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Canon RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM Full-Frame Lens (2020)

MSRP 600 USDNeoscore 88%NEX score 78%

Product Overview

Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM is a short telephoto macro lens for Canon RF-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Canon in 2020, it has 12 elements in 11 groups.
A telephoto prime lens, the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM is well suited for portrait photography. Built-in image stabilization makes the lens easier to use handheld, and can be quite valuable for landscape works.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 88% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Flexible control ring
Cons
  • Slow AF
  • Not true macro lens

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Sleek design
  • Sturdy build
  • 5-stop hybrid image stabilization
Cons
  • Slow autofocus
  • No weather sealing
  • No built-in optical stabilisation
  • L-series lens lacks a hood and an inexpensive pouch
  • No hood
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
One UD lens groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Diameter
78 mm / 3.07 in
Size | Length
91 mm / 3.58 in
Weight
500 g / 17.67 oz

Function

Angle Of View
28.6° Diagonal | 23.9° Horizontal | 16.1° Vertical
Aperture
f/2
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
85 mm
Image Stabilization
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.5x
Min Focus Distance
350 mm / 13.78 in

Production

Debut
2020-07-09

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Canon RF 85mm f2 is a fairly affordable short telephoto lens for the EOS R mirrorless system that performs double-duty for portraits and close-ups. The f2 focal ratio may not deliver as much background blur as faster models, but there’s still plenty of potential for shallow depth-of-field effects. The lens hood is not included and the macro capabilities may be limited to 1:2 magnification - or half actual size.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Wide-open and wide-open
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No weather sealing
  • No built-in optical stabilisation

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The RF 85mm f/2 Macro is a compact lens that weighs just 500g. The lens' nine diaphragm blades render very pleasing blurry backgrounds, bokehs and shallow depth-of-field effects. For a lens that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, the images it produces are top notch.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Sturdy build
Cons
  • Slow autofocus
  • No hood
  • No weather sealing

digitalpicture[3]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is in a different class. Professional-grade build quality and a vastly wider aperture are two significant differences. L lens has significantly less spherical/axial aberrations, with bokeh retaining better color. There is a size and weight price to be paid for the ultra-wide aperture.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness at f/2
  • 5-stop hybrid image stabilization
  • 1-stop aperture
Cons
  • L-series lens lacks a hood and an inexpensive pouch

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-rf-85mm-f2-macro-is-stm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/canon-rf-85mm-f2-macro-is-stm. 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-85mm-F2-Macro-IS-STM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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