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New Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Lens Review

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Here is a new Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Review. The Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM is a prime lens for Canon full-frame mirrorless cameras.  The lens announced back in mid-Summer with the  Canon EOS R5Canon EOS R6 cameras.

With its fixed focal length of 85mm and maximum aperture of f/2, you have an ideal portrait lens. That’s why it’s the most wished product in many stores.

Canon RF 85mm f/2 IS STM Lens in Stock and Shipping and available at B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon. The RF 85mm f/2 is one of the less expensive lenses for the EOS R system. The US price for this lens is $599.

Check out the full and exhaustive Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Review!

From Dustin Abbott’s  conclusion:

[the RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM] has a lot of great virtues optically, delivering great detail, nice bokeh, and a quality of rendering that is quite excellent.

But the autofocus left me often frustrated, and that’s even more disappointing in a day where I’m seeing great autofocus from all kinds of players in the lens market.  […]  This lens needed Canon’s Nano-USM rather than the cheaper STM motor.  The great optical performance is unfortunately let down by a disappointing autofocus system.

[…] I really, really want to love this lens, as the idea of an affordable, optically excellent 85mm lens that just happens to do 1:2 macro competently is an enticing one. But while I loved the images I got from the [RF 85mm f/2], I found the process of getting them often frustrating. You’ll have to determine whether you can live with the flaws I’ve detailed. User reviews are generally very positive, though the one caveat that does routinely show up is some disappointment with the autofocus. The lens is otherwise good enough that it might be worth living with, but ultimately you’ll have to make that call for yourself.

Dustin Abbott also provides a comprehensive video-review of the Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM lens.

A 13 minutes summary of the review:

And the full and definitive review:

RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Lens:
  • 12 lens elements in 11 groups (including 1 UD lens)
  • Minimum shooting distance 0.35m
  • Maximum shooting magnification 0.5x
  • Image stabilization effect 5.0 steps
  • Filter diameter 67mm
  • Size: φ78×90.5mm
  • Weighs: 500g

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