With a price tag of $299, the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 lens is the second least expensive option in the company’s full-frame arsenal. Should you spend your money on something more pricey, or does this lens provide good value for what you pay for it?

When I made the decision to transition from Canon DSLRs to the Canon EOS R5, one of the most important factors that influenced my decision was the size and scope of my lens collection, which I had built up over the course of many years. Although many of them were still of good quality, they were designed to be used with DSLR mounts, and I did not want to spend any further money on rebuilding my lens collection unless it was absolutely necessary.

Because I was able to use my lenses with the EF mount on the mirrorless body with the help of the Canon Mount Adapter, which functions flawlessly, I was able to spare myself the price of having to begin my lens collection from scratch with the RF mount lenses. In spite of this, I have accumulated a few inexpensive RF mount lenses throughout the course of my photography career, one of which is the Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 lens.

And with that, we come to this wonderful video that was created by Dustin Abbott. In it, he gives a comprehensive evaluation of the lens in a span of three minutes that is at once succinct and powerful. He analyses the advantages of the lens as well as any potential drawbacks that it may have and then offers his sincere opinion regarding whether or not he believes the lens offers actual value for the money.

Because vignetting and barrel distortion are two problems that I’ve encountered when using the lens, I was extremely pleased to see him discuss these concerns and share his perspectives on them. I’ve found that most of the faults can be fixed very quickly and simply in post-production, which is why the lens has become my go-to option for the majority of landscape photography that I do now. I was wondering what your opinions were on this lens.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 Lens

1. Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM


  • Canon’s first ultra wide-angle, fixed focal length RF lens
  • High image quality and bright, fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • A stepping motor (gear-type STM) that provides smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording
  • Supremely lightweight and compact, for an ultra-wide lens for full-frame cameras
  • Minimum focusing distance of 5.11 inches and maximum magnification of 0.26x
Canon RF 16mm f 2.8 Lens
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