Brightin Star 50mm f/0.95 For RF Mount Review

Brightin Star 50mm

This is an interesting, and budget friendly, lens for the RF mount. The Brightin Star 50mm f/0.95 lens.

At a glance:

  • Eye Of The Night-God & F0.95 Large Aperture – With a larger viewing angle and a wider picture, with a large aperture of F0.95, you can still get more light in shooting night scenes and dim environments.
  • Sharp Focus & Soft Out-Of-Focus Image Quality – The lens structure is 7 elements in 5 group, it can make the picture near the focus point sharp and clear when focusing, while ensuring that the picture outside the focus range is soft.
  • Upgraded UMC Coated Lens – The lens lens adopts multi-layer nano-coating, which greatly reduces ultraviolet rays and stray light entering the lens, effectively eliminating ghosting and flare, while improving light transmission and providing better picture quality.
  • Metal Material & Utra-Small Structure Design – Brightin Star 50mm F0.95 is made of metal and glass, with exquisite workmanship and compact design, allowing you to put the lens in your pocket.
  • Compatible Cameras – Canon EOS-RF Mount Mirrorless Cameras EOS-R EOS-RP EOS-R6 EOS-R5

Dustin Abbott reviewed the Brightin Star 50mm f/0.95 on a Canon EOS R5. He says:

The Brightin Star 50mm F0.95 is not a lens for everyone. We knew that from the outset, however, because it is a manual everything lens. The huge maximum aperture will be the headline getter, however, and I expect there will be some definitely interested in the lens due to that.

[…] This is a lens designed for a certain kind of photographer. That photographer tends to be creative and deliberate, one who treasures unique rendering over technical perfection and who isn’t afraid to move a little slower in the capture process in order to get the right shot.

I know that there are plenty of photographers who feel that a lens that gives dreamy images at very wide apertures and crisper, more modern results when stopped down a bit is almost like having two lenses. They give two different ways to approach a scene. I stopped down to F2 for this shot of Loki, and the detail shows a pretty modern looking amount of detail even on a demanding 45MP sensor

As usual the review comes with a huge set of sample pictures, comparison charts, and all the information you might want to know. Dustin’s reviews are what I look for when I am about to purchase new gear. And for those who prefer to watch their reviews, Dustin Abbott provides a comprehensive video-review.

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Firmware Update: Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Firmware Update

Canon released a firmware update for the Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS.

Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS firmware update 1.1.0:

1. Adds an electronic full-time manual focus function (a function that enables constant manual focus adjustment in both One-shot AF and Servo AF), which is enabled when using the EOS R5, EOS R6, and EOS R3 cameras.

2. Improves an issue in which the background is not blurred when performing slow panning with the IS (Image Stabilization) mode set to Mode 2 or Mode 3.

Download Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS firmware update 1.1.0.

Canon Developed Sensor Capable Of High-quality Color Photography In The Dark

Eos R Canon Rf 14-35mm

A new imaging sensor is coming from Canon’s R&D laboratories. A new SPAD (single photon avalanche diode) imaging sensor that can take high-quality photos even in the dark.

Digicame Info summed up what it is about:

  • Canon has developed an image sensor that enables high-quality color photography even in the dark. The CMOS sensor used in digital cameras can recognize up to about one-tenth the brightness of light that can be detected, and can take clear pictures even in situations where nothing can be seen with the naked eye. It will be mass-produced from 2022. It may lead to improved image recognition performance in a wide range of industrial applications such as autonomous driving and crime prevention / monitoring.
  • We have developed a light receiving element called a SPAD (single photon avalanche diode) image sensor. You can shoot clear color images even in total darkness, which was difficult with the CMOS sensor. The number of pixels of the sensor that holds the key to the sharpness of the image is 3.2 million pixels, which is more than three times that of the conventional SPAD, which is the highest in the world.
  • The SPAD sensor also has the feature of measuring the distance to the object from the time it takes for the reflected light from the object to return, and capturing the space in three dimensions. Therefore, it is expected to be used in a wide range of fields such as the high-performance sensor “LiDAR” that is indispensable for autonomous driving and augmented reality (AR).

