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Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens

BH #CA1628RF • MFR #5051C002
Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
Ultra-wide field of view mixed with a compact and portable design, the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a sleek everyday wide-angle prime. Blending a compact, lightweight design with a bright maximum aperture, this rectilinear ultra-wide comes in handy when photographing interiors and architectural subjects, as well as broad landscape views and astrophotography scenes.
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Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Overview

Ultra-wide field of view mixed with a compact and portable design, the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a sleek everyday wide-angle prime. Blending a compact, lightweight design with a bright maximum aperture, this rectilinear ultra-wide comes in handy when photographing interiors and architectural subjects, as well as broad landscape views and astrophotography scenes.

One aspherical element is featured in the optical design, which limits distortion and contributes to a high degree of sharpness for accurate rendering. This unique lens also sports a close 5.1" minimum focusing distance for close-up shooting and the STM AF motor enables smooth and quiet focusing performance to suit both photo and video applications. The lightweight design and broad field of view also make this lens an enticing option for vlogging and content creation.

Sleek ultra-wide-angle prime is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working available lighting conditions, helps control depth of field, and contributes to a sleek form factor.
One aspherical element helps control distortion and promotes a high degree of sharpness.
Super Spectra Coating has been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
STM stepping motor offers fast, quiet, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance that is ideal for video recording as well as still shooting.
Minimum focusing distance of 5.1", along with a maximum magnification of 0.26x, makes this a unique option for close-up shooting while retaining great depth of field.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 013803341317

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Specs

Focal Length16mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon RF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View108° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance5.1" / 13 cm
Maximum Magnification0.26x
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size43 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)1.6 x 2.7" / 40.1 x 69.2 mm
Weight5.8 oz / 165 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.575 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.7 x 3.8 x 3.7"

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Reviews

Gran Lente!!!

By Chyann
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-19

I used it at an event and the lens fulfilled the expectations that I had created. Very functional and for the time I spend with the camera in hand, the weight is perfect. The quality that only canon can provide. 100% recommended.

Canon should be embarrassed

By Heiko
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-27

I bought this lens for landscape, street, and interior photography. I also own the RF 15-35/2.8 which has been a disappointment. I hoped that a prime lens would perform better. This is NOT the case. The RF 16mm can only be used with the lens corrections enabled in LR. That wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for the fact that only about 2/3 or 1/2 of the image was sharp. The center of the image is sharp, no problems with that. The point is that you have to cut away a big part of the image to get reasonable sharpness for any landscape or architectural photography. If I cut away the part that is totally blurred/unsharp, I'm left with less than half of the resolution my R5 offers. In addition to being blurred along the edges to a degree I never saw in a lens before (not even the old 20-35/2.8 Nikon lens I once owned), the Canon RF 16mm features chromatic aberrations to a degree that I never saw before. The aberrations are hard to fix, and the normal automatic aberration feature in LR is just not doing the job. On top of all that, the lens profile cuts away a substantial part of the image. How do I know? Just use the Aspect slider in the Transform section of Adobe Lightroom Classic. You will discover that you can actually get a much wider view if you pull the slider to the right. Where do all the extra pixels come from? In other words, Canon is truncating a lot of the 45MP image to start with. Yet, even with truncating so much from the sides of the image, the remaining photo still needs to be cropped to get something useable. So if you think it is smart to throw away away a few hundred dollars to get an image that is sharp only in the 24-35mm crop at a much reduced resolution, go ahead. This lens is indeed quite sharp at the center, but only there. I gave it 2 stars because of the center sharpness. Perhaps that lens works for you. Next time I'd be renting it before purchase.

Great Starter Lens

By Evelyn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-24

Opted to get this 16mm lens with my Canon R6 instead of the included 24-105 kit lens and I'm so glad I did. Great for both wide angle landscape/street photography as well as filming YouTube videos and a low enough aperture for amazing depth of field.

Good Enough

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-23

F4-5.6 are the best bets if you wish to avoid edge issues. Auto Focus is good on an EOS R body. Color saturation is very nice

Crisp clear lens for the money

By Dick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-22

16 mm lens is crisp and clear, edge distortion not too noticeable. Great when you are cramped on camera to subject distance.

I like it

By Theodoros
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

Did not have budget for a more expensive ultra wide angle lens. It does the job for very low price. If I did not have the lens would have missed a lot of opportunities to take great shots waiting to save for something more expensive. Any picture is better than no picture at all right?

Great Lens

By Jacob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-15

I'm a wedding and portrait photographer so I don't have much need of an ultra wide except for one or two shots to show the venue or the whole church or things like that. Maybe like 3-5 photos total from the day. I used this lens for last week's wedding and I could not be happier with the results. I also played around with it on the dance floor for some fun perspective images. It's a great little lens and fast enough for what I need it to do and does an incredible job for the price. Cameras I use: R5 R3

Astrophotography

By Brittni
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-13

I bought this lens for my Arizona trip in April. I wanted to take a try at astrophotography. I absolutely loved using this lens!

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