Canon is getting ready to announce the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras and a bunch of lenses in the next few hours, and you can watch the whole thing live, right here. It’s scheduled to begin at 14:00 CEST (1pm UK time, 8am Eastern, 5am Pacific) today, and should make a lot of people very happy. It should also help to clear up the confusion about those long-but-slow f/11 primes.
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.
Techradar recently had a chat with Canon Product Marketing Specialist, David Parry about the new upcoming Canon EOS R5. While there haven’t been any new specs or details released about the camera, he did confirm that while the EOS R5 isn’t a 5D Mark IV replacement, it does target the same market and customers who might have otherwise bought a 5D series DSLR.
It’s an interesting interview, as is often the case with David, which covers a number of topics about the new EOS R5 camera. As usual, while David is happy to expand on the topics he is allowed to talk about, he remained tight-lipped when it came to letting out any new information on the capabilities of the camera itself.
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.
According to a report on Canon Rumors, production of the high-resolution Canon DSLRs, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DSR has ended. There’s been no confirmation from Canon yet, and it’s still listed as a current model on both the Canon USA and Canon Japan websites, and a stop in production doesn’t necessarily mean “Discontinued” just yet, but Canon Rumors says they’ve heard this from multiple sources now.
Released back in 2016, the Canon 5D Mark IV has proven over and over to be an extremely capable and popular DSLR for photographers. Even today I see people every day debating back and forth on whether to get one or just go with a new-0ld-stock 5D Mark III to save a little money. Well, this sale will help settle that internal debate for you.
B&H is currently running a sale from now until Christmas Eve on the 5D Mark IV and EOS R with some massive discounts. Body only with the accessories kit is just under $2,000 while the kit including the 24-105mm f/4 lens sees a huge $1,300 reduction.
So, this will make, what? 4 new Canon bodies expected in the relatively near future? There’s the EOS 1DX Mark III, an EOS 1DX-like mirrorless, a super high resolution “EOS Rs” and now an EOS R Mark II is already being tested, according to Canon Rumors.
The Canon EOS R was announced only just over a year ago in September 2018, and it seems crazy to replace it so quickly, although a Mark II was already rumoured to be on Canon’s roadmap as recently as October. The EOS R, while rather good, isn’t perfect, and Canon is playing catch up to Sony in some respects, so a short initial release cycle isn’t too crazy.