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Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM & RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Revealed

Simon Skinner - 5 months ago

Canon has revealed the arrival of two new and reasonably priced full-frame RF lenses, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

The new Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM boast the same optical tech and compact design and are both compatible with canon’s mirrorless EOS R, EOS RP and EOS R6. They will also work with Canon’s new APS-C models, the EOS R7 and EOS R10.

RF 24mm f/1.8 MA Key Features

The new Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is an image-stabilised lens with an f/1.8 maximum aperture and a circular 9-blade aperture.

  • Compact 24mm prime lens
  • Large f/1.8 aperture with 9 blades
  • 5-stop Optical Image Stabiliser [CIPA standards]
  • 6.5-stop Combined Image Stabiliser with selected EOS R Bodies [CIPA standards]
  • Compact and lightweight – just 270g
  • Gear type STM motor
  • 14cm minimum focusing distance with 0.5x magnification

The weight of this new lens comes in at just 270g and has a gear-style STM motor that Canon claims ‘enable fast and quiet focusing in a small form factor’. It has a minimum focusing distance of just 14cm [0.5x magnification].

The RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is loaded with a customisable Lens Control Ring enabling fine-tuning of the ISO, aperture and allowing users to switch between AF modes. The lens information is displayed to offer even greater focusing assistance and with 11 elements in 9 groups, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM uses super spectra coating that is claimed to control ghosting and flare. The lens utilises a 5-stop Optical Image Stabiliser which increases to 6.5-stops of Coordinated Control IS when used alongside an EOS R series body featuring In Body Image Stabiliser.

RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Key Features

The new Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM has a 5.5-stop Optical Image Stabiliser which allows for longer shutter speeds when shooting hand-held. When used with a Canon EOS R body featuring In Body Image Stabiliser, it’s possible to get up to 7 stops. The lens weighs 390g and it features a compact and robust design.

RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
  • Ultra-wide-angle zoom lens offering 15-30mm focal range
  • 5.5-stop Optical Image Stabiliser [CIPA standards]
  • 7-stop Combined Image Stabiliser with selected EOS R Bodies [CIPA standards]
  • Lightweight lens at 390g
  • Leadscrew type STM motor
  • Maximum magnification of 0.52x

The lens employs a leadscrew-style STM focusing motor so that it can rapidly focus on fast-moving objects. The quiet motor is also well suited for shooting moving images.

The new optical design of the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features aspherical and precision moulded elements and lens coatings and a combined Focus and Lens Control Ring allow users to control settings without having to take an eye away from the viewfinder or screen.

Pricing and Availability

The new RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM lens from Canon comes in at £719.99  and the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM retails at £669.99. Follow the links below and head to Canon’s website for more.

https://www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-24mm-f1-8-macro-is-stm/

https://www.canon.ie/lenses/rf-24mm-f1-8-macro-is-stm/

https://www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-15-30mm-f4-5-6-3-is-stm/

https://www.canon.ie/lenses/rf-15-30mm-f4-5-6-3-is-stm/

About the author

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.