Hybrid Extraordinaire: The RF24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z Redefines the Professional Standard Zoom Lens

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Canon today announced the RF24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z, a new professional standard zoom lens for the RF mount, and the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E2, a compatible accessory that offers smooth, precise zoom control for video creators.

Building on the versatility that makes a standard zoom lens an essential for creators, the new lens blends the best features of two of Canon’s professional RF standard zoom lens classics into one body: the wide focal range of the RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, and the outstanding optical quality and large maximum aperture of the RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM. At the same time, it also introduces new design features that meet the needs of professional video creation, such as the RF lens lineup’s first iris ring, a feature usually found on cinema lenses.

Zoom Closer, Shoot Wider

The RF24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z provides a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 over its entire 24-105mm focal range, with stunning image quality to support high-resolution photography and 8K or 6K video throughout. Users can enjoy greater flexibility in both composition and exposure settings across a wide variety of subjects, especially when shooting in low light conditions or creating bokeh. 

As the first-ever RF lens to feature an iris ring usually found on cinema lenses, it enables silent, intuitive aperture control with smooth torque, ideal for adjusting exposure and bokeh effects during video recording. 

Beautiful circular bokeh can be achieved even with a narrower aperture setting via the lens’ 11 circular diaphragm blades—more than that on any other existing RF lens.

Steady, Consistent Focusing even During Zooming Sequences

Compared to existing RF professional standard zoom lenses, the RF24-105mm f/2.8 L IS USM Z offers better control over the focus fluctuations that tend to occur during zooming. This is due to optimised optical, mechanical, and electrical control including the adoption of two individually driven Nano USMs. Users can enjoy steadier, more consistent focusing when operating the zoom during video or high-speed burst shooting.

The lens also supports focus breathing correction during video shooting on a compatible camera. Users can expect seamless footage even when pulling focus from the closest focusing distance of 0.45m to a position located further away.

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