Not only has Canon annoyed us with the announcement of the development of the EOS R3, but the Japanese camera maker has also expanded its RF lens portfolio with the introduction of the first true macro lens for its full-frame mirrorless system. The RF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS STM lens will eventually replace the existing EF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro lens for Canon’s DLSRs and has a number of nifty tricks up its sleeve.
The main gimmick is its ability to offer a 1: 1.4 magnification, making it the first macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x, at a minimum focusing distance of just 8.6cm. The only way its 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 11.2cm.
The Canon RF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro also features a new control ring on the barrel, called the SA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring, which offers the photographer an additional layer of creative control.
While the f / 2.8 aperture already brings shallow depth of field and blurred backgrounds with bokeh effect to photos, the SA ring can further soften the background, or indeed soften the foreground, which can produce interesting results. The lens is rated for 5 stops of camera shake compensation, which when combined with a stabilized camera like the EOS R5 or EOS R6 gives a combined 8 stops compensation.
Dual Nano USM motors promise fast and smooth autofocus performance, and Canon says the lens has improved focus breathing that suppresses stacking effects by up to 50% compared to its EF counterpart. The Canon RF 100mm f / 2.8L Macro IS STM will be available in the UK from May 2021, and in the US and Australia from the end of July for $ 1,399 / £ 1,479.99 / AU $ 2,599.
Canon Introduces First True Macro Lens for EOS R Mirrorless Camera Range