Not sure if this is a general issue, i.e. a bug, or not. Some users experience a weird phenomenon, a sensor twist, on their EOS R5 (and it seems also for some R6s) when IBIS is set to “always on”.
User juanmaasecas documented the phenomenon in the video below. He writes about his observation (emphasis mine):
Some weeks ago I found what I think is an annoying bug with the IBIS in the Canon R5 (some users also experience it with the R6).
When the ibis is set to “always ON”, the sensor twists after the first picture is taken, producing a blurred picture. If you keep pressing the shutter half (while in continuous autofocus or just In single) and then take more pictures, the rest are just fine.
I went to Canon repair center/showcase here in Hong Kong, and the cameras there show the issue as well (that is why I didn’t leave my camera for repair), and yet canon has not yet repaired the issue (I discovered it first in firmware 1.2.0 that I bought the camera with, but still happens in 1.3.0 and 1.3.1).
Here is the observed phenomenon:
Someone here having seen this sensor twist on his or her EOS R5 or EOS R6? Please let me know in the comments section.
Canon released the company’s Q1 2021 financial results. Things look good for Canon and they even increased sales predicitons. The Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 are driving camera sales.
Here are some excerpts from Canon’s presentation material (emphasis mine):
For Imaging, because the size of the camera market is already approaching the number of users that are particular about visual expression, we expect the market to be limited to moderate contraction going forward. As current sales of mainly new products are exceeding our plan, we raised our full-year projection for both sales and profit.
As for cameras, even amid continued restrictions on people’s movement, demand for cameras remains solid, supported by the need for high-quality visual expression. Based on this, we still expect the 2021 camera market to be up slightly or 5.8 million units.
In the first quarter, revenue was significantly higher than last year, as sales remained strong, driven by the EOS R5 and EOS R6 which were launched in the second half of last year. Additionally, the synergy effect of having competitive camera bodies and expanding our lineup of RF lens, which command high margins, led to an increase in average selling prices. This, and the establishment of efficient online sales activities nurtured through COVID-19 is leading to an improvement in profitability.
For the full year, reflecting the situation surrounding sales in the first quarter, we not only raised our projection for camera unit sales by 100 thousand to 2.9 million, but also raised our projection for revenue.
To further strengthen mirrorless camera lineup, in April we announced the development of a new model, the EOS R3, which is equipped with a backside illumination stacked CMOS sensor that achieves high-speed signal processing, which allows for a number of functional improvements such as continuous shooting performance. At the same time, we announced 3 new RF lenses, bringing the total to 22 and we will continue to enhance this lineup going forward. By raising the appeal of the R series, we aim to further raising our market share in the full-frame category and increase sales.
Additionally, for new types of cameras, such as the PowerShotZoom that was launch at the end of last year and has attracted quite a bit of attention for its ease of capturing long-range images with one hand, we are steady creating new markets.
Eventually Canon reacted to the ongoing rumor suggesting the company is gradually retiring EF lenses in favor of an RF-mount-only future. However, the answer is somewhat ambiguous.
As Inside Imaging reports, Canon is not so much discontinuing EF lenses but putting some order in the line-up. In other words: Canon is removing redundancy, not discontinuing EF lenses. Sounds weird? Here is Canon Australia’s statement on the issue (emphasis mine):
Canon has around 80 lens options for creators to choose from – only 22 of which are RF at this time. Over the past two years, we’ve been focused on building out our range of RF lenses to expand the creative possibilities of our R-System consumers, however our commitment to supporting our EF lens range is unwavering. It’s true, Canon has recently discontinued select EF lenses in our range, however this is a process of series optimisation, not an indication of us abandoning EF lenses. Lenses that have been recently discontinued are lenses that have multiple versions available; comprise technology that’s been superseded by other available options; or, are low volume lenses. There are still many options for creators to choose from in our EF range, while our RF range continues to expand.
Sounds neither like a clear yes nor like a clear no. Also, keep in mind that for sure Canon has large stocks for most of the lenses rumored to get discontinued, and especially that it does not mean those EF lenses are no longer going to be maintained and serviced by Canon.
Here is the list of the allegedly discontinued EF lenses (release year in parenthesis):
Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM (2007)
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM II (2007)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (2009)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (2006)
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (2008)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (2012)
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (2012)
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro (2012)
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (2012)
Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM (2013)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (2005)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM (1995)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II (2018)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM (2010)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II (2006)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (1992)
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM (1991)
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM (1996)
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM (1996)
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM (2008)
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM (2010)
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (2008)
And these lenses are rumored to get retired some time in 2021:
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (2012)
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II (2010)
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II (2014)
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM II (2011)
The future is RF mount, no doubts about that. But EF mount will still be around for a long time, no doubts on that either.
New Canon all-in-one inkjet PIXMA printers for home and small office applications: Canon PIXMA TS3520 and Canon PIXMA G620.
The Canon PIXMA G620 Wireless MegaTank Photo Printer is anticipated to be available in April for $299.99, and the Canon PIXMA TS3520 Wireless All-in-One Printer will be available in May for an estimated retail price of $79.99. Preorders are already open.
