Nokishita’s at it again, stealing the thunder of camera gear manufacturers. This time, it’s Canon’s upcoming RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens, expected to be announced very soon now. And while there isn’t a full specs leak just yet, (although, the most important specs are all in the name), we do now know what it looks like.
More information about Canon’s upcoming RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens has started to leak, including its optical design. Once again, this comes from Nokishita, and it shows that it’s not simply a rehoused EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, but is in fact a new, more refined design, specifically for the RF mount lens.
When you look at the two lens designs side-by-side, they are quite similar, but they are most certainly different designs.
One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from just about every considering buying into the recent wave of full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic is how huge (and expensive) the lenses are. It’s a big barrier to entry that’s preventing many relatively-low-budget shooters from even considering switching from their DSLRs.
Canon, at least, has said they were planning to do something about it, and now it looks as if we’re getting close. An image of Canon’s upcoming RF mount 50mm f/1.8 STM lens for EOS R cameras has leaked, and finally, it looks like there’s going to be a small (hopefully inexpensive) lens coming!
Well, this is pretty awesome. At least, it is if you happen to own a Canon RF mount camera, some EF mount lenses and a 3D printer. While Canon’s busy coming up with their own adapters, and the competition is releasing theirs, the 3D printing community has been happily doing its own thing to satisfy their needs.
Like, Whomstevest, for example, who’s designed this 3D printable EF to RF tilt adapter. Yes, that’s aright, a lens adapter that converts your EF lens to fit on an RF body and it gives tilt capabilities!
While Kolari Vision might not have been the first company to announce the release of drop-in filters for the Canon EF to RF drop-in filter adapter, they are the first to bring them to market. Kolari Vision has now announced the release and immediate availability of a range of filters designed specifically for the Canon EF to RF drop-in filter adapter.
Breakthrough filters announced their filters for the Canon EF to RF drop-in filter adapter a couple of weeks ago, but they don’t ship until later this month. Kolari Vision, on the other hand, has some of their new range of drop-in filters shipping already. And they have aluminium frames, not plastic, for maximum durability.
According to recent reports, a very exciting lens is coming soon for Canon R shooters. If you’re into astro or landscape photography, you may be particularly interested in it. According to the latest reports, Canon is about to announce Canon RF 14-21mm f/1.4L USM soon.
A Canon patent spotted by Canon News at the Japan Patent Office, suggests that Canon is looking to downsize their in-body image stabilisation system to make it smaller. While IBIS has obvious benefits, the drawback is that it takes up a lot more space inside a camera than simply housing a static sensor.
This might be why Canon hadn’t implemented IBIS into any of their mirrorless cameras before the launch of the EOS R5 and EOS R6. It simply made them too big. This patent might be for upcoming EOS M system cameras or simply to make future full-frame EOS R cameras a little smaller and lighter while still retaining the IBIS functionality.
Canon has released new firmware for the Canon EOS R to add compatibility for their new 600mm f/11 STM, 800mm f/11 STM, RF 1.4x & RF 2.0x teleconverters and the new LP-E6NH battery. They say that “operation of playing back through the multi-function bar has been improved”, too. No other changes have been mentioned.
They’ve also released firmware updates for seven of their RF mount lenses to improve compatibility with the in-body image stabilization found in the new Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras for increased stability.
Along with the EOS R5, EOS R6, 600mm & 800mm f/11 primes and the 100-500mm zoom, Canon has today announced a new low budget alternative to their 85mm f/1.2 RF prime lenses for portrait shooters. The new Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM is a stabilised lens that should work equally as well for portraits as it does for macro.
Canon says the reason for going with a portrait macro for this focal length was to meet the demands of customers, particularly wedding shooters, who need to get those detail shots as well as regular portraits.