Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Compared to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens

SpecificationsCanon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM LensCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
  Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
Year Introduced20192018
Mounts OnFull FrameFull Frame, APS-C
Lenses / Groups17/1323/19
Angle of View: Diagonal34° - 12°34° - 12°
Angle of View: Horizontal29° - 10°29° – 10°
Angle of View: Vertical19° 30' - 7°19°30' – 7°
 
Aperture  
Aperture Range - Wide / Long f/2.8-32 f/2.8-32
Number of Aperture Blades 9 8
Rounded Aperture? Y Y
 
Weight  
Manufacturer Specification Weight 37.8 oz  (1070g) 52.2 oz  (1480g)
Actual Weight 37.6 oz  (1065g) 50.5 oz  (1430g)
Lens Hood Weight 3.4 oz  (95g) 3.4 oz  (95g)
Tripod Ring Weight 4.4 oz  (125g) 4.1 oz  (115g)
In-Use Weight 45.4 oz  (1285g) 57.9 oz  (1640g)
 
Size  
Manufacturer Spec Size (DxL) 3.54 x 5.75”  (89.9 x 146mm) 3.5 x 7.83”  (88.8 x 199mm)
Measured Size (DxL) 3.53 x 6.02”  (90 x 153mm) 3.41 x 8.13”  (86.6 x 206.5mm)
Max Diameter at Tripod Ring 4.7”  (120.4mm) 3.4”  (85.8mm)
Max Length at Full Extension 8.34”  (211.9mm) 8.13”  (206.5mm)
Internal Zoom? / Extends with Zoom? N / Y Y / N
Zoom Extension Length 2.33”  (59.3mm)
Internal Focusing? / Extends with Focusing? Y / N Y / N
Lens Hood Size (DxL) 3.05 x 3.05”  (77.4 x 77.4mm) 4.41 x 3.73”  (112.1 x 94.8mm)
Lens Length with Hood (Min-Max) 8.89 - 11.12”  (225.8 - 282.3mm) 11.59 - 11.59”  (294.3 - 294.3mm)
Size of Rings: Focus / Zoom 0.66” / 1.8”  (16.8mm / 45.8mm) 1.71” / 1.57”  (43.5mm / 39.8mm)
Filter Size 77mm  UV ► CP ► 77mm  UV ► CP ►
Front Element (Filter Mount) Rotates N N
 
Focus  
AF Motor Type Dual Nano USM Ring USM
Full Time Manual Focus Y Y
Focus Ring Rotation 348 ° 145°
Focus Limiter? / Focus Limiter Ranges Y /
Full
8.2' (2.5m) - ∞
Y /
3.94' (1.2m) - ∞
8.2' (2.5m) - ∞
Distance Scale? / Type N Y / Window
 
Close Focus  
Specified Min Focus Distance 27.56”  (700mm) 47.24”  (1200mm)
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long) 26.81” / 27.32”  (681mm / 694mm) 47.01” / 45.75”  (1194mm / 1162mm)
Maximum Magnification (MM) 0.23x 0.21x
Magnification Range with 12mm Ext Tube 0.28-0.06x
Magnification Range with 25mm Ext Tube 0.36-0.14x
Magnification Range with 500D Closeup Lens 0.14-0.60x
 
Features  
Zoom Ring Rotation 90 ° 62°
Tripod Ring Included? / Removable? Y / Y Y / Y
Zoom Ring Lock Switch? Y N
Lens Hood Included / Model? Y / ET-83F (WIII) Buy ► Y / ET-87 Buy ►
Weather Sealed? / Filter Required? Y / Y / Y
Image Stabilization? / Stops? / Tripod Sensing? Y / 5 / Y / 3.5 /
Extender Compatible? N Y
Case Included? / Type? Y / LP1424 Buy ► Y / LZ1326 Buy ►
47.25" x 31.5" Subject Framing Distance 70mm = 7.95'
100mm = 11.13'
135mm = 14.87'
200mm = 21.26'
70mm = 8.59'
100mm = 11.79'
135mm = 15.80'
200mm = 22.14'
280mm = 30.12'
400mm = 42.56'
1200mm x 800mm Subject Framing Distance 70mm = 2423mm
100mm = 3391mm
135mm = 4532mm
200mm = 6480mm
70mm = 2618mm
100mm = 3595mm
135mm = 4816mm
200mm = 6747mm
280mm = 9180mm
400mm = 12972mm
 
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