Canon presents a new benchmark in optics design: The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens

10 December, 2019

The new RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens offers the highest level of image quality for discerning professional photographers

NATIONAL, 10th December 2019 - Canon India starts shipping its new RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom lens. The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is the latest addition to new RF lens ecosystem and strengthens the lineup. This lens clearly demonstrates the company’s commitment to develop and innovate the EOS R full frame mirrorless camera system. 

The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM bears the signature ‘red ring’, which designates it as a member of the much-revered L-series family of lenses. The 70 to 200mm focal range is very versatile and includes wedding, fashion, portraits, nature, wildlife and sports.

Elaborating on the launch of the products, Mr. C Sukumaran, Director, Consumer Systems Products & Image Communication Products, Canon India said, “As the photography culture continues to grow in India, photographers are looking for versatile products to cater to their evolving needs. Keeping our users at the core of our efforts, we are delighted to introduce the new RF70-200mm lens – the latest addition to the RF lens ecosystem. Equipped with the new optical design, the lens ensures exceptional image quality, making it ideal for photographers from across genres be it wedding, fashion wildlife or even sports. The lightweight body of the lens adds to its versatility, allowing photographers to travel with ease. We are positive that the new lens when coupled with the popular EOS R, will be delight for our users in their photography journey.


The New Optical design offers phenomenal Image Quality

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM features a completely new optical design. This design consists of 17 elements in 13 groups. These lens groups feature Canon proprietary high-end optic elements, including one ultra-high-quality Super UD (Ultra Dispersion) lens and four super-high quality UD lenses
  • These premium optic elements provide unmatched edge-to-edge sharpness. 2 aspherical elements help in eliminating unwanted chromatic aberration and colour fringing. An advanced SWC (Subwavelength coating) minimizes flare and ghosting
  • The fast f/2.8 aperture coupled with the 9-blade circular aperture delivers soft and beautiful background blur
  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM offers the highest possible level of image quality throughout its focal range. This makes it the top choice for discerning professional photographers who are looking for the very best!


First time ever: Two Nano USMs for High Speed and Smooth AF for Still and Movie Shooting

  • For the very first time on a Canon lens, two thumb-sized Nano USM motors (ultrasonic) are included in the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM for the floating focus control. This allows the lens to achieve a degree of quietness, power saving, and high-speed operation
  • The lens also achieves excellent high-speed, high-precision still image AF and smooth movie AF in combination with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF in the EOS R series cameras


5-stop Optical Image Stabilisation

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is equipped with IS, (Optical Image Stabilisation), with a CIPA standard of five-stops for still images
  • There are also three IS modes which are optimised for subject movement - IS mode 1 for still subjects, IS mode 2 for panning and IS mode 3 for irregular movement such as sports


First time ever: New Electronic Floating Focus System

  • For the very first time on a Canon lens, the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM features an electronic float focus control that drives the two lens groups individually. This makes the lens more compact and reduces the minimum focusing distance from 1.2m to 0.7m
  • With this new electronic floating focus control, ‘breathing’ due to focus movement is reduced, allowing movies to be shot with a stable composition


Canon’s shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/2.8 lens ever

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM weights a mere 1070 grams (approx.). It is approximately 27% shorter and 28% lighter than the well-established EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM lens. This is a huge boon to any photographer and significantly eases both storage and use
  • This combined with the reduced weight of the EOS R is the ultimate combo for professional photographers, especially those using gimbals for wedding videography


Durable and Built to Last

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is the first RF lens designed with a white heat shield coating, which suppresses the rise in temperature, especially when it is used during hot weather
  • The lens hood has a sliding window for easy operation of polarising filters with the hood attached

The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM adopts unique extendable design that allows air to pass through but not dust and moisture. This ensures water and dust resistance which makes it an ideal companion even during unfavorable weather conditions. Additionally a fluorine coating on foremost and rearmost elements of the lens helps repel dust, oil and water from sticking to the elements.


The MRP of the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is INR 216 995/- incl. of all taxes.

Product Specifications

RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Mount RF
Focal Length 70-200 mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/32
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.7m
Maximum Magnification 0.23 x
Lens Construction 17 elements in 13 groups
Aspherical Lens Two
Special Low Dispersion Glass One super UD, four UD
Special Coating SWC, fluorine coating
Water/Dust Resistance Supported
Aperture Blades 9 (circular)
IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect) Yes (5 stops)
Filter Diameter Φ77 mm
Maximum Diameter and Length Approx. 88.9 mm x 146.0 mm
Weight Approx. 1,070 g (tripod mount separate)


About Canon Group

Ever since its foundation in 1937, Canon is guided by the “Kyosei” philosophy of living and working together for the common good. Canon strives to create and deliver world-class products, becoming a top global corporation by diversifying into new business fields throughout the world. Focusing on optical technologies, Canon produces office equipment, consumer and professional imaging devices, network cameras, healthcare and industrial equipment. Through the close connection between its global head office in Tokyo and regional headquarters in America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and regional headquarters in Japan, Canon combines its global and local operations organically. In 1996, Canon launched its Excellent Global Corporation Plan with the goal of serving the society with advanced technologies and becoming a trustworthy and responsible corporate citizen. The year 2016 was the first year of Phase 5 of the Plan. Currently, Canon boasts a strong global presence of 376 subsidiaries all over the world, supported by 197,776 employees. (Data as of December 31, 2017)


About Canon India

Canon India Pvt. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., is a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon markets over 200 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging product and solutions in India. The company today has offices and warehouses in 14 cities across India and employs over 1000 people. Canon has over 500 primary channel partners, 14 National Retail Chain partners, and over 6000 secondary retail points. Canon India till date has opened over 250 retailer stores accredited as “Image Square” across 100+ cities in the country. Canon India’s service reach extends to over 579 towns covering 18,150 PIN codes across India - which comprises of 300 Camera collection points, 16 Camera repair centers, 258 Printer repair centers, 191 Copier, Scanner and Large Format Printer Sales & Service dealers. (Data as of November 01, 2019).

In sync with its corporate tagline- ‘Delighting You Always’, reinforced by World class technology, Canon offers an extended product portfolio, including copier MFDs, Managed Document Services, Fax-Machines, Printers, Document and Cheque Scanners, All-in-ones, Digital Cameras, DSLR’s, Cinematic Imaging Products, Camcorders, Cable ID Printers and Card printers catering to the multiple market segments of consumer, SME, B2B, Commercial, Government & PSUs. In 2018, the imaging leader recorded a double-digit growth.