Canon has unveiled its hotly anticipated wide aperture super-telephoto zoom lens. It’s the Canon RF 100-300mm f/2.8 L IS USM (buy here) and costs a whopping $9,499. With this kind of price tag, Canon doesn’t really need to say that it’s “aimed directly at professional and very high-end video and still-image users”, although they said it anyway. Specifically, they say it’s ideal for things like theatre, event candids, and indoor sports.
It’s a bit of a monster at 5.8 lbs, although Canon says it’s the lightest f/2.8 zoom lens with a 300mm focal length on the market. It claims excellent optical quality, with edge-to-edge sharpness, and a design that includes one fluorite element, and 4 Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) elements. Fluorine coatings and Canon’s Super Spectra Coating (SSC) help to minimise ghosting and flare.
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