Canon EOS Ra, the astrophotography version of EOS R, has been officially announced. We first learned about it in September, when an instruction leaflet was published online. Then a few photos leaked, and now the modified version of the Canon R is finally out.
Well, that didn’t seem to take long. According to a report on Canon Rumors, Canon has already added an EOS R Mark II to their internal roadmap, along with an EOS 5D Mark V DSLR. CR didn’t say exactly where the information came from, just that they were not provided with a timeline for the roadmap, although they don’t expect either of them to come along before Q4 of 2020.
Canon has shown off a pretty major upcoming firmware update for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP cameras to enhance their autofocus capabilities. Specifically, the update seems to deal with the speed and accuracy of Eye AF and object tracking.
A video demo posted to YouTube by Canon shows side-by-side comparisons of the current firmware vs the new one, which should be arriving in September.
Judging from recent patent applications from Canon, we might see two new zoom lenses for the EOS R system: a 17-70mm and a 52-83mm f/1.2 lens. They both include multiple optical formulas, which could mean that we’ll see them in production in the future.
Canon is going wild with the patents lately, but there isn’t much as wild as this. Northlight Images spotted another Canon patent recently, for a somewhat insane Canon 50-80mm f/1.1 RF mount lens. This would not only be the widest aperture zoom lens Canon’s ever made but probably the widest aperture zoom lens anybody’s ever made.
Canon Portugal sent me a Canon EOS R with the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for me to test. Unfortunately, it was only possible to keep it for a little over a week, but I still managed to make the first day of the MEO Mares Vivas Festival where I am the official photographer. This gave me the opportunity to test it during the day in good light for the assembly of the venue, but also at night in concert, which was what I was most interested in seeing.
I had already tried some mirrorless cameras, from other brands, and I confess that I was never very satisfied. Certainly, never to the point of wanting to chang I had already tried the Canon EOS R once, but only for a few minutes, which was not nearly enough to form an opinion about it.
Canon saw a lot of backlash from consumers after it announced the new EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras. Why? Well. amongst other reasons, because they didn’t have any kind of in-body image stabilisation. While Canon has many IS lenses for the EF mount, which are compatible with their mirrorless cameras through the use of an adapter, this just wasn’t enough.
Next came the announcement that future Canon RF mount bodies would have IS, but now it looks like they’re going a little overboard. A new patent published last week shows that Canon isn’t happy with the standard dual-hybrid stabilisation most systems use. Oh no, they’re developing a triple stabilisation system.
The latest data from BCN retail shows some interesting results of how the mirrorless market is looking lately in Japan. The image above shows sales volume for the top 5 selling full-frame mirrorless cameras in Japan through March and early April, with the Sony A7III growing in popularity against its suffering competition. The Canon EOS R, Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6, and the A7III’s older sibling, the Sony A7II.
There’s been a lot of talk about a new higher resolution EOS R mirrorless body from Canon lately. People want a pro model. They want super high resolution to match or beat the Nikon D850 and Sony A7III and they want dual card slots.
The rumours were that a high-resolution EOS R would have a sensor greater than 75-megapixels. Now, a data sheet for a 63-megapixel 35MM63MXSCD full-frame sensor with dual pixel autofocus has been leaked. But looking at the specs, it seems unlikely that it’ll be destined for an EOS R.