF areas with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The camera will also have significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE when using either the optical viewfinder or Live View.

With Canon’s strong commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging products, the EOS-1D Mark III is no exception. This camera will have a newly designed CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor, that will deliver greater image quality, at even higher ISOs, with the ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) file format. The Mark III will also have powerful 4K shooting, allowing users to create gorgeous video alongside stunning stills.

Keeping up with the need to stay connected, the Mark III will have built-in Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth® low-energy connectivity in addition to GPS technology. It will also have a built-in Ethernet connection, which will be two times faster than that of the EOS-1D Mark II.

There will also be many familiar attributes, such as Canon’s trusted ergonomics, magnesium alloy body, and build-quality that the Mark II is trusted for. With the already established weather-sealing quality, this camera will be ready for all kinds of difficult shooting environments.
This includes low-light shooting since the EOS-1D Mark III will now feature select illuminated buttons that allow for precision operation in challenging, dark and dimly lit conditions. The Mark III will also have new additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition. It will also have a dramatically improved battery, which will give users longer shoot lengths before having to change batteries.


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.