Get Closer to the Action with Canon’s New Medium and Super Telephoto RF Prime L Lenses
The trio of new lenses strengthens the EOS R System, with the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM offering new possibilities for macro photography while the long-waited RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM provide superior optics that are native to the RF mount.
Singapore, 14 April 2021 — Canon today announced the launch of three brand new RF lenses: the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM. The RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM is the world’s first1, medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum shooting magnification of 1.4x. The RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM super telephoto lenses provide professional and advanced amateurs with extra reach that comes with a high level of image quality, reliability and durability.
Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore said: “Since we released our first full-frame mirrorless EOS R camera in 2018, we have remained committed to expanding the RF lens ecosystem for our new generation of EOS R series cameras. To date, 20 lenses have been developed for the RF mount. Canon is always looking to push the boundaries of what the native RF lenses can achieve, and have come up the world’s first 1.4x magnification medium telephoto macro lens.”
World’s First Medium Telephoto Macro Lens with 1.4x Magnification
RF lenses have the rear element of the lens closer to the image sensor, allowing a new floating method and this enables the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM to have a maximum shooting magnification of 1.4x, which is 40% higher magnification than the typical macro lens (1x). The high magnification on the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM expands the possibilities of macro photography.
The RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM features 1x magnification at just 11.2cm from the front of the lens and offers 1.4X magnification at an even closer working distance2 of just 8.6cm. This close focusing ability makes the lens’ macro ability even more appealing.
Choose Your Bokeh
The RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM is equipped with a spherical aberration (SA) control ring, which gives users the ability to toggle between soft or hard depiction of bokeh (the quality of the blur produced by the out-of-focus areas) by turning the SA control ring. This gives users more flexibility in their shooting as they can choose which type of bokeh suits their shooting best, regardless of whether they are shooting portraits, flowers or insects.
The SA control ring works by employing electronic cams and two Nano USMs, which makes it possible to drive the focus lens group and floating lens group independently.
Smoother Focusing, Sharper Images
The RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM features an improved optical IS when compared to the 4-stop IS capability of its EF equivalent lens, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. When attached to an EOS R system camera that does not have in-body IS, the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM provides up to 5 stops of IS. The RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM can achieve up to 8 stops of IS through the coordinated IS feature when attached to an EOS R system camera that has in-body IS.
Hybrid IS on the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM also helps to suppress angular camera shake (rotational) and shift camera shake (linear) during handheld shooting, enabling users to capture sharp images.
The high speed and accurate AF allows quick and agile focusing of moving subjects for still images, while the smoothness of the AF makes the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM suitable for shooting movies as well. The suppression of subjection magnification fluctuations (focus breathing) in the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM reduces the changes in the angle of view during the adjustment of focusing distances.
As an L lens, the RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM is both dust and water resistant, which is especially useful during outdoor shooting situations. The RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM is also compatible with the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EXII and Macro Twin Lite MT-26EXII accessories (both sold separately) which provide more diverse photographic expressions by using light to create or reduce shadows in the captured images.
High Quality Native Support
The RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM provide native super telephoto capabilities to the RF system, allowing users to reach 400mm and 600mm respectively. For wildlife and sports photographers who have been on the fence about switching to mirrorless cameras, the long awaited RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM super telephoto lenses will address their needs with the native RF mount, while delivering the proven performance of its EF equivalent counterparts.
The RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM inherit the optics and deliver the same high image quality found in all Canon L lenses, while offering the advantages of the RF mount. For example, the minimum focusing distance3 for the RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM is reduced to 2.5m and 4.2m respectively.
Steady and Light
Camera shake is particularly noticeable in super-telephoto shooting. To address this, IS for both new lenses have been enhanced to 5.5 stops (5 stops on the EF equivalent models), which helps to reduce camera shake and blurry images.
The RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM both come with three Image Stabilisation (IS) modes, which are optimised to match the subject’s movement. This assists users in shooting various types of subjects and photography:
- IS mode 1 is best suited for stationary subjects
- IS mode 2 is used for panning shots
- IS mode 3 is suitable for subjects with irregular movements, such as during basketball where movements of players can be unpredictable
There is a slight reduction in the overall weight of both lenses (approximately 60 grams) compared to their EF counterparts, in line with the reduced weights and sizes of the EOS R series full-frame mirrorless cameras.
Seamless Movie Shooting
Both lenses provide more control over aperture settings during movie shooting. Shooting movies with telephoto lenses can be challenging in situations where subjects move between different lighting environments and the lenses have problems in capturing the right amount of brightness to get the most optimal video footage.
With the RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM, aperture control during movie shooting can be set in 1/8 step increments for both lenses (EF lens is 1/3 step). The brightness of the scene can be changed smoothly even when there is a sudden change in brightness, such as when a subject moves from a dark place to a bright place, resulting in more natural-looking images.
Durable and Flexible
For reliability and durability to meet the needs of professionals and advanced amateurs in the field, the lenses have the same reflective heat shield coating as the EF models, which provides excellent heat shielding, scratch resistance and weather resistance quality for most kinds of shooting environment. The front and back element of both lenses also have a fluorine coating to prevent oil and water droplets from sticking to the surface.
The mount, switches, focus ring and other parts of the RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF600mm f/4L IS USM are dust and drip-resistant to prevent any water from entering the camera.
Should you need extra reach, both super telephoto lenses are compatible with the existing RF extenders RF 1.4x and RF 2x. A staggering 1200mm focal length can be achieved when RF600mm f/4L IS USM is paired with the Extender RF 2x.
Pricing and Availability
All three lenses will be available in July 2021, with pricing to be advised at a later date.
|RF100mm f/2.8L IS USM||RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM||RF600mm f/4L IS USM|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||0.26m||2.5m||4.2m|
|Lens Construction||17 elements in 13 groups||17 elements in 13 groups||17 elements in 13 groups|
|Special Low Dispersion Glass||-||2x fluorite
1x Super UD
1x Super UD
|Filter Size Diameter||ø67mm||ø52mm (drop-in)||ø52mm (drop-in)|
|IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)||Yes (up to 5 stops)||Yes (up to 5.5 stops)||Yes (up to 5.5 stops)|
|Coordinated IS||Yes (up to 8 stops)||NA||NA|
|Maximum Diameter and Length||Approx. 81.5mm x 148mm||Approx. 163mm x 367mm||Approx. 168mm x 472mm|
|Weight||Approx. 730g||Approx. 2890g||Approx. 3090g|
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1 As an autofocus interchangeable lens for full frame mirrorless camera. Canon survey as of April 13, 2021.
* Product images are not to scale or ratio.
2 Working distance refers to the distance between the front end of the lens and the subject.
3 Focusing distance refers to the distance that must be between your subject and the surface of the image sensor (the focal plane) for the lens to focus.