Posted: 4. November 2020 at 16:45 CET

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Canon introduces RF 50mm F1.8 and 70-200mm F4

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM with Canon EOS RP full frame

Canon today introduced two lenses for the new RF range of mirrorless cameras. The RF 50mm F1.8 STM is  an updated version of the „Nifty Fifty“ for the EF mount, while the RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM is a lighter and cheaper version of the RF 70-200 F2.8.

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM

With a standard 50mm angle of view and a large aperture of f/1.8, the RF 50mm F1.8 STM provides a perspective that’s close to human vision – ideal for portrait photographers capturing beautifully natural looking images in a wide range of shooting scenarios. Featuring a brand-new optical system, the RF 50mm F1.8 STM’s large aperture and PMo aspherical lenses achieve high image quality even at the maximum aperture, with better separation between the subject and background, allowing photographers to shoot in low light. The RF 50mm F1.8 STM has a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m, 5cm closer than the existing EF version, allowing objects to be photographed even closer with a shallow depth of field. The 7-blade circular aperture – inherited from the EF 50mm F1.8 – can be used for a defocused background or foreground, as well as beautiful bokeh. The RF 50mm F1.8 STM also features Super Spectra Coating technology, creating a harmonised colour balance which reduces ghosting and flare, as well as aberration.

Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM

Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM compact

The sencond newcomer is a L-series telephoto zoom lens which is the world’s shortest and lightest f/4 interchangeable lens in its focal range, Canon claims. The RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM provides amateur and professional photographers with high-performance, flexibility and a compact design to suit a variety of genres from wildlife and sports to travel and portraiture.

Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM extended length

The RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM features  Air Sphere Coating, four Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) lenses, and a reduced focusing distance from 1m to 0.6m, demonstrating Canon’s ongoing commitment to developing enhanced image quality for lenses in the RF range. Even at full zoom range, with its 9-blade iris and constant f/4 aperture giving superb bokeh, the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM provides photographers with incredible detail. With the ability to catch stunning images at all zoom ranges, the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM’s improved image quality provides sharp edge-to-edge photos. Photographs can be taken in crisp, sharp quality using both these new lenses at their maximum aperture, ideal for portrait photographers capturing subtle facial expressions or others wanting to frame precise details on smaller subjects.

Canon RF 50mm F1.8, 70-200mm F4 – Pricing and availability

Both lenses will be available in December. The 50mm F1.8 retails for US$ 199, the 70-200 F4 is priced at US$ 1.599.


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