The source of the rumor suggests the Canon EOS R6 Mark II might be announced along with the very long rumored Canon RF 135mm f/1.8L IS lens. The latter is really rumored since a long time (first in 2019).
The EOS R6 Mark II already has a rumored specifications list, that is.
24mp Full-frame CMOS Sensor
Dual Pixel RAW / RAW burst
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
4K 30p (no crop)
4K 60p (cropped)
Canon Log 3/HDR PQ
Cloud RAW processing
SD/SDHC dual card slot
similar form factor as the EOS R6
We are rather confident about the EOS R6 Mark II, and less about the RF 135mm f/1.8. Time will tell.
Sony released a new mirrorless camera to the public, the Sony A7R V.
At a glance:
61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
BIONZ XR & AI Processing Unit
AI-Based Real-Time Tracking AF System
8K 24p, 4K 60p, FHD 120p 10-Bit Video
4K 16-Bit Raw Output; S-Log3/S-Cinetone
9.44m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
3.2″ 4-Axis Multi-Angle Touchscreen LCD
10 fps Shooting with AF/AE Tracking
8-Stop 5-Axis Image Stabilization
Dual CFexpress Type A/SD Card Slots
Impressing specifications, no doubt here. The new Sony A7R V is available for preorder at $3,898: Adorama and B&H Photo.
Sony Electronics’ New Alpha 7R V Camera Delivers a New High-Resolution Imaging Experience with AI-Based Autofocus
New Artificial Intelligence (AI) Processing Unit with 61 MP High Resolution Image Sensor and BIONZ XR™ Processing Engine Combine to Deliver Best-Ever Image Quality for an Alpha Body
SAN DIEGO, CA – October 26, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. announced the Alpha 7R V (model ILCE-7RM5) as the newest R series camera in its acclaimed line of Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The Alpha 7R V combines Sony’s highest resolution image sensor in an Alpha camera with a new AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit dedicated to AI-based image recognition – a first in any Alpha camera – as well as the powerful BIONZ XR™ image processing engine – a first in the “R” full-frame lineup. The combination of the high-resolution sensor and these processors enables new breakthroughs in subject recognition and capture for both still photography and video.
The new Alpha 7R V offers 61.0MP still images plus the most effective 8-step image stabilization system ever offered in any of Sony’s Alpha cameras, as well as refined 8K movie recording, a new 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor, high-speed communication functions, high-level operability and smooth workflow integration. Sony’s newest camera is ideal for professionals who need a first-class high-resolution imaging tool.
“The newest addition to our Alpha 7R lineup is the perfect example of our relentless drive to develop industry-leading imaging technology,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We are thrilled to introduce the all-new Alpha 7R V with high-resolution and extremely advanced AI integrations that deliver next-generation autofocus performance. We are excited to see what our community creates with the new Alpha 7R V.”
Improved AF Accuracy Based on Newly Developed AI Processing Unit
The Alpha 7R V features next-generation AF Real-time Recognition AF, with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition thanks to a new AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit with deep learning. The state-of-the-art AI processing uses detailed information about human form and pose estimation to dramatically improve recognition accuracy beyond systems which only detect face and eye and make full use of its potential. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles and insects. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking.
In addition to the advanced AI technology, the Alpha 7R V includes improvement to many beloved features from other cameras in Sony’s Alpha series that are now included for the first time in Sony’s 7R series:
Tenacious Real-time Tracking
Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
Silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 7 fps
Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed
The Alpha 7R V also includes focus features that support high resolution including full-time DMF (direct manual focus), and focus bracketing, a highly-requested capability that allows for focus stacked images.
Extraordinary Resolution Known to Sony’s Alpha 7R Series
The Alpha 7R V was designed to deliver overwhelming detail thanks to the latest BIONZ XR™ image processing engine and a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels. The latest BIONZ XR image processing engine ensures that the resolution potential of the camera’s sensor is fully utilized to deliver the highest resolution at low sensitivity in the Alpha series thus far. This enables sensitivity settings from ISO 100 to ISO 32000 for both stills and movies and wide dynamic range with 15 stops for stills.
The Alpha 7R V’s entire image stabilization system has been updated with a high-precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and optimized image stabilization algorithms for stills and video. In addition to up to the 8-step compensation effect for stills, the new stabilization algorithm provides precise detection and control right down to the single-pixel level, taking full advantage of the sensor’s 61.0-megapixel resolution potential to bring out the finest subject details. Sony’s newest camera also offers upgraded Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, which takes advantage of the precision in-body image stabilization system control, capturing multiple pixel-shifted images that are later composited using a computer to achieve overwhelming resolution in a single image. Using the latest version of Imaging Edge Desktop™ Ver.3.5 computer application, small pixel-level movements, such as a shift in the subject’s position or leaves on a tree, are automatically detected and corrected for optimized compositing can be achieved. 16-image composites with approximately 240.8 million pixels (19,008 x 12,672 pixels) can be produced from data that is equivalent to approximately 963.2 million pixels. The Alpha 7R V also supports precise and versatile external flash control for additional creative flexibility. Additionally, when in challenging lighting conditions the Alpha 7R V effectively suppresses flickering from artificial lights for stills and video.
Additional features that offer flexibility for still photography includes:
Addition of Lossless RAW image compression and selectable RAW image sizes and quality
Greatly expanded focus and exposure bracketing
Creative Look settings for stills and videos in camera
High-quality HEIF images with high compression efficiency
Just announced, the Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO lens for APS-C sensors already has a full review.
At a glance:
Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/11
50mm (35mm Equivalent)
Internal Focus Design
1 Aspherical Element, 1 ED Element
3 Ultra-High Refraction Elements
9 Aperture Blades
62mm Filter Thread
Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO review. From his conclusion:
The Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO is both similar and different than the Argus 35mm F0.95 full frame lens that I reviewed. The APO design does alter the formula, which results in more usable sharpness results at huge aperture values like F0.95.
It also means that the bokeh isn’t quite as soft, however, which might turn off some of the core audience that is interested in a lens like this.
These are all a matter of preference, however, and what is definite is that there is always room for more premium prime lenses for APS-C, a space that often gets overlooked. This is a serious lens, and it is interesting to see Laowa bring some of their APO experience that they’ve developed in their macro lens designs into a more extreme lens like this. You’ll have to determine for yourself whether or not the end result is something you’re looking for, but I will say this: the list of F0.95 lenses with an Apochromatic design and a price tag of under $550 USD is a VERY short one.
All reviews by Dustin Abbott come with test charts, sample pics, dynamic range tests, and much more. D. Abbott also provides a video-review that someone might prefer to the written review. It’s here (below) for your viewing pleasure.