The Canon RF 16mm f2.Eight STM is a compact ultra-wide prime lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system, aimed toward panorama, structure, astro-photography and vlogging. Introduced in September 2021 alongside the RF 100-400mm, the brand new RF 16mm f2.Eight prices round $299 or 319 kilos, and I had a quick probability to deal with an early pre-production mannequin, so I’ll hold this quick.
The RF 16mm f2.Eight STM doesn’t simply turn out to be by far the widest prime lens within the RF system up to now – it’s one of many smallest and least expensive too. Till now, ultra-wide protection within the native RF mount has been left to usually massive and costly L-series zooms. The brand new RF 16mm is a totally totally different proposition: smaller, lighter and less expensive, bringing ultra-wide goodness to a broader viewers.
I’ve acquired it mounted right here on an EOS R6 physique the place you’ll be able to see the interior barrel extends a bit of because it powers-up and focuses, just like the RF 35 and RF 50 1.Eight fashions. Talking of the RF 50 1.8, the brand new RF 16 2.Eight is nearly precisely the identical dimension at simply 69x40mm and weighing 165g; it’s a really compact and light-weight lens. There’s no optical stabilisation, and so far as I do know, it’s not weather-proof both, however the STM focusing motor is fast and quiet, and it additionally takes 43mm filters.
Sadly I wasn’t allowed to take any pattern images with it but, however Canon did let me movie some video with it on the R6 as an instance the protection, depth of subject and stabilisation for vlogging. So right here’s a clip exhibiting the 16mm at f2.Eight on the R6 with sensor shift IBIS stabilisation solely, and you may already see how the massive subject of view is ideal for environmental vlogs. Subsequent with extra digital stabilisation the place there’s a small crop utilized, nevertheless it’s nonetheless very large. And eventually with the R6’s enhanced digital film stabilisation which incurs a much bigger crop to look extra like 24mm protection right here.
The absence of optical stabilisation could appear to be a downfall for a lens that’s partly aimed toward vloggers, however in my expertise, digital stabilisation usually works higher when strolling and filming. Plus in case you’re fairly regular, chances are you’ll not want any stabilisation in any respect at 16mm.
Both manner, by supplying you with a style of the unique at one of many lowest costs within the system, the RF 16 2.Eight seems to be set to promote like hotcakes, and I can’t wait to totally check it. I’ll hyperlink to my full evaluation right here as soon as it’s prepared, however within the meantime, try my evaluations of the opposite RF lenses.