Don’t expect this sensor to come to your next PowerShot or EOS M or EOS R camera. It is more likely suited for scientific applications.

[via Nikkei Asia]

Flashdeal: Hakuba Branner BR-5-SG 5-Section Travel Tripod – $9.95 (reg. $44.95)

Travel Tripod

It’s not a typo, it’s $9.95. B&H Photo has a flashdeal on the Hakuba Branner BR-5-SG 5-Section Tripod, with whooping 78% discount.

At a glance:

  • Load Capacity: 5 lb
  • Maximum Height: 48″
  • Minimum Height: 15″
  • Folded Length: 14.2″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 1.8 lb
  • Aluminum Legs
  • Combo Flip Lock / Pin Lock Legs
  • Geared Center Column
  • Pan/Tilt Head w/ Quick Release Plate

Get the Hakuba Branner BR-5-SG 5-Section travel tripod on sale at $9.95. Compare at $44.95. Will not last long.

The compact Branner BR-5-SG Tripod from Hakuba is a compact and lightweight aluminum travel tripod with a height of 48″ and a load capacity of 5 lb, which is suitable for use with small DSLR, mirrorless, and video cameras, and more. It features rubber-tipped feet for non-marring stability and has a minimum height of 15″, making it a suitable choice for teleconferencing, web tutorials, and other desktop applications.

Weighing a mere 1.8 lb, the BR-5-SG folds down to 14.2″ for easy transport and storage. The legs have center braces for stability, and the center column is geared for precise, repeatable results. The pan/tilt head features a top platform that flips 90° for vertical orientation, and it includes a quick release plate with a non-marring traction surface.

Curated and selected Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)

It Might Take More Than 6 Months To Get Your EOS R3, Canon Says

Canon Eos R3 User Manual

Bad news for whom ordered the Canon EOS R3. Canon released a statement about the delays in shipping.

It might “more than half a year to deliver when you place a new order” for a Canon EOS R3. That’s sucks. Here is Canon’s statement:

Apology and guidance regarding the supply status of products

Updated: December 3, 2021

Thank you for your continued patronage of Canon products.

Currently, we have received orders for each of the following products in excess of expectations, and due to the impact of global parts supply, delivery delays are occurring. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners.
The products are scheduled to be shipped one by one, but it is expected that it will take a lot of time for the new camera body EOS R3 and RF lens RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM.
We sincerely apologize for the long wait for our long-awaited customers. We will continue to take measures to ensure a stable supply of products so that we can deliver our products as soon as possible. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.

product nameAbout supply
EOS R3
RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM
It will be shipped in sequence, but it may take more than half a year to deliver when you place a new order.
RF16mm F2.8 STM
RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM
Eye cup ER-hE
Lens hood EW-65C
We plan to ship the products one by one, but it may take longer than usual to deliver.

You can download the Canon EOS R3 user manual from Canon. Or you might read it online. A technical brochure about the EOS R3 is available. You can watch the EOS R3 live-stream again here. All EOS R3 coverage is listed here. We put together some interesting videos about the EOS R3, listed here. Be sure to check Gordon Laing’s in-depth review of the EOS R3, part 1 and part 2. Oh, and don’t forget to listen how the R3’s 30fps sound. Canon EOS R3 product description after the break.

Order in the USA ($5,999):
B&H Photo | Adorama

All Canon EOS R3 world-wide order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Canon Makes The EOS R3 Sensor – Do They?

Canon Eos R3 Sensor

Remember the discussion about who manufactures the imaging sensor of the Canon EOS R3? At the end it looked like it was Canon to make it. But look at this.

Don’t get me wrong: I think Canon makes the sensor (and I also think it is not that important who does). However, if you search for Canon EOS R3 on specialized site Tech Insights, you’ll get a neat table with all the components and who manufactures them. And here it comes: they do not list Canon (or another brand) in the column where manufacturer should be listed. It’s just empty. Look at the image below.

eos r3

Remind that Canon itself stated that they make the imaging sensor of the Canon EOS R3. So, does the fact that Tech Insight does not list a manufacturer mean something? Some of the EOS R3 components are indeed made by Sony, as can be seen in the results table at Tech Insights.