Canon launches EOS R6 body, telephoto lens and flash

Canon EOS R6

Canon U.S.A., Inc., launched the EOS R6 Mark II camera body, Canon’s new hybrid full-frame camera, the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM mid-telephoto portrait lens and Speedlite EL-5 flash unit.

Canon says the “EOS R6 Mark II camera is a high-performance hybrid camera that’s designed to capture decisive moments in both photo and video formats.” The camera is also well-suited for various photography subjects such as portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife.

The EOS R6 Mark II offers in-body Image Stabilization, as well as specifications that can satisfy video production needs, such as controlled focusing, the company says.

In addition to its compact size and ease of use, the EOS R6 Mark II camera also features:

  • 24.2 megapixels, full-frame image sensor
  • 4K 59.94p video recording
  • External 6K RAW video recording / Internal 4K video recording oversampled from 6K
  • High-speed burst shooting
  • Canon Log 3 maximizing dynamic range
  • Autofocus (AF): highly accurate subject detection with human, animal, vehicle and automatic settings
  • Horses, trains, and airplanes are newly detectable through the use of deep learning technology
  • Continuous movie recording that exceeds 30 minutes
  • Up to 12 frames per second mechanical shutter
  • Up to 40 frames per second with electronic shutter
  • In-body Image Stabilization as effective as up to 8 stops faster shutter speed
Canon RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM

Alongside the new camera body, Canon announced the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM. This is a fixed focal length mid-telephoto portrait lens that is compatible with any EOS R-series camera. The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM has a large-diameter F1.8 aperture and comes equipped with in-lens Image Stabilization. The coordinated control of this IS coupled with the in-body IS present in the EOS R6 Mark II camera and other EOS R-equipped IBIS cameras helps reduce camera shake, the company said.

Additionally, Canon has announced the new Speedlite EL-5 flash unit, designed for compatibility with the new EOS R6 Mark II. The Speedlite EL-5 is Canon’s first flash product compatible with the new multi-function shoe present in the EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras.

Price and availability

​​​​​The Canon EOS R6 Mark II camera body only and kits with either the Canon RF24-105 F4 L IS USM or the RF24-105 F4.0-7.1 IS STM USM lens will be available in late November 2022 for estimated retail prices of $2499.00, $3599.00 and $2799.00 respectively.

The Canon RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM will be available in late January 2023 for an estimated retail price of $2099.00.

The Canon Speedlite EL-5 flash unit will be available in late March 2023 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.