Canon’s new “EOS R” mirrorless camera to come with four new “RF” mount lenses

Aug 31, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon’s new “EOS R” mirrorless camera to come with four new “RF” mount lenses

Aug 31, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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According to serial-leakers Nokishita, Canon’s new mirrorless camera will be announced at some point during the next four weeks. They’ve just posted a list for new product announcements coming in September that includes a new “EOS R” camera, along with four “RF” mount lenses, along with a few EF and EF-M lenses.

We’ve been hearing for a couple of days about the possible name for Canon’s new mirrorless camera. But Nokishita seems to claim a solid confirmation. The EOS R is expected to have a new “RF” lens mount, which may contain some backward compatibility with EF mount lenses.

They say that the new camera will be announced along with four new RF mount lenses.

  • EOS R body
  • EOS R 24-105mm kit
  • RF 35mm f/1.8M IS
  • RF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • RF 28-70mm f/2L USM
  • RF 24-105mm f/4L USM

Interesting, that the 35mm f/1.8M lens appears to have image stabilisation built in. The “M” moniker in its name also suggests that it’s a macro lens, possibly along similar lines to the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 macro with the built-in LED ringlight.

If the rumours of EF backwards compatibility are true, it makes me wonder how the lens mount will look. If it has the same flange distance as Canon’s existing DSLRs, it would be huge. Of course, if that is true, then why go with a new mount at all? If the flange distance isn’t the same, then chances are they’ll require some kind of adapter like the Nikon Z cameras.

There is one possible adapter listed, too, although an official name is unknown. Nokishita writes “M adapter R?”. The form they saw show three adapters listed…

  • M.ADAP R
  • M.ADAP R ND
  • M.ADAP R PL

Whether it’s an adapter to let you use EOS R lenses on EOS M bodies, or it just means “Mirrorless adapter for R” is currently unclear. But what does look obvious is that some will have built-in neutral density filters and polarisers. This seems like a good move, especially for location video shooters who are used to having neutral density built right into larger cinema cameras.

Hopefully, the ND one will be an electronic ND, in a similar fashion to Aputure’s DEC Vari-ND.

Also expected are some lenses for Canon’s DSLRs and existing mirrorless range.

  • EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L III
  • EF 600mm f/4L III

Finally, there’s a new PD-E1, which is some kind of USB power adapter.

We’ve heard conflicting reports on exactly when the new announcements will come. We’ve heard dates from as early as September 5th, less than a week away, all the way to Photokina, starting on September 26th. But all seem to agree that the announcement is coming sometime in September.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

[h/t Jolyon / via Nokishita]

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20 responses to “Canon’s new “EOS R” mirrorless camera to come with four new “RF” mount lenses”

  1. Olivier Gallen Avatar
    Olivier Gallen

    F/2 for a 28-70? That’s huge!!! I mean like in *HUGE*!

    1. Najib Saer Avatar
      Najib Saer
    2. Dimitris Servis Avatar
      Dimitris Servis

      Didn’t know there’s huge in huge

  2. BA Avatar
    BA

    Mirrorless? Why do talking heads keep pushing this solution to a problem that never existed? Anyone remember micro 4/3rds and how fanboys proclaimed it will replace the SLR by storm?? Where is it today? Can’t believe canon and nikon are giving in to talking heads paid by Sony. As a photographer who actually does photography (not YouTube videos and fake Instagram shots) this mirrorless trend is a step backwards. #SMH

    1. さんトム Avatar
      さんトム

      Well, that’s like, your opinion man.

    2. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I own 15 Nikons. None of them are mirrorless. I own zero Sony cameras. Had a Walkman once. Tell me how I’m “pushing” anything.

      1. Keith Reeder Avatar
        Keith Reeder

        Pretty obvious that he’s not talking to you.

