Canon presents a new benchmark in optics design: The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens

Canon India starts shipping its new RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom lens. The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is the latest addition to new RF lens ecosystem and strengthens the lineup. This lens clearly demonstrates the company’s commitment to develop and innovate the EOS R full frame mirrorless camera system.

The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM bears the signature ‘red ring’, which designates it as a member of the much-revered L-series family of lenses. The 70 to 200mm focal range is very versatile and includes wedding, fashion, portraits, nature, wildlife and sports.

Elaborating on the launch of the products, Mr. C Sukumaran, Director, Consumer Systems Products & Image Communication Products, Canon India said, “As the photography culture continues to grow in India, photographers are looking for versatile products to cater to their evolving needs. Keeping our users at the core of our efforts, we are delighted to introduce the new RF70-200mm lens – the latest addition to the RF lens ecosystem. Equipped with the new optical design, the lens ensures exceptional image quality, making it ideal for photographers from across genres be it wedding, fashion wildlife or even sports. The lightweight body of the lens adds to its versatility, allowing photographers to travel with ease. We are positive that the new lens when coupled with the popular EOS R, will be delight for our users in their photography journey.”

The New Optical design offers phenomenal Image Quality

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM features a completely new optical design. This design consists of 17 elements in 13 groups. These lens groups feature Canon proprietary high-end optic elements, including one ultra-high-quality Super UD (Ultra Dispersion) lens and four super-high quality UD lenses

  • These premium optic elements provide unmatched edge-to-edge sharpness. 2 aspherical elements help in eliminating unwanted chromatic aberration and colour fringing. An advanced SWC (Subwavelength coating) minimizes flare and ghosting

  • The fast f/2.8 aperture coupled with the 9-blade circular aperture delivers soft and beautiful background blur

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM offers the highest possible level of image quality throughout its focal range. This makes it the top choice for discerning professional photographers who are looking for the very best!

First time ever: Two Nano USMs for High Speed and Smooth AF for Still and Movie Shooting

  • For the very first time on a Canon lens, two thumb-sized Nano USM motors (ultrasonic) are included in the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM for the floating focus control. This allows the lens to achieve a degree of quietness, power saving, and high-speed operation

  • The lens also achieves excellent high-speed, high-precision still image AF and smooth movie AF in combination with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF in the EOS R series cameras

5-stop Optical Image Stabilisation

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is equipped with IS, (Optical Image Stabilisation), with a CIPA standard of five-stops for still images

  • There are also three IS modes which are optimised for subject movement – IS mode 1 for still subjects, IS mode 2 for panning and IS mode 3 for irregular movement such as sports

First time ever: New Electronic Floating Focus System

  • For the very first time on a Canon lens, the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM features an electronic float focus control that drives the two lens groups individually. This makes the lens more compact and reduces the minimum focusing distance from 1.2m to 0.7m

  • With this new electronic floating focus control, ‘breathing’ due to focus movement is reduced, allowing movies to be shot with a stable compositio

 Canon’s shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/2.8 lens ever

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM weights a mere 1070 grams (approx.). It is approximately 27% shorter and 28% lighter than the well-established EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM lens. This is a huge boon to any photographer and significantly eases both storage and use

  • This combined with the reduced weight of the EOS R is the ultimate combo for professional photographers, especially those using gimbals for wedding videography

Durable and Built to Last

  • The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is the first RF lens designed with a white heat shield coating, which suppresses the rise in temperature, especially when it is used during hot weather

  • The lens hood has a sliding window for easy operation of polarising filters with the hood attached

The RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM adopts unique extendable design that allows air to pass through but not dust and moisture. This ensures water and dust resistance which makes it an ideal companion even during unfavorable weather conditions. Additionally a fluorine coating on foremost and rearmost elements of the lens helps repel dust, oil and water from sticking to the elements.

The MRP of the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is INR 216 995/- incl. of all taxes.


Product Specifications

RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM



Focal Length

70-200 mm

Maximum Aperture


Minimum Aperture


Minimum Focusing Distance


Maximum Magnification

0.23 x

Lens Construction

17 elements in 13 groups

Aspherical Lens


Special Low Dispersion Glass

One super UD, four UD

Special Coating

SWC, fluorine coating

Water/Dust Resistance


Aperture Blades

9 (circular)

IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)

Yes (5 stops)

Filter Diameter

Φ77 mm

Maximum Diameter and Length

Approx. 88.9 mm x 146.0 mm


Approx. 1,070 g (tripod mount separate)