Canon has launched two new high-end RF Mount super-telephoto lenses in the US. Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L is USM has a pre-order price tag of $11,999 and the Canon RF 600mm F4 L is USM sells for $12,999in the US. These lenses are now available to pre-order online on Amazon US ( check here for availability ). According to the listing, this will be ship to customers on July 29, 2021, only.
Canon RF 600mm F4 and RF400mm F2.8 lenses are made for EOS R Series mirrorless cameras like Canon R5, R6, etc. These lenses are optically the same as the EF mount versions. Looks like Canon didn’t want to redesign a lens from the ground up for a mirrorless mount to save money, as well as time, especially when Sony is launching new lenses every month. Also, those EF-mount lenses are excellent lenses to copy.
Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens has a max aperture of F2.8, offering that dreamy background blur and faster shutter speeds in low light. This lens has 3 Image Stabilisation modes and offers up to 5.5 stops. It uses Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to suppress ghosting and has one Super UD Lens to minimize color fringing. Canon has also included 2 Fluorite Lenses to cut down on chromatic aberrations. The min focus distance of this lens is 2.5m.
Canon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens has the same Super UD, ASC coating, and Fluorine lenses and offers up to 5.5 stops with three IS Modes. The minimum focus distance of this lens is 4.2m. Both these lenses are compatible with the Canon Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x to get even more reach and framing possibilities.
Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM as the name suggests is a macro lens with a min focus distance of 0.86 ft. / 0.26m. It has Auto-focus support and offers a maximum magnification ratio of 1.4x for great close-up photography. Canon has equipped this lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 Stops of Shake Correction. If you are using it with a camera like EOS R5 which has built-in image stabilization, you get around 8 stops of shake correction. The lens also features Hybrid IS technology which reduces blurring in handheld macro photography by compensating for both angle and shift camera shake.
For the first time, Canon has implemented a Spherical Aberration (SA) Control Ring in a lens, that lets you adjust the bokeh characteristics on the fly. Using this ring, you can change the shape and character of the foreground and background bokeh paving way for some creative, unique-looking shots. There is also another Control Ring available on the lens which can be programmed to adjust shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure compensation, etc.
For faster and better accurate Auto-focus, Canon has equipped this lens with dual independent Nano USMs motors. The RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens features dust and weather-resistant construction in the lens mount, switch panel, and all rings. The fluorine coatings on the front and rear help you to easily clean smudges and fingerprints off the glass.
Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM Lens Specifications
Canon RF mount ( compatible with Canon EOS R-series cameras like EOS R5, R6, R3, etc )
100mm ( Full-frame )
Min Focus Disatance
0.86 ft. (10.2 in.) /0.26 m.
F2.8 – F32
17 elements in 13 groups
Super Spectra Coating; Fluorine coating
5 stops built-in ( up to 8 stops using a camera with build-in image stabilization like EOS R5 ), Hybrid IS support
SA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring to change Bokeh characteristics.
Rubber Ring on the lens mount, Focus Ring, Control Ring, SA Control Ring, switch panel, and switches
From the manufacturer
The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens is the world’s first medium telephoto AF Macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x (as of 4/14/21). This lens is perfect for portraits, weddings, still life, and even landscapes with its Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 stops of shake correction, up to 8 stops when used in combination with an EOS camera with Optical Image Stabilizer, and an SA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring that lets you change the look and style of the foreground and background blur.