Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS Image Gallery
October 31st, 2020
Canon has promised us that the new RF mount has created the potential for a lot of new lens innovation and development. There’s certainly been evidence of that, and one of the most intriguing applications has been Canon’s surprisingly compact RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM. I was fortunate enough to get to review one while I reviewed the new Canon EOS R5, and it proved an excellent match for that camera. Canon has managed to give us the performance of their typical pro-grade 70-200mm F2.8L IS, but in a package that is nearly 30% lighter and shorter. The tradeoff is that the RF 70-200mm is not internally zooming, so it does extend some when zooming, but I’m loving the tradeoff due to the unique portability I get from the lens. I’ve got an 8L Messenger Bag (I reviewed it here), and, if I skip the lens hood, I’m able to carry it upright in that bag attached to my EOS R5. That leaves room for a second lens in the bag, extending my versatility even while traveling light.
So what’s the bad news? Well, in typical Canon fashion, the price tag is going to make you feel like having a little cry before you pull out your credit card. At $2700 USD, the RF 70-200mm is priced at nearly 30% higher than the most recent EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III. Apparently 30% less lens is going to cost you 30% more. Also sacrificed at the altar of compactness is the ability to use teleconverters, so this lens is strictly going to be used with its existing zoom range. These negatives aside, however, I’ve found the RF 70-200mm to be a rather indispensable tool, great for tracking action, for portraits, for video work, and for general purpose photography. It’s such a flexible zoom range, and the wide maximum aperture gives one a lot of options.
The photo galleries below will give you a closer look at the lens along with photos taken with it on the Canon EOS R5 camera. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews!
Thanks to Camera Canada for getting me a loaner of the RF 70-200mm. If you’re in Canada, check them out for a reliable online retailer.
Photos of the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS
Photos taken with the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS
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