Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM review

A five star rating? For a superzoom? One way or another, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 sets new standards for long zoom lenses

5 Star Rating
Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Any full frame superzoom lens is going to be BIG, but the Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM balances much better on the EOS RP body than we were expecting. It’s comparatively light, it’s neat and simple to use and it’s a good value bundle when bought with an EOS RP. What's exceptional is the optical performance in such a long range zoom, achieved with a lot of help (no doubt controversially) from digital corrections.


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    10x zoom range

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    Light and well balanced

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    Exceptional result from a superzoom


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    Modest maximum aperture

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    Lacks L-series build quality

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    Good image quality but not stellar

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It’s every photographer’s dream – a single lens that can do the job of two or more individual optics, that saves weight and space in your camera bag and saves all that tiresome lens-swapping and the missed shots that so often go with it.

The Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM has been on the Canon RF lens roadmap for a while, but now you can actually buy it, either on its own or as a bundle with an EOS RP body. You can use it on the EOS R too, of course, but this is very much a ‘consumer’ lens rather than one of Canon’s premium L-series optics. Canon does need to broaden the appeal of its EOS R series to keep it up amongst the best Canon cameras.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at