Compact, lightweight, and close-focusing, the RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM from Canon is a unique wide-angle prime mixing the versatility of a general wide lens with the specialty of a 1:2 macro optic. An advanced optical design is benefitted by a Super Spectra coating, which helps to control flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy when working in bright or backlit conditions. Capable of focusing down to 6.7" at half life-size, this lens is ideal for photographing everything from close-ups of plants to street scenes and landscapes. The bright f/1.8 maximum aperture offers increased control over depth of field and also suits working in a variety of lighting conditions. Complementing this is a five stop-effective image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Also, an STM motor affords impressively quiet and smooth autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override. Additionally, a configurable Control Ring lets you adjust exposure settings, including ISO, aperture, and exposure compensation, from the lens itself.
- RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
- Super Spectra Coating
- STM Stepping AF Motor
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Overview
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Specs
|Lens Mount||Canon RF|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||63°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||6.69" / 17 cm|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||1:2|
|Optical Design||11 Elements in 9 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||52 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.93 x 2.47" / 74.4 x 62.8 mm|
|Length at Maximum Extension||2.44" / 62 mm|
|Weight||10.76 oz / 305 g|
|Package Weight||1.025 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.8 x 4.9 x 4.8"|
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Reviews
I use this over my L lenses
I love this lens. I have so many other lenses that I use, 16, 24-70, 70-200, 100, 50, 16-35. This is one I use when I just want to relax and shoot. I always get great photos. I can still be creative by looking at a space differently. It's just a fun lens. I don't use it for anything professional though, just for fun. The focus isn't the fastest. I tried taking this on red carpets and it wasn't wide enough. It's really light though, which makes walking around better than my heavy l lenses. I recommend this lens if you need something light and small, but don't need it to be precise with focus speeds (both photo and video). Not a pro lens anyway, but perfect for taking out and just enjoying taking photos. @eclipticphoto
Love the clarity of this lens
Doing indoor, non-flash photography is a bit challenging. Putting this on an APSC sensor, you end up with a good, mid-range (50-ish) lens that opens to 1.8. I finally have the tool for small events, and cats, without having to use a fill flash!.
It serves its purpose
I purchased this lens for walk around and foliage shots. While I have other 35MM lenses, this is one of the lenses I have recently purchased, the RF version because of its affordability and just not wanting to use an adapter. Changing lenses, when necessary, when some are adapted and others aren't, can be annoying sometimes. I have tried to put some on and they wouldn't fit because I needed to add or remove the adapter first, so convenience was a big factor in my purchase. I don't use it for macros, I use the rf 100 usually, which I also purchased for the same reason, lens swapping.
Great Small Lens
Mirrorless systems benefit from being smaller and lightweight. While the L lenses are superior, they're much heavier and larger. You can walk around with this having fun without drawing as much attention, and have an easier time doing so. The fact that it's 35mm and F1.8 makes it versatile for so many situations. Plus it's sharp enough for me wide open even on a 45MP R5. The motor does make some noise, but in general it's not a problem.
I haven't taken many shots but so far I really like them. As always my order with BH was seamless.
My go-to lens
I compared it side by side to my beloved EF 35mm f/1.4 (version 1) lens, and actually like this one better. They are both colorful and sharp, even wide open. But this new RF lens actually has smoother bokeh, even though it is only f/1.8.
Great store and product
Professional fast and easy
Low light for low price
I chose this for its low light and mid-range to photograph an event. While the prime could be problematic in a hall-like venue the F/1.8 can't be beaten. I have fallen in love with the lens for the beautiful bokeh and the ability to get nearer to my subjects. It is a great lens I totally recommend it. You can't beat the price either.
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