Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens

Model #2973C002

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Weight 10.76 oz / 305 g
Dimensions (DxL) 2.93 x 2.47" / 74.4 x 62.8 mm
Filter Thread Front: 52 mm


Focal Length 35mm
Camera Mount Type Canon RF
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8Minimum: f/22
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Magnification 0.5x
Minimum Focus Distance 6.69" / 17 cm
Angle of View 63°
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor


Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
10 December 2018

The Canon RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM is a sharp, wide-angle macro lens for the RF mirrorless system. It's affordable, but doesn't offer L-series features like weather protection.

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    Crisp optics. 1:2 macro reproduction. Optical stabilization. Bright aperture. Attractive price.

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    Some barrel distortion. Vignette at wide apertures. No weather sealing or fluorine coating. Doesn't include lens hood or pouch.

Camera labs.35058694
18 January 2019

The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM is a mild wide-angle prime lens for Canon’s EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. It’s the smallest, lightest and cheapest lens for the system to date, and like other 35mm lenses, is an ideal general-purpose option, flexible enough for street, landscape,...

Digital camera world.35029809
15 February 2019

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. The RF 35mm's STM autofocus system is quiet but audible in operation.

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    Small and lightweight, Well balanced on EOS R/RP bodies, Quick and quiet STM autofocus

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    Macro maximum magnification ratio only 0.5x, Working distance is just 7cm

The digital picture.34755376
8 July 2019

Many acquire a mirrorless camera for smaller size and lighter weight while retaining great image quality and the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens follows through with that spirit.

Roberts camera.34955828
11 September 2018

For brilliant close-up photography, the RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM is compatible with Canon's Macro range of Speedlite flashes, including Macro Twin Lites and Macro Ring Lites, for studio-quality, controlled close-up lighting in various situations.

10 April 2019

Although not the perfect choice for the EOS RP, the RF 35mm f/1.8 is the only RF-mount lens so far that fits comfortably on the lighter, more compact camera body. It’s also the most affordable of the RF lenses on offer so far.

Techradar uk.32817471
27 February 2019

A 35mm 0.5x macro lens may be an odd choice for one of the RF line’s first few lenses, but it’s nice to have a compact alternative to the other optics released so far. It’s a shame it’s not a true macro lens, but if you think of it more as a wide-aperture, wide-angle with the advantage of...

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    Compact and well balanced on EOS R, Great build quality, Lens control ring is a useful inclusion, Fast AF system, Great sharpness at moderate apertures, Very good corner sharpness wide open

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    Not a true 1:1 macro lens, Moderate vignetting at widest apertures, A little curvilinear distortion, No focus limit switch, AF motor somewhat noisy during stills

Photography blog.34969604
27 November 2018

The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM is the dark horse of the new Canon full-frame mirrorless system. By far the cheapest, lightest and most compact RF lens, it's also arguably the most versatile too, doubling up as both a great 35mm prime and a 1:2 magnification macro lens.

User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
29 November 2018

Im using a 24-105rf and now this rf35 f/1.8 on my EOS R. This lens has lovely Bokeh, nice build and super fast af plus solid stabilization. No weather resistance that I can see but at this price point this is what we get. Wide open at f1.8 this lens matches the 30 megapixels very well.

B h photo.34921152
29 November 2018

When the new EOSR came out, I was very much hoping that at least one of the early lenses would be a macro lens, since I get a great amount of enjoyment from macro photography. I was thrilled when the 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens was announced. Getting it in the hand, it is so small!

B h photo.34921152
22 February 2019

Im a huge fan of good affordable primes due to the value they deliver, and judging by the amount of time this one has spent on my R since I bought it, I have to say its my current favorite. It is just so, so versatile, and the image quality is excellent.

B h photo.34921152
6 February 2019

A moderately priced lens for the EOS R system, the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM is an all-arounder that will spend a lot of time on the EOS R camera. It is sharp edge-to-edge even wide-open and the color rendering is Canon at its best.

B h photo.34921152
9 January 2019

This lens is great value at its price point.Compared to an early Canon FD lens in macro mode it shows better contrast and a more neutral colour.Combined with the EOS R body it makes a compact walk around camera set up.

B h photo.34921152
3 June 2019

This is a light-weight general-purpose alternative to the 24-105, and a faster lens to shoot in low light. I like the image quality and focusing performance, and just wish it was weather sealed.

B h photo.34921152
24 May 2019

very versatile lens

B h photo.34921152
8 May 2019

I have been a diehard Nikon user (professionally) for 10 years but recently purchased the Canon EOS R. This was the only lens I bought with it. I prefer f/1.4 lenses and 35mm is not even a focal length I love, so I was not too excited honestly. But wow, this thing has impressed me.

B h photo.34921152
6 May 2019

This is a very useful and easy to carry lens. Very good image quality. Photographic subjects (humans in this case) are not intimidated by this lens when pointed in their direction which makes their facial expressions much more relaxed and natural.

B h photo.34921152
26 April 2019

I like this lens! Its light and sharp. Great for indoor low light and group photography. It can be used for portrait but I would have to get so close the subject which I dont like to do. The Canon EF 85mm f1.8 is a better choice (for head shots).

Product Highlights
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • 1:2 Max. Magnification, 6.7" Min. Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
In The Box
  • Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens
  • E-52 II 52mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap RF
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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