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.
It might seem strange to produce a speed booster that converts full-frame lenses to full-frame. But with the Canon EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras, when you’re shooting 4K video, you’re not exactly using the entire full-frame view of the sensor. The Canon EOS R has about a 1.75x crop factor, and the EOS RP has a 1.64x crop factor (similar to APS-C).
The new Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x, however, helps to reverse this problem. It widens the view when EF lenses are used on the EOS R and EOS RP to 1.24x and 1.15x respectively when shooting 4K video.
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.
If the rumors are correct, Canon is working on an EF/RF hybrid EOS mirrorless camera. Now, Canon Watch suggests that this camera will support a moving sensor. And when they say a moving sensor, they mean a sensor that sits on some kind of rails and can move to adjust between different flange distances.
One of the biggest grips about the original Canon EOS R and the EOS RP mirrorless cameras, along with only one card slot and the 4K crop, was the lack of in-body image stabilisation (IBIS). Canon’s word on the subject was basically that they didn’t feel their IBIS tech was at a point yet where it was worth implementing. They just weren’t happy with it.
Canon promised it was going to be coming at some point in the future to EOS R cameras, though, and now that future seems to be close if Canon Watch is correct. There have been rumours that IBIS is coming to the 1DX Mark III, but now it seems one may be coming to the next EOS R mirrorless camera, too.
This is the strangest thing I’ve heard in a long time, but according to Canon Rumors, Canon is working on an EF/RF hybrid mount mirrorless camera that doesn’t use any kind of lens adapters. They’ve marked the rumour as a “CR2”, indicating that the information has come from a known reliable source, but I just can’t imagine how this is even possible.