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A Review of the Tiny Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM Lens

The Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM is a truly small lens, which makes it a fantastic option for any creative who want an affordable lens suitable for multi-hour walks or long trips. Can it pack decent image quality and performance into that tiny footprint? This excellent video review takes a look at what you can expect from it in real-world usage. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this fantastic video review takes a look at the new Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM lens. A pancake lens, the 28mm f/2.8 is only an inch (2.47 cm) long and weighs a mere 4.2 oz (120 g), barely adding any bulk to whatever camera it is attached to. That small size is complemented by a small price ($299), making it all the more appealing. Its other features include:

  • 8 elements in 6 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance of 9.1 inches
  • Maximum magnification of 0.17x 
  • Customizable control ring
  • Gear-type STM motor for smooth autofocus in video
  • 7-blade circular aperture for smoother bokeh

Certainly, the f/2.8 aperture is somewhat modest, but it is necessary to create such a portable lens, and with the ISO performance of modern cameras, f/2.8 is a perfectly serviceable maximum aperture. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the lens.

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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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I’m still stuck in DSLR-land but I have the EF-S 24/2.8 STM on my 7D. That’s a crop sensor so it gives the equivalent of 38mm. It’s a superb lens and it gets a lot of use.