Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM lens review

The perfect partner for Canon EOS R or RP mirrorless cameras, this lens is wonderfully compact yet fabulously versatile

Digital Camera World Verdict

Small and light but capable and versatile, this RF mirrorless lens makes perfect sense for the new EOS R or RP body. It’s great for everything from architectural, travel and street photography and other close-up situations.


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    Small and lightweight

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    Well balanced on EOS R/RP bodies

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    Quick and quiet STM autofocus


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    Macro maximum magnification ratio only 0.5x

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    Working distance is just 7cm

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The relatively compact, lightweight advantage of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless EOS R and RP bodies is largely lost when using some of the new companion lenses. The 50mm and 28-70mm optics weigh in at a hefty 950g and 1430g respectively. 

By stark contrast, this Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM lens addition to the line-up measures a mere 74x63mm and tips the scales at just 305g. It’s small and light, but full of opportunity – the 35mm focal length on full-frame cameras is often regarded as ideal for street photography. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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