Canon announces their first entry-level zoom for the RF system, the 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM travel lens


posted Monday, July 8, 2019 at 9:00 PM EST


Canon has introduced a new all-in-one RF travel lens, the first entry-level zoom lens in the RF system, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM. This new full-frame telephoto zoom lens is designed to offer good all-around performance in a compact and lightweight form, all at a budget-friendly price point.

Of the new RF 24-240mm lens, Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer of Canon U.S.A. says, "Providing photographers of all skill levels with the invaluable tools to help capture and create the images they desire has been and will continue to be a paramount goal for Canon. The new RF 24-240mm is an excellent option as an all-around travel lens that provides attractive features for a wide variety of image capture." To aid in the capture of a wide variety of images, the lens is equipped with a Nano USM autofocus system which promises quick and quiet autofocus, making the lens suited for both stills and video. Further, the RF 24-240mm is equipped with image stabilization and is the first Canon lens designed for full-frame cameras to feature dynamic IS. The lens is rated for up to five stops of image stabilization.

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM. The lens is 4.82 inches (122.5 millimeters) long at its minimum length. You can lock the lens at its minimum length for easier travel. 

Additional features of the RF 24-240mm lens include a maximum magnification of 0.26x. Specifically, its minimum focus distance is 1.64 feet (0.5 meters) at the wide end of the lens and 2.56 feet (0.78 meters) at the telephoto end. The lens includes 21 lens elements in 15 groups, including an aspherical element and a pair of UD lenses. You may have noticed that the lens has two rings on it, rather than the three found on other RF zoom lenses. Canon has combined the focus ring and the control ring on the new RF 24-240mm lens. You can use the control ring for manual focus by flipping the focus mode switch on the lens barrel.

In this close-up image, you can see the switch to toggle the ring nearest the lens barrel between focus and Control Ring functionality.

In total, the RF 24-240mm weighs 1.65 pounds (750 grams). When used with the Canon EOS RP, the combination weighs only slightly more than a Canon Rebel T7i with an attached EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. Later this year, Canon will begin offering a Canon EOS RP kit with the new 24-240mm lens. The 24-240mm has a minimum length of 4.82 inches (122.5 millimeters) and has a maximum diameter of 3.17 in. (80.4 mm). The Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens will begin shipping this September with an estimated retail price of $899.99 USD. The upcoming EOS RP kit with the 24-240mm lens will retail for a suggested price of $2,199 USD. For full details and specifications for the RF 24-240mm lens, click here

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM