Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Review (fun, flawed, and useful, D. Abbott)

Rf 16mm F/2.8 STM Review

Here is a Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review by one of our favorite gear reviewers. This lens is inexpensive yet it delivers.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review. Many so called “reviews” out there are nothing more than rewritten user manuals. Not Mr. Abbott; his reviews are professional, thoroughly, and answer all questions you might have. From Mr. Abbott’s conclusion:

[…] the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM is fun, flawed, and useful. It does have some severe flaws, but I love the flexibility of the focal length and the compact size of the lens. It does something that no other lens is really doing on the Canon RF platform right now, and does it at a truly reasonable price point.

The RF 16mm is not going to compete with L series lenses optically, but I also found that images had a certain pop to them that stood out when I compared them to images I was taking on the Canon EOS R7 and EF-S 18-150mm STM that I was reviewing at the same time.  This image, for example, is pretty lovely.

So, in conclusion, the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM is not only worth buying because it is cheap, but also worth buying because it is competent.  It will go anywhere with you and provides a nicely wide alternative to something like the 24-105mm or 24-70mm lenses.  It would also be a great focal length counterpart if your primary lens on an outing is a telephoto, offering the option to get a wider angle of view but with a minimum of additional size and weight.  It is for this reason that I’m considering a purchase even despite the RF 16mm’s many flaws.

Read the full review at dustinabbott.net

The review comes with test charts, sample pics, and much more. As usual, D. Abbott also posts a video-review that someone might prefer to the written review. It’s here for your viewing pleasure.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM (sells at $299):

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Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM Review (excellent value for money, extremely versatile)

Rf 16mm F/2.8 STM Review

Here is a new Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM review. An affordable lens that performs quite good. This is not the first very positive review this lens gets.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

ePhotozine posted their full Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM review. They gave the lens a 4.5/5 rating and a “highly recommended”. We agree. This is a lens every EOS R photographer should have. From ePhotozine’s conclusion:

It is not perfect technically, but it is a perfectly usable and extremely versatile ultra-wide lens at a very keen price. It seems to be well made and many of the shortcomings optically may well not be significant drawbacks for the applications the lens is intended for. In particular, it could be an outstanding vlogging lens, it has low distortion making it ideal for architecture and delivers sharp, impressive images at real-world distances.

Read the full review at ePhotozine…

I our opinion, this is a little gem only Canon can make at this price. The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM sells at $299:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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The Affordable Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Gets Praise From DxOMark

Rf 16mm F/2.8

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM for the EOS R system got DxOMarked and it didn’t score bad at all. This is not the first very positive review this lens gets.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

DxOMark gives the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM a score of 30. From their conclusion (emphasis mine):

With the introduction of the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM, Canon continues to explore new and innovative lenses for the RF mount. In an effort to reduce the optical complexity, thereby driving down the size, weight and cost, lens correction profiles make a lot of sense. Even without taking software correction into account, in our DXOMARK Lens test, the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM performs very well in certain key areas. It has, for example, similar sharpness and transmission to the larger and pricier Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm F2.8, while being much smaller and lighter. More importantly, especially for anyone on a tight budget, it’s around one-eighth of the price of the Zeiss and around the same price as the Samyang 14mm F2.8, making the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM a highly tempting option.

Head over to DxOMark for test charts and more

This is a little gem only Canon can make at this price. The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM sells at $299:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Review (insane bargain, Optical Limits)

Rf 16mm F/2.8 STM Review

Here is a Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review by one of the most respected technical experts. This seems to be a cute little gem of a lens at a bargain price. Kudos Canon.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Optical Limits (former photozone.de) posted their Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review and technical analysis. From their conclusion (emphasis mine):

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a lens with many facets. It comes down to where you come from and what you want. For instance, if you own an EOS R3 or R6, it’s a decent ultra-wide prime lens – because, at 20 megapixels, even a Coke bottle is sharp enough. Well, almost. While on an EOS R5 and 45 megapixels, you don’t really want to look at the image corners. It is, of course, also worth noting that this is the cheapest, fast ultra-wide prime ever released from a genuine manufacturer. Even when ignoring all quality concerns, it’s dirt cheap for what it is. If you can’t afford the real thing, having a 16mm ultra-wide lens is better than having none at all.

[…] you may argue that you get what you pay for but this isn’t really true. A 16mmm f/2.8 for this kind of money is an insane bargain even with the mentioned limitations. Just don’t expect Mercedes quality for a Lada price tag.

See the review and samle pics and test charts at Optical Limits

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM sells at $299:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Black Friday: Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary For EF-M – $299 (reg. $449)

Sigma 16mm F/1.4

Here is another excellent lens deal. The Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M on sale with 33% discount at B&H Photo. A great lens for every Canon EOS M photographer.

At a glance:

  • EF-M-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 25.6mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two SLD Elements, Three FLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Stepping Motor AF System
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Get the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Canon EF-M on sale at $299. Compare at $449. Description after the break.

Curated and selected Black Friday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)

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Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Review (highly recommended)

Rf 16mm F/2.8 STM Review

Here is a new Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review. The RF 16mm is an interesting and affordable lens for the EOS R system.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Photography Blog posted their Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review. They gave a 4.5/5 and “Highly Recommended” rating. From their conclusion:

[…] the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM is a very cheap and very cheerful ultra-wide-angle prime lens that delivers sharp images in the centre, fast and reliable auto-focusing, usefully close shooting distance, and surprisingly good build quality, all housed inside a tiny, super-lightweight design.

It delivers excellent sharpness at the centre of the frame throughout most of its aperture range, even performing very well when shooting wide-open at f/2.8. It’s a different story at the edges of the image, though, which are much softer, with best results obtained from f/5.6-11.

Preorder links for the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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