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2020.07.09

Canon introduced 4 new RF lenses along with their 2 new mirrorless cameras this morning. This brings the number of Canon-made native RF lenses to 15 less than 2 years after launching the system! This really shows how big and innovative Canon is. In fact, they are the second most innovative company in history after IBM, although it is not just about cameras and lenses.

Canon RF 100-500mm F/4-7.1L IS USM

First up is the already previewed Canon RF 100-500mm F/4.5-7.1L IS USM. This super telephoto zoom has a conventional design with a unusually dim aperture. Although now that the R5 and R6 cameras can focus to -6 EV or lower, that may not matter as much for performance yet remain advantageous for bulk.

This is relatively high-quality lens complete with weatherproof construction. It bared the L mark indicating the Canon upper-range of lenses. For such a long lens, it manages a surprising 0.33X maximum magnification at 500mm where it can focus down to 1.2m. At 100mm though, the minimum focus-distance drops to 90cm which lowers magnification.

This lens is expected in September fo $2700 USD or $3700 CAD.

Canon RF 85mm F/2 Macro IS STM

Next is the unfortunately named Canon RF 85mm F/2 Macro IS STM. This is not a macro lens yet it can focus fairly closely to achieve 0.5X magnification. On a Canon EOS R5 with cropping it can be used for a 12 MP macro. This is one of the few stabilized prime lenses for the system, most likely for compatibility with the original RF and R models.

It is a relatively compact lens yet weighs half a kilo which we hope translates into high optical quality. The lens sports a focus-limiter and customizable control-ring. As a standard-series lens, it is not weatherproof. This lens is scheduled to arrive in October for $600 USD or $850 CAD.

Canon RF 600mm F/11 IS STM

A pair of extreme telephotos follow. Both are fixed-focal-length design with an uncommon fixed F/11 aperture. Their collapsible design make them extremely compact when closed down and they are both relatively light. Even so, these are stabilized autofocus lenses with a very long reach.

Canon RF 800mm F/11 IS STM

Both the Canon RF 600mm F/11 IS STM and Canon RF 800mm F/11 IS STM are expected by the end of this month. Pirce for the 600mm is $700 USD or $950, while the 800mm will go for $900 USD or $1250 CAD.

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2020.07.09

Along with the launch of their spectacular new flagship, Canon introduced a mid-range Full-Frame Mirrorless that has the most important groundbreaking features at a much more affordable price-point.

Canon EOS R6

The new Canon EOS R6 takes the 20 megapixels CMOS sensor from the very expensive flagship EOS 1D X Mark III DSLR and mounts it on a class-leading 5-axis image-stabilization system that compensates for up to 8 stops of camera shake. This combination alone should be reason enough to buy the R6 without reading further! This  sensor is currently the best-performing sensor Canon has ever made with an ISO 100-102400 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50-204800. Its throughput can capture full-resolution images at 20 FPS and 4K Ultra-HD video at 60 FPS.

In-Body-Image-Stabilization – known as IBIS – cannot be under-estimated. It is an incredibly enabling feature and so being able to perform better than any other camera puts the R6 ahead of the competition. Every single lens gets automatically stabilized, including adapted lenses and those with no stabilized equivalent such as Tilt-Shift, Fisheye and, of course, ultra-bright prime lenses.

Dual-Pixel AF has been perfected to a previously unseen level in the R6. This camera can focus at 1053-points using Phase-Detection anywhere in the frame with the most sensitivity of any camera ever. The R6 can focus down to -6½ EV, even better than the flagship R5, most likely due to its larger pixels.

Canon EOS R6

Even with its relatively affordable position, the Canon EOS R6 packs all features professionals are looking for into a weatherproof magnesium body with dual SDXC memory-card slots. The R6 also sports triple control-dials for efficiency and plenty of external controls. The cost savings mostly come from the lower-resolution sensor and less powerful processor needed given its pixel count. There is also a different viewfinder unit which differs only in resolution. It still offers a large 0.76X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor but has 3.7 megapixels instead of 5.8 MP. At such high resolution, one would be hard-pressed to see the difference.

Given this fantastic camera is being launched for $2500 USD or $3500 CAD, it is certain to fly off the shelves when it arrives next month. For this reason, we highly recommend preordering. Our affiliates Adorama and B&H Photo are ready to accept these orders and will only charge credit-cards once the product ships.

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2020.07.09

This morning Canon unveiled during an online press conference their latest Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras. Two new models were added, along with 4 compatible lens and one high-quality photo printer.

Canon EOS R5

The new flagship Canon EOS R5 represents an entirely new level of specifications that takes Canon significantly ahead of everyone else with unprecedented features and capabilities. This camera is built around the recent RF platform designed to exceed in image quality and performance. It joins the previous EOS R and RF, along with a new R6 also introduced today, to grow the RF platform by a factor of 2X.

This mirrorless brings two drastically superior capabilities, one for all users and one for videographers. The most significant is a builtin image-stabilization system for the first time on a Canon mirrorless. The lack of IBIS has been a sore point for years because it gives so much benefits and applies to all lenses, whether native or adapted, or ultra-bright, or fisheye, etc. Finally, Canon created the world’s most powerful sensor-shift stabilization system, even surpassing Olympus that has been substantially ahead of the competition for a while now. The new Canon EOS R5 offers a groundbreaking 5-axis image-stabilization system with up to 8-stops of efficiency. This applies to both stabilized lenses and unstabilized ones. The key is always the up to but they are all specified this way because of so many variables involved.

