Announcement: Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM

09.14.2021 the lens was officially introduced Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM.

Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM

Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM

Basic properties

  • Lens for Canon EOS R: for full-frame mirrorless cameras Canon EOS with RF mount
  • Relative aperture: 1: 5.6-8 to 1:45
  • Focal Length: 100-400 mm
  • Built-in Image Stabilizer 5.5 steps, three modes of operation of the stabilizer
  • MDF: 0.88 meters
  • Maximum magnification ratio 1:2.44 400 mm
  • Optical design: 12 elements in 9 groups, 1 ULD, 1 aspherical element
  • Number of aperture blades: 9 pieces
  • Motor Focusing Dual nano usm, which consists of one USM and one STM, continuous manual focus control available
  • Enlightenment Super Spectra Coating
  • Filter Diameter: 67 mm
  • Programmable control ring
  • Support for teleconverters RF1.4x and RF2x
  • Weight: 635 gram
  • Price: about 650 dollars, AliExpress


An accurate and complete list of all Canon RF lenses:


  1. Canon Lens RF 5.2 mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE [October 2021]
  2. Canon Lens RF 16 mm F2.8 STM [September 2021, AliExpress]
  3. Canon Lens RF 24 mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM [July 2022, AliExpress]
  4. Canon Lens RF 28 mm F2.8 STM [May 2023]
  5. Canon Lens RF 35 mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  6. Canon Lens RF 50 mm F1.8 STM [November 2020, AliExpress]
  7. Canon Lens RF 50 mm F1.2 L USM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  8. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F1.2 L USM [May 2019, AliExpress]
  9. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F1.2 L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING) [October 2019]
  10. Canon Lens RF 85 mm F2 MACRO IS STM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  11. Canon Lens RF 100 mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM SA CONTROL [April 2021, AliExpress]
  12. Canon Lens RF 135 mm F1.8 L IS USM [November 2022]
  13. Canon Lens RF 400 mm F2.8 L IS USM [April 2021]
  14. Canon Lens RF 600 mm F11 IS STM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  15. Canon Lens RF 600 mm F4 L IS USM [April 2021]
  16. Canon Lens RF 800 mm F11 IS STM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  17. Canon Lens RF 800 mm F8 L IS USM [February 2022]
  18. Canon Lens RF 1200 mm F8 L IS USM [February 2022]


  1. Canon Lens RF 10-20 mm F4 L IS STM [October 2023]
  2. Canon Lens RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM [June 2021, AliExpress]
  3. Canon Lens RF 15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM [July 2022, AliExpress]
  4. Canon Lens RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM [August 2019, AliExpress]
  5. Canon Lens RF 24-50 mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM [February 2023, AliExpress]
  6. Canon Lens RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM [August 2019, AliExpress]
  7. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z [October 2023]
  8. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  9. Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM [February 2020, AliExpress]
  10. Canon Lens RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM [July 2019, AliExpress]
  11. Canon Lens RF 28-70mm F2 L USM [September 2018, AliExpress]
  12. Canon Lens RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM [November 2020, AliExpress]
  13. Canon Lens RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM [October 2019, AliExpress]
  14. Canon Lens RF 100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM [April 2023]
  15. Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM [September 2021, AliExpress]
  16. Canon Lens RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM [July 2020, AliExpress]
  17. Canon Lens RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM [November 2023]

XNUMXrd Party Autofocus Full Frame Canon RF Mount Lenses

List of all mirrorless cameras with Canon RF mount

  1. Canon EOS [September 2018, NO IBIS.30MP AliExpress]
  2. Canon EOS Ra [November 2019, NO IBIS, 30MP]
  3. Canon EOSRP [February 2019, NO IBIS.26MP AliExpress]
  4. Canon EOS-R1 [May 2024]
  5. Canon EOS-R3 [April 2021, IBIS.24MP AliExpress]
  6. Canon EOS-R5 [July 2020, IBIS.45MP AliExpress]
  7. Canon EOS R5C [January 2022, NO IBIS, 45MP]
  8. Canon EOS-R6 [July 2020, IBIS.20MP AliExpress]
  9. Canon EOS R6 MARK II [November 2022, IBIS, 24MP]
  10. Canon EOS-R8 [February 2023, NO IBIS, 24MP]

Materials on the topic

  1. Full frame mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  2. Cropped mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  3. Cropped mirrorless systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  4. Digital SLR systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  5. JVI or EVI (an important article that answers the question 'DSLR or mirrorless')
  6. About mirrorless batteries
  7. Simple and clear medium format
  8. High-speed solutions from Chinese brands
  9. All fastest autofocus zoom lenses
  10. All fastest AF prime lenses
  11. Mirrored full frame on mirrorless medium format
  12. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters
  13. One lens to rule the world
  14. The impact of smartphones on the photography market
  15. What's next (smartphone supremacy)?
  16. All announcements and novelties of lenses and cameras

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Comments: 31, on the topic: Announcement: Canon Lens RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM

  • Trueash

    The diaphragm is amazing! As many as F8! You can't stop there, you give 18-55 / F6,3-11.

    • Victor

      I like this :)

      Well, they will make you instead of 8 - 5.6 (as much as a whole stop lighter !!), noticeably larger, weighing 1300g (instead of 650g), and at the price of one and a half or two cu. (instead of 650) - will you be happy with this option?

