Canon RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM officially announced. With its array of features, this lens will become the new standard for modern 300mm f/2.8 telephoto lenses.

Specifications for the Canon RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM

According to Canon, for decades the 300mm F/2.8 telephoto lens has been the industry standard for photojournalists, professionals and photography enthusiasts. This lens is popular for its sharp images, very fast in indoor lighting conditions and relatively light when used without the aid of a tripod.

With a focal distance of 100-300mm, this lens is very flexible. Combining the design of a zoom lens and the quality of the 300mm F2.8 L-series telephoto lens, the RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM does stand out among other Canon RF zoom telephoto lenses.

If you are not satisfied with the focal distance, the user can even install RF1.4x and 2x teleconverter accessories. With these accessories the focal distance can be increased up to 600mm. One added value that makes it superior to the RF70-200 F2.8 L lens.

The RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM lens design consists of 23 elements in 18 groups. These include one Fluorite lens element, four UD Ultra-low dispersion lens elements and one aspherical lens element. Meanwhile, in the autofocus sector, this lens carries dual Nano USM motor technology.

Stabilizer feature is also available. The optical stabilization feature offers up to 5.5 stops of stabilization. If attached to a Canon mirrorless that is equipped with a stabilizer feature in the body, the stabilization ability can be up to 6 stops.

The most interesting is the body design. Besides being designed to be weather-resistant, the total weight is only around 2.65 Kg. Including light for a telephoto lens. This weight is slightly heavier than the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II lens which is around 2.4 Kg.

Canon RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM Price

The plan is for this lens to be available in May 2023. The price for the Canon RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM is US$9499.

First impression

This lens is indeed very premium. We are quite impressed that Canon has finally presented a telephoto zoom lens with a very flexible F/2.8 aperture. With a focal distance of 100-300mm, it will make it easier to shoot from a distance without the hassle of changing and carrying lots of heavy telephoto lenses. Compatibility with teleconverter lenses and a relatively light body design are also added values.


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