Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens


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Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Overview

The Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM is an impressively slim wide-angle prime lens that delivers surprising optical performance and creative possibilities in an ultra-portable pancake form factor. Weighing just 120g and measuring 24.7mm in length, it’s significantly more compact than conventional lenses while maintaining excellent sharpness and resolution, even with high sensors found in the EOS R series cameras.

As Canon’s first pancake lens for the modern RF mirrorless mount, it brings new lightweight capabilities to the powerful Canon mirrorless full frame and APS-C cameras. Its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture excels in available light across various scenes and environments, while allowing for selective focus on subjects with pleasing background separation. The 28mm wide-angle field of view is ideal for environmental portraits, expansive landscapes, group shots, and street photography scenes.

Smooth autofocus driven by a quiet Focus by Wire stepping motor suits both still photos and video recording across the Canon mirrorless bodies. Beyond the ultra-small footprint, the lens surprises photographers with a handy customisable control ring to rapidly adjust vital exposure settings without fumbling into menus. The close 0.23m minimum focus distance further expands perspectives not typically feasible for such a portable prime lens. Offering impressive edge-to-edge clarity and customisable tactile control to match its nimble size, the RF 28mm F2.8 STM pancake lens creates discreet shooting opportunities for roaming photo and video content creators.

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Key Features

  • F2.8 maximum aperture
  • Smooth, fast, and quiet STM focus motor
  • Customisable control ring
  • Impressive centre & edge sharpness
  • Excellent optics in a pancake form factor
  • 24.7mm length, 120g lightweight body
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.23m
  • Metal lens mount

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM User Benefits

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Features In Detail

Compact Design, Lightweight Versatility

The impressively small size and featherweight portability of the RF 28mm F2.8 STM maximise mobility for the roaming photographer. It tips the scales at merely 120g while measuring just 24.7mm in length, significantly condensing the footprint occupied in your camera bag or jacket pocket. This pancake lens form factor lends itself extremely well to travel photography, street photography, and discrete documentary images almost anywhere. The lightweight build almost disappears on your camera, leaving behind no burden to slow you down creatively. Whether hopping on buses, hiking across towns, or walking city blocks, the lens captures unique and highly useful perspectives across urban scenes and travel destinations without drawing unnecessary attention.

Fast f/2.8 Aperture for Capturing Moments

This prime lens possesses a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture optimal for shooting in low light and marginal indoor conditions across various scenes and environments. The fast aperture gathers ample ambient light to prevent blurring while freezing motion reasonably well, should you forego a tripod. When the depth of field control is preferred for selective focus, the F2.8 aperture also delivers an aesthetically pleasing background blur that isolates human and nature subjects alike with dimensional focus fall-off. This expands your creative options from daylight hours through dusk and night.

Rapid Autofocus for Decisive Moments

A quiet Focus by Wire stepping motor (STM) delivers smooth, speedy autofocus for still photos and video recording. Supported by sensor-based subject tracking including face, eye, and body detection supplemented by artificial intelligence, subjects stay in reliable focus for tack sharp precision. You can thus trust the rapid focus capabilities of this lens to capture fleeting moments decisively across a range of shooting scenarios. Tracking remains quiet and consistent enough for video recording as well.

Superior Optics & Sharpness Standard

Despite the condensed size, this 28mm prime contains specialised glass moulded aspherical lens elements that enhance resolution, sharpness and clarity from edge to edge — even current 45-megapixel sensors. Eight total elements arranged in six groups suppress common aberrations remarkably well, while Super Spectra lens coatings virtually eliminate flare and ghosting through enhanced light transmission. Thus while image stabilisation does not exist within the lens itself, the stellar optics paired with in-body stabilisation deliver excellent detailed shots without a tripod for low-light venues where most primes would struggle absent on-lens stabilisation.

Intuitive Customisable Control Ring

Adding intuitive tactile functionality, a built-in customisable control ring communicates analogue sensitivity useful for rapidly adjusting vital functions during active shooting without fumbling into menus. You can swiftly tweak settings to your liking including aperture, ISO, shutter speed, exposure value compensation, and more through this responsive mechanical ring operated by fingertip control. It proves handy to alter aperture settings silently and smoothly during video recording as well.

Close-Focusing Perspective & Flexibility

A relatively short minimum focus distance of 23cm allows for semi-closeup subjects with added dimension. At this near range focusing performance remains high even wide open at F2.8, keeping details crisp throughout the depth of field. The bright aperture throws backgrounds outside the focal plane into soft focus faster than wider angle lenses, lending creative flexibility through optical bokeh effects on nearby subjects. You can hone in on revealing human gestures, food dishes, product details and abstract textures without typical distance limitations.

Comprehensive Compatibility & Connectivity

Engineered specifically for mirrorless RF mount bodies, the RF 28mm F2.8 STM transmits full electronic data communication to properly initialise lens corrections, display data in viewfinders, and enable optimal performance matched specifically to Canon sensors. A sturdy metal rear mount offers reassuring long-term durability through thousands of attachment cycles over years of use. Thus you can expect reliable connectivity across Canon’s EOS R mirrorless cameras from action-oriented R3 flagships to compact travel R series bodies for complete creative freedom.

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens Compatibility

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens is compatible with the following Canon EOS R series mirrorless cameras:

Photography Styles for the Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM

  • Travel Photography – Compact, lightweight design captures unique perspectives across various destinations without weighing you down.
  • Street Photography – Discreetly photograph candid urban moments and cityscapes without drawing attention.
  • Landscape Photography – Convey depth across sweeping scenes that translate to prints with excellent clarity and resolution.
  • Real Estate Photography – Emphasize spatial environments inside homes and properties with wide-angle coverage.
  • Food Photography – Bring out appetizing texture and dimension in dishes when focusing closely at a 0.23m distance.
  • Product Photography – Sharp optics and perspective control lend themselves nicely to commercial tabletop shots.
  • Event Photography – Document conferences, parties and weddings with a useful viewing angle for groups and scenes.
  • Vlogging/Streaming – Compact design suits recording dynamic walkthroughs, travel logs and over-the-shoulder style videos.

