The Canon RF 35mm f1.Eight IS Macro STM is a gentle wide-angle prime lens for Canon’s EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. Introduced in September 2018, it’s one of many first 4 RF lenses that launched the system, the opposite three being the RF 50mm f1.2L USM, RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM and the RF 28-70mm f2L USM.
The RF 35mm f1.Eight IS Macro STM is the smallest, lightest and least expensive lens of this authentic 4, and like different 35mm lenses, is a perfect general-purpose possibility, versatile sufficient for avenue, panorama, architectural, portrait and product pictures. Making it extra helpful are its macro credentials and whereas it gained’t focus close-enough for 1:1 / 100% copy, it’s going to handle 1:2 / 50% at a distance of 17cm which nonetheless permits you to fill the body with smallish objects. The f1.Eight focal ratio permits shallow depth-of-field results, particularly at nearer focusing distances, and the presence of optical stabilisation (with Canon claiming 5 stops of compensation) irons out the wobbles and makes it a extra sensible possibility for filming than the unstabilised lenses within the collection.
Not like the opposite three RF lenses at launch, the RF 35mm f1.Eight is the one one to make use of STM fairly than USM focusing. As one of many extra reasonably priced lenses, it’s maybe unsurprisingly not the quickest or quietest at focusing, particularly if it’s racking from close to to far or vice versa, however for common picture and video use, it’s quick and quiet sufficient. Like all RF lenses thus far, it additionally incorporates a customisable management ring along with a handbook focusing ring which makes use of a motorised system. The lens itself is probably the most compact of the primary 4, measuring 74mm in diameter, 63mm in size and weighing 305g. Forward of my full assessment, take a look at my pattern photographs and movies!
Canon RF 35mm f1.Eight IS Macro STM pattern photographs