12 lenses of Christmas: Canon brings out great white monsters in February 2022

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM


Two great whites were spotted from the news desk in February, as Canon announced a brace of RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm F8L IS USM lenses, with a combined selling price of $37k. The $20k 800mm was the more newsworthy, becoming the world’s longest autofocus lens for mirrorless cameras and being 1.3kg lighter in weight than its EF-mount forebear. 

Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM and RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM

The RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm F8L IS USM were announced as the latest in Canon’s range of big white telephotos. (Image credit: Digital Camera Info)

In comparatively tiny news, Sigma launched a new wide-angle I-Series lens in the diminutive, featherweight shape of the 20mm f/2 DG DN (opens in new tab). It became the fourth in the series, measuring just 72mm in length and tipping the scales at a mere 370g, ideally suiting svelte E-mount and L-mount mirrorless cameras.

Sigma wasn’t losing focus on the APS-C market either, launching three Fujifilm X mount f/1.4 prime lenses. The Sigma 16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 lenses give effective focal lengths of 24mm, 45mm and 84mm on Fujifilm cameras, all with the same bright aperture rating.

Sigma I series Sony E lenses image

If Sigma’s new Fujifilm X-mount 16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 lenses are giving you a sense of déjà vu, it’s probably because all three lenses have already been around the block in Canon EF-M and Sony E mount options. (Image credit: i-rumors.com)

With an eye on beating inclement winter weather, we also ran a story on camera lenses that have the all-time best weather-sealing. The starring attractions were from OM Digital Solutions, boasting the best weatherproofing of any camera lenses, namely the OM System M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro II and OM System M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4 Pro, both rated at IP53.

In other news, Tokina announced an SZ 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Fujifilm X and Sony E mount cameras. Voigtländer said that a 23mm f/1.2 lens for APS-C Fujifilm X and Nikon Z mount cameras would be coming soon and Irix launched sets of cine lenses with hefty price tags.