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Meet the Canon’s new nifty fifty and smallest telezoom lenses

Canon launches two exciting lenses; the RF 50mm F1.8 STM and RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM…

Canon photographers now have two new lenses to add to their kit bags after the brand launched two new important optics to its RF mount line-up – the RF 50mm F1.8 STM and RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM.

First up is the RF 50mm F1.8 STM, which is the mirrorless version to the ever-popular EF version of the optic, which is often referred to as the nifty fifty, thanks to its value-for-money price-tag, versatility and fast aperture. 

Often recommended as the first prime lens newcomers to photography should buy, the 50mm is suitable for everything from portraiture (thanks to the 50mm focal length providing a perspective that’s close to human vision), landscape work, street photography, wedding photography and general reportage. The large maximum aperture will help keep shutter speeds fast when light levels drop, while also creating impressive bokeh.

The RF 50mm F1.8 STM features a minimum focusing distance of 30cm, which is actually 5cm closer than the existing EF version, enabling photographers to capture frame-filling images of smaller subjects. The lens also features an STM motor for accurate and quiet autofocus, making the RF 50mm a great choice for those shooting video. To improve image quality and reduce ghosting and flare, the 50mm also features Canon’s Super Spectra Coating technology and, when used with Canon’s R5 or R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, benefits from up to 7-stops of image stabilisation.

Those looking for a longer focal length option will be excited by the release of the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM, which is instantly recognisable thanks to its compact dimension. In fact, the telephoto lens tips the scales at just 695g and measures only 11.9cm long – to put that into perspective, that’s 32% smaller than the EF version of this lens and will appeal to photographers looking to travel light while still achieving longer focal lengths.

Featuring Canon’s Image Stablisation technology, the  RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM offers five stops of compensation when used with non IBIS bodies such as the original EOS R, but when used with bodies like the R5 and R6 that do feature IBIS, photographers can benefit from up to 7.5-stops of compensation.

The RF 70-200mm lens features not one, but two USM motors, which power the fast and quiet focusing system and making the lens suitable for professional sports and wildlife photography. That said, the versatile focal length will also be suitable for portraiture, long landscapes and travel photography, too.

 With Dual Nano USM, the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM also offers incredible levels of continuous focusing, allowing videographers to shoot in near silence. For improved image quality, the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM features Canon’s Air Sphere Coating technology, four Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) lenses and also offers a 9-blade iris design to create impressive bokeh.

The minimum focusing distance on the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM has also been reduced from 1m to 0.6m and along with weather sealing to protect from moisture, the lens features Canon heat shield coating, making the lens suitable for use in harsh, hot conditions. Both are expected to be available from December and will be priced from $1,599/£1699.99 for the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM and $199/£219 respectively.