Lomography has announced Petzval 55 mm f/1.7, a new lens that brings vintage and modern together. It was inspired by Joseph Petzval’s First Portrait Lens from 1840, and it’s compatible with modern Nikon Z, Sony E and Canon R full frame mirrorless cameras. It lets you control the aperture with the dual aperture system, which allows you to achieve all sorts of creative effects and control the bokeh to your liking.
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I have been a Canon shooter, using the best Canon cameras available from the day I picked up a camera. First, as a commercial photographer, and in the last few years as a prolific wedding photographer. I think it’s safe to say that I accumulated a few thousand jobs using Canon cameras. I prefer Canon to any other brand for any given task. I feel very comfortable saying that the Canon R5 is the best Canon camera in the market today. But different photographers have different needs. Maybe you don’t need the best Canon camera, but the Canon camera that is best for you.
Nikon might not see value in transitioning the D3x00 DSLR series over to mirrorless, blaming smartphones, but it seems they don’t speak for everybody. Canon sure sounds like they want to target that market with today’s announcement of the Canon EOS R100 (buy here). It’s an entry-level APS-C RF mount camera with a price tag that puts it well and truly in the beginner market.
Despite Nikon’s suggestion that smartphone users want more from their entry-level cameras these days (with a higher price tag), Canon doesn’t appear to share the sentiment. The new Canon EOS R100 entry-level camera is targeted directly at newer photographers and usurps the EF-S DSLRs and EF-M mirrorless cameras that came before it. Sort of.
The future of Canon’s EOS M system has been a bit up in the air ever since Canon introduced the EOS R in 2018. Well, now, with today’s announcement of the Canon EOS R50, Canon has pretty much confirmed what we’ve all been suspecting for a while. The Canon EOS M APS-C mirrorless camera system is dead and this is essentially the replacement for the Canon EOS M50 Mark II.
It offers some very significant advantages over the EOS M50 Mark II, though. In fact, it pretty much contains the feature set that many were hoping to see in the EOS M50 Mark II when it was announced in 2020. The resolution hasn’t changed (it’s still 24MP), and there’s still no IBIS, but it will let you shoot 4K video using the full width of the sensor – It’s actually oversampled 6K.
Meike has announced a new 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. It’s a manual focus lens, which means it’s coming in Canon RF mount as well as Canon EF-M, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds. This isn’t the first 25mm f/0.95 lens on the market, but it is Meike’s first at this focal length and aperture, which should keep Meike lens fans happy.
Being an APS-C lens, it offers a field of view similar to 37.5mm on full-frame. When used on MFT cameras, it’s equivalent to 50mm on full-frame. It has a 13-blade aperture for as round a bokeh as possible with 11 elements in 9 groups and a minimum focus distance of only 25cm. The Sony E mount version has already been released, with the others coming later in December.
Canon has launched the EL-5, its first mirrorless compatible speedlight. The flash unit is directly compatible with the latest Canon mirrorless bodies the R6 and brand newly released R6II, the R3, R7, and R10.
Using the speedlight with the multi-function shoe found on the R lineup of mirrorless cameras unlocks the array of upgraded features available with the EL-5. Such features include an extremely fast recycle time of between 0.1 sec and 1.2 secs, and an ultra-low power setting of just 1/1024.
Canon has refreshed its popular EOS R6 mirrorless camera with a new Canon EOS R6 Mark II. Externally, the two cameras look extremely similar, but the new camera offers some significant upgrades over its predecessor with a new sensor, focus breathing correction and an EOS R3-like autofocus system with improved AI tracking. A brand new IBIS system also offers up to 8 stops of stabilisation.
While the EOS R6 Mark II offers the same 12fps continuous shooting mode with the mechanical shutter as the EOS R6, you now get up to 40fps with the electronic shutter. There’s also a new Raw Burst mode that shoots 30fps with 0.5 seconds of pre-capture. Great for responding to quick events and actions as they’re happening. There are also new shooting modes including a multiple exposure mode (jpg only) and panorama mode.
Will Canon be releasing another mirrorless camera body sometime soon? Well, according to the site Canon Rumours they certainly seem to think so. The site apparently has good sources that have said that there will be a Canon R6 Mark II coming out “sooner rather than later” and they even have the specs.
Now it must be noted that the specifications are extremely early and not reliable information. They are in fact, just rumours. However, the site also believes that it’s “highly probable” that the sensor will be a version of that found in the EOS R3.
As one of the giants of the camera manufacturing world, Canon needs little introduction. But having a major bite of the pie doesn’t stop them from being innovative. In the past couple of months, we have seen two brand new mirrorless cameras launched, plus at least four new lenses.
Canon introduced their two mirrorless APS-C mirrorless cameras in July 2022, and they haven’t disappointed. DIYP spoke to Justin Botha from Canon to discover more about the EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras, and to see what the rest of 2022 has in store for Canon.