        Interestingly paranoid, overly-defensive reaction, though…

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          This was a top level comment in response to the article itself… The article that I wrote. So, I don’t know how it was “obvious” that it was not aimed towards me. :)

    3. Huge Dom Avatar
      Huge Dom

      How could it be a “step backwards” ?? The technology now allows the elimination of an unnecessary layer in the optics of the mirror and with it gone, the ability to use more advanced tracking, quicker AF systems, and higher fps so better continuous shooting, etc. The EVF provides the exact image of the exposure in real time and model with a touch screen provides easier focus point as well as menu/setting selection, etc. Micro 4/3 didn’t take off since APS-C mirrorless came along and now FF mirrorless.

      1. Keith Reeder Avatar
        Keith Reeder

        “How could it be a “step backwards” ??”

        Well at the current state of the art, it replaces a proven and absolutely proven technology – the optical viewfinder – with an alternative that completely fails to as good a job.

        If that’s not a step backwards, I don’t know what is: some of us shoot things that move – quickly and unpredictably – and EVFs simply *are not* up to the job.

        1. Huge Dom Avatar
          Huge Dom

          A lot of misconceptions on EVF and focusing on mirrorless, I’m not going to go in details may be pick up the latest mirrorless and try for yourself.

          A lot of people are switching or picking Mirrorless over DSLR was what I was saying, I shot both and just honestly think none Mirrroless people are missing out. Sony sold more FF mirrorless last year in the US than either Canon or Nikon FF dslr, there must be a reason.

          The problems with DSLR were the mirror limits the FPS physically, they prevent advancement of AF speed and accuracy, they cost more to produce and mirror count is a real concern in durability… The problems were there, you guys just don’t look.

    4. Jospeh Broham Avatar
      Jospeh Broham

      Superior technology should be persuited.

      1. Keith Reeder Avatar
        Keith Reeder

        “superior platforms”

        Maybe you don’t understand what the word “superior” means? You’re surely using it wrongly here…

        (Obviously if you’re only shooting cats and Facebook selfies, the above doesn’t apply).

        1. Jospeh Broham Avatar
          Jospeh Broham

          > (Obviously if you’re only shooting cats and Facebook selfies, the above doesn’t apply).

          You really are clueless on the current technology of mirrorless cameras. You must be stuck in the stoneage :)

    5. Daniel Avatar
      Daniel

      Grandpa, get back in your cave.. Hahaha
      Basically a mirrorless is a camera without the mirror and the pentaprism. This means a whole lot of opportunities to work with as light hits straight to the sensor.
      You are one of those that thought film would last forever and digital cameras were just a gimmick, I bet.

      1. Keith Reeder Avatar
        Keith Reeder

        “Basically a mirrorless is a camera without the mirror and the pentaprism”

        We know what it is, Einstein.

        And despite your infantile fanboyism, you *seriously* overstate its benefits and significance.

        1. Daniel Avatar
          Daniel

          You are correct in one thing, the light does not care a bit. The engineers on the other hand, actually do.
          And btw, your comment was so mature that kicked my statements to the oblivion.
          Pls point out where I state that I’m a fan o X Z or Y..

        2. Huge Dom Avatar
          Huge Dom

          If not light then please explain where in the optical design is it better to add another uncessary element into the optics ??

          Must be one of those that like to put an UV filter on the lens just because ??

  3. Peter Grillone Avatar
    Peter Grillone

    Full transparency – I shoot Nikon, Canon and Sony
    Mirrorless may be here to stay or go away, but one things for sure, people that shoot mirrorless love the advantages of EVF. So give me a d850 with EVF or any other quality camera and we’re good.

  4. Nathaniel Clark Jr Avatar
    Nathaniel Clark Jr

    Has the photographic community forgotten that “mirrorless” is not a new concept?
    The “rangefinder” system, save for the mirrors in the focusing/viewing mechanism on top of the camera’ was/is mirrorless. And, for the generations of us who have held a camera in our hands, whatever system, marque/brand, preference, etc.; no matter it be Leica M, Yashica Electro 35, Minolta CL, Kodak Retina, or any system, from any manufacturer…
    It will always be the photographer, not the format, who(m) determines the image, its exposure, its composition…