Canon RF 16mm f2.8 – First Thoughts

My first reaction to rumors of the Canon RF 16mm f2.8: intrigue. Upon seeing the price and announcement: I’m in! My preorder was placed on September 13 and it arrived on October 21. An initial launch date of October 14 and there have been reports for supply issues, had me worried. That worry was unfounded and the lens is earning a place in my camera bag.

I took the lens out for a couple of different photo walks this weekend. I did a night walk around midtown, a morning walk around my neighborhood, a golden hour walk around my neighborhood and a daytime walk in Central Park.

My first night with the lens showed that there is some natural fisheye. I’m hoping that when Adobe adds the camera profile, it will be able to correct this. It will make shooting architecture much more beautiful.

Canon RF 16mm f2.8 street shooting

This is a light lens. So lightweight that I didn’t worry about handholding for an entire walk.Shooting Timothy Goodman’s mural with my 50mm would leave me praying for no cars and standing in the street. The ultrawide aspect makes it easy to stay on the sidewalk.

The Canon RF 16mm f2.8 is approximately 5.8 oz (165g) and to me this is one of the biggest strengths for the lens. Add on to that the small physical size of the lens at 1.6 x 2.7″ (40.6 x 68.5mm). Even if it’s not attached to my camera, I can absolutely imagine throwing this in a bag and not worrying at all about the additional weight.

Daytime Central Park shoot

You can order this lens from Amazon. As an amateur photographer with a relatively small kit, this fills a gap. Above all, I am happy to have the Canon RF 16mm f2.8 as an ultrawide that will regularly be in my bag if it’s not on my body. For $299, it is a steal and something I expect to get many years of value from.

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