Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens

Model: 5051C002

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General Information

Focal Length 16mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Mount Canon RF
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 108° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance 5.1" / 13 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.26x
Optical Design 9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization No
Filter Size 43 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L) 1.6 x 2.7" / 40.1 x 69.2 mm
Weight 5.8 oz / 165 g
Expert Reviews
18 May 2022

Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM is a Fixed aperture Auto Focus (AF) Ultra-Wideangle Prime lens with 35mm FF max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with Canon RF mount cameras. What type of photography is the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens good for?

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    Autofocus, Covers Full-Frame Sensor, Extreme Wide-angle capability, Minimum focus distance of, 0.13m / 5.1 inch, Light weight at only, 165g / 5.8 oz, No Weather Sealing, Hood is not supplied

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    Autofocus, Covers Full-Frame Sensor, Extreme Wide-angle capability, Minimum focus distance of, 0.13m / 5.1 inch, Light weight at only, 165g / 5.8 oz, No Weather Sealing, Hood is not supplied

Camera labs.35058694
15 November 2021

The Canon RF 16mm f2.8 is that rarest of things: an exotic lens at an accessible price. The ultra-wide coverage delivers photos and videos packed with drama, but from a compact, light and affordable lens that won’t break the bank or your back.

Camera jabber.35168734
14 September 2021

There’s a time and a place for big, heavy lenses, but sometimes you need something small and light. With a 16mm focal length, the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM gives an ultra-wide view that can be ideal for capturing impactful landscapes or the night sky and at just 165g in weight, you won’t mind slipping...

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    Very compact and light

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    Single ring for control or manual focusing

The digital picture.34755376
26 October 2021

While the RF 16mm f/2.8 lens has extreme barrel distortion, strong lateral CA, and a budget AF system, the image quality this lens produces is consistently quite good. Factor in the ultra-low size, weight, and price, and this lens becomes a great deal.

21 February 2022

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a lens with many facets. It comes down to where you come from and what you want. For instance, if you own an EOS R3 or R6, it's a decent ultra-wide prime lens - because, at 20 megapixels, even a Coke bottle is sharp enough. Well, almost.

Techradar uk.32817471
9 March 2022

A small, light, bright and exceedingly sharp lens with a wealth of applications, for an exceedingly appealing price. The RF 16mm f/2.8 STM will be a welcome addition to the bags of wedding, landscape, astro and street photographers – and probably more beside.

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    Fast aperture, Basically weightless, Great image quality, Affordable

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    Awkward barrel controls, Chromatic aberration in corners, Vignettes at larger apertures

28 January 2022

The new 16mm lens for full frame Canon R cameras is small, lightweight and low cost. So where are the compromises, asks Damien Demolder

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    Small, Lightweight, Low cost

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    Horrific distortion, Very heavy vignetting, Severe chromatic aberration

Pc magazine uk.35148076
21 January 2022

The Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM opens up wide-angle imaging to more photographers thanks to its $300 price, and delivers more than you'd expect from a low-cost lens.

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    Slim, light form factor, Ultra-wide angle of view, Sharp, colorful imaging, Hybrid manual focus/control ring, Very affordable

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    Heavy optical corrections influence angle of view, Skips dust, splash, and fluorine protection, Audible focus action, Lens hood not included

5 January 2022

Compact, lightweight and affordably-priced, the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lens would be a worthwhile investment for anyone who needs an ultra-wide prime lens that is compact and easy to carry.

User Reviews
28 January 2022

The picture needs to be digitally corrected with this lens. It is a very small and light wide angle lens though. Satisfied with the purchase.

2 December 2022

Using this on a Canon EOS R7 for talking head videos and this lens is fantastic. Overall would recommend it.

18 May 2022

Does this Lens fit to an EOS Rebel T7 just curious before I purchase for a good up close video/blogging etc Lens

27 October 2021

When I could only afford one lens, this is what I got! It's great, light for a ronin, and can cover many uses! I highly recommend it.

21 March 2022

If you’re traveling, this will be a good lens bringing than your Red Rings.

15 December 2021

Good product but it is pity that i can’t connect to my camera 90D

Castle cameras.35168857
21 November 2022

Very helpful, wide range of accessories first class

John lewis.34996235
19 November 2022

In a nutshell, this lens is excellent for Astrophotography, architecture, landscape and interiors. I also found this lens to be very good for macro because you can get in really close to your subject.

8 August 2022

I bought this lens to go a bit wider than my RF 24-105 L mm lens, it's a dinky little lens that delivers good quality for the price, the only downside is it loses a tiny bit of quality at the edges and there is a touch of chromatic aberration at the edges nothing that can't be addressed in Canon...

4 August 2022

I enjoy using this on a R6 and always pleased with the images. Also quite a useful general wide angle field of view on the R7. Focussing a little noisy compared to USM motors. Main gripe is the lack of supplied lens hood and pouch, come on Canon it is t cheap and every other manufacturer seems to...

Product Highlights
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Lens
  • Canon E-43 43mm Lens Cap
  • Canon Lens Dust Cap RF
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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