Along with the official announcement of the Canon EOS R3 camera, Canon today also revealed two new “budget-friendly” lenses for its EOS R mirrorless system, the ultra-wide RF16mm F2.8 STM prime and RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM telephoto zoom, both of which should appeal to nature photographers. The new lenses will be available in October.
For wide-angle landscapes and travel photography, the Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM is incredibly compact at just 1.6 inches in length by 2.7 inches in diameter and weighs only 0.4 pounds. The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 5.1 inches for compositions with prominent foreground elements. The physical ring on the lens can be set to manually adjust focus or to be a customizable Control Ring for adjusting other camera settings. The Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM is priced at $299.
Wildlife and sports photographers will appreciate the RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM telephoto zoom. Priced at $649, this lens is a great value for photographers wanting an entry-level option for telephoto work—compare that price to the Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM at $2,799. The new lens is the first non L-series Canon lens to be compatible with Canon’s RF 1.4x and 2x tele extenders, for up to 800mm reach. It includes built-in optical image stabilization for up to 5.5 stops of correction or up to 6 stops when used with a compatible camera that supports coordinated IS. The RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM has a minimum focusing distance of 3.94 feet at 100mm, 2.89 feet at 200mm and 3.44 feet at 400mm. It’s also relatively light and compact for a tele zoom, measuring 6.48 inches in length by 3.13 inches in diameter and weighing 1.4 pounds.
For more details on the lenses, see the press release below.
CANON COMPLETES ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE RF LENS STORY – INTRODUCES TWO NEW BUDGET-FRIENDLY LENSES FOR EOS R FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS USERS
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 14, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF16mm F2.8 STM and RF100–400mm F5.6–8 IS USM lenses. Both lenses invite current EOS R series users and those who are considering a move to Canon’s prominent mirrorless system, such as the EOS R or EOS RP, to expand their content creation abilities with the visual drama of an ultra-wide-angle lens and true telephoto-only zoom lens. As the “lens first” EOS R series continues to expand, these latest lenses open the door to a wide-range of imaging creators, encouraging them to test the powers and possibilities of their art.
Whether you are excited to start exploring the creative world of ultra wide-angle photography or someone who is looking to add another lens to expand your imaging offerings, the Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM is compact, lightweight and affordable. Long gone are the days of optical corrections or sharpness challenges – the new ultra-wide, 16mm RF lens, for full-frame cameras, comes with a fast and bright f/2.8 maximum lens aperture, as well as smooth and brisk AF (autofocus). This lens is a strong addition to the landscape, architecture or travel photographer — but it also provides the vlogging creator and the EOS Webcam Utility software user the power to integrate environments into their imagery, with its super-wide coverage.
Additional features of Canon’s new ultra wide-angle prime lens with 16mm focal length F2.8 include:
- STM Motor for smooth focusing when recording video
- Compact size and light weight — similar to RF50mm F1.8 STM
- Minimum focus distance of 5.11”
- Maximum magnification of 0.26x
- 43mm filter thread
Truly Telephoto Possibilities
The Canon RF100–400mm F5.6–8 IS USM provides users with a versatile and popular zoom range that brings subjects closer with ease. It’s an affordable and easily hand-holdable entry into the world of super-telephoto, full-frame photography and video. Offering superb performance and sharpness, the 100–400mm focal length provides a versatile range for all types of telephoto opportunities — be it portraits and documenting events, to sports, birding and wildlife. And, for the first time in a non-L-series lens, the RF100–400mm will accept optional Canon RF 1.4x and 2x tele extenders, offering even more telephoto potential in a lightweight package. Yes, the Canon RF100–400mm is an excellent gateway into the world of wildlife, nature, and sports photography. However, this lens and its super-telephoto abilities can also be leveraged for the video content creator or vlogger when compiling b-roll type footage or for subjects who are at a distance.
Additional features of the Canon RF100-400mm include:
- High image quality — similar to the well-regarded EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
- 100-400mm telephoto zoom range
- Accepts optional Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders
- 6 – F8 variable maximum aperture
- Easy hand-held operation — lighter than EF70-300 IS II lens
- Up to 5.5-Stops i optical IS and 6-stops ii correction with coordinated IS
- Nano USM for high-speed and smooth AF
- Smooth and nearly silent AF during video recording
- Superb close-focusing — at 400mm, excellent 0.41x magnification
- 9-blade aperture, for smooth backgrounds/foregrounds
- 67mm filter thread
Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM and RF100–400mm F5.6–8 IS USM are scheduled to be available in October 2021 for an estimated retail price of $299.00 and $649.00, respectively*.
For additional information, please visit usa.canon.com.