If you’ve been looking forward to buying a new lens for your Canon mirrorless camera, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Canon has announced that five of its RF lenses have been delayed because, once again, the demand has reportedly exceeded expectations.
Yongnuo has officially announced their first RF mount lens. It’s the YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM and it’s actually equipped with a configurable control ring. Despite a number of other lens manufacturers producing RF mount compatible lenses, this marks the first 3rd party lens to actually include a control ring, which has so far been found exclusively on Canon’s own RF lenses.
A few reviews for the lens have already been popping up online over the last week or so, but the lens hadn’t officially been announced yet. It just kind of quietly slipped out. It’s the same optical formula as their 85mm f/1.8 for Sony FE, but in a whole new housing that shows some nice improvements over the FE mount design – like a weather sealing gasket.
There was no hint of the rumoured Canon camera announcement today. Not even a teaser or new info. But what we did get was the Canon RF 13-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. Announced today, the new lens is designed for Canon’s full-frame RF mount mirrorless system and presents a slightly lower budget alternative to the Canon 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM.
Coming in at $1,699, it’s not exactly budget-friendly, but if you’re willing to lose a stop, it’s significantly less expensive than the $2,299 the 15-35mm f/2.8 demands. That $600 price difference will be a big deal to those who want an ultra-wide walkaround lens and don’t need that extra stop of low light performance. It’s also smaller, lighter and takes 77mm screw-on filters.
There are reports that Canon is going to announce the upcoming EOS R3 mirrorless camera on June 29th, 2021. Yes, tomorrow. Canon Rumors initially reported the news, but now say they’ve received some information that it might just be another teaser.
The latter makes more sense, as Canon said they would be releasing more information between the initial development announcement and the final official announcement and, well, they’ve not released any new info since that development announcement yet. There’s also no word on an official announcement from the other usual sources for such information.
Canon has apparently added a new RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM lens (4857C005) and EW-83P lens hood (4859C001) to its latest product list. The lens had been previously rumoured to be on the way, although the tweet from Nokishita now suggests that an announcement is imminent.
Nokishita also says that two other lenses with the codes 5050C005 and 5051C005 have been registered with overseas certification bodies, bringing the total of unreleased lenses to three. There doesn’t appear to be any news yet on what those lenses may be yet.
The Canon EOS R3 is the hot topic in the Canon camp right now. Development of the new camera was announced in April and Canon’s already teasing us with more information about it with features like oversampled 4K video and new AI-powered vehicle tracking AF for motorsports shooters.
Most of us have only seen photos so far, but Gordon Laing managed to not-quite-get-his-hands-on the real thing. In an in-person briefing by Canon about the new camera, he got to at least see one (well, a pre-production model) up close – even if they wouldn’t let him turn it on and use it, or even touch it.
Canon has teased some more information about the upcoming Canon EOS R3 mirrorless camera. While not expected to ultimately be the highest-end model in Canon’s mirrorless lineup, the EOS R3 is expected to be a pretty high-end camera aimed at sports, wildlife and action shooters as well as photojournalists. And while the majority of its users will no doubt be photographers, it seems it’s no slouch for video, either.
The latest news coming from Canon is that it’ll shoot oversampled 4K video for maximum detail and will offer up to 8 stops of image stabilisation when used in conjunction with a stabilised lens. It will, naturally, feature dual card slots, with one being CFexpress (presumably Type B) and one SD slot (presumably UHS-II).
Canon Watch is reporting a “rumour” that the Canon EOS R3 have a price that is “below that of the Sony Alpha 1” and “maybe even less than $6,000”. They seem to have been informed that the price for the EOS R3 will be $5,999 – at least at launch and all I have to say to that is… don’t be daft!
The Canon EOS R3 is not going to be a flagship camera, so why would it come with a $6K (I’m rounding up) flagship price tag? Canon Watch doesn’t really believe the price either, saying that it’s “wishful thinking”. I’m not sure who’s wishing it was $6K, though. Are they expecting it to be even more expensive than that?
Last week, Canon rehoused a couple of its old EF lenses into RF cases, but also released something brand new. A macro lens that wasn’t just an old design with an EF to RF adapter bolted on the end, but a whole new design. That lens is the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and it brings with it a new and very unique feature – Spherical Aberration Control.
It’s a ring just behind the focus ring that lets you adjust how the out of focus areas of the scene are rendered within your shot. But what does that mean in the real world? How does it make them look? Well, this video from Canon Europe answers that with some examples from pro macro photographer, Oliver Wright, who’s been using it with the Canon EOS R5.
Well, it’s just a big ol’ gear day for Canon today, huh? Along with the Canon EOS R3 development announcement, Canon has also announced three new lenses. Well, I say “new”, two of them, the RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 600mm f/4L IS USM as mentioned in the previous image leak post, just appear to be EF lenses with a built-in RF adapter.
But there does appear to be one completely new lens, which is the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. This lens actually seems to be a completely new design, with different optics and a new Spherical Aberration Control Ring, to adjust the shape and character of foreground and background bokeh.