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High Image Quality and Bright f/2.8 Aperture Telephoto Zoom RF L Lens
Featuring an incredibly bright zoom with an f/2.8 maximum aperture – that stays constant throughout the zoom – 17 elements in 13 groups and a 9-blade aperture system, The RF 70–200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is engineered to deliver sharp images with beautiful background blur.
Compact and Lightweight
Weighing nearly 1 pound lighter than its EF-series predecessor, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is Canon's shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/2.8 lens ever^. Ideal for portrait, wildlife, sports photography and more, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is an essential lens you will want to have in your bag.
Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5 Stops* of Shake Correction
The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is designed to work in conjunction with an EOS R series camera, with both the camera and the lens sharing data to dramatically reduce camera-shake blur, regardless of the situation, whether shooting video or stills. With up to 5 stops* of stabilization, it delivers impressively clear results.
High Speed, Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus with Dual Nano USM
The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens uses two NANO USM focus motors, which is a first for Canon autofocus lenses. Close-focus performance is enhanced thanks to the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens' floating optical system. A high degree of quietness, power saving, and high-speed operation can be achieved without sacrificing the compact size of the lens.
Minimum Focusing Distance of 2.3 ft./0.7m
With a minimum focusing distance of 2.3 ft./0.7m, and a maximum magnification of .23x, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens excels in a variety of shooting situations. Whether closing in on the details of an object or capturing an unforgettable moment during a wedding ceremony, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens provides incredible versatility with just the turn of the zoom ring.
Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens has a separate, independent control ring that is located towards the back of the lens, which can be programmable for immediate exposure adjustments during still and video shooting. With the control ring, you can directly adjust settings such as shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure compensation and more. For photographers and moviemakers who would prefer a silent control ring, the clicking mechanism can be removed by a Canon service provider for a fee.
High-speed Communication with the Camera
Designed to quickly process data, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens features the 12 pin communication system inherent in all RF lenses. This accelerates AF, Image Stabilization, the Digital Lens Optimizer and more, helping to simplify complex operations and provide a quick and reliable user experience.
Lens Information Display
As part of the EOS R system, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens works with an EOS R series camera to display the lens information right in the viewfinder – making it easy to confirm the lens's focal length without looking away from the subject at hand.
In-camera Digital Lens Optimizer
The EOS R system's 12 pin communication system enables the Digital Lens Optimizer, which works in-camera to combat aberrations and image deterioration, especially in the edges of the image frame when shooting at a large aperture. Data from the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is transferred automatically to the camera body, facilitating near immediate correction for clear, detailed images.
Dust- and Weather-resistant
For reliable performance even when weather conditions get difficult, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens features a dust- and weather-resistant construction in the lens mount, switch panel and all rings. Sealing is applied to lens joining sections, and switch panels to help prevent water and dust from entering into the lens.
The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens features fluorine coatings on the front and rearmost surfaces to help prevent dirt and dust from sticking to the lens, making it easy to clean smudges and fingerprints off.
High Reliability and Durability for Professional Use
The 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is engineered to endure the rigors of professional use. Constructed to be rugged, refined and precise, it can be operated intuitively so concentration can remain on the subject at hand.
Vibration Shock Resistance
Engineered to accommodate its optical system, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens features L series level vibration shock resistance in the lens barrel, helping to maintain focus and settings even in turbulent situations.
Two Aspherical Elements, One Super UD and One UD Lens
The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens features an optical design built specifically for the RF mount. This includes two aspheric lenses that correct distortions, plus one UD element and one Super UD element to reduce chromatic aberration and achieve high image quality across the board. Strategically placed coatings and a 9-blade aperture help ensure superlative quality images with sharp detail, gorgeous color and minimized distortion throughout the zoom range.
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
Minimum Focusing Distance
Filter Size Diameter
IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)
Focus Drive System
Minimum Overall Length
Approx. 2.64 lbs. / 1,200g (When mounted on the tripod mount)
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
Lens Hood ET-83FWIII
Lens Hood for the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens with a sliding opening for easy operation of 77mm PL filters, helps to block sunlight or other light sources to prevent glare and lens flare, as well as help protect the lens itself from scratches.
*ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.
Introducing the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM LensLearn about the design and performance of Canon’s shortest and lightest RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens, and the optics that make this lens a must-have on your gear list.
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Announcement Video with Rudy WinstonCompleting the trinity of RF F2.8 zoom lenses for the EOS R System, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is ideal for wedding, portrait, fashion, sports, travel photography and more, and is Canon’s shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/2.8 lens ever.
^ As of October 24, 2019.
* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed at a focal length of 200mm using the EOS R camera.
† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.