Canon announced the RF28mm f/2.8 STM – First-ever RF Mount Pancake Lens. This lens forms a flat combination with both full-frame and APS-C EOS R cameras, offering a large maximum aperture and excellent image quality in a tiny, and extremely portable form factor.

“As the lightest, thinnest, and smallest prime lens in the EOS R ecosystem, the RF28mm f/2.8 STM is unobtrusive, seamlessly pairing with the camera body to unlock a world of creative possibilities. Despite its slim and compact profile, the RF28mm f/2.8 STM delivers exceptional performance and features that will appeal to a large segment of photographers.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

Slim Pocketable Body, Outstanding Mobility 

The Canon RF28mm f/2.8 STM is less than 2.5cm long when retracted, weighing no more than a bar of soap at around 120g. This lens is thin, just like the word “pancake” suggest, it also barely adds to the size and weight of your camera – you could even use it in place of a lens cap!

Enjoy the lightest, flattest, and most portable combination possible with your full-frame or APS-C camera, whether you are travelling light, exploring the streets, shooting long videos or vlogs handheld.

Excellent Image Quality

The RF28mm f/2.8 STM lens is designed with an efficient optical layout comprising three 3 large-diameter plastic-moulded aspherical lens, offering excellent sharpness and clarity from the image centre to the edges, all within a compact package.

The image quality is a notch above that of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM and RF50mm f/1.8 STM, which are known for their superior performance.  

Versatile Focal Length on Both Full-frame and APS-C

With its wide f/2.8 aperture, the RF28mm f/2.8 STM offers beautiful bokeh along with the speed necessary for freezing fast motion and achieving sharper handheld shots in low-light situations. The versatile 28mm focal length is just enough to easily frame a wide range of scenes on both APS-C and full-frame cameras. 

On full-frame cameras such as the EOS R8 and EOS R6 Mark II, it provides a wide angle-of-view that can capture landscapes and cityscapes with the right amount of perspective, or portraits that show ample background context without the subject appearing too small in the frame.

On APS-C cameras such as the EOS R50 and the EOS R7, it offers a standard angle-of-view equivalent to 45mm on a full-frame camera, providing a natural perspective that is easy to compose with. Half-body portraits are possible from a comfortable distance away—close enough to communicate without getting in your subject’s face! Pair it with the new EOS R100 to get the smallest combination possible.

With its high mobility, image quality, and easy-to-use focal length, one might be inspired to move around and get creative. New angles and perspectives are just a tilt and a step away.

OC-E4A: Take Your Accessories Off-camera

In addition, the Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E4A has been introduced – a multi-function hotshoe extension that succeeds the Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3. The new cord allows hotshoe accessories such as flashes and microphones to be placed off-camera while maintaining the most stable communication possible, paving the way for greater creative expression. Both the camera connector and accessory connector feature dust- and water-resistant capability, akin to that of the EOS-1D series professional camera.

Pricing and Availability

The RF28mm f/2.8 STM will be available at Canon authorised dealers at the recommended retail price of $459 from 4th July 2023.

Technical Specifications

Lens Model RF28mm f/2.8 STM
Focal Length 28 mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.23m
Maximum Magnification 0.17x
Lens Construction 8 elements in 6 groups
Filter Size Diameter Ø 55mm
Aperture Blades 7
IS (With EOS R3 IBIS) 7.0 stops
Maximum Diameter and length approx. 69.2mm x 24.7mm
Weight Approx. 120g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Gloo *

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