Canon introduces the RF 16mm F2.8 STM and RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM lenses for the EOS R system. Alongside the EOS R3, Canon is announcing two new RF lenses that will allow photography enthusiasts to cost-effectively add more compact and flexible options to their kit.
The two new announcements include Canon's first ultra-wide-angle fixed focal length for the EOS R System, the RF 16mm F2.8 STM, and the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM telephoto zoom lens. The versatile RF 16mm F2.8 STM fixed focal length meets the growing demand from the vlogging sector and is also ideal for spectacular landscape, architectural and astrophotography. The RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM is ideal for sports and wildlife photography, helping to bridge the distance to distant subjects. Both lenses will be available from October 2021: the RF 16mm F2.8 STM for an RRP of £339.00, the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM for £729.00 (RRP).
New focal lengths for budding enthusiasts and content creators
The new lenses benefit from the EOS R system's large bayonet diameter and short flange focal length - a guarantee for high-quality lenses with a compact design. The RF 16mm F2.8 STM and RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM offer impressive optical performance at an attractive price. The RF 16mm F2.8 STM has been specifically designed to meet the needs of content creators and, as a full-frame ultra-wide-angle lens, provides a good basis for presenting content in a high-quality manner. With the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM, even novices will make professional-level images thanks to the impressive 400mm focal length. Both lenses use Canon's advanced optical technology, including aspherical lenses and Super Spectra coating to reduce lens reflections and flare. The result is high image quality for sharp, detailed images.
The RF 16mm F2.8 STM: The whole picture
With its 108° wide-angle and high speed, the versatile RF 16mm F2.8 STM is ideal for vlogging, group shots, landscape photography or architectural photography. The ultra-wide-angle fixed focal length delivers a particularly wide field of view and impressive depth of field. With a wide aperture of F2.8, this lens is excellent for low-light shooting - e.g. in astrophotography - and for short-exposure shots. Thanks to these key data, vloggers create high-quality shots even in low light and can work with attractive bokeh even at a wide angle of view, so that the subject stands out well against a softly drawn background. The lightweight fixed focal length lens makes a fantastic companion for vlogging on the go. If a narrower angle of view is required, the RF 16mm F2.8 STM can be combined with EOS R cameras to shoot or film in APS crop mode, in which case the lens behaves like a 25.6mm lens. Thanks to Canon's STM focus drive, the RF 16mm F2.8 STM enables smooth, near-silent focusing when shooting video. With an excellent closest focusing distance of 0.13m, the RF 16mm F2.8 STM extends its range of use and enters the macro realm.
The RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM: Up close and personal
Designed for entry-level sports and wildlife photography, this telephoto zoom offers a flexible focal length range of 100-400mm that's perfect for capturing distant subjects. For example, at a football match, the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM offers the same range as professional telephoto lenses, allowing you to capture the action and emotion of the players:inside during the action. In addition to telephoto performance, the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM scores with a closest focusing distance of just 0.88m(1) and a maximum magnification of 0.41x(2) (1:2.4 scale) for maximum detail when shooting subjects up close. The RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM achieves 5.5 stops of optical image stabilisation in the lens, increasing to 6 stops when used on cameras equipped with in-camera image stabilisation (IBIS). It is also designed for speed and precision and is equipped with a Nano-USM autofocus motor for smooth and fast focusing. The lens control ring offers optimal control of Av, Tv, exposure or ISO settings or other functions depending on the camera. The bright viewfinder and advanced ISO capabilities of the EOS R cameras, combined with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, offer the ability to use lenses that break with traditional conventions of size, weight and focal length range for greater shooting convenience. The RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM is compatible with the two RF extenders for extended focal length range.
A compact and versatile kit
With these two new lenses, photo and video enthusiasts assemble a lightweight kit that offers a wide range of possibilities. The RF 16mm F2.8 STM is a featherweight lens at just 165g - ideal for vloggers looking to shoot on the move, or landscape photographers looking for a portable but powerful wide-angle lens to complement their standard zoom. Weighing just 635g, the RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM is a lens that offers exceptional telephoto focal length in a lightweight package. It is an invaluable tool for long nature walks and wildlife photography.