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Summary

The Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM is a short telephoto lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Announced in July 2020 and available from October, it’s one of the more affordable lenses in the system to date. Check out my preview!

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Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro review so far

The Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM is a short telephoto lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Announced in July 2020 and available from October, it’s one of the more affordable lenses in the system to date.

I had a very brief chance to try out a pre-production model, and have put together a quick video about it below, but if you prefer to read a written version, just keep scrolling.

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Above: The RF 85mm f2 is actually the third RF 85mm lens, although a considerably smaller, lighter and more affordable proposition than the previous f1.2 models pictured above.

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Above: The RF 85mm f2 measures 78mm in diameter, 91mm long and weighs 500g. There’s a 67mm filter thread, optical stabilisation good for five stops – enhanced to 8 stops with the IBIS on the R5 and R6, STM focusing, although no weather sealing. The closest focusing distance is 35cm, delivering 0.5x or 1:2 magnification.

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Above: 85mm is also perfect for portraits, and here you can see it focusing on me using the EOS R5 body and while both were pre-production, the face and eye tracking looks like it’s working well – see how far away eye-detection now works on the Canon on my video review –  while the f2 aperture provides plenty of opportunity for shallow depth-of-field effects.

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