Canon Unveils RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L Telephoto Lens
Today, Canon has unveiled the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM lens. The lens is of particular interest to wildlife photographers shooting with Canon’s new mirrorless systems.
Canon continues to bolster its RF-mount range of lenses, and this flexible telephoto zoom lens will no doubt be another popular addition. In part, due to its 100-400mm cousin that has proved popular across many different genres of photography.
The 100-500mm lens is an L-series optic, meaning that it is a professional-grade lens. The two f/11 lenses, however, are not part of the same series.
Consequently, the 100-500mm offers “robust” weather sealing, allowing it to be used in relatively extreme conditions. With the weather-sealing of the R5 camera, the two will no doubt make a good pair.
The lens has one Super UD lens (ultra-low dispersion), as well as six regular UD lenses. This helps to combat chromatic aberration, as well as ghosting and flare.
The 100-500mm lens weighs in at 1,370 grams (lighter than the 100-400mm lens – which weighs 1,570 grams).
It will also offer 5-stops of image stabilisation, but will work with the IBIS of the R5 and R6 cameras to offer 6-stops.
The Dual Nano USM AF motor technology allows for high-speed and quiet autofocus, with a minimum close-focusing range of 0.9 metres.
There is a programmatic Lens Control Ring, allowing you to customise the lens to suit your own preferences.
The lens will go on sale in September at a retail price of $2,699 USD, and is available for pre-order now.