Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Bigger Picture with Canon’s New Compact, Wide-Angle Lenses

Canon Australia recently announced the launch of two new affordable full frame RF lenses, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. The RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is a lightweight, bright f/1.8 prime lens featuring a 24mm focal length, and the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is an ultra-wide angle zoom lens covering a range of focal lengths from 15-30mm. Continuing the expansion of the RF series of lenses, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM feature the same advanced optical technology for sharp, high-quality imagery in compact designs which are ideal for shooting on-the-go. Versatile lenses, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM are suited to a variety of genres of photography and vlogging, enabling users to unleash their creativity and instinctively capture each shot.

Introducing the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM; Sharp, light, wide

The RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is a compact and versatile wide-angle 24mm prime lens, made possible by the intelligent design of Canon’s RF mount. A fast, bright, image stabilised lens, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM excels in low light scenarios with a f/1.8 maximum aperture and circular, nine-blade design. This also creates a beautifully soft background, that makes the subject stand out sharply in the image. When used with an EOS R series APS-C sensor camera, this lens also gives an effective focal length of approximately 35mm.

Weighing just 270g and featuring a gear type STM motor which enables fast and quiet focusing in a small form factor, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is perfect for travel and landscape photographers wanting to shoot on-the-go. With a minimum focusing distance of 14cm (0.5x magnification), this lens offers huge creative potential, enabling photographers and vloggers to focus extremely close to their subject, while still being able to capture the wider environment around it.

The RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM offers superb optical performance and enhanced operation. Equipped with a customisable Lens Control Ring, photographers can easily fine tune ISO, aperture and switch between AF methods. With a dedicated focus ring, this model also gives greater control during manual focusing. The lens information is displayed to offer even greater focusing assistance with the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM. With 11 elements in nine groups, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM employs super spectra coating to prevent ghosting and flare, for high-quality images every time. Offering super smooth and steady stills and videos, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM employs a 5-stop Optical Image Stabilizer which increases to 6.5-stops of Coordinated Control IS when used alongside an EOS R series body featuring In Body Image Stabilizer.

Expand your view with the ultra-wide RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

Providing the flexibility of a range of popular focal lengths, the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM boasts an incredible 15 – 30mm focal range which is perfect for capturing travel, landscapes or vlogs. This ultra-wide-angle lens means photographers and vloggers can get more into each shot, to capture the full context and scale of subjects such as buildings and stunning natural landscapes. The RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM has a 5.5-stop Optical Image Stabilizer which allows longer shutter speeds for hand-held shooting and slick video2. When used with an EOS R System body featuring In Body Image Stabilizer, users can obtain up to an incredible seven stops for steady, solid stills and video2. Perfect for shooting on-the-go, the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM weighs just 390g and offers a compact, robust design. Featuring a leadscrew-type STM focusing motor, the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM can quickly focus on fast moving subjects. This exceptionally quiet STM motor is also well suited for capturing video, giving vloggers and content creators the tools to film like a pro.

A versatile lens, the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM also has fantastic macro capabilities. Photographers can experiment with the manual focus to discover the world up close and in incredible detail, thanks to the 0.52x magnification of this lens[3]. The new optical design of the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features aspherical and precision moulded elements and lens coatings, to capture every detail. A combined Focus and Lens Control Ring allows users to manipulate settings without ever taking their eye off the scene or subject.

Advanced technology for more creative freedom

Building on the RF series’ sophisticated design, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM feature advanced lens technology in a lightweight and easily portable size, to capture exceptionally sharp images. With its wide-angle and fast aperture that lets photographers shoot high quality stills and video, even in low light, the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is the perfect choice for those wanting to explore the world around them through the quality of a fixed focal length lens. For those wanting more creative freedom, the ultra-wide zoom range and close focusing capabilities of the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM means that users can turn their lens to a variety of subjects from vast landscapes to tiny details.

Compatible with the EOS R, EOS RP and EOS R6, these lenses will also be a great addition to Canon’s new APS-C models, the EOS R7 and EOS R10, thanks to the wide-angle focal lengths.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing will be set at dealer discretion, with an RRP of $1,049.00 for the RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and RRP of $969.00 for the RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Available in Australia in August, the lenses will be supported by Canon Australia’s 5-year warranty when purchased from an authorised Canon Australia reseller.

Visit https://www.canon.com.au

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