Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 and RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 lenses introduced

Along with saying a brand new $6,000 pro-grade sports activities digital camera yesterday (the EOS R3), Canon additionally unveiled a pair of inexpensive new RF lenses, particularly a 16mm f/2.8 prime, and a 100-400mm f/5.6-8 telephoto. Whilst you seemingly gained’t be mounting both on the R3, each appear to be an ideal match for the budget-friendly Canon EOS RP mirrorless digital camera.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM

A customizable management ring adorns the entrance of the RF 16mm. Canon

First up, among the many two new RF lenses, we have now the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM ($299), a compact and light-weight wide-angle prime, comparable in design and form-factor to Canon’s $200 RF 50mm f/1.8 lens. These two lenses, together with the RF 35mm f/1.8 ($500) and RF 85mm f/2 ($600), make up Canon’s budget-friendly RF prime line.

So, if you happen to’re in search of a wide-angle discipline of view, however don’t need to break the financial institution on the RF 16-35mm f/4 L IS ($1699) or the RF 15-30mm f/2.8 L IS ($2,299), this nifty little 16mm could possibly be a fantastic possibility.


Just like the RF 50mm f/1.8, a stepping motor drives focus and may present easy, silent AF acquisition—one thing video shooters will certainly admire. 

Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM side
A change on the aspect of the barrel toggles the perform of the management ring. Canon

Optical development 

The optical development consists of 9 parts, together with one aspherical factor. And Canon’s Tremendous Spectra Coating ought to assist reduce situations of ghosting and lens flare. The minimal focus distance is simply 5.1 inches for a 0.26x most magnification. 

Construct high quality & options 

By way of options, a customizable management ring adorns the lens barrel, together with a change to toggle the perform of stated management ring between its customized setting and focus management. The entrance of the lens accepts 43mm filters; a lens hood isn’t included. 

Canon isn’t claiming any mud/moisture-sealing, however given our constructive impressions of the RF 50mm f/1.8 STM, we nonetheless anticipate a fairly strong construct high quality.


The RF 16mm f/2.8 STM will probably be accessible in October for $299. 

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM 

Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
The aperture vary is on the gradual slide, however Canon’s new RF 100-400mm is each compact and light-weight. Canon

Subsequent up is the Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM telephoto lens. Although it doesn’t supply the quickest aperture vary on the town, the lens is impressively light-weight (1.4 kilos) and compact (6.5 inches lengthy at 100mm), given its attain. 


Canon is evaluating it to the well-regarded EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM DSLR lens, when it comes to optical efficiency and construct high quality. Just like the 70-300mm, a Nano USM motor drives autofocus and must be extremely zippy, but silent. 

Optical development 

Optically, the lens has 12 parts together with each aspherical and ultra-low dispersion parts. And just like the RF 16mm f/2.8, the 100-400mm options Canon’s Tremendous Spectra Coating to fend off ghosting and lens flares. A 9-blade aperture ought to present pleasant-looking bokeh. 

The minimal focus distance is 35 inches for a most magnification of 0.41x. The entrance accepts 67mm filters and the unit ships with a lens hood. 

Construct high quality & options 

Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM zoomed
The lens turns into bodily longer when zoomed past 100mm. Canon

There’s no weather-sealing, however once more, we anticipate a strong construct high quality if the RF 100-400mm is something just like the EF 70-300mmn. Just like the RF 16mm f/2.8, the RF 100-400mm presents a customizable management ring across the entrance of the barrel. There’s additionally a large zoom ring (the lens telescopes outward when zoomed) and a devoted guide focus ring. The barrel additionally presents an AF/MF toggle, in addition to an IS on/off toggle. 

Lens stabilization gives as much as 5.5-stops (CIPA rated) of shake discount by itself. And also you’ll get an additional 0.5-stops when mounted on a Canon mirrorless digital camera with in-body IS. 

Additionally noteworthy: That is Canon’s first non-L-series telephoto lens to be suitable with the RF 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. 


The RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM will probably be accessible in October for $649. 

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