More Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS Lens First Impression Reviews

Canon Rf 100mm F/2.8L

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens was announced last week. A rather interesting lens for the Canon EOS R system and one we are sure will sell like hot cakes.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS is scheduled to ship in July 2021. Preorders in USA are open at $1,399: B&H Photo | Adorama. If you are based in UK we recommend Park Cameras. More worldwide preorders:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

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Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS Lens Features Explained In 5 Minutes

Canon Rf 100mm F/2.8L

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS was announced a few days ago. This new lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system is going to be a bestseller, we have no doubts about that.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

The most prominent feature of the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS is the control ring for spherical aberration. The SA control ring allows to change the kind and appearance of the bokeh and to obtain a different focus effect by turning the ring. The 5 minutes video below introduces all the features of the RF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS.

Preorders in USA are open at $1,399: B&H Photo | Adorama. If you are based in UK we recommend Park Cameras. More worldwide preorder links are listed below:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

More about the RF 100mm f72.8L MACRO IS:

Engineered specifically for full-frame EOS R-series cameras, the RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens from Canon combines a medium-telephoto field of view with a sleek design and close-focusing performance. Designed for close-up imagery, this autofocus lens is an ideal choice for portraits and macro subjects. Featuring a fixed 100mm focal length, a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture, fast, highly-precise autofocus, and a spherical aberration control ring, this lens elevates the look of portraits and macro shots and gives you the ability to create dreamlike and romantic images with a soft focus look. Its close focus design enables working with subject matter as close as 10.2″ away, and a Super Spectra coating minimizes ghosting and flare when working in strong lighting conditions. The lens also features optical image stabilization, along with Hybrid IS, to suppress up to five stops of camera shake for cleaner, steadier shooting, and imagemakers can expect to see stunning results that enhance their creative and artistic vision.

  • Medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x
  • High image quality and bright f/2.8 aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 stops of shake correction
  • Up to 8 stops of shake correction with coordinated Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer
  • Hybrid IS system compensates for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting
  • Super Spectra coating to minimize ghosting and flare when working in strong lighting conditions
  • Spherical Aberration Control Ring allows for adjustments to shape and character of foreground and background bokeh
  • High speed, smooth, and quiet auto focus with Dual Nano USM
  • Control ring for direct setting changes
  • Sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions
  • Optional rotating tripod collar is available and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod

Canon Patent: 35mm f/1.2 Lens For Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Canon Patent

And yet another Canon patent, as usual spotted by Hi Lows Note. A 35mm f/1.2 lens for the EOS R system.

Canon patent 2021-60475A (Japan) discusses various optical designs for a 35mm f/1.2 lens for the RF mount. This is definitely a lens we are going to see in the RF lens lineup. A 35mm f/1.2 for sure is going to be released.

Embodiment 1

  • Focal length: 34.00 mm
  • F number: 1.23
  • Half angle of view: 32.47
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 147.45 mm
  • Back focus: 19.82 mm

Embodiment 2

  • Focal length: 35.76 mm
  • F number: 1.23
  • Half angle of view: 31.17
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 147.45 mm
  • Back focus: 19.50 mm

Embodiment 3

  • Focal length: 34.00 mm
  • F number: 1.23
  • Half angle of view: 32.47
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 147.45 mm
  • Back focus: 20.95 mm

Embodiment 4

  • Focal length: 34.00 mm
  • F number: 1.23
  • Half angle of view: 32.47
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 149.45 mm
  • Back focus: 16.49 mm

More Canon patents are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon Announced The RF 400mm f/2.8L IS and Canon RF 600mm f/4L IS Lenses

RF 600mm F/4L

Along with the Canon EOS R3 and the RF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon also announced two telephoto lenses for the RF mount, the Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and Canon RF 600mm f/4L IS USM.

Both lenses are anything but inexpensive, the RF 400mm goes for $11,999 and the RF 600mm for $12,999. Both lenses are scheduled to ship in July 2021. Preorders are open.

Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Canon RF 600mm f/4L IS USM:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Here are some hands-on and first impression reviews:

David Bergman for Adorama reviews the new RF 400mm and RF 600mm (below).

Gordon Laing looks at the new Canon RF lenses (below).

