First Shoot With The Canon RF 70-200MM F4L IS USM

With the Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM Lens and a Canon EOS R6 in her kitbag, Lucia took a voyage to the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland to photograph its landscapes, its wildlife and its people. The RF 70-200MM F4L IS USM’s light weight, compact design and versatility enabled her to access an abundance of photo opportunities unique to these special islands.

The perfect adventure travel lens

Lucia’s goal was to photograph her exploration by boat, car and foot, embracing spontaneity along the way. The adventure took her to the Isle of Mull with its rolling hills and diverse marine life. She also toured the outcrops of Iona by boat – capturing its bird cliffs and the resident seals, dolphins and cormorants.

“The shoot consisted of landscape, wildlife and portraiture,” explains Lucia. “I was excited because I’ve always had a RF 70-200 lens in my kitbag – it’s such a staple lens. I was keen to see how a setup that I’d use on say my Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (now succeeded by the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III) would translate with the RF lens.

“The fact that the lens is so light meant it was really versatile – but the quality is still there. I could hold it with one hand, so it offered me the flexibility to get into positions which might have been more of a struggle with a heavier lens.”

The combined IS from both camera and lens enabled Lucia to shoot sharp handheld portraits, even in low light. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 70-200MM F4L IS USM lens at 112mm, 1/500 sec, f/4.5 and ISO1600.

A pair of cormorants perched on a Cliffside.

The Canon RF 70-200 F4L IS USM features weather-sealing and fluorine coatings to protect against dust and water, making it ideal for this adventure shoot in the wilds of the Inner Hebrides. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 70-200MM F4L IS USM lens at 200mm, 1/1600 sec, f/4 and ISO800.

Staying agile with handheld shooting

The high-speed communication between camera and lens made possible by the innovative RF lens mount means the 5-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS) in the Canon RF 70-200MM F4L IS USM works with the in-body IS in the Canon EOS R6 to deliver up to 7.5-stops of combined IS. This dramatically reduces image blur caused by camera shake and results in sharper images.

With camera and lens working together to correct camera shake, Lucia was able to select even longer exposures. This was particularly useful when photographing in low light and enabled her to shoot handheld with confidence – even from moving boats and platforms.

In order to ensure identical comparison conditions, I deliberately chose a static test setup with artificial light. An object that is very familiar to every Canon user served as the motif:

I placed the lens cap on a piece of white paper and backlit it at an angle of about 45°. I aligned the camera on a stable tripod at an angle of about 30 to the lid. I took all the shots with the Canon EOS R5 and the EF 24-105 f/4L II IS USM lens at 105mm focal length, aperture 8, 1/8s exposure time and ISO 100 and processed them in Adobe Light room Classic 10 with identical parameters. I set the white balance in Light room with the eyedropper on the white background so that any color deviations are also visible.

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