Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM Review (insane bargain, Optical Limits)

Rf 16mm F/2.8 STM Review

Here is a Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review by one of the most respected technical experts. This seems to be a cute little gem of a lens at a bargain price. Kudos Canon.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Optical Limits (former photozone.de) posted their Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM review and technical analysis. From their conclusion (emphasis mine):

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM is a lens with many facets. It comes down to where you come from and what you want. For instance, if you own an EOS R3 or R6, it’s a decent ultra-wide prime lens – because, at 20 megapixels, even a Coke bottle is sharp enough. Well, almost. While on an EOS R5 and 45 megapixels, you don’t really want to look at the image corners. It is, of course, also worth noting that this is the cheapest, fast ultra-wide prime ever released from a genuine manufacturer. Even when ignoring all quality concerns, it’s dirt cheap for what it is. If you can’t afford the real thing, having a 16mm ultra-wide lens is better than having none at all.

[…] you may argue that you get what you pay for but this isn’t really true. A 16mmm f/2.8 for this kind of money is an insane bargain even with the mentioned limitations. Just don’t expect Mercedes quality for a Lada price tag.

See the review and samle pics and test charts at Optical Limits

The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM sells at $299:

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

All Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM coverage is listed here.

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Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens Review

Canon Rf 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye

Here is a new Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens review.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • Captures Stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery
  • Two Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super-Spectra & Sub-Wavelength Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • 7-Blade Diaphragm

Coming from immerVR, the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L review below covers a lot of information about the lens.

We review the brand new Canon RF 5.2mm f2.8 L Dual VR180 lens on the Canon EOS R5. We compare it to other virtual reality cameras and show images shot through the HMD Meta Quest 2 (formerly: Oculus Quest 2) to show the perceived difference in image quality. Furthermore, we tease our upcoming VR app suited for watching VR180 and VR360 images.

You can order the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye at $1,999: B&H Photo and Adorama. World-wide orders:

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

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L hands-on videos can be found here. More about the lens after the break.

rf 5.2mm f/2.8L
The RF 5.2mm dual fisheye on a Canon EOS R5
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Nikon Z9 vs Canon R3 Hands-On Comparison Review

Eos R3 Vs Nikon Z9

Want to know how the Nikon Z9 and the Canon EOS R3 compare? Both are the current top-of-the-line full frame mirrorless offerings from the respective companies. Here is a Nikon Z9 vs Canon R3 hands-on review.

At a glance:

Canon EOS R3Nikon Z9
  • 24MP Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF
  • 6K60 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 12 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 5.76m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3.2″ 4.2m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Built-In Vert. Grip
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Wired LAN and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Support
  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • AI-Based Subject Detection and Tracking
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS

Manny Ortiz and Dan Watson compare the Canon EOS R3 with the Nikon Z9 in the 10 minutes hands-on review below. Enjoy.

Our Canon EOS R3 coverage is listed here. More comparison reviews are listed here.

Mirrorless Flagships Shootout: Canon EOS R3 vs Nikon Z9 vs Sony a1

Sony A1 Mirrorless Flagship

A mirrorless flagship cameras shootout. It’s Canon EOS R3 vs Nikon Z9 vs Sony a1.

All three mirrorless flagships at a glance:

Canon EOS R3Nikon Z9Sony a1
  • 24MP Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF
  • 6K60 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 12 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 5.76m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3.2″ 4.2m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Built-In Vert. Grip
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Wired LAN and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Support
  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • AI-Based Subject Detection and Tracking
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS
  • 50MP Full-Frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Up to 30 fps Shooting, ISO 50-102400
  • 8K 30p and 4K 120p Video in 10-Bit
  • 4.3K 16-Bit Raw Video Output, S-Cinetone
  • 9.44m-Dot EVF with 240 fps Refresh Rate
  • 759-Pt. Fast Hybrid AF, Real-time Eye AF
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Dual Drive Mech. Shutter, 1/400 Sec Sync
  • 5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi, 1000BASE-T Ethernet
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SD Card Slots

The mirrorless flagship comparison comes from DPReview TV:

We compare the Canon EOS R3, Nikon Z9 and Sony a1 to see how they stack up across several critical areas of performance. Find out which one has the best autofocus, handling, burst shooting and more!

Here is the table of contents for those in a hurry:

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 1:03 – Handling
  • 3:06 – Image quality
  • 4:32 – Displays
  • 6:56 – Burst shooting
  • 9:23 – Autofocus
  • 13:02 – Video
  • 15:39 – Price
  • 16:15 – Final rankings

Here Is Another Canon EOS R3 Sample Picture Gallery (JPG & RAW to download)

Canon Eos R3 Sample Picture User Manual

Looking for Canon EOS R3 sample picture gallery? Here is another one.

Canon EOS R3 at a glance:

  • 24MP Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF
  • 6K60 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 12 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 5.76m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3.2″ 4.2m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Built-In Vert. Grip
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Wired LAN and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Support

Imaging Resource posted a Canon EOS R3 sample picture gallery with real world images. Both JPG and RAW formats are available for download. Says Imaging Resource:

[…] the R3 is certainly no slouch in the performance department. Its lower-resolution 24.1MP stacked BSI CMOS sensor gives it not only impressive speed with up to 30fps continuous shooting rates but also relatively small and manageable file sizes. For sports and photojournalists — two of the main target customers for which Canon specifically designed the EOS R3 — the ability to shoot and transmit images to editors and wire services as fast as possible is a critical feature. In these shooting situations, having insanely high-resolution image files isn’t as high of a priority; a 24MP image is plenty detailed (plus, a full-frame sensor with only 24-megapixels gives the R3 a rather large pixel pitch, which helps with low-light shooting and higher ISO performance). With the R3, you can also store a massive amount of images on your memory card, especially with high-capacity CFexpress Type B cards. In my time with the R3 so far, I’ve shot over 3000 RAW+JPEG images to a 256GB CFexpress card, and I still have over 2000 or so images left to fill. I’ve not had to switch memory cards out yet.

Click here to see the Canon EOS R3 sample picture gallery and start pixel peeping.

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. More Canon EOS R3 review stuff 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 EOS R3 Review (incredible hybrid image stabilisation, Photography Blog)

Canon Eos R3 Review

A Canon EOS R3 review. There aren’t many out there. Maybe because few got a Canon EOS R3.

Canon EOS R3 at a glance:

  • 24MP Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF
  • 6K60 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 12 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 5.76m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3.2″ 4.2m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Built-In Vert. Grip
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Wired LAN and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Support

Photography Blog posted their full Canon EOS R3 review. From their conclusion:

[…] key advantages that the EOS R3 has over its DSLR sibling [the EOS-1D X Mark III, editor’s note] are the incredible hybrid image stabilisation worth up to 8-stops, superlative low-light AF sensitivity that stretches all the way down to -7.5EV, and the even faster headline-grabbing 30fps burst shooting, coupled with a completely silent electronic shutter.

This is all housed in a smaller, lighter yet still equally weather-proof and durable body that’s easier to use for extended periods of time.

There’s an awful lot to like about the EOS 3 and very little to grumble about. Sure, the integrated grip design certainly isn’t for everyone – at just over 1kg in weight it remains a camera for the professional rather than enthusiast, although we bet that many of the latter would enjoy using the R3, particularly if they routinely fit a battery grip to their current camera.

Read the review at Photography Blog

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. More Canon EOS R3 review stuff 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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