Canon U.S.A. Announces New Inkjet Printers to Help Streamline Specific Printing Needs
MELVILLE, NY, April 21, 2021– For those who believe that one printer does not fit all, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new PIXMA printers: the Canon PIXMA TS3520 Wireless All-in-One Printer and Canon PIXMA G620 Wireless MegaTank Photo Printer. Designed with specific uses in mind, each printer is equipped with features that help create the high-quality prints consumers have grown accustomed to with the PIXMA printer line.
For those who are dipping their toe into the Canon printer pool for the first time or a student who needs to print the latest assignment, the Canon PIXMA TS3520 Wireless All-in-One Printer is a great way to start. Ideal for those who are looking for an easy-to-use printer and is an entry level user, the improved user experience of the PIXMA TS3520 printer allows consumers to engage with a web-based, user-paced navigation manual during set-up of the printer, so that consumers can have their new printer up and running more easily and more quickly as compared to its predecessor, the PIXMA TS3320 printer.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 printer also includes:
A four color ink system
Rear Tray paper feedings
Wireless Connectivity enabled via consumer’s compatible smart device1
A 1.5 inch LCD screen to easily view and monitor the status of the printer
Mobile capabilities include AirPrint®2 and Mopria® Print Service3
The Canon MegaTank series printers are ideal for those consumers who print high-quality photos at home and who appreciate the convenenience provided by these printers’ continuous ink supply system. The Canon PIXMA G620 Wireless MegaTank Photo Printer leverages this technology specifically for photo printing – and with a page yield of approximately 3,800 for 4” x 6” color photo paper prints4, this printer can significantly reduce the users’ need to refill ink tanks frequently. A great addition to the event planner office or for the family who loves crafting and printing memories, the Canon PIXMA G620 printer features an expanded color gamut, as compared to four color inkjet printers, with six color dye-based ChromaLife 100 inks helping to promote archival photo quality5. With the ability to print on a variety of paper types, including semi-gloss, gloss, and matte paper, the approximate cost per 4” x 6” color photo paper print is $0.25.4
The most prominent feature of the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS is the control ring for spherical aberration. The SA control ring allows to change the kind and appearance of the bokeh and to obtain a different focus effect by turning the ring. The 5 minutes video below introduces all the features of the RF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS.
Preorders in USAare open at $1,399: B&H Photo | Adorama. If you are based in UK we recommend Park Cameras. More worldwide preorder links are listed below:
Engineered specifically for full-frame EOS R-series cameras, the RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens from Canon combines a medium-telephoto field of view with a sleek design and close-focusing performance. Designed for close-up imagery, this autofocus lens is an ideal choice for portraits and macro subjects. Featuring a fixed 100mm focal length, a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture, fast, highly-precise autofocus, and a spherical aberration control ring, this lens elevates the look of portraits and macro shots and gives you the ability to create dreamlike and romantic images with a soft focus look. Its close focus design enables working with subject matter as close as 10.2″ away, and a Super Spectra coating minimizes ghosting and flare when working in strong lighting conditions. The lens also features optical image stabilization, along with Hybrid IS, to suppress up to five stops of camera shake for cleaner, steadier shooting, and imagemakers can expect to see stunning results that enhance their creative and artistic vision.
Medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x
High image quality and bright f/2.8 aperture
Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 stops of shake correction
Up to 8 stops of shake correction with coordinated Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer
Hybrid IS system compensates for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting
Super Spectra coating to minimize ghosting and flare when working in strong lighting conditions
Spherical Aberration Control Ring allows for adjustments to shape and character of foreground and background bokeh
High speed, smooth, and quiet auto focus with Dual Nano USM
Control ring for direct setting changes
Sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions
Optional rotating tripod collar is available and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod
Gordon Laing looks at the new Canon RF lenses (below).
And here are more hands-on reviews:
Canon press release:
The Canon RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are both designed to be optically identical to their EF counterparts. The RF400mm and RF600mm weigh in at 6.37 and 6.81 pounds with a minimum focusing distance of 8.2 and 13.8 feet, respectively. Both lenses share many of the same critical features that help professional high-end super-telephoto lenses stand out from the crowd. Those features include:
Ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations, including sports, aviation, trains, automotive, and wildlife, such as birding.
Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 stops6 of shake correction. Including three IS Operation Modes — still subjects, panning, and irregular movement.
Proprietary Canon lens coatings, Super Spectra Coating (SSC), and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flaring. Lens placement and coatings are optimized to provide users with clear, high-contrast images even when there is a bright light source.
Lenses include fluorite and super UD lens elements arranged in such a way to help correct chromatic aberration and make the models more compact. Like the latest Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses, released in the fall of 2018, weight on these RF-series super-telephotos has been significantly reduced vs. previous-generation Canon super tele designs.
Compatible with Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders, and feature a customizable electronic focus ring, with manual focus capability during SERVO AF.
A nine-blade circular aperture provides users beautiful bokeh and ideally blurred backgrounds when the aperture is stopped down.
For added convenience when on a shoot, two focus presets are available. Users can instantly return to one of two memorized focus distances.
Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design with vibration and shock resistance. The front element has been dressed with a fluorine coating for easy cleaning.
Infrared reflective pigments with high reflectance and titanium oxide lens barrel coating with silica provide excellent UV weather resistance and heat reduction.
Canon RF Lenses Pricing and Availability The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price of $1,399.00, $11,999.00 and $12,999.00, respectively*. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.