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Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 2500 EURNeoscore 71%NEX score 82%

Product Overview

Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM is a wide-angle zoom lens for Canon RF-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Canon in 2019, it has 16 elements in 12 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM is externally-zooming. For incremental weathers, Canon is kind enough to include weather sealing.
The f/2.8 maximum aperture is quite bright for a wide-angle zoom lens and can be quite valuable for night photography, though an ultra wide-angle lens may prove more interesting. It can also be quite interesting for landscape and general photography. The built-in image stabilization can be useful for some handheld video work and for low-light stills.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 1mm wider than the EF-mount version
  • Low distortion
  • Unique image stabilization
  • Weather-sealed
  • Good sharpness
Cons
  • On the heavy side
  • External zoom without zoom lock

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization system
  • Excellent image quality at f/2.8 and f/4.8
  • Wide coverage
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Optical stabilization is included
  • Optical stabilisation
Cons
  • No 5-stop image stabilization feature
  • Price-premium over the EF version
  • Larger aperture than other L-series lenses
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Nano ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
16 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
12 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
3 aspherical + 2 UD elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
89 mm / 3.50 in
Size | Length
127 mm / 5.00 in
Weight
840 g / 29.68 oz

Function

Angle Of View
110.6° Diagonal | 100.4° Horizontal | 77.3° Vertical (wide) ~ 63.5° Diagonal | 54.4° Horizontal | 37.8° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
15 mm ~ 35 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes (5 stops)
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.21x
Min Focus Distance
280 mm / 11.02 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-02-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8L IS USM is the first ultra-wide lens in the native EOS R mount and a key model for the system. Like other high-end RF lenses, it performs very well whether you’re shooting near or far, taking photos or filming video. The new RF version is almost identical in size, similar in weight and in the majority of my tests also delivered very close results. It does however benefit from zooming a little wider at the short-end while also now including optical stabilisation which, while modest in my tests, still allowed me to handhold shutter speeds slower than without.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Wide coverage
  • Optical stabilisation
Cons
  • Price-premium over the EF version

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM lives up to the expectations that come from the L series. It's built to withstand the rigors of use by pros, whether it be event photography, reportage, travel, or landscape. The lens delivers strong results through f/16, and is at its sharpest at f/8.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality at f/2.8 and f/4.8
  • Optical stabilization is included
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Larger aperture than other L-series lenses

digitalpicture[3]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is the only native ultra-wide-angle choice. The EF lens has a modestly lower price, but factoring the adapter in reduces the difference a bit. The RF lens has less geometric distortion at the wide end and the EF lens shows less peripheral shading at 35mm and when stopped down.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp images at the wide end and at the long end
  • Excellent image stabilization system
  • Long focus ring rotation
Cons
  • No 5-stop image stabilization feature

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8L IS USM review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-rf-15-35mm-f2-8l-is-usm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-rf-15-35mm-f28-l-is-usm. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-15-35mm-F2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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