Canon launches two new cheap RF lenses: 100-400mm and 16mm

Sep 14, 2021

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Canon launches two new cheap RF lenses: 100-400mm and 16mm

Sep 14, 2021

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Along with the pricey (but pretty impressive) EOS R3, Canon has also announced two new lenses: the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM and the RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM. Both lenses are made for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, and unlike the latest camera – they aren’t expensive at all.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a sleek, compact, and lightweight wide-angle prime. It’s a rectilinear lens, so it can be used for shooting interiors and architecture, among other things. It was built from nine elements in seven groups, with one aspherical element and a 7-blade rounded diaphragm.

What I find particularly cool about this lens is its minimum focusing distance. It’s only 5.1″ (13 cm) so you can get those nice close-up wide-angle shots. At least I totally love those.

Canon’s new 16mm lens is an AF lens. It features an STM AF motor for smooth and quiet focusing, so you can use it for both photos and video. It features a configurable control ring which you can use to adjust exposure settings like aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.

Here are the full specs:

Focal Length16mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon RF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View108° 10′
Minimum Focus Distance5.1″ / 13 cm
Maximum Magnification0.26x
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size43 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)1.6 x 2.7″ / 40.1 x 69.2 mm
Weight5.8 oz / 165 g

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is available for preorders and it will set you back only $299. So if you’re left with anything after buying that EOS R3, you can pair it with this wide-angle prime. :)

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM

Another new lens from Canon is a telephoto zoom. The RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM is also made for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, and aimed at wildlife and sport photographers. It’s relatively small and lightweight for a lens of that focal length range, weighing 1.4 lb (635 g). But, that’s why it has a pretty modest maximum aperture of f/5.6-8. You win some, you lose some.

The lens packs 12 optical elements in nine groups, with one ultra-low-dispersion element and one aspherical element. As for the aperture, it features a nine-blade round diaphragm. The lens supports Coordinated IS to help control up to six stops of camera shake. It features Nano USM AF for faster focusing performance. Close-focusing performance is also possible, with a maximum magnification of 0.41x at the 400mm position. Canon notes that this allows you close-up shooting of subjects “as small as a credit card.”

Like its wide-angle cousin, the RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM also has a configurable control ring for adjusting exposure settings. You can pair it with RF 1.4x and RF 2x teleconverters to further increase the effective focal length.

And now, the specs:

Focal Length100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperturef/5.6 to 8
Minimum Aperturef/32 to 45
Lens MountCanon RF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View24° to 6° 10′
Minimum Focus Distance2.9′ / 88 cm
Maximum Magnification0.41x
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.1 x 6.5″ / 79.5 x 164.7 mm
Weight1.4 lb / 635 g

The Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM is available for preorders at the price of $649. Not exactly pocket money, but for this type of lens, it’s pretty affordable.

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One response to “Canon launches two new cheap RF lenses: 100-400mm and 16mm”

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    Justin Case

    Yesterday it was Nikon’s 40mm and now Canon have this compact 16mm 2.8. These are lenses that make so much sense to me and I’m delighted the industry has taken a turn in this direction. Then again, I’m not a future R3 user. It’s not the price (although I’d have more than a little difficulty coming up with a justification for it) it’s that these are lenses that can be deployed without causing an international incident. I can walk around in the streets, go travelling or simply photograph my family and friends without hefting around an instrument that you could use as the foundation stone of a high-rise block. I belong to a target group that cares deeply about our photography but do not live by it, and we’ve been ignored for far too long now. This cuts to the heart of why less and less people have made the transition to dedicated cameras. If Nikon follow suit and produce a similar lens it may just be the tipping point where I have to put my tail between my legs and go grovelling back to them.