Canon Announces the RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Lens

Canon Announces the RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Lens

You read that right. Canon has announced the RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z lens, the world's first full frame lens offering that range of focal lengths in tandem with an f/2.8 aperture. With some incredible capabilities sure to capture the attention of events, portrait, wedding photographers and more, this looks like quite the exciting lens.

RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z 

Sure to intrigue a wide variety of photographers and filmmakers, the new RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z comes with a range of features including:

  • Constant length while zooming
  • Manual aperture ring for video work
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.48 ft (0.45 m)
  • Maximum Magnification: .08x at 24mm, .29x at 105mm
  • 23 elements in 18 groups
  • 4 UD elements, 3 aspherical elements
  • Super Spectra Coating, Air Sphere Coating, and Flourine coating
  • 11 aperture blades
  • 5.5 stops of image stabilization (up to 8 stops in tandem with in-body stabilization)
  • Two Nano USM focus motors
  • Full-time manual focusing available

The RF 24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z is expected in December at a price of $2,999. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It sure sounds good until you see the form factor and tripod mount.

Take my money now Canon!

The first thought that crosses my mind is I wonder how heavy it is? 1.3 kg. 150 g more then Tamrons 35-150. Anyway I still hope somebody (Tamron) will make a 35-105 f 2.8
3000 usd is not in my budget.

I'm sure Tamron or Sigma would make a compatible lens in a heartbeat. However, Sadly, Canon is having no part of that - right now.

"Almost" makes me want to trade in my RF 28-70!

just had the chance to handle it at a photo store fair in Vienna, Austria: actually felt decidedly more manageable than the tamron 35-150, which i rented last week.(except ofc for the price)

ps: if you are in the area you can handle all the newest canon / sony etc glass - incl the new sigma 70-200 - until saturday.

It's progression.... but it doesn't solve any problems that photographers face. for weddings and events, most would still opt for a 70-200 in addition to this. that would be one heavy rig to carry around all day.

There may be a few use cases where the extra 35mm allows one to shoot with only one lens/body, rather than two.