Canon officially announces new RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro and 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses

Jul 12, 2022

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Canon officially announces new RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro and 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses

Jul 12, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM – $549

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.

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Focal Length 15-30mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5-6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22-32
Lens MountCanon RF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View110° 30′ to 71° 35′
Minimum Focus Distance13cm
Optical Design13 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)76.6 x 88.4mm
Weight390g

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.

Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM – $599

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.

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Focal Length 24mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon RF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View84°
Minimum Focus Distance14cm
Optical Design11 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)74.4 x 63.1mm
Weight270g

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.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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