You can buy the Canon 35mm RF 1.8mm Lens HERE on Amazon and help support our site: -Today we’re bring you a review of the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro Lens. We’ve been shooting with it on our Canon EOS R camera and look forward to sharing the results. The 35mm RF lens costs right around $449 now. It’s our pick for the best first lens for the Canon EOS R or RP and as an entry into the RF mount system. Some of the other RF lenses are in the thousands or even over $2,000 so this lens is a great option if you’re looking to dip your toes into the RF lens system. Watch the full Canon 35mm RF lens review video to see both sample photos and videos with the lens.

Canon 35mm RF Lens Review and Sample Photos

Recently, I took a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and wanted to have a small camera bag as I don’t like lugging around a lot of gear when traveling. I only brought my Canon EOS R and the Canon RF 35mm 1.8mm lens. This lens is much smaller than the other RF lenses available, and it’s very light, which makes it very nice for traveling. The 35mm RF IS Macro Lens was a lot of fun to shoot with. The f/1.8 wasn’t quite as shallow as the 35mm f/1.4 II EF lens, but for under $500 the 35mm RF lens produced results I was very happy with. It’s slightly less sharp than its 35mm L counterpart, and the bokeh on the 35mm EF is a bit nicer, but at 1/3 the cost, the 35mm RF is a good, affordable first lens for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP.

Cacti in Cozumel! Canon EOS R with 35mm RF lens – sample pictures from Mexico

The Canon 35mm RF 1.8 lens is also a macro lens, and it also allowed us to get really close in our sample photos. The IS (image stabilization) is also a great feature in a lens only costing $449. It really makes it a perfect walk-around lens, and you can keep shooting in low-light scenarios – having both IS and a fairly shallow aperture of f/1.8. In our Canon 35mm RF lens review, we also take a look at some video footage we shot on the lens in real-time and slow motion.

The Canon 35mm RF macro lens moves in for some close-up photos

We’ve been covering the Canon EOS R a lot in our videos. Check out some of our other reviews and comparisons, like our Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark III Photography Comparison. We also tried to do something a little different this episode, and instead of filming with a standard static setup, we filmed it using the Steadicam Aero 30. What do you think?

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for checking out Canon 35mm RF Lens Review & Sample Photos, in our Film Jams series!

The 35mm RF 1.8 macro lens impressed us with its sharpness and fast focusing.

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Gear used in this video:

-Canon RF 35mm IS 1.8 Lens:

-Canon EOS R:

-Battery for EOS R (LP-E6N):

-Canon C100 –

-Steadicam Aero 30 –


Other equipment we use to film:


-Canon C100 – (for main interview)
-Sony A7III – (for BTS video)


-Canon 24-105mm – (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – (product shots & CUs)


-Sachtler –


-Sennheiser MKE600 –
-Sennheiser 416 –


-Litepanel Astra 6x –
-Kino Flo Diva LED –

Music by Jeffrey J Byron:

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for watching our Canon EOS R 35mm RF lens review, in our Film Jams series!

Filmed on location at: in St. Petersburg, FL and in Cozumel, Mexico.

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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