Canon released their all-in-one full-frame 10x zoom lens for the RF mount. The Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is now available for pre-order and it will ship during September 2019.
There are not that many 10x zoom lenses out there that cover full-frame sensors. In mirrorless world, there has actually been only one such a lens – Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for Sony E-Mount. Reviews of this lens on B&H are actually quite good in general. Furthermore, there are a couple of full-frame DSLR lenses that cover 10x or more zoom range. Please note, that the massive zoom range always comes with trade-offs – mostly in form of a lower image quality. Simply put, you cannot expect such a lens to perform the same way as two or three zoom lens covering the same focal range.
The development of the lens was already announced in February 2019 (Together with five other RF lenses). Now it looks as if Canon is really committed to provide their new full-frame mirrorless cameras with enough native Canon RF lenses. There are currently two cameras within the RF mount ecosystem – the flagship Canon EOS R, which was released last year (see our review here), and its lower-specs, lower-price brother Canon EOS RP, which was released in February 2019.
Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM Lens
As its name implies, the lens features 10x zoom range and an optical image stabilizer, which compensates for up to five stops of camera shake when shooting handheld – that is usable for both stills and video. The lens incorporates Nano USM autofocus motor, which according to Canon delivers quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.
Additionally, the new Canon lens also features a unique customisable Control Ring, which can be configured to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Minimum focus distance of the lens is 1.64′ (50 cm). It has a 72mm front thread for filters. Dimensions of the lens are (ø x L) 3.2 x 4.8″ (81.28 x 121.92 mm) and the weight is 1.65 lb (751.26 g).
What do you think of the new all-in-one Canon Zoom lens? Do you have experience with the same focal range lens? Would such a lens fit in your workflow? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.