Canon has introduced three new lenses that promise to enhance the world of still photography and video production. These lenses cater to a wide range of users, from beginners to professionals, and yes, one of them is really, really big!
The three new lenses are the RF-S10-18mm f/4.5-6.3, the ground-breaking constant aperture RF24-105mm f/2.8 L, and the ultimate affordable super zoom, the RF200-800mm f/6.3-9. Put that lens in your pocket, and people will definitely wonder if you’re pleased to see them.
RF-S10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
Canon’s RF-S10-18mm lens ($329.99) is designed for EOS R-series cameras with APS-C sensors. This lens offers an ultra-wide-angle zoom, equivalent to 16-29mm on a full-frame camera.
Key features include image stabilization for steady shots, a compact and lightweight design ideal for travel, and an affordable price of $329.99 for those who are price-conscious or just want to experiment with very wide-angle photography.
It’s not super fast with a variable aperture of f/4.5-6.3 so it probably isn’t going to be the first choice for astrophotography. However, judging by Canon’s other lenses in this range, it’s probably still a very good choice if shooting wide open isn’t a concern.
RF24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Lens
The RF24-105mm lens ($2,999.00) is the world’s first to combine a 24-105mm focal length with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. This lens stays the same length while zooming no matter which focal length you’re at. It also has a manual aperture ring for video use. This lens is aimed at higher-end photographers (or anyone willing to drop three grand on a lens) and photojournalists.
The lens should appeal to video shooters as well because of the image stabilization and optimized optics for video production. Additionally, Canon will offer a Power Zoom Adapter for smoother zooming during video shooting, catering to solo camera operators. Firmware updates for the EOS C70 and EOS R5 C cameras in early December will add support for the RF24-105mm lens.
RF200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM Lens
Possibly the most interesting lens of the three is the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens ($1,899.00). Nature, wildlife, and outdoor sports photographers will find this lens very useful for capturing distant action.
This super-telephoto zoom lens boasts a focal length of up to 800mm, up to 5.5 stops of image stabilization, compatibility with optional tele extenders, a weather-resistant design, and a rotating tripod mount.
Canon says that the lens is light enough to carry around with a weight of just 4.5lb (2 kg). That’s impressive for such a long zoom, however, I’m not sure I’d consider that particularly light!
Sure, it’s not super fast with a variable aperture of f/6.3-9, but when shooting at these extreme focal lengths, you probably want more than just an eyelash in focus, anyway.
|Canon RF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-6.3 IS STM||Canon RF 24-105mm F/2.8L IS USM Z||Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM Lens|
|Lens Mount||Canon RF||Canon RF||Canon RF|
|Angle of View||107° 30′ to 74° 20′||84° to 23° 20′||12° to 3° 5′|
|Maximum Magnification||0.23x||0.08 to 0.29x||0.25 to 0.2x|
|Minimum Focus Distance||5.5″ / 14 cm||17.7″ / 45 cm||2.6′ / 80 cm|
|Optical Design||12 Elements in 10 Groups||23 Elements in 18 Groups||17 Elements in 11 Groups|
|Filter Size||49 mm (Front)||82 mm (Front)||95 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.7 x 1.8″ / 69 x 44.9 mm||3.5 x 7.8″ / 88.5 x 199 mm||4 x 12.4″ / 102.3 x 314.1 mm|
|Weight||5.3 oz / 150 g||2.9 lb / 1.3 kg||4.5 lb / 2 kg|
Price and availability
Canon will also offer two versions of the Power Zoom Adapter for the RF24-105mm lens in Spring 2024, with estimated retail prices of $999.99 and $1,299.00 for the version with the 20-pin port.