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

RF 100mm F/2.8L Macro
The new Canon 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.

More after the break.

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
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