Canon announces the RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, an ultra-wide zoom for APS-C cameras: Digital Photography Review

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Canon has announced the RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, a wide-angle zoom lens delivering a full-frame equivalent of 16-29mm on Canon’s RF-mount APS-C cameras.

Canon tells us this lens has an all-new optical design and is not based on any previous EF-S or M-mount lens. It’s intended to be an affordable, wide-angle zoom for casual or advanced amateur users, including photographers, video shooters, and vloggers.


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The lens has a collapsible design, allowing for its compact size, but Canon says that it only requires a soft click to unlock, unlike some previous designs. It includes Canon’s Super Spectra Coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Its design is consistent with the retractable RF-S 18-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM that’s kitted with several of Canon’s recent APS-C RF models.

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In-lens image stabilization is included, providing four stops of optical stabilization and up to six stops when combined with in-camera stabilization. AF is driven by a single STM motor, supporting a lightweight design and smooth AF when shooting video. A lens hood is not included but is available as an option.

The RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 is expected to be available in December at a retail price of $329.

CANON INTRODUCES THREE NEW LENSES, ENHANCING STILL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO PRODUCTION FOR ANY SKILL LEVEL

MELVILLE, NY, November 2, 2023 – Photographers aiming to get a powerful, ultra-wide
angle shot, or looking for a superb zoom range, can improve their images with three new lenses announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The RF-S10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z, and the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM lenses can benefit a wide range of users — from beginners all the way to working professionals.

The RF-S10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens offers users of APS-C sensor size EOS R-series cameras an ultra wide-angle zoom, helping create strong still images and video. It is an ideal lens for vloggers, travelers, and general shooters. Beginners in video and still photography can make good use of this lens, as well as the more advanced pros. Key features include:

  • 10–18mm ultra-wide zoom (equivalent to 16-29mm on full-frame camera).
  • Image Stabilization, for even greater hand-held sharpness and video steadiness.
  • Compact and lightweight design, making it an excellent choice for travel.
  • A new optical design, optimized for RF lens mount and APS-C sensor size.
  • An affordable price tag for those just stepping into ultra-wide video and still imaging.

Still and video professionals who want a single lens that can handle most tasks with low-light capabilities will find what they’re looking for with the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z. This is the world’s first 24-105mm focal length lens combined with consistent f/2.8 maximum aperture1, offering true portrait-length telephoto coverage resulting in sharp images. High-end photographers, photojournalists, and video content creators can utilize this lens’ other features that include:

  • Constant overall length when zooming.
  • Manual aperture ring for video use.
  • Optimized optics for high-level video.
  • Image stabilization.

A new Power Zoom Adapter will also be available for the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z lens, an optional accessory for super-smooth zooming during video operation. This detachable device allows for more natural movement when zooming in and out, and easier control for solo camera operators. A standard version of the Power Zoom Adapter will be available, as well as a 20-pin port version to support zoom and focus demands. The firmware updates that will be available in early December for the EOS C70 and EOS R5 C cameras will add support for the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z lens.

Last, but not least — nature, wildlife, and outdoor sports shooters will find the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM super telephoto zoom lens a great tool to take crystal-clear images of action at a distance. This lens is lightweight and easy to hold in your hand, allowing most users to carry it to help capture a range of subjects, whether it’s a still image of a landscape, or video of a moving target. Unique features of the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM lens also include:

  • Up to 800mm focal length.
  • Up to 5.5 stops image stabilization.
  • Compatible with optional Canon RF 1.4x and 2x tele extenders.
  • Weather-resistant design.
  • Rotating tripod mount.

Price & Availability

The new RF-S10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z, and the RF200-
800mm F6.3-9 IS USM lenses are expected to be available in December for estimated retail
prices of $329.99, $2,999.00, and $1,899.00, respectively2. The two versions of the Power Zoom Adapter for the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z will be available Spring 2024 for an estimated retail price of $999.99, and $1,299.002 for the version with the 20-pin port. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.

1 As an AF interchangeable lens for full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras that have already been released as of November 1, 2023. (Based on Canon’s internal survey).
2 Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Canon RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 10–18 mm
Image stabilization Yes (4.0 (6.0 with co-ordinated IS body))
CIPA Image stabilization rating 4 stop(s)
Lens mount Canon RF
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4.5–6.3
Minimum aperture F32
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 12
Groups 10
Special elements / coatings 2 UD elements, 1 aspheric lens
Focus
Minimum focus 0.09 m (3.39)
Maximum magnification 0.5×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 150 g (0.33 lb)
Diameter 69 mm (2.72)
Length 45 mm (1.77)
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Filter thread 49 mm
Hood supplied No
Hood product code EW-53B
Tripod collar No

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