And here are more hands-on reviews:

Canon press release:

The Canon RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are both designed to be optically identical to their EF counterparts. The RF400mm and RF600mm weigh in at 6.37 and 6.81 pounds with a minimum focusing distance of 8.2 and 13.8 feet, respectively. Both lenses share many of the same critical features that help professional high-end super-telephoto lenses stand out from the crowd. Those features include:

  • Ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations, including sports, aviation, trains, automotive, and wildlife, such as birding.
  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 stops6 of shake correction. Including three IS Operation Modes — still subjects, panning, and irregular movement.
  • Proprietary Canon lens coatings, Super Spectra Coating (SSC), and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flaring. Lens placement and coatings are optimized to provide users with clear, high-contrast images even when there is a bright light source.
  • Lenses include fluorite and super UD lens elements arranged in such a way to help correct chromatic aberration and make the models more compact. Like the latest Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses, released in the fall of 2018, weight on these RF-series super-telephotos has been significantly reduced vs. previous-generation Canon super tele designs.
  • Compatible with Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders, and feature a customizable electronic focus ring, with manual focus capability during SERVO AF.
  • A nine-blade circular aperture provides users beautiful bokeh and ideally blurred backgrounds when the aperture is stopped down.
  • For added convenience when on a shoot, two focus presets are available. Users can instantly return to one of two memorized focus distances.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design with vibration and shock resistance. The front element has been dressed with a fluorine coating for easy cleaning.
  • Infrared reflective pigments with high reflectance and titanium oxide lens barrel coating with silica provide excellent UV weather resistance and heat reduction.

Canon RF Lenses Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price of $1,399.00, $11,999.00 and $12,999.00, respectively*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.

Canon EOS R5 Firmware Update 1.3.1 Released (minor bug fix)

Canon EOS R5 Firmware Update Sony A7s Iii

Canon released a new Canon EOS R5 firmware update, version 1.3.1.

There is only one minor bug fix in Canon EOS R5 firmware 1.3.1 compared to version 1.3.0. Please note that the list below lists all new features and bug fixes introduced with firmware 1.3.1 and 1.3.0 (to remind those who forgot to update to do it). While firmware 1.3.1 includes all the fixes in 1.3.0, only item 13 is fixed with firmware 1.3.1.

Download the latest Canon EOS R5 firmware from Canon USA.

Firmware Version 1.3.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
1. Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings]. You can select [Canon Log] or [Canon Log 3] from [Canon Log settings] in the Shooting tab of the menu.
- Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log3 and RAW (Light) will be available in Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional version in a future update.
- Digital Photo Professional will also support the processing of RAW movies shot in Canon Log3 settings and the application of Viewing LUT in a future update.
2. Adds [RAW (Light)] to the movie recording size and [IPB (Light)] to 8K/4K to enable lower bit rate shooting. These settings can also be selected when RAW+MP4 is set.
3. Adds a high frame rate of 119.9 fps/100.0 fps to the Full HD movie recording size.
4. Adds [Electronic full-time MF] to the AF tab of the menu. When a lens is attached, manual focus adjustment is always possible with both One-shot AF and Servo AF. 
5. Adds [6: Monitor Off] to [Shooting info. disp.: Screen info. settings] in the Shooting tab of the menu. This update makes it possible for the camera's monitor to be turned off at all times during shooting.
6. The transfer time (estimated value) now displays on the camera monitor during FTP transfer.
7. Adds the ability, when transferring images via FTP, to select protected images that failed to be transferred and protected images that have not yet been transferred and transfer them all at once.
8. Adds [Save/load cam settings on card] to the Function settings tab of the menu.
This allows you to save the camera settings to a card, or load a saved file and restore the camera to the settings you saved to a card.
9. Fixes a phenomenon, in which, in rare instances, the camera does not function normally when using certain CFexpress cards.
10. Fixes a phenomenon, in which in rare instances, the camera cannot function normally when the drive mode is set to "High-speed continuous shooting" to shoot still images continuously.
11. Fixes a phenomenon in which the power may become suspended when the camera is powered via USB for an extended period of time.
12. Fixes a phenomenon, in which part of the settings screen is incorrectly displayed in Firmware Version 1.2.1.
13. Fixes a phenomenon, in which when shooting with Canon Log 3, if the [View Assist.] setting is set to [On], the image in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen is displayed brighter than it should be.

*Items 1 through 12 apply to Version 1.3.0, whereas Item 13 applies to Version 1.3.1.

Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS Announced, Preorders and Hands-on Reviews

RF 100mm F/2.8L Macro

Along with the development of the Canon EOS R3, Canon also announced the RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS is scheduled to ship in July 2021.

Preorders in USA are open at $1,399: B&H Photo | Adorama. If you are based in UK we recommend Park Cameras. More worldwide preorders:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Press release:

From Up-Close To Far Away, New Canon RF Lenses Have You Covered

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens is not only Canon’s first RF lens designed specifically for macro photography, but also the world’s first3 medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x. The new lens, designed for both advanced photo enthusiasts and professionals, takes macro photography expression to the next level with the introduction of a spherical aberration (SA) control ring. The SA control ring allows users to change the character and appearance of the bokeh and obtain a softer focus effect with a simple turning of the ring to the desired result. Additional features of the Canon RF100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM include:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of Shake Correction4.
  • When combined with a camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer, up to eight stops of shake correction5 is possible with coordinated operation of Optical and In-Body Image Stabilizer.
  • Hybrid IS helps to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting.
  • High-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with dual nano USM.
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design.

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