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.
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.
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.
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.
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.