Portable and Affordable: A Review of the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens

Canon's RF lenses have been mostly both spectacular and expensive, which is what makes the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM rather unique, as it comes in at an impressively affordable price and is quite portable on top of that. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the kind of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Kamil Pekala, this great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lens. At just 5.8 oz. (165 g), the 16mm f/2.8 is impressively portable but still comes with a variety of great features, including:

  • One aspherical element for reduced distortion and increased sharpness 
  • STM autofocus motor for smooth and quiet autofocus suitable for both photo and video work
  • 5.1-inch minimum focusing distance (maximum magnification of 0.26x)
  • Super Spectra Coating for reduced flares and ghosting and increased contrast 
  • Customizable Control Ring for adjusting aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm

At $299, the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM looks like a very functional lens that you can keep in your bag at all times without dealing with any significant heft. Check out the video above for Pekalas' full thoughts on the lens. 

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Jacques Cornell's picture

Alex, do you know whether "Super Spectra Coating" is an actual feature and not just some marketing text added to the "feature" list? I mean, pretty much every lens made today has some kind of coating. So, this one is a feature only if it's notably better than all the others. Is it?

Dan Jefferies's picture

My spidey sense says a 16mm f/1.8L may be on the way...