The second major leap which Canon had previously announced is 8K video. While 4K is now the norm, very few cameras can record it at over 24 FPS and 6K is only possible on one camera. Canon jumped ahead to offer both standard 8K which is 4X the resolution of 4K and Cinema 8K which is 4X the resolution of Cinema 4K that offers a wider aspect-ratio. The throughput required to capture 8K video allows the new R6 to also capture 4K at an unmatched 120 FPS! In yet another incredible feat of technology, Canon managed to record even 8K in 10-bit RAW or with numerous rendering options.

Canon EOS R5

The core of the Canon EOS R5 is a ultra-high-speed 45 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel 2 technology that offers an outstanding 1053-point Phase-Detect AF system with 100% coverage of the frame. This resolution is sufficient for extremely detailed poster-sized prints and is the higher ever of a Canon camera. Autofocus sensitivity is also class-leading with the R5 being able to focus down to -6 EV, one the R6 also announced today can focus in lower light.

This camera is also extremely fast, particularly for one that produces such high resolution images. With the Electronic-Shutter, it can shoot continuously at 20 FPS for up to 170 JPEG images or 83 RAW files. The Canon R5 also supports HEIF output which is a compressed wide-dynamic-range format. The Mechanical-Shutter can sustain 12 FPS for 350 JPG images, 280 HEIF images or 180 RAW files.

As flagship digital camera, the R6 has everything expected by professional photographers. This includes an ultra-sharp 0.5″ EVF with 5.8 megapixels, a large 0.76X magnification, 100% coverage and an essential Eye-Start Sensor.  This EVF is among the best-in-class with nearly identical specifications to other flagship Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras. The rear of the camera sports a 3.2″ Touchscreen LCD with 2.1 megapixels mounted on a rotating hinge favored by videographers. There is also a small monochrome status display on the top plate.

Canon EOS R5

Controls are plentiful on the R5. There are triple control-dials, an 8-way focus joystick and numerous buttons scattered on the top and back of the camera. The addition of a third control-dial is extremely welcome as the usual second dial Canon places low on the  back of the camera is uncomfortable to reach. While new, this model is designed to appear to existing high-end EOS owners with most controls being very similar. Canon also claims the same level of robustness and weather-sealing as their 5D-series of DSLRs. The body includes dual memory-card slots, one CF Express and one SDXC. This is common when transitioning to a new memory format yet has its drawbacks.

Without a doubt, the Canon EOS R5 is the most exciting digital camera Canon has ever launched. For the first time in a long time, their specifications are not incremental but a huge leap ahead. Canon expects to ship their new flagship this month for $3900 USD or $5400 CAD. Preorder this exceptional camera at Adorama or B&H Photo as this is certain to be in high demand.

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2020.07.07

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Olympus launched their third-generation professional mirrorless earlier this year with a number of key improvements over its already impressive predecessor. The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is built around a 20 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on a class-leading 5-axis image-stabilization with 7-stops of efficiency. This ultra-high-speed sensor is paired with a TruePic VIII processor to deliver full-resolution bursts at 30 FPS.

This is a camera that can take on any type of photography in any environment thanks to its IPX1-rated weatherproof body that is freezeproof to -10C too. It offers a huge number of controls, including dual control-dials and an 8-way focus joystick in additional to the standard 4-way controller. The E-M1 Mark III fits dual SDXC memory-card slots, a standard hot-shoe, sync-port, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

A detailed review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III just got published. Follow the previous link to read all about it. Included are demos of Super-Resolution, Live-ND and the builtin image-stabilization system.

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2020.07.07

Sony FE 12-24mm F/2.8 GM

Already having the superb Sony FE 12-24mm F/4G as the widest constant-aperture rectilinear zoom for Full-Frame, Sony took things to the next level this morning with the new Sony FE 12-24mm F/2.8 GM that is a full-stop brighter. This ultra-high-end G Master lens is designed to deliver critical optical performance across the frame which covers up to a 122° angle-of-view.

Looking like an enlarged version of the FE 12-24mm F/4G which is a surprisingly light lens, the new Sony FE 12-24mm F/2.8 GM is actually not much heavier at 847g. This provides it with its headline F/2.8 maximum aperture, new dual linear focusing motors and support for rear gel-filters, since no lens this wide can support front-mounted ones. Filters are expected to be cut-out of gel following and include guide.

As all GM lenses, this one is fully weatherproof. It features a wide zoom ring and focus ring with linear response, a customizable button  and focus-mode switch. Rear gels are mountable directly behind the lens which requires detaching the lens from the camera. A builtin petal-type hood protects the humongous front element which is coated to repel water and oil. Internal surfaces have optimized coatings to minimize flare.

The brand new Sony FE 12-24mm F/2.8 GM is scheduled to ship next month for $3000 USD or $4000 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders for this magnificent lens. As always, neither of these reputable camera stores will charge your credit card until the lens is shipped to you.

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