The 85mm is the favorite lens of many portrait photographers. The 85mm f/1.2 RF was introduced last year, and it has become a choice of those who switched to Canon’s EOS R mirrorless system. But can it beat the good old EF version of the 85mm f/1.2? Chris and Jordan of DPReview were eager to find out, so they made a comparison test of the two versions of this lens.
It looks like Canon’s announcement is coming on July 9th, according to Canon Rumors and not July 2nd as previously speculated. But we’re not just going to hear about the new Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras. Oh no, we’re going to be getting all of those RF lenses and the two Teleconverters recently leaked by Nokishita, too.
It’s always frustrating when a new system comes out for which there aren’t many native lenses yet. Sony’s early adopters know exactly what I’m talking about. But with the new wave of mirrorless cameras from Nikon, Canon and Panasonic, many more are now experiencing it. Those who take the leap are uncertain what path to take, or they hold onto their DSLRs not prepared to make the switch at all.
Well, good news, at least for the Canon shooters. Nokishita has leaked a list of six lenses and two teleconverters that they say are on Canon’s 2020 RF lens roadmap. They include some popular favourites from their EF lineup, as well as a couple that take things a little to the extreme.
The 85mm focal length is what most would likely be considered the portrait photographer’s lens of choice, as this lens combines both incredible image quality, artistic blur, and very little distortion. The minimum focusing distance for the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF lens is approximately 85.34 cm from the intended focal point.
This means that the photographer will have to stand further back than when using a wider focal length such as the 35mm. The depth of field has the potential for that bokeh and creamy background that many photographers desire for natural headshots.
Rokinon/Samyang has today announced their new AF 85mm f/1.4 RF lens for the Canon RF mount. While it appears to simply be a new mount version of their existing AF 85mm f/1.4 for Sony, it presents something of a bargain when it comes to fast portrait glass for Canon’s EOS R mirrorless cameras. The price isn’t quite as good as some might hope, though.
The one thing that many working photographers need with any camera system is access to the “holy trinity” of lenses. A set of three lenses covering the focal range from about 14mm up to 200mm. Typically, these sets are at apertures of f/2.8, like Sigma’s “Big Three“, but it appears as though Canon might be working on a stop-brighter f/2 set for the RF mount for EOS R mirrorless cameras.
Canon has already started the potential for such a lineup with the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, but Canon Rumors reports that we may see an RF 14-28mm f/2L lens announced at some point in 2020.
Well, there was bound to be a cheap “kit lens” coming along at some point for Canon’s RF mount. I don’t think anybody anticipated it having an aperture quite this slow, but here we are. Canon has now officially announced their new Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens for RF mount mirrorless cameras. But, for a lightweight kit lens with this kind of zoom range, it’s to be expected.
According to a report on Digital Camera World, Canon will not be releasing anymore EF mount lenses for their DSLRs, despite having just announced the Canon 1DX Mark III, their new flagship DSLR, only yesterday. They say they are open to the possibility of making new ones, though, if the market demands it. But for now, they want to shift their attention towards RF lenses for their EOS R system.
Earlier this year, Venus Optics launched two wide-angle lenses for Nikon Z. The company is now expanding its Z-mount line, along with the Canon RF mount line. Three of Venus Optics’ most popular lenses are now available for Nikon’s and Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. The 12mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2.8, and 100mm f/2.8 already exist in a few other mounts, but they are now available to Nikon Z and Canon RF users as well.
It seems that Canon is on fire with gear announcements today. In addition to the new EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D, the company has announced two out of three RF lenses we’ve been waiting for a while. The RF 15-35mm f/2.8 and RF 24-70 f/2.8 are now out, and they’re even a bit cheaper than we initially expected.