Canon has announced the launch of two budget-friendly lenses for their RF mount. These are 16mm f/2.8 STM and 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM. Both lenses are aimed to lure photographers who are looking to migrate to full frame mirrorless systems without burning a hole in their pockets.
The RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens
This wide-angle prime from Canon is very compact and affordable. It measures 1.6 by 2.7” and weighs just 165 gms. Apart from being useful for landscape and architecture photography, its compact size and light-weight makes it a perfect choice for vlogging as well.
The lens has 9-elements in 7 groups and comprises of one aspherical element. It features a 7-bladed aperture and has a filter diameter of 43mm. The lens does not have its own image stabilization feature.
The 16mm features a gear type stepping motor and has full manual focus capabilities. There is no witch on the lens to change it from AF to manual focus mode. One can however activate that from the camera menu.
Here are couple of images taken using the lens. Images courtesy Canon.
The 16mm f/2.8 should be available in October and will be priced at $300
The RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens
The RF 100-400 lens is super compact telephoto zoom lens. It is compatible with RF 1.4 and 2X tele extenders. Though positioned as an entry level lens, as per Canon it offers a great quality almost like Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens.
In construction, the lens has 12 elements in 9 groups and comprises of one UD glass element along with one aspherical element. It also has Canon’s super spectra coating on elements.
The lens has 9-bladed circular aperture and a 67mm filter diameter.
The lens has built-in image stabilisation that offers 5.5 stops of stabilisation.
The lens measures 6.48” in length and 3.13” in diameter and weighs just 635 gms.
Here are couple of image samples taken using this lens. Images courtesy Canon.
The Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 lens will be available in October and will be priced at $650