Canon recently launched a new lens to the RF family lineup, the Canon RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens. This would be a good addition to the Canon RF lenses family, giving photographers more choices when they want to buy RF lenses for their Canon EOS R or Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera bodies. It’s good to see more Canon RF lenses being released in the market. This is not really a heavy lens for the focal length between 24-240mm range, it would be quite a versatile lens, suitable for travel photography as well.

The RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens will be part of the Canon EOS RP kit set, this would be a good combination for photographers starting off to explore with their Canon full-frame mirrorless camera photography adventures. This versatile lens can pretty much cover almost all photography genres from travel, events, everyday lens etc.

If the opportunity arises in the near future, I hope to review this Canon RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens, share the photos shot with this lens and a review article. The Canon RF lenses family collection are building up nicely, since the launch of the Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera. This shows Canon’s commitment to the Canon RF mount and its technology, great news for photographers looking at the Canon EOS R camera and lenses setup. I am currently using both Canon EF and RF lenses for Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and Canon EOS RP, as the Canon RF lenses database expands, it would be interesting for me, on how I would want to build them up. I would share more in the near future!

Expanding the range of the EOS R system, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is equipped with a Nano USM focus drive system, along with optical Image Stabilisation (IS) and Dynamic IS. This ensures ease of usage and good functionality for still images and movies. Additionally, speedy focusing with minimal blurring from camera shake will be ensured, assisting users greatly in shooting fast-moving objects.

“Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system strives to redefine optical excellence, one of the ways we do so is by building up a strong ecosystem for EOS R and RP users to enjoy greater choice,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “The new RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is a powerful all-in-one lens, packing 10x zoom into a compact size, making it a versatile choice for photographers to experience unbridled creative freedom for a multitude of shots.”

Powerful Image Stabilisation (IS) for Stills and Movies

Equipped with the CIPA standard 5-stop IS, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM has the ability to capture hand-held night scenes and dark indoor shots with minimal blurring. It is also the first ever full-frame compatible Canon interchangeable lens to be equipped with Dynamic IS. This makes it possible to record smooth, stable videos in different scenarios – even while walking or recording from a moving vehicle.

IS performance has been improved dramatically for shooting in dim indoor conditions, with the ability to set a low ISO speed. This allows users to capture high-quality images in low-light environments with minimal noise. Moreover, when paired with a camera body that supports combination IS, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM’s stabilization effect is further enhanced by leveraging both the lens’ optical IS and the in-camera digital IS.

Experience High Image Quality on an RF Mount

Conventional high-zoom lenses offer the convenience of a wide range of focal lengths in a single lens but with a trade-off in image quality. However, the characteristics of the large diameter and short back focus distance of the RF mount, allowed the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM to be designed to deliver sharp and exceptional image quality throughout its 24-240mm focal range.

The RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM additionally has excellent edge-to-edge sharpness with reduced ghosting and produces high image quality even in backlit scenes.

Comfortable Controls and Smooth Operation

The new RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM also features a dual-purpose ring that can be used as a focus ring or control ring. While the control ring can be customized to control different exposure settings such as exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed and aperture, users are also able to switch to the focus ring function with the simple click of a button.

The new design employed on the zoom mechanism reduces zoom torque and enables high magnification within a compact size, making zooming operations possible with minimal force and enables smooth control while recording. The zoom ring lock lever prevents unintended lens extension or ‘creeping’ while carrying the camera. Coupled with the Nano USM focus drive system, the RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM allows for focusing to be smooth, quiet and fast.

A Perfect Companion to the EOS RP

The RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM will also come as a kit lens for the EOS RP – Canon’s latest, lightest and most affordable full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP features the new RF lens mount, a DIGIC 8 image processor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF that delivers unparalleled optical excellence in a well-refined body with enhanced ergonomics for easy operability. With its compact size, lightweight features and high-performance characteristics, the EOS RP and RF24-240mm f/4- 6.3 IS USM is the perfect body and lens combination (approx. 1255g) for travel and everyday photography. Users can now enjoy casual outings or long trips without missing out on precious details close to heart.

Availability & Pricing

Availability and pricing of the new lens will be advised at a later date.

Product Specifications

Focal Length

24-240mm

Maximum Aperture

f/4-6.3

Maximum Focusing Distance

0.5 – 0.78 m

Maximum Magnification

0.26x

Lens Construction

21 Elements in 15 Group

Special Lenses

1 Aspherical Lens, 2 UD Lenses

Filter Size Diameter

Φ72 mm

Aperture Blades

7 (circular)

IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)

5 Step

Focus Drive System

NANO USM

Minimum Overall Length

122.5 mm

Maximum Diameter

Φ 80.4 mm

Weight

Approx. 750 g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy *

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