Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Developers Answer Questions (interview)

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L

Canon RF 85mm at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon Europe posted an interview where the developers of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L lens for EOS R systems answer 10 questions.

Canon Europe spoke to product planning expert Kaishi Kawai of Canon’s Image Communication Business Operations (ICB) Optical Business Group; optical design pro Satoshi Maetaki, manager of Canon’s ICB Optical Products Development Center; electrical designer Masami Ichinose, senior engineer at the ICB Optical Products Development Center; mechanical designer Yasushi Murakami of the ICB Optical Products Development Center; and BR Optical Element and DS Coating Design expert Tomohiko Ishibashi of the Optics Technology R&D Center.

Some excerpts from the interview:

Can the bokeh get any creamier?

Tomohiko: “The strong bokeh produced by the large aperture of the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM is one feature of the lens. However, lenses with significant chromatic aberration suppression tend to have slightly clearer bokeh contours.

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Is the autofocus up to the L-series lens standard?

Masami: “The Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens uses the same ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) as on the super telephoto lenses, which has the most powerful torque of any Canon lens, making focusing extremely fast despite the large optics.”

Why is the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM longer than its EF mount counterpart?

Satoshi: “In terms of optical design, the total length is measured from the focal plane (the position of the imaging sensor or film). If you compare the EF and RF mounts, the lens mount is closer to the sensor on the RF mount than is the case with the EF mount. Because of this the EF version of some lenses can be shorter as the extra distance is taken up by the longer distance between the lens mount and the sensor in a DSLR camera. This naturally makes the RF version longer in total length to compensate for the difference in sensor-to-mount distance.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L:

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Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

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Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II Review (Photography Blog)

Canon EF 70-200mm

Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • One Fluorite Element and Two UD Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Internal Focus, Focus Range Limiter
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Photography Blog posted the full review of the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II lens. They gave the EF 70-200mm F4L IS II a rating of 4.5/5 and “highly recommended”.

The new EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM represents a major update of Canon’s venerable 70-200mm F4 lens, replacing the 12 year old Mark I version by introducing a number of significant improvements.

These most notably include a vastly-improved image stabilization system, reduced minimum focus distance and an improved maximum magnification rating, better weather-sealing, a new 9-blade rounded aperture, and new lens coatings to help reduce flare/ghosting and to assist with keeping the lens clean, topped off with very good image quality when shooting wide-open and outstanding performance from f/5.6-f/11.

All of which makes this the best 70-200mm F4 lens that Canon have ever released, in turn narrowing the gap to the flagship Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM.

Read the review…

Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II:

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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens Announced (finest lens in company’s history)

Tamron Sp 35mm

Tamron officially announced the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens for full frame DLSRs. Nikon mount available end of June, and Canon mount end of July. Get notified when the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 is available for pre-order: B&H Photo | Adorama.

Press release (via ePhotozine):

From Tamron: The “ultimate” lens to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Tamron SP Series lenses.

Fast fixed focal SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) that boldly demonstrates Tamron’s lens-making expertise.

Tamron launches the finest lens in its history with the new fixed focal lens, the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045), for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series was born in 1979, based on the concept of delivering lenses for taking the perfect picture for those who love photography. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series. In celebration, Tamron has developed the 35mm F/1.4 (Model F045), the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship. This orthodox fixed focal lens, which some consider the most desirable of all interchangeable lenses, is the embodiment of all the optical technology and manufacturing knowhow Tamron has developed to date.

The Tamron SP 35mm F1.4’s (Model F045) unprecedented high-resolution image quality and beautiful, appealing background bokeh let photographers capture any scene down to the finest details. The external lens barrel was developed through tireless pursuit of operability and durability, focusing constantly on the needs of photographers. This lens is equipped with a large F/1.4 aperture and high-speed, high-precision AF functionality offering exceptional reliability, plus various other features for increased convenience, making it the perfect everyday lens for your creative pursuits. It is ideally suited for nearly every photographic genre, including photojournalism, landscape, sports, street life, wedding groups and family snapshots.

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Industry News: Panasonic Lumix S1H Mirrorless Camera with 6K Video Announced

Panasonic Lumix S1h

Panasonic S1H at a glance:

  • 6K 24fps (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • 5.9K 30fps (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 4K DCI & UHD 4:2:2 10-bit 60fps
  • 14+ stops of dynamic range
  • V-Log/V-Gamut
  • 4:3 Anamorphic mode
  • No time limits on recording
  • 225-Area DFD Contrast-Detect AF system
  • Sensor-Shift Image Stabilisation
  • 3.2″ triaxial tilting LCD (no flippy out LCD here, folks!)
  • 5.760K-dot 120Hz OLED EVF

Panasonic announced the Panasonic Lumix S1H, a full frame mirrorless system camera with 6K video and 14+ stops of dynamic range.

Press release:

Panasonic Announces the New LUMIX S1H Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

With Cinema-Quality Video and the World’s First 6K/24p*1 Recording Capability

Newark, NJ (May 31, 2019) – Panasonic Corporation is proud to announce the newest addition to the LUMIX S series, the LUMIX S1H, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor. As the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p *1 (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.*2 *3, it combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera. The LUMIX S1H will be released to world markets in fall 2019.

panasonic lumix s1h

The main features of the new LUMIX S1H are as follows:

  • High resolution up to 6K for multiple formats.

Maximizing the use of the pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX S1H, as a digital camera, has achieved 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video recording for the first time in the world.*1 It is also the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera*1 to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K *2*3video recording. It accommodates a variety of recording formats like 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Its high-resolution data can also be used to create 4K videos with higher image quality or to crop images in 4K.

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Canon Sumire Prime Lenses Make a Hollywood Premiere at Cine Gear Expo

Canon Sumire

Canon Sumire Prime Lenses are listed at B&H Photo.

Canon press release:

New Canon Sumire Prime Lenses Make Their Hollywood Premiere At Cine Gear Expo

Hands-on Demonstrations of Canon’s Latest Digital Imaging Products Including the EOS C700 FF, EOS C200 and EOS R

MELVILLE, NY, May 30, 2019 – At the 2019 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest cinema offerings in Booth #12. Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to experience the recently announced Sumire Prime Lenses, Canon’s first PL-Mount cinema prime lenses. Additional cinema solutions in the booth will include the EOS C700 FF and EOS C200 cinema cameras, CINE-SERVO lenses and 4K Reference Displays. Also on display in the booth will be Canon’s groundbreaking EOS R series of full-frame mirrorless cameras and complementary RF series of lenses.

“Each year, Cine Gear Expo provides Canon with a unique opportunity to interact with one of our most vital customer bases – working cinema professionals, right in their backyard of Hollywood,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Similar to past Cine Gear shows, we are not only excited to showcase our latest products, but also to listen and engage with this audience in order to best serve them not just today, but in the future.”

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