Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L vs Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH Comparison

Canon RF Vs EF 50mm F/1.2 EOS R System

A comparison between the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L and Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH lenses, both pretty expensive lenses.

While Canon’s “boutique lens” RF 50mm f/1.2L, a highly regarded lens, is everything but a budget lens, selling at $2,300, the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH is even more expensive, going over the counter at $5,000.

So can the “less expensive” Canon RF 50mm f/1.2, which is for the Canon EOS R system, hold up to a truly high-ende lens as the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH? The 14 minutes video below by Alex Barrera tells more.

The is an optical masterpiece and we covered it extensively.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Review & Comparison With EF Version (DPReview TV)

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L Review

A Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L review by DPReview TV. This is one of the boutique lenses for the Canon EOS R system.

Chris and Jordan of DPReview TV posted a Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L review. And they compare the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L.

This week Chris and Jordan take a closer look at the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L and – no surprises here – find it to be a technically excellent optic. They also compare it with the original EF-mount 85mm F1.2L, which is no slouch for its age, to see just how far the design has advanced in the past 15 years.

More Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L review stuff is listed here, and you won’t find a review that’s not praising this lens.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L key features and description:

  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Aperture range: F1.2-16 (1/3 EV stops)
  • Filter thread: 82mm
  • Close focus: 0.85m (2.79 ft.)
  • Maximum magnification: 0.12x
  • Diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Hood: ET-89 round-shaped hood (supplied)
  • Length / Diameter: approx. 103.2 x 117.3 (4.06 in. x 4.62in)
  • Weight: approx. 1,195g (approx. 2.63lbs)
  • Optical construction: 13 elements in nine groups
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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Sensor DxOMarked, Clearly Behind Competition

Canon Eos-1d X Mark Iii Sensor

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III sensor was tested in DxOMark’s lab, and figures suggest it’s performance is behind the competition.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III has an overall score of 83. That’s less than the Nikon D850 (100) or the Sony a7R IV (99). Note that Nikon features a Sony-made sensor in the D850. To compare the 1DxIII with another sport oriented camera, the Sony a9 II, you can see the a9 II scores significantly better with 93. The EOS-1D X Mark III score is even behind the EOS-1D X Mark II (88).

We are firmly convinced that pure sensor performance figures do not describe a camera as a whole and are just one aspect of a camera. Never the less, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III having a sensor score that’s so much lower than the competition is something that at least Canon’s marketing department should be worried about.

DxOMark’s conclusion:

Sports journalism is a highly competitive field and requires a camera that can keep pace with the action unfolding in front of the lens. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III has been designed with that one goal in mind. Although we at DXOMARK test only sensor performance and no other features, at face value it’s an incredibly fast DSLR with not only blazing AF speed, incredible continuous shooting rates and a prodigious buffer, but also an equally impressive sensor. Admittedly, it’s not quite at the cutting edge in our metrics for sensor performance, but there’s far more to it than that.

Like the Nikon D5 and the Sony a9 II, such cameras are highly specific and a niche purchase. If you’re already a Canon user with a significant investment in lenses and other dedicated system accessories, then there’s not enough difference here in sensor dynamics to get you switch brands. If you’re new to the market, there’s a lot to consider, but even then the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is still more than a worthy contender for your hard-earned cash.

Read the review at DxOMark

More Canon EOS-1D X Mark III coverage is listed here.

Canon EOS Webcam Utility Beta Review (free and valuable, DPReview)

Canon Rumor Canon EOS Webcam Utility

In an unexpected and really nice move, a few weeks ago Canon released the free EOS Webcam Utility Beta software to help homeworkers and others who needed a webcam because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Kudos Canon!

DPReview published a short review of the EOS Webcam Utility Beta. They write:

In the end, I have to applaud Canon for making the effort to create this software quickly enough to allow locked-down workers to take advantage of it. It’s free, it’s valuable, and it could really benefit a ton of people out there with minimal effort. It may not be the best solution for everyone, but for at-home workers that still need to keep up professional appearances, this is a fantastic option. We find ourselves hopeful that more videoconferencing software will be supported in the near future.

You an download the beta version of the software here. Help can be found in the Canon support forum. These Canon gear is supported:

Canon EOS Webcam Utility
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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review – Real World Experiences With a $6500 Camera

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review

Here is a Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review, a real-world review of a $6,500 camera.

Coming from the folks at SLR Lounge, the 16 minutes video below is a very good real-world review of Canon’s flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark III.

More Canon EOS-1D X Mark III reviews are listed here.

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The new groundbreaking workhorse EOS-1D X III DLSR Camera features:

  • New 20.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor combined with newly designed High Detail Low-Pass Filter
  • New DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 50-819200i
  • New 191-point optical viewfinder AF system capable of tracking the subject’s head, and face using Deep Learning Technology
  • New Smart Controller built into the AF-On button for fast control of the AF Point selection
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate autofocus in Live View covering 90%x100% of the image area at an EV of -6 ~ 18
  • The lightning-fast camera features the ability to shoot up to 16 frames-per-second in optical viewfinder shooting and up to 20 fps while in Live View shooting with mechanical or silent shutter
  • Maximum buffer in continuous shooting (RAW+JPEG) of 1000 images or more with dual CFexpress card slots
  • 12-bit 5.5K RAW video internal recording and oversampling 4K 60p video recording using the full width of the sensor in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2
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Test Shows Strong Rolling Shutter Artifacts On Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Compared To Sony a9 II

Sony A9 Ii

Guess the video below will not make happy a lot of Canon fans. It’s about rolling shutter artifacts on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, and the lack of them on the Sony a9 II.

The video below, by liu yang, shows some rather bad rolling shutter artifacts at various settings on the EOS-1D X Mark III. No artifacts can be spotted on the Sony a9 II. Both are sports cameras, and that’s all I want to say.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]