Here is a new Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Review. The RF 85mm f/2 is one of the less expensive lenses for the EOS R system.
Coming from Dustin Abbott, this is a full and exhaustive Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Review. From Dustin Abbott’s conclusion:
[the RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM] has a lot of great virtues optically, delivering great detail, nice bokeh, and a quality of rendering that is quite excellent.
But the autofocus left me often frustrated, and that’s even more disappointing in a day where I’m seeing great autofocus from all kinds of players in the lens market. […] This lens needed Canon’s Nano-USM rather than the cheaper STM motor. The great optical performance is unfortunately let down by a disappointing autofocus system.
[…] I really, really want to love this lens, as the idea of an affordable, optically excellent 85mm lens that just happens to do 1:2 macro competently is an enticing one. But while I loved the images I got from the [RF 85mm f/2], I found the process of getting them often frustrating. You’ll have to determine whether you can live with the flaws I’ve detailed. User reviews are generally very positive, though the one caveat that does routinely show up is some disappointment with the autofocus. The lens is otherwise good enough that it might be worth living with, but ultimately you’ll have to make that call for yourself.
As usual the review comes with a huge set of sample pictures, comparison charts, and all the information you might want to know. Dustin’s reviews are what I look for when I am about to purchase new gear. And for those who prefer to watch their reviews, Dustin Abbott provides a comprehensive video-review.
Here is a new, good Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM review. This relatively affordable lens for the EOS R is gaining momentum among reviewers.
Coming from Christopher Frost, the Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM review investigates image stabilization, macro ability and overall image quality, among other stuff. Image quality can’t be that bad if this lens scored better than the EF 85mm f/1.2 at DxOMark”s test.
The Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM lens has undergone DxOMark’s tests, and the result is rather surprising. Or maybe not, given that we are talking Canon and RF mount.
The Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM lens for a DxOMark score of 39. That’s better than two “L”-tier lenses for Canon’s EF mount. Both the EF 85mm f/1.2L (38) and EF 85mm f/1.2L II (37) have a lower score, although the difference is minimal. Still, a $600 lens performing optically better than a $2,000 lens.
From DxOMark’s conclusion (emphasis mine):
After the introduction of the ultra-fast and somewhat esoteric RF 85mm F1.2L models for Canon’s new EOS R system, the more modestly priced and compact Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM is likely to placate most detractors of those early L-series who cited cost and weight as barriers to entry. As the RF mount equivalent of the highly regarded EF 85mm F1.8 version, the new lens has some interesting benefits such as stabilization and close focusing. Both features will appeal to wedding photographers, but it is the very high optical quality that will likely make this particular lens stand out and earn its place as the true replacement for the older EF version.
Admittedly, there are some points that may make potential purchasers pause, such as the slower maximum aperture, front barrel extension, and the adoption of an STM over the usually faster USM, but few can deny that this lens is an appealing alternative to those costly L-series models.
DPReview posted a gallery with Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS sample pictures. The Canon RF 85mm f/2 IS STM is one of the less expensive lenses for the RF mount (not a boutique lens). And it has macro functionality.
Canon RF 85mm f/2 IS Macro vs RF 85mm f/1.2L comparison review. The latter sells at four times the price of the former. Is it worth?
The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L is one of the boutique lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system, an it gets compared to the $600 RF 85mm f/2 IS STM. Fair? Well, interesting at least since the investigative question is “is it worth to pay 4 times the price for the red ringed one?”.
Alex Barrera wanted to know and with the help of his wife acting as model he compares the two lenses.