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Canon RF 100mm f2.8L, RF 400mm f2.8, and RF 600mm announced

Canon brings out a trio of highly-awaited RF lenses for Macro and wildlife photography

Canon RF 100mm f2.8L
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Canon launches a trio of highly-anticipated RF mount lenses – the RF 100mm f2.8L MACRO IS USM lens, RF 400mm f2.8, and RF 600mm f/4L IS.

Just days ago, Canon also announced the development of a new Canon EOS R3 full-frame flagship camera aimed at sports and wildlife photographers. 

And as such, these three new RF lenses will be a perfect match for both the upcoming EOS R3 and existing Canon EOS R5 and R6 cameras. 

Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens

Canon’s 100mm f2.8 MACRO IS for EF is only of their most popular lenses. And naturally, EOS R system mirrorless users have been patiently waiting for Canon to release the RF mount native version.

According to Canon, the new RF 100mm is not only Canon’s first RF lens designed specifically for macro photography, but also the world’s first medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x.


The new lens, designed for both advanced photo enthusiasts and professionals, takes macro photography expression to the next level with the introduction of a spherical aberration (SA) control ring.

The SA control ring allows users to change the character and appearance of the bokeh and obtain a softer focus effect with a simple turning of the ring to the desired result.

Canon RF100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM Features:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of Shake Correction.
  • When combined with a camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer, up to 8 stops of shake correction is possible with coordinated operation of Optical and In-Body Image Stabilizer.
  • Hybrid IS helps to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting.
  • High-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with dual nano USM.
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design.
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Canon RF 400mm and RF 600mm lenses for sports and wildlife photography

The Canon RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are both designed to be optically identical to their EF counterparts.

The RF 400mm and RF 600mm weigh in at 6.37 and 6.81 pounds with a minimum focusing distance of 8.2 and 13.8 feet, respectively.

Both lenses share many of the same critical features that help professional high-end super-telephoto lenses stand out from the crowd.

Canon 400mm 2.8 RF

Summary of Features for RF 400mm and RF 600mm:

These lenses have been designed and are perfect for a wide variety of shooting situations, including sports, aviation, trains, automotive, and wildlife, such as birding.

  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 stops of shake correction.
    • Including three IS Operation Modes — still subjects, panning, and irregular movement.
  • Proprietary Canon lens coatings, Super Spectra Coating (SSC), and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flaring.
    • Lens placement and coatings are optimized to provide users with clear, high-contrast images even when there is a bright light source.
  • Lenses include fluorite and super UD lens elements arranged in such a way to help correct chromatic aberration and make the models more compact.
    • Like the latest Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses, released in the fall of 2018, weight on these RF-series super-telephotos has been significantly reduced vs. previous-generation Canon super tele designs.
  • Compatible with Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders, and feature a customizable electronic focus ring, with manual focus capability during SERVO AF.
  • The 9 blade circular aperture design provides users beautiful bokeh and ideally blurred backgrounds when the aperture is stopped down.
  • For added convenience when on a shoot, two focus presets are available. Users can instantly return to one of two memorized focus distances.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design with vibration and shock resistance.
    • The front element has been dressed with a fluorine coating for easy cleaning.
      Infrared reflective pigments with high reflectance and titanium oxide lens barrel coating with silica provide excellent UV weather resistance and heat reduction.
Canon RF 600mm f4L
Canon 600mm f/4L RF mount

Pricing and Availability

The newly announced Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to ship sometime in July 2021.

You can check out their respective prices via the pre-order links below:

To check out full specifications and learn more head over to Canon’s website here.

via Canon USA


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