Not only did Canon annoy us by announcing the development of the EOS R3, but the Japanese camera maker has also expanded its RF lens catalog and introduced the first true macro lens for its full-frame mirrorless system.
Canon’s EOS R series mirrorless cameras spesification
The RF 100mm f / 2.8L macro IS-STM lens will eventually replace the current EF 100mm f / 2.8L macro lens for Canon DLSRs and come with some nifty tricks up its sleeve. On the list of tricks is the ability to offer 1: 1.4 playback. This makes it the first macro lens that offers a maximum magnification of 1.4x with a minimum focusing distance of just 8.6 cm. The only way the EF counterpart can offer the same 1.4X magnification is by attaching an EF25 II extension tube to the lens while the minimum focusing distance is 11.2 cm.
The Canon RF 100mm f / 2.8L macro also features a new control ring on the barrel, the Spherical Aberration Control Ring (SA). This gives the photographer an additional level of creative control. While the f / 2.8 aperture already offers a shallow depth of field and blurred backgrounds with bokeh for images, the SA ring can further soften the background or instead soften the foreground, which could provide some interesting results. The lens is designed for 5-step camera shake compensation, which in combination with a stabilized camera such as the EOS R5 or EOS R6 offers a combined 8-step compensation.
Canon’s EOS R series price
Dual Nano USM motors are built in to ensure fast and smooth autofocus performance. According to Canon, it offers better focus breathing that suppresses stacking effects by up to 50% compared to EF. The Canon RF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS STM will be available in the UK in May 2021 and in the US and Australia in late July for $ 1,399 / £ 1,479.99 / AU $ 2,599.
Priming to zoom in
Canon also announced two professional telephoto lenses for its stable HF, adding the 400mm f / 2.8 IS USM and 600mm f / 6 IS USM to its ever-growing range of mirrorless lenses. Both fixed aperture lenses are designed for those who expect only the best optics that deliver excellent results even in low light. A 9-blade construction offers a circular aperture that, Canon promises, can move in 1/8 steps for smoother transitions of light and shadow when recording video.
The two telephoto lenses are also stabilized and together offer 5.5 stability stops when combined with a housing with IBIS such as the EOS R5 and R6. Interestingly, according to Canon, both lenses come with a filter holder that already has a 52mm protective filter attached, while a circular polarizing filter is available for purchase as an additional accessory.
Both telephoto lenses are compatible with RF 1.4x and RF 2x extenders for a longer range. And like many Canon L-series lenses, they’re not light: the 400mm weighs 2.89kg while the 600mm weighs around 3kg. For the professional market, these are premium lenses with delicious prices. If you’re really into one or both of these lenses, they’ll be available in the UK from June, while they’ll hit the Australian and US markets a little later in July, at a staggering price of $ 11,999 / £ 12,450 / 21,999 AU $ for the 400mm lens and $ 12,999 / £ 13,410 / AU $ 23,999 for the 600mm lens.