Canon's new lenses have started shipping! Get the RF 16mm and 100-400mm now

Canon RF 16mm Canon RF 100-400mm
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Canon's two latest RF lenses, the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 and Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 – are now in stock and shipping, albeit in very limited quantities. 

While many folks will no doubt be waiting for the Black Friday camera deals to see what kind of savings are available on lenses, the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM and Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM are both very affordable optics – making them a great pickup in their own right, or for anybody looking to grab some new glass without breaking the bank. 

Here's where you can pick up these freshly minted new lenses – just be aware that stock is extremely limited, so you'll have to click quick! 

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 is an ultra-wide lens that's primarily designed for vlogging and content creation. However, its focal length and fast aperture makes it an ideal lens for everything from astrophotography and architecture to landscapes and interior photography. 

It's yet another pocket-friendly, pocket-sized prime lens for the EOS R system, following the likes of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM – and interestingly enough, the new 16mm shares the same chassis as the nifty fifty, so they make a great pair of companion lenses. 

Here's where you can pick it up:

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8

We love the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM, but it's a pricey and sizey optic. A great alternative is the new Canon RF 100-400mm, which is only a little bit slower at f/5.6-8 and offers a smaller and lighter form factor.

If you don't need the weather sealing, which comes with the other premium L-series accoutrements, this is a great everyday lens that makes a great pairing with everything from the Canon EOS RP to Canon EOS R6 – especially with its 5.5 stops of stabilization (which extends to 6 stops on bodies with IBIS). 

Pick it up here:

Read more: 

Best Canon RF lenses
Best Canon telephoto lenses
Best lenses for vlogging
Hands on: Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review
Hands on: Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM review
Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM review
Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM review

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.