Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM Lens for EOS R Full-frame Cameras

October 24, 2019 | Mark Goldstein | Lenses | Comment |

Completing Canon’s F2.8L trinity series for the mirrorless RF mount, the new RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is the world's shortest and lightest lens with a focal length of 70-200mm and maximum aperture of f/2.8 for 35mm full-frame cameras.

The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM will be available from the start of December 2019 priced at £2,699.99 / €3149.99.

Canon UK Press Release

Canon launches a world first RF lens – the third addition to its F2.8L trinity series

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24 October 2019 – Canon Europe, world leader in lens manufacturing, launches the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM, delivering on its commitment to introducing six RF lenses for the EOS R System to the market in 2019.

Key Features

  • World's shortest and lightest  interchangeable lens with a focal length of 70-200mm f/2.8 for interchangeable lens cameras  with a 35mm Full Frame image sensor – ideal for sports, wildlife and portraits
  • Fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • 5 Stop IS (Image Stabilizer ) for shake free images
  • Fast-focusing with Dual Nano USMs
  • L- series quality and weatherproofing

A lighter, shorter and trinity staple lens

Following the announcement of the RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM in August this year, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM completes Canon’s F2.8L zoom trinity lens series – three kit bag essential RF lenses enabling professionals and enthusiasts to capture subjects in practically any scenario with their large, bright f/2.8 aperture and zoom range.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is a great example of Canon’s commitment to supporting photographers with kit that helps push creative boundaries, futureproofing their content with the EOS R System. Weighing approximately 1,070g and is 146mm in length at its shortest – that’s around 28 per cent lighter and 27 per cent shorter than the existing EF mount model – photographers have the flexibility to shoot for longer periods of time, comfortably to capture the winning shot. The first RF lens with a white heat shield coating, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM will perform at a premium high standard whatever the weather.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is the first Canon lens to support an electronic floating focus control that drives the two lens groups individually with Dual Nano USMs – with this a high degree of quietness, power saving, and high-speed operation is achieved without sacrificing the lens’ compact size. 

Equipped with Dual Nano USMs, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM also achieves high-precision still image AF and smooth movie AF in combination with the EOS R series Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This combination reduces focus breathing for video shooting. Coupled with 5 Stop IS (Image Stabilizer), images will be pin-sharp even when slowing the shutter speed down and in dark scenes – expanding the possibilities for handheld shooting.

Lens which optimises Canon’s optical excellence 

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM’s world’s first lens of its category status is made possible with Canon’s innovative new optical design. Utilising a large diameter and short back focus the degree of freedom in lens design, compared to conventional EF lenses, helps achieve exceptionally high image quality. Ensuring images are of premium quality, each aberration is successfully corrected by glass-molded aspherical lenses, UD lenses and Super UD lenses. In addition to this, SWC – a coating that achieves anti-reflectivity reducing flaring and ghosting – is used.  

Designed with professionals and enthusiasts in mind

As with all Canon products the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM has been designed using customer feedback. The lens is dust and water-resistant enabling photographers to handle all weather conditions – giving peace of mind that, whatever the scenario, the kit will withstand the pressures and produce optically excellent images. 

The highly customisable control ring of the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM makes it possible to assign aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, and exposure compensation as desired. The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM features, a newly designed compact tripod mount which can be removed with a simple operation, to quickly change the vertical and horizontal framing when using a tripod. 

Pricing & Availability

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM will be available from the start of December with the following RSP:

  • RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS UMD: £2,699.99 / €3149.99

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