A Review of the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens

A wide-aperture 35mm lens is one of the most useful lenses a photographer can have in their bag, as it is versatile enough to tackle a wide variety of scenarios. Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM takes that even further by adding macro capabilities, all in a very compact and affordable package. This excellent video review takes a look at how it holds up in practice. 

Coming to you from John Gress, this great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM lens. The 35mm f/1.8 is quite affordable at $499 and very portable at 10.76 oz (305 g) and comes with a variety of useful features, including:

  • Super Spectra coating for reduced ghosting and flares and increased contrast
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of compensation
  • 1:2 maximum magnification with a minimum focusing distance of 6.7 inches
  • STM stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus suitable for both stills and video work
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh

Altogether, the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM looks like an affordable, versatile, and high-quality lens that can tackle quite a range of subject matter. Check out the video above for Gress' full thoughts. 

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Richard Kralicek's picture

It's not that silent, but it does what it's made for. Can't complain about image quality, and the IS is excellent. Tried "long exposures" without a tripod, and 1 second is fine (and I don't have steady hands), although I "normally" go for 1/2 to 1/5 to get a bit of motion blur into street shots. Background blur's not too busy when stopping down, so I don't regret buying it (I frequently buy faster lenses). The only thing's missing is weather sealing, so for bad weather street photography you'd probably better take your umbrella with you. ;o))