Travel photographer and Canon Ambassador Joel Santos is no stranger to capturing dramatic landscapes. In Joel's work – which has seen him document communities across the world, from eagle hunters in Mongolia to salt miners in Ethiopia – he often uses wide angles to capture environmental portraits which place his subjects in the centre of their worlds, giving documentary context to their stories.
On a late summer filming trip to the Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago of 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway, Joel took something special with him – a Canon RF 10-20mm F4L IS STM lens, the widest AF zoom lens for full-frame cameras in the world1. With a focal length that starts at an overwhelming ultra-wide-angle 10mm, the lens meant Joel was able to capture completely new perspectives of this stunning landscape, getting close to his subjects while also fitting their surroundings into the frame.
Less than half the weight of its EF predecessor and with new market-leading Image Stabilisation providing sharper edges on stills and stable borders on video, this lens is built for the remote environments Joel has made his career photographing. Here, Joel explains what this ground-breaking lens adds to the RF range, and why it has earned a place in his kitbag.