Canon USA has officially announced the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro, the first dedicated macro lens for the RF mount.

Press Release

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens is not only Canon’s first RF lens designed specifically for macro photography, but also the world’s first[1] 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.

Additional features of the Canon RF100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM include:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of Shake Correction[2].
  • When combined with a camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer, up to eight stops of shake correction[3] is possible with the 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 autofocus 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.

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USMis scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price of $1,399.00.

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  1. Will be interesting to see how much light is lost in the SA adjustments. The "soft focus" lenses that canon produced with non-variable SA adjustments were cutting out > a stop of light.

    The BH photo first look shows the exposure parameters(he's using auto exposure, it looks like, so it changes, but the subject stays the same) I'd say it looks like at most it's maybe 2/3rds of a stop, but it does seem like the lighting gets a little brighter when he's turned to plus, separate from the exposure, so maybe 1/3rd of a stop, Not really all that much.

  2. With a R5 + this RF100mm macro (5298$), and croping when necessary, you can do almost the same things than a R6 with a RF70-200 (5198$) for the same price... interresting for a futur choice
  3. With a R5 + this RF100mm macro (5298$), and croping when necessary, you can do almost the same things than a R6 with a RF70-200 (5198$) for the same price... interresting for a futur choice
    If you mean 70-200 f/2.8 then it's not exactly correct. Cropping 100mm (shot at 2.8) half gives you equivalent of 200mm but also f/5.6 and image quality of four times the ISO.
    Even the f/4 lens would have an advantage at 200mm.
  4. Hey Canon, t a k e my money! This will be a fun summer 2023 when the lens will be in stock. :D

    I bought it now. Placed the order and payed. It will arrive at the earliest in the end of July. But it's 2021 at least :)

    $2005 in Sweden. (17190 SEK)
  5. Great news. Except for the price. That is tough.
    1.549,00 € in Germany (incl. VAT)

    "Spherical aberration (SA) control ring" Let's see how that would work in real world and how useful it is
    Yes that will be really interesting.

    And as I do a lot of handheld marco the better IS togehter with IBIS and the 1.4x mag would make me want to get it - if I went into R/RF ;)

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