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Alongside its R100 camera, Canon has announced the RF 28mm F2.8 STM, a $299.99 pancake prime lens for its RF system.
The RF 28mm acts as a wide-angle for full-frame cameras or a 45mm equivalent normal lens on APS-C bodies. The lens delivers up to 0.17x magnification at a minimum focusing distance of 0.23m (9 inches). With a maximum outer diameter of 69mm and 25mm long, the lens is modest in profile. At 120g (4.2 oz) is is also rather light as well.
Like other budget R-mount lenses it comes with a single control ring whose function can be swapped from focus to a configurable option of your choice via a switch on the body. Note that the lens lacks an AF/MF switch, meaning that on some older EOS R mount cameras without a focus switch on the body, you will have to go into the menu to select manual focus.
The RF 28mm F2.8 STM lens is scheduled to be available in July 2023 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.
Canon Introduces its Most Affordable, Compact, and Lightweight EOS R Camera Ever: The EOS R100
The Company Also Announced the Wide-Angle “Pancake” Style RF28mm F2.8 STM Lens
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 24, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the launch of the EOS R100 camera and RF28mm F2.8 STM lens, two new affordable compact and lightweight tools for entry-level and emerging content creators to elevate their skills.
The Canon EOS R100 camera was designed for new, first-time mirrorless camera or existing interchangeable camera users who previously enjoyed EOS Rebel or EOS M cameras. The camera touts key features such as a 24.2 megapixel APS-C size sensor, the DIGIC 8 image processor, 4K (Cropped) and Full HD (Full-Width) video at up to 24 and 60 frames-per-second respectively, Autofocus with eye and face detection, and Bluetooth™ and Wi-Fi® connectivity capabilities. For users who are making the EOS R100 their first interchangeable lens (ILC) camera, a significant advantage over using a smartphone camera will be lens selection. The EOS R100 is compatible with the complete lineup of RF and RF-S lenses, and EF and EF-S lenses can be utilized when using one of three available Canon EF-EOS R mount adapters (each sold separately). This selection of lenses includes the Canon RF28mm F2.8 STM lens, which was also announced today.
The Canon RF28mm F2.8 STM is a “pancake” style, value lens that targets a wide variety of users, from amateur to enthusiast Full-Frame and APS-C camera users. Key features of the new lens include:
- Minimum focusing distance of 9.1 inches (0.23m) and a maximum magnification of 0.17x
- Retracting feature that helps to shorten the overall length of the lens
- Circumferential manual focus mode/control ring selector
- Gear-type STM motor providing smooth autofocusing while capturing video
- Built-in Control Ring provides quick access to multiple camera controls
- 7-blade circular aperture helps to provide beautifully blurred background and bokeh
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS R100 camera is scheduled to be available in July 2023 for an estimated retail price of $479.99 for body only, $599.99 with the RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, and $829.99 with the RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lenses.
The RF28mm F2.8 STM lens is scheduled to be available in July 2023 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.