With yesterday’s announcement of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, I thought we might see a little more information come out about the RED Komodo not too long after. The Komodo is to be RED’s “low budget” cinema camera. There’s still much we don’t know about the new camera, although a new teaser from RED president Jarred Land does seem to confirm that it’ll shoot 6K.
Canon Portugal sent me a Canon EOS R with the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for me to test. Unfortunately, it was only possible to keep it for a little over a week, but I still managed to make the first day of the MEO Mares Vivas Festival where I am the official photographer. This gave me the opportunity to test it during the day in good light for the assembly of the venue, but also at night in concert, which was what I was most interested in seeing.
I had already tried some mirrorless cameras, from other brands, and I confess that I was never very satisfied. Certainly, never to the point of wanting to chang I had already tried the Canon EOS R once, but only for a few minutes, which was not nearly enough to form an opinion about it.
The pursuit of ultimate optical clarity has been the goal of lens manufacturers for decades. When you look back on the lenses of old, they have vignetting, sharpness issues, weird bokeh, chromatic aberration and all kinds of “problems” (some people refer to this as “character” and is exactly the reason why they like those old lenses).
But Canon’s RF mount takes a step closer to that optical precision that they strive for. In this four-and-a-half-minute video, Canon explains why the RF mount is such a big deal, and what makes it so much better than the EF mount used in their DSLRs.
Canon is now offering to de-click your RF lens control rings for 80 bucks. What they’re referring to as the “Clicking Sound Modification Service” allows a user to send in their lens to have the click either removed or added back in.
The click of the control ring, canon says, “allows the user to have a sense of how much it is being turned”. But it isn’t always useful. If you’re shooting video, for example, the sound of that control ring may be recorded in your footage.
It’s been rumoured, hinted and hoped that IBIS would be coming to the Canon EOS R mirrorless lineup at some point, and now Canon Image Communication Business Operations Group Executive, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, has confirmed that IBIS is is something they’re working on for future models in an interview with Amateur Photographer at CP+ 2019.
They’ve also reaffirmed Canon’s decision to not kill off the EOS M mirrorless system or mount. The M mount will be for lightweight APS-C cameras and lenses, while the RF will be for their full frame mirrorless system.
Samyang has announced two new manual focus lenses for use on the Canon EOS R. EOS RP and future RF mount cameras. Taking two wild extremes, one is an ultrawide Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 full frame lens offering a 116° field of view. The other is the Samyang RF 85mm f/1.4 lens, aimed squarely at portrait shooters.
Along with the new Canon EOS RP, Canon has announced six new lenses. Sort of. They haven’t announced that the lenses are available, or when they’ll be available (other than “later in 2019”), just that they’re under development.
Five of the lenses are clearly aimed at professional users, offering the “Holy Grail” with 15-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms, as well as two 85mm f/1.2 lenses. But they’re not forgetting those who love their superzooms, either, with a 24-240mm f/4-6.3.
Canon has now officially announced the new 26.2MP Canon EOS RP full frame mirrorless camera, doubling their RF mount camera lineup to 2. The new camera is a fairly basic entry level body, but not only does it set a new standard for full frame entry level mirrorless, but it’s also the lightest and least expensive full frame camera that Canon has ever made, costing a mere $1,299.
The buzz regarding a possible new entry-level Canon RF mount mirrorless camera has been getting quite intense over the last few days. And now, just the evening before an official announcement is expected, the entire spec sheet seems to have leaked.
Thanks to Amazon UK jumping the gun, we also have some idea of the price, too, with the basic model and EF to RF lens adapter costing £1,300 and US kits rumoured to start as low as $1,299.
Published by Nokishita, the images show a body that seems significantly smaller than the existing Canon EOS R, suggesting that it won’t be the super high-resolution pro body that many have been expecting. The specs, too, also seems to suggest that this is the lower end model that was rumoured back in November.