Canon introduced the RF 85 mm F2 Macro IS STM - the perfect lens for close-ups and portraits

Canon introduced the RF 85 mm F2 Macro IS STM – the perfect lens for close-ups and portraits


Canon continues to expand its fleet of interchangeable lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Along with the announcement of the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, the company introduced several lenses, including the relatively inexpensive telephoto RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM.

This model is ideal for both close-ups and portraits. By design, it resembles the RF 35 mm F1.8 IS STM and along with it should be an attractive choice for wedding photographers who want to capture both groups of people and close-up portraits along with macro photography. RF 85 mm can focus from a distance of 0.35 m.

An optical lens consists of 12 elements in 11 groups, including one UD (ultra-low dispersion) element to reduce chromatic aberration. On the EOS R or RP, this model provides five levels of jitter compensation, but when working in conjunction with the EOS R5 or R6 with an integrated mechanical stabilization system, Canon claims eight steps thanks to the two-way communication between the motion sensors and gyroscopes in the camera and lens.

A stepper motor is used to control the focus, so autofocus speed is unlikely to be as high as Canon lenses using more advanced Nano USM motors. In addition, this engine raises doubts about the quiet operation of the focus.

The lens is relatively compact, has a 67 mm diameter filter thread and weighs 500 grams. Nine aperture blades help create round highlights with a bokeh effect. The lens is not weatherproof. The Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM will go on sale in October for $ 599.



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