A Canon Rumors reader has let me know that Amazon jumped the gun on posting the soon-to-be-announced Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM
Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Specifications
- 9 elements in 7 grounds (1 aspherical element)
- 13cm/5.1″ minimum focusing distance
- Maximum magnification of 0.26x
- A filter size of 43mm
- Lens length of 40.1mm/15.7″
Canon “RF 16mm F2.8 STM” has a lens configuration of 9 elements in 7 groups (1 aspherical lens), a minimum shooting distance of 13 cm, a maximum shooting magnification of 0.26 times, and a filter diameter of 43 mm. It seems that the length will be 40.1 mm.
Update: Here are the first images of the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM.
It also looks like a Canon Rumors reader was able to preorder one. The lens looks to be scheduled to ship on October 14, 2021.
The pricing for the lens is said to be $299, which sounds quite realistic for what the lens is going to be.
Some people have asked me about the 16mm focal length for a prime lens, as it's quite unusual. All I can think of off the top of my head is that it would be useful for both full-frame and APS-C image sensors.
Although - any possibility this is just the site asking for a deposit for a pre-order? That's common.
Pancake would be really nice!
I'm a tad worried about image quality at this price point, but I'm really looking forward to seeing it! Someone on DP Review also mentioned the listing said "macro," so that would be a really cool additional feature, if true!
RF 16mm f/2.8 Amazon listing.: Canon EOS R Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
The RF 14-35 has a max magnification ratio of 0.15x at 14mm (0.38x at 35mm) and the RF 15-35 has a max magnification ratio of 0.10x at 15mm (0.21x at 35mm). If this 16mm lens has a 0.5x reproduction ratio at 16mm, it will offer a truly unique look for wide angle close up!
So another lens along the same lines as the RF 50mm f/1.8. If the lens lacks both IS and a dedicated control ring, I'll likely pass.
By the old rule of thumb, shouldn’t one be able to handhold down the 1/25th or even 1/15th pretty well with this focal length?
As far as macro, that was me. When the listing was live there was a paragraph or so descriptor. I recall seeing the word in there. I could be mistaken, but I’ve also seen that description used for reproduction ratios as little as 0.25x - so who knows what it’s worth even if it said that.
Just curious, what happens if you click “buy it again”? Does the product page become visible with “temporarily out of stock?”