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Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens

Martin Vronsky

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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 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 auto focus 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 USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price of $1,399.00, $11,999.00 and $12,999.00, respectively*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.

* Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.
[1] As an autofocus interchangeable lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon survey as of April 14, 2021.
[2] Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS R camera.
[3] Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS R5 camera.


Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size - 35mm FF
Focal length - 100 mm
Image stabilization - Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating - 5 stop(s)
Lens mount - Canon RF

Maximum aperture - F2.8
Minimum aperture - F32
Aperture ring - No
Number of diaphragm blades - 9

Elements - 17
Groups - 13
Special elements / coatings - Super Spectra Coating

Minimum focus - 0.26 m (10.24″)
Maximum magnification - 1.4×
Autofocus - Yes
Motor type - Nano ultrasonic
Full time manual - Yes
Focus method - Internal
Distance scale - No
DoF scale - No
Focus distance limiter - Yes

Weight - 730 g (1.61 lb)
Diameter - 82 mm (3.23″)
Length - 148 mm (5.83″)
Materials - Magnesium alloy
Sealing - Yes
Colour - Black
Filter thread - 67 mm
Hood supplied - Yes

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As a wedding photographer, a macro lens is a must have. I don't use it very often but I use it at every single wedding for rings, earrings and other small details. I've never had an issue with my EF 100mm but when Canon announced the RF version I knew I had to give it a shot! So this video shares my thoughts and opinions on this new RF lens from Canon!


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Over a year after it was announced, Chris and Jordan had the chance to play with the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS Macro! Alongside the expected improvements in autofocus speed and optical performance, this lens feature Spherical Aberration Correction, which allows you to change the look of out-of-focus areas. Is this new lens worth the premium price? 

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 0:50 - Sample images
  • 1:12 - Build quality and design
  • 1:52 - Spherical aberration correction
  • 2:53 - Maximum magnification
  • 3:20 - Focusing
  • 4:17 - Flare and chromatic aberration
  • 4:50 - Bokeh
  • 5:32 - Video performance
  • 6:41 - Sharpness
  • 7:16 - Focus shift
  • 8:13 - Should you buy it?


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