Well, that didn’t take long. First rumoured over a year ago and with news yesterday that announcements were imminent, Canon has now today officially unveiled the new Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lenses. Both of the new lenses are full-frame lenses designed for the Canon RF system.
The Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is a fairly compact lens with ultra-wide-angle versatility. While possessing a fairly slow variable aperture, it’s ideal for things like landscapes, architecture and similar subjects. The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM is also pretty compact, allowing you to get close to your subjects while providing environmental context and a deeper depth of field than with telephoto macro lenses.
The variable aperture design of this lens has allowed Canon to keep it pretty small compared to brighter constant aperture alternatives. This makes it a great lens for travel and street photographers who want to pack light and don’t often need the performance of a faster lens. To compensate for the slower aperture, though, the lens features Canon’s IS image stabilisation to help overcome camera shake from slower shutter speeds. Image stabilisation is unusual in a lens this wide, but it will be a good compromise for many, particularly those shooting handheld landscapes and architecture.
|Lens Mount||Canon RF|
|Angle of View||110° 30' to 71° 35'|
|Minimum Focus Distance||13cm|
|Optical Design||13 Elements in 11 Groups|
|Filter Size||67 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||76.6 x 88.4mm|
The Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is available to pre-order now for $549 and is expected to start shipping in late August 2022.
The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM provides 1:2 half life-size magnification with a minimum focus distance of only 14cm. It allows you to get up close to your subject while still having a field of view wide enough to capture some of the environment for context. Despite having a bright f/1.8 aperture, the shorter focal length and wider field of view mean that you should struggle a little less with depth of field compared to longer telephoto macro lenses.
|Lens Mount||Canon RF|
|Angle of View||84°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||14cm|
|Optical Design||11 Elements in 9 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||52 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||74.4 x 63.1mm|
The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM is available to pre-order now for $599 and is expected to start shipping in late August 2022.