Melville, NY—The Canon RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM lens was released to answer the calls from photojournalists and professional-level customers for a modern 300mm f/2.8 lens. The new lens builds on the legacy of Canon’s popular EF 30mm f/2.8 lens.
The telephoto zoom is a solution for professionals who use a Canon EOS R3, EOS R5 or EOS R6 Mark II full-frame mirrorless camera. However, Canon believes it will also appeal to serious, aspirational enthusiasts looking to step beyond their traditional telephoto lens experience.
Best use cases include, but are not limited to, indoor sports, motorsports, outdoor fashion, video and cinema creation, photojournalism and theater work.
Canon RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM Specs
For decades, the 300mm f/2.8 telephoto lens has been an industry standard for photojournalists, professionals as well as aspiring enthusiast photographers. That is due to its outstanding image quality, excellent speed for indoor shooting and relatively light weight for handholding.
With the launch of the RF100–300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Canon is delivering the flexibility of a zoom lens with the quality of a 300mm f/2.8 L-series telephoto lens.
Exceeding the reach of traditional 70–200mm lenses—and adding zoom flexibility to its Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS predecessor—the new RF100–300mm seeks to bring new value to customers.
It will benefit photographers with its wide 100–300mm focal range along with a fast f/2.8 constant wide aperture. Its wide aperture allows for control over depth of field and bokeh effects. It also enables low-light shooting with reliable autofocus.
In addition, the lens offers extended zoom when used with Canon’s optional RF1.4x and 2x extenders. Consequently, the lens will reach a zoom range of up to 600mm.
Its optical construction boasts 23 elements in 18 groups. They include one fluorite lens, four UD (ultralow dispersion) glass elements and one aspherical element to combat various aberrations. Moreover, Canon SSC (super-spectra coating) also aids in minimizing ghosting and flare. In addition, Canon applied a protective fluorine coating.
Further, the lens offers image stabilization with up to 5.5 stops of correction using in-lens optical image stabilization. That number increases up to 6.0 stops with in-body coordinated image stabilization.
What’s more, the lens employs two Nano USMs to achieve image quality throughout the focusing range, from infinity to close-up. That’s thanks to two focusing groups that are independently actuated.
Other features include a built-in function/focus preset selector switch to program a focus preset recall into the buttons at the front of the lens; a dedicated, programmable control ring with click-stop operation; and a 9-blade circular aperture to create softly blurred backgrounds. Moreover, the lens is relatively light, weighing in at 5.8 pounds.
The weather- and dust-resistant Canon RF100–300mm f/2.8 L IS USM will reach retail in May. It will have a suggested retail price of $9,499.