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Tips & Tutorials >> All Tips & Tutorials In Focus: EOS R- Part5

RF Lenses: Which One Suits Me?


As Canon introduces its first full frame mirrorless camera to the world, they also bring along a range of lenses dedicated to this system—the RF lenses. Each lens is designed to suit a certain need, while versatile enough to also accommodate other photography uses. Let’s find out more about the benefits of each lens according to the photography interests.

Portrait Photography

For photographers who specialise in portrait photography, or amateurs interested in getting into this genre of photography, the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens is a good place to start. It is a prime lens that delivers stunning sharpness in your photos. With the widest aperture of f/1.2, it means a much shallower depth of field and delicious bokehs.

See what the editor of The Phoblographer said in his review of the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

Travel and Macro Photography

Frequent travellers and photographers who are interested in taking subjects up-close would be thrilled to take the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM lens for a ride. Having a wide-angle prime lens means quality shots that cover a wider frame (e.g. landscape/cityscape or a cafe’s interior), perfect for your travel needs. With a macro function, the lens is designed to let you get close and capture intricate details of your subject—think flower petals or a century-old tree trunk.

Get more tips on shooting macro subjects in Macro Photography: Dew, Foliage and Flowers.

Everyday Photography and Videography

Not limited to just a single genre, your photography interests span across a number of everyday subjects such as friends, pets, street and food. This means that you will require a lens versatile enough to help you fulfill your assorted needs. With a lightweight RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens (as compared to the EF version) you will enjoy the freedom to zoom and focus on a distant subject (e.g. wildlife, street), or something closer (e.g. food). This RF lens is also made for shooting videos, thanks to its smooth and steady focus transitions, silent focusing and 5-stop Image Stabiliser.

Deciding between a prime and zoom lens? Find out the pros and cons in Prime Versus Zoom Lenses: Which Lens to Use and Why with Digital Photography School.

Wedding and Event Photography

Wedding and event photographers who require a fast and versatile lens should look into the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens. A comfortable focal length of 28-70mm gets you closer to your subject whenever necessary, and an aperture of f/2 allows a shallow depth of field. This lens is perfect for shooting wedding couples, VIPs, and important moments in a conference or presentation.
Learn how different apertures can change your image in Learning About Aperture.

This is not all.  Coming up in the later part of 2019 are six new RF lenses that you can look forward to:

·         RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM

·         RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM

·         RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

·         RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM

·         RF 85mm F1.2 L USM

·         RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS

Click here to view the entire range of RF lenses!

Find out more about the EOS R full frame mirrorless camera in In Focus: EOS R; read up in detail on the RF lenses in Expand Your Range of Shooting Possibilities with the All-New RF Lenses; and see how photographer Joseph Mak worked his magic using the EOS R camera in How to Shoot Creative Night Portraits with the EOS R.

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