First teased earlier this year along with five other RF lenses in development at that time, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens has now been officially announced with more details and will start shipping next month.
This entry-level zoom is the second of what may be referred to as “beginner” lenses, following the $449 RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM. If the RF 24-240mm seems like it would make for a good pairing as a kit lens to the EOS RP, Canon agrees and plans to sell them as a bundle at a later date.
This 10x optical zoom lens is lightweight for its class, weighing 1.65 pounds (750 grams). Paired with the Canon EOS RP, the setup would weigh only 2.77 pounds (1,255 grams) total.
Where you may expect to find three rings like the other RF zoom lenses, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 has a two-ring design. Rather than a zoom ring, focus ring, and a control ring, this lens shares one ring for the functions of a focus ring and control ring and can be toggled between the two with a selector switch. There will also be no clicks while rotating the ring in the control ring setting.
The RF 24-240mm sports a Nano USM autofocus motor and has been rated for five stops of image stabilization. This optical image stabilization can be combined with the EOS R-series cameras’ Dynamic Movie IS setting for even more shake compensation while recording videos. The new zoom lens has a close focusing distance of 19.7 inches (0.5 meters) at the wide end and 27.5 inches (0.7 meters) at the long end.