After some rumors about Canon full-frame mirrorless and its announcement date, it’s now officially here: Canon EOS R is finally announced, along with four new RF-mount lenses. The full frame mirrorless camera features a new RF mount, so three EF to RF adapters will also be available. Now that we have the official info and specs, let’s see if Canon’s new camera will meet your expectations.
Canon EOS R camera
The new full frame mirrorless from Canon is equipped with a 30.3 MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor and DIGIC 8 processor. It provides you with 8fps continuous shooting. It features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with 5,655 manually selectable AF points. The company promises “the fastest autofocus speed in the world:” 0.05 seconds when using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens with the EOS R. The AF sensitivity in low light goes to -6 EV, and the ISO ranges between 100 and 40,000, expandable to 102,400.
As for the video, it shoots 4K UHD video up to 30fps and record in 10-bit 4:2:2 (with an external recorder). It allows shooting in Canon Log profile, providing 12 stops of dynamic range.
If you are wondering how many card slots Canon EOS R has (and I know you do): there’s a single UHS-II SD card slot. What I’ve seen from Nikon users, this is a deal-breaker for many photographers and videographers.
As for other features, there’s USB 3.1 in-camera charging support. Canon EOS R also comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to let you share photos and videos to compatible smart devices and social media websites. Finally, it’s dust and weather-resistant. These were some highlights, and you can take a look at the very detailed specs on Canon’s website.
Canon RF Lenses
Canon has paired the new EOS R camera with four new lenses: two primes and two zooms. What I find interesting is that the company launched one macro lens for the full-frame mirrorless camera, which we haven’t seen from Nikon (yet).
Here are the lenses you can buy along with the new Canon camera:
Canon RF 28–70mm F2 L USM
The RF 28–70mm F2 L USM features a maximum aperture of f/2. With L series optics, Canon promises that “the flexibility and performance of a handful of fixed focal length lenses” and “superlative performance” throughout the entire zoom range.
Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM
Of course, there has to be a 50mm lens. Canon opted for a 50mm f/1.2, which should come in handy in low-light situations.
Canon RF 24–105mm F4 L IS USM
The RF 24–105mm F4 L IS USM is a versatile lens, and if you order a kit, this is the lens you’ll get. It has a constant f/4 maximum aperture. Canon writes that this is the first L series lens to feature the company’s fast and speedy NANO USM, which should provide better AF performance.
RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM
Finally, the macro lens I mentioned earlier. The RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM is a compact and lightweight lens. It has a 0.5x magnification ratio and a close focusing distance of 0.56 ft./0.71m.
While Nikon launched a single FTZ adapter, Canon’s new mirrorless system is followed by three EF to R adapters.
Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is lightweight and compact and connects EF and EF-S lenses to the EOS R camera.
Control ring mount adapter EF-EOS R
The Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R adds a control ring like those found on RF lenses, providing the same level of control to your EF and EF-S lenses and supporting the same setting configuration regardless of lens.
Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
The Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R enables compatibility with EF and EF-S lenses and includes drop-in filter capability for use with circular polarizing filters or variable ND filters.
Here are some product launch videos:
The Canon EOS R camera will be available in October 2018, either on its own or bundled with a lens. Here are the prices:
- Canon EOS R body only: $2,299
- Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS: $3,399
- Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L: $2,299
- Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L: $2,999
- Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro: $499
- Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS (price not available yet)
The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R ($99.99) and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R ($199.99) will also be available in October 2018. For the Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, you’ll have to wait until February 2019. It will cost $399.99 with a variable ND filter, or $299.99 with a circular polarizing filter.