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Taking Your Portrait, Wildlife and Sports Shots to the Next Level


Following the highly successful launch of its two latest mirrorless cameras, the EOS R5 and EOS R6, Canon has announced two new lenses that will expand the offerings for the RF-mount system. The world’s shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/4 interchangeable lens, the Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM also brings a host of new features that will entice advanced amateurs and professionals who are particular about image quality and performance. Going towards the other end of the focal length spectrum, the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8L STM is Canon’s latest 50mm prime lens that is fast yet affordable.      

“These two new RF lenses will give photographers an added advantage and improved creativity, be it for portrait, wildlife or sports photography. With these prime lenses that offer more choices, we hope that photographers will be able to explore their photographic passions,” said Albert Mah, Head of Imaging Communication Products Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia.

Small, Light, Far

Telephoto zoom lenses give you more reach, which is especially important if you like to shoot sports or wildlife. But that long reach usually comes with a cost — extra weight and size. The new Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM bucks the trend by being the world’s smallest and lightest 70-200mm f/4 lens.

With most 70-200mm lenses weighing 800g and measuring an average of 176mm in length, the Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM comes in a lighter and slimmer body that weighs 695g while achieving a 32% reduction in length at just 119mm long. In fact, the Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is only marginally longer than the RF24-105mm f4L IS USM lens.

This makes it easy to handle and carry around, and it can be stored in a bag while still attached to the camera, unlike other conventional telephoto zoom lenses which have to be removed from the camera before being stored away. The ability to start shooting right after taking the camera out from your bag means you will never miss any shooting opportunities again.

Quiet and Sharp Shots All the Time

The  Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is able to deliver high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. Even when shooting at the longest 200mm end, the lens elements are arranged to reduce vignetting, chromatic aberration and ghosting. Conversely, the 9-blade circular aperture in the  Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM maximises bokeh even at the edges of the image for soft, blurry backgrounds.

The lens is also equipped with a Nano USM, Canon’s latest lens motor which has an excellent high-speed performance. Focusing is highly accurate at any focal length even if the subject is standing at a distance. The Nano USM is also incredibly quiet, smooth, and suppresses focus breathing, which helps to produce fluid video shots.

Not everyone shoots with a tripod and trying to keep a camera outfitted with a telephoto zoom lens steady can be a challenge, often resulting in blurry shots.  Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM comes with an in-built Image Stabilizer (IS) that provides up to 5-stops image stabilisation to ensure sharp images even when shooting handheld. The image stabilisation can go up to 7.5-stops when paired with either EOS R5 or EOS R6, allowing you to casually capture sharp images handheld when shooting dark scene even at the longest 200mm end.

While commonly overlooked, a lens’ minimum focusing distance is an important specification. Regardless of the genre of photography you are interested in, the ability to focus at a much closer distance provides more flexibility when it comes to composing a shot. The  Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM comes with a minimum focusing distance of 0.6m, which is much closer compared to the average distance of 1m for similar lenses. The reduction in minimum focusing distance also allows the  Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM to achieve a maximum of 0.28x magnification.

The  Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM’s robust construction ensures that it is dust- and water-resistant with the extended part of the lens barrel possessing vibration and shock resistance as well. Coated with a heat-shielding paint, the entire lens will perform optimally even in hot weather while the surface of the lens’ front element has a fluorine coating which repels oil and water.

Getting the Prime Shot

One of the most popular focal lengths to shoot at, the humble 50mm prime lens is usually one of the first upgrades from a kit lens. The new Canon RF 50mm f/1.8L STM adds a large aperture of f/1.8 for low-light performance and those sought-after dreamy backgrounds in portrait shots. Compact and lightweight, it is ideal for street photography and snapshots without having to lug around a bulky lens.

Offering a similar field of view as the human eye, the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8L STM is also suitable for many types of photography such as portraits, landscapes, and food photography. The minimum focusing distance of 30cm means you can get closer to the food, small items, and products that you are shooting.

Despite being an affordable single focal length lens, the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8L STM has outstanding image quality due to the combination of its large aperture, the short back focus of the RF mount and the use of the PMo aspherical lens. Flaring, ghosting and coma aberration are all reduced, which results in clear, high-resolution images.

Product Specifications

 Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USMCanon RF 50mm f/1.8L STM
Focal Length70 – 200 mm50 mm
Maximum Aperturef/4f/1.8
Minimum Focusing Distance0.6 m (throughout zoom range)0.30 m
Maximum Magnification0.28x (at 200 mm)0.25x
Lens Construction16 elements in 11 groups6 elements in 5 groups
Special Low Dispersion GlassFour UD
Filter Size Diameterø77 mmø43 mm
Aperture Blades97
IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)Yes (5 stops)
Maximum Diameter and lengthapprox. 83.5 mm x 119 mmapprox. 69.2 mm x 40.5 mm
WeightApprox. 695 gApprox. 160 g
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