21 October 2021

New Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Ultrawide Angle Prime Lens
HONG KONG, 21st October 2021 — Canon today announces that the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM ultrawide angle prime lens is available for sale, further expands the lineup of lightweight and affordable RF lenses for entry users. The RF 16mm f/2.8 STM, a compact and lightweight full frame ultrawide angle fast lens designed for EOS R system, weighs only 165g and 40.2mm in length. Its 0.26x magnification at 0.13m minimum focus distance also allows creating close-up photos with unique perspective. All these features make it an ideal choice for landscape or snapshots for entry full frame users.

16mm Ultra-wide Angle with Excellent Image Quality

The RF 16mm f/2.8 STM features a newly developed optical design with 9 elements in 7 groups. Taking the advantage of large mount diameter and short back focus of RF Mount, a large-diameter lens elements is placed closer to the image plane to achieves both a compact optical system and excellent quality throughout the whole image. The incorporation of 1 PMo aspherical lens in the focus group at the 8th lens near the image plane achieves high image quality in the periphery from infinity to the minimum distance by correcting astigmatism and curvature of field. When paired with the real-time Lens aberration Correction[1] and Digital Lens Optimizer built-in to all EOS R series camera, high image quality is ensured. The lens also features the renowned Super Spectra Coating and optimized shapes of lens elements to help improving anti-ghosting and flare performance, an optional petal type Lens Hood EW-65C can be added to further enhance flare resistance.

The RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is an ideal choice for Entry Full frame EOS R users, who currently own a standard zoom kit lens, to expand their photo genres and expressive capability. The lens covers an ultra-wide angle 108o11’ field of view, allows capturing of more breath-taking scenery than the 24mm focal length of standard zoom kit lens or taking spacious photo even in small places. User can also get closer to their subject with this lens and brings more visual dynamic to the photos with perspective unique to ultrawide angle lens. The lens wide f/2.8 aperture and 7-blade circular aperture brings natural and soft bokeh. The bright f/2.8 aperture also allow users to freeze subject movement with faster shutter speed or get better image quality with lower ISO speed when shooting indoor or dark environment. When used with EOS R3/EOS R5/EOS R6, the In Body Image Stabilizer offers up to 5.5-stop shake compensation[2] to facilitate handheld shooting.

For content creators active on social media, the combination of RF 16mm f/2.8 STM and Full Frame EOS R-series camera is a great tool for video content shooting. This combination brings wide angle of view for content creators with more background blur and higher image quality than typical smartphone cameras, even for indoor or dark environment. The lens compact design also allows selfie or vlogging with one hand more easily.

Max. 0.26x Magnification at 0.13m

RF 16mm f/2.8 STM’s short 0.13m minimum focusing distance allows user to get very close to subjects. With an ultrawide angle lens, getting closer to the subject brings more exaggerated perspective distortion. By making use of this exaggerated perspective distortion, users can create adorable and funny kids or animals’ photos which are eye catching on social media. In the meantime, the 0.26x maximum magnification at 0.13m handles small subject with ease, the lens f/2.8 large aperture also brings beautiful background blur to close-up images.

Affordable and Compact

While RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a fast ultrawide angle lens, it is affordable comparing to similar type of lenses in the market, even entry full frame users with limited budget can now experience the fun of ultrawide angle lens. The lens, featuring a compact design similar to that of RF 50mm f/1.8 STM and a metallic lens mount for durability, weights 165g only and 40.2mm in length, making it an ideal choice for photo amateurs who want ultra-wide-angle lens with minimum weight and size. To maintain compactness, a “Focus/Control Ring” is adopted to enable the use a single Ring as either “Focus Ring” for Full-time manual focusing or “Control Ring” for operation such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed or exposure compensation adjustment with a “Focus/Control Selector Switch” for easy switching. RF 16mm f/2.8 STM also features Gear-type Stepping Motor (STM), providing fast AF and Smooth Movie Servo AF during movie shooting with EOS R-series camera’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology.

Suggested Retail Price

The new RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is now available for sale. The suggested retail price is HK$2,680

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