With remarkable sharpness and signature background separation abilities packed in a pancake lens design, the RF 28mm F2.8 STM suits travel, interiors, food, events and discreet photography applications on the go.

What We Think Of The Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens

The Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM impressed us with just how much lens is packed into such a compact and lightweight prime. The size reduction over standard lenses does not come at the cost of image quality or focusing performance. Sharpness and resolution are excellent across the frame even at f/2.8, while the smooth STM motor proved reliable for stills and video.

While the lens build lacks weather sealing and its flare resistance leaves room for improvement, it otherwise punches far above its £300 price tag in optical mastery. The handy control ring also adds useful functionality other basic primes lack. We think it’s a perfect companion lens for travel, street, and discerning shooters after quality and portability in one small package. Canon balances size and image quality beautifully here.

If you frequently venture out or about and want to travel light without compromise, the Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM warrants attention as an ideal creative companion lens for documentary shoots near and far. It certainly has become a valued staple piece of kit in our camera bag lineup for its portable versatility.

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Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Specifications

SpecificationCanon RF 28mm F2.8 STM
Focal Length28 mm
Lens MountCanon RF
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Optical Elements8
Diaphragm Blades7 (rounded)
Angle of View75°
Minimum Focus Distance0.23 m / 0.75 ft
Maximum Magnification0.17x
Macro Focus Range23 – 24 cm
Filter Size55 mm
Dimensions (L x Dia.)24.7 x 69.2 mm / 1 x 2.72 in
Weight120 g / 4.2 oz
Optical StabilizationNo
AF SystemFocus by wire stepping motor
Focus SystemAutofocus or Manual
Control RingCustomisable
Special Elements3 Aspherical
CoatingsSuper Spectra Coating
Mount MaterialMetal
Dust/Weather SealingNo

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens FAQ

Is the Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM lens good for travel photography?

Yes, the RF 28mm F2.8 STM is an excellent travel lens due to its incredibly compact size, lightweight, and strong optical performance. Its wide-angle perspective captures expansive scenes creatively.

How sharp is the RF 28mm F2.8 STM?

This lens delivers excellent center-to-edge sharpness at all apertures, even wide open at f/2.8. Image quality holds up even on high-resolution 45MP camera bodies, making it suitable for landscape and architecture photography needs requiring intricate detail.

Does this lens have image stabilisation?

No, the RF 28mm F2.8 STM does not have built-in optical stabilisation. It instead relies on Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) available on many newer Canon R series bodies to reduce camera shake. On cameras lacking IBIS, a tripod would be recommended for best results.

Can the control ring be customised?

Yes, the integrated control ring on the lens barrel provides direct access to change aperture, shutter speed, ISO or exposure compensation settings, customisable to user preference.

Is the lens suitable for videography?

Yes. Fast, quiet autofocus paired with a customisable control ring for manual settings adjustments makes it useful for both still and video capture, especially handheld vlogging or wedding videos.

Does the lens have weather sealing?

Unfortunately, weather sealing has not been incorporated in its lightweight construction. Using a weather-sealed camera body provides some protection, but caution should still be exercised in wet conditions.

About Canon
As one of the leading Canon retailers in the UK, Campkins Cameras is proud to offer an extensive range of Canon products to photography enthusiasts and professionals alike. Based in Cambridge, we have been serving the photographic community for over 50 years, providing expert advice, top-notch customer service, and an unrivalled selection of Canon cameras, lenses, and accessories. At Campkins Cameras, we understand the importance of having access to the latest and greatest in photographic technology. That's why we stock the full range of Canon mirrorless cameras, including the cutting-edge EOS R series. From the flagship R1 to the versatile EOS R, R3R5 and R6II, and the budget-friendly RPR8R7R100R10 and R50, we have the perfect Canon mirrorless camera to suit your needs and skill level. Of course, a camera is only as good as the lens you pair it with, which is why we also carry a comprehensive selection of Canon's RF-mount lenses and RF-S lenses. Whether you're a landscape photographer in need of a wide-angle zoom, a wildlife enthusiast seeking a powerful telephoto, or a portrait artist looking for the perfect prime, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right RF lens to take your photography to the next level. As a brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of Cambridge, we offer a unique hands-on experience that online retailers simply can't match. Our customers can come in, speak with our friendly experts, and get a feel for the cameras and lenses they're interested in before making a purchase. We also offer a range of Canon-related services, including sensor cleaningcamera maintenance, and personalised tutoring to help you get the most out of your Canon gear. But don't worry if you're not local to Cambridge – we also have a strong online presence and ship throughout the UK. Our website is regularly updated with the latest Canon products and special offers, and our online support team is always ready to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about your photographic purchases. So whether you're a professional or an amateur, a Cambridge local or a photographer from further afield, Campkins Cameras is your go-to destination for all things Canon. Trust us to provide you with the best products, the most knowledgeable advice, and the highest level of service as you explore the exciting world of Canon photography. Immerse yourself in the world of photography with Canon, a global leader in imaging technology and innovation. With a rich history spanning over 80 years, Canon has been at the forefront of the camera industry, consistently delivering high-quality, cutting-edge products that empower photographers and filmmakers to bring their creative visions to life. From the best cameras for beginners to the best mirrorless cameras for professionals, Canon offers a comprehensive range of cameras and lenses to suit every skill level and shooting style.
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Weight 120 g
Dimensions 69.2 × 24.7 mm
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