      And here - compact, sharp, fast glass, yes, darkish, but modern matrices easily compensate for this unfortunate stop.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        This is only part of the truth, and modern matrices have been standing still for 10 years in terms of working at high ISO (for which, it seems, “dark” lenses are being developed)

        • Alexander

          Yes, there are a couple of cameras with 4500 ISO, but on the street with them only under protection. :)

        • Victor

          Well, why, according to the DRL, the popular second penny got 1800 “sport ISO”, Canon p5 - just over three thousand. That's almost a stop and runs over. At the same time, the DD of the p5 is noticeably better, the rest (including autofocus) and needless to say. And the whole bundle comes out much more compactly than 5dmark2 and 100-400 LIS.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Already made fixes with F / 11
      Canon Lens RF 600mm F11 IS STM and Canon Lens RF 800mm F11 IS STM, and the 18-55 is inappropriate here as it is a full frame system. Zooms are also bright - Canon Lens RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM

      • Oleg

        It's more a question of autofocus operation, they explained that they had learned to focus on f 8-11, which had held them back before. You need 5.6 take its weight 1380 grams, the price is about the same, at a dollar per gram

        • Oleg

          They give amateurs the opportunity to touch similar focal lengths, 400 \ 2.8 and 600 \ 4 are already in stock

    • Joe

      If you don't like it, don't buy it.
      For fans of fast telephoto lenses, there is the Sigma 200-500mm F2.8 APO EX DG

      • Arkady Shapoval

        These are mirrored old options

        • Joe

          Most importantly, it is 15,7 kg for $ 26000. Inconvenient and expensive.
          Another thing is RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM = 635 gr. and $ 649. Compact and affordable.

          • Oleg

            The main thing is that kenon's prices are clear: one gram is one dollar

  • UstasFritZZZ

    F8 ... The old song is immediately remembered: "Darknessaaaa is our best friend, in the darker no hands are visible"

  • Novel

    I don’t understand something, can someone explain. As far as I remember, when new bayonets were introduced on digital cameras, they justified this by the fact that they could create more aperture optics, but what in fact? Who's to say that the manufacturer wins by covering the hole?
    Let's take 18-55, the new one is darker, why? What did you dislike about 3,5-5,6? Created 4-5,6.

    • Jea reth

      The new 18-55 4-5.6 has a completely new optical design. And a third of the stop is a tiny difference that will not save you at all in any situation.

      And as for the UPC and the best optics ... They make new super-high-aperture optics, which is better than mirror optics. Or the 28-70 f / 2 zoom is not the property of the new system?
      I understand your indignation, they say, where is the progress? Yes, only no one said that they would make good high-aperture and, most importantly, cheap optics. Aperture will always be expensive. And budget decisions will always be dark. The world has not changed!
      It's just that they can do better than what they did before.

      • Alexey

        Worse than mirrored. Actually Olegasphoto reviewed the RF 15-36 and got worse results with the new optical scheme, albeit under certain conditions and with a slight difference. The introduction of new optical schemes does not always lead to improved performance.

        • Victor

          Well, if Olegasphoto reviewed then dooooo ... so be it)))

          • in

            Olegas is already a curse word in the world of photography. I have never met more inadequate opinions. It would be better if Arkady did not advertise it

            • Arkady Shapoval

              I do not advertise it

        • Jea reth

          I am struck by this, honestly ...
          Some pepper on the network could not get a sensible result from the glass with incomprehensible measures and goals. I suppose I also evaluated the result not by prints from a sensible lab on decent paper, but by twisting the rules on Monica. That's it, now all the new optics for the new system are about a hundred thousand times worse than the mammoths from the old system, we were deceived again!
          All reviews and, moreover, other pseudo-photographic tech-nerds on the network should be treated with skepticism. There are a million reasons to believe that the reviewer, who is supposedly a dofig photographer, has hands that are crooked than your own.

          • in

            Olegas is about the same photographer as a surveyor. Hype entertainer

          • Michael

            Well, right now, few people print. There is no point in looking at prints

    • Oleg

      16 \ 2.8 - small, compact, inexpensive. There was no such thing on the mirror. Nikonovskiy 40 \ 2.0 is one stop lighter than the mirror kenon 40 \ 2.8

  • Alexander

    F8? As far as I understand, since mirrorless cameras can do high ISO, now you can make the glass dark? Give me f16! No, but what about? After all, high ISO (and do not care about noise, grain and other artifacts) will fix everything (no).

    • Arkady Shapoval

      with RF2x it will be just 16

    • Oleg

      You are given the choice there are funds buy 5.6, no funds buy the darker version. There are many funds buy 400 \ 2.8

    • Victor

      That's exactly what they give a choice.

      If you want inexpensive and compact - get the F8

      If you want noticeably less compact and three times more expensive - get 5.6

      If you want a completely non-compact and as expensive as an airplane wing - F4 and even 2.8 are at your service.

      • Aleksey68

        question (with a trick) - how many wings does the plane have? :)

        • Andrii

          An-2 has 2 wings.
          What's the catch?

        • Victor

          This question is not directly related to the topic :)

          In general, it depends on the design of the aircraft, there are two))

  • Oleg

    You need to look at the quality of the picture and the convenience of working with new cameras. Such lenses are not bought for bokeh, so indeed, that is 5,6, that is 6,3, that is 8 - if only it was convenient to work and the result was fine. And the electronic viewfinder, after all, differs in that it will show the eye a picture from the lens with f8 or 11 that is real in terms of exposure, and not twilight or darkness, as it would be when viewed through the viewfinder of a DSLR. New lenses for new cameras have been made, so they need to be judged by working with new cameras with this experience.

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