28mm Lenses Shootout: Canon EOS R5 vs Leica Q2

Leica Q2

Here is a somewhat weird comparison between a Leica Q2 with built in 28mm lens and the Canon EOS R5 with a rather old EF 28mm f/1.8 lens. The lens on the Leica is newer, more expensive and a bit faster.

Alex Barrera quickly compares the Leica Q2 and the Canon EOS R5 in the video below. Enjoy.

More Canon EOS R5 review stuff is listed here, for EOS R6 review stuff see here. The EOS R5 is highly regarded as a stills camera. In particular, the EOS R5 autofocus system seems to be huge leap forwards. User manual are available for download for the EOS R5 and the EOS R6.

Canon EOS R5:

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Canon Patent: 35mm f/1.4 And 28mm f/1.4 For The EOS R System

Canon Patent

Here is one more Canon patent for RF mount lenses, another one in an already long list: 35mm f/1.4 and 28mm f/1.4 lenses for full frame mirrorless cameras, i.e. the EOS R.

Canon patent application 2021-063966 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a 35mm f/1.4 lens and a 28mm f/1.4 lens, both for the RF mount. The patent application was spotted by Canon News.

28mm f/1.4:

Focus distance      28.00
F number             1.42
Half angle (degree) 37.69
Image height        21.64
Lens total length  140.62
BF                  21.99

35mm f/1.4:

Focus distance      34.98
F number             1.42
Half angle (degree) 31.73
Image height        21.64
Lens total length  154.45
BF                  16.17

More Canon patents are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5 For Canon EF and RF Mounts Released

Lensbaby Velvet 28mm F/2.5

A new Lensbaby lens has been released, the Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5, available for Canon EF and RF mounts (and other mount types too).

The Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5 is already on sale at $549.95: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Press release:

Portland, OR — Lensbaby – makers of award-winning DSLR & mirrorless lenses, optics and accessories announces today the availability of its newest lens, the Velvet 28, a 28mm, f/2.5 all-metal, hand-crafted art lens that, at its brightest apertures, captures tack-sharp detail beneath a layer of radiant glow. Velvet 28 also features exceptional 1:2 macro capabilities.

Built with landscape, adventure, travel, street photographers & videographers in mind, the Velvet 28 offers Lensbaby’s popular variable glow effect at a wide 28mm focal length, with a design that makes flat light interesting and harsh light more pleasing.

“With this solid, beautifully crafted lens, every hour is magic hour. There’s no need to take the day off from shooting between dawn and dusk,” says Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. “The amount of effect in your image is up to you. Add as much or as little variable glow as you like by changing your aperture. The Velvet 28 offers more effect at brighter apertures – then stop down for corner-to-corner sharpness.”

Lensbaby’s Velvet effect lenses add an ethereal mood to scenes. This unique, in-camera creative effect elevates imagery with depth, dimension and soulful expression. The Velvet 28’s close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic to just a touch of velvety smoothness, provides a set of visual tools that will help creative shooters expand their vision of the world.

Velvet 28’s 1:2 macro capability makes it an ideal in-camera effects lens for photographers & videographers who like to shoot wide, while also offering the versatility to capture closer details. The lens allows image makers to move seamlessly from shooting street scenes or capturing landscape, adventure & travel images to capturing details such as a subject’s clothing or wildflower blooms and butterflies in an alpine meadow.

The Velvet 28 comes in standard lens mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds. It will be available for order on April 21, 2020 for $549.95.

Velvet 28 Product Specifications:

  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 – 22 with bonus ⅓ stop of light (indicated by + on aperture dial) beyond 2.5
  • 12 aperture blades
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2 inches
  • Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
  • 67mm filter threads
  • Focus type: Manual
  • DSLR version Size/ Weight: 1.04 lb (471.74g)
  • MIL version Size/Weight: 1.31 lb (594.2g)
  • 8 multi-coated glass elements, in 7 groups

Sigma 28mm f/1.4 Art Deal – $1099 (reg. $1399, today only)

Sigma 28mm F/1.4 Art Deal

Only for today (/2/3/2020) authorised Sigma retailer B&H Photo has a very good Sigma 28mm f/1.4 Art deal.

Get the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens (Canon EF mount) on sale at $1,099. Compare at $1,399. Free shipping.

All hand-picked deals are listed here.

Sigma 28mm f/1.4 Art deal key features and description:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
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Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART Review (premium 28mm lens, D. Abbott)

Sigma 28mm F/1.4 Art Deal

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published the full review of the Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART lens. A lens that catches a lot of attention.

Among the things D. Abbott liked are the excellent build quality, quick and accurate AF, sharpness starting at f1.4, bokeh, contrast, well controlled chromatic aberrations, and more.

From his conclusion:

In many ways the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART is the lens that the 35mm F1.4 ART should have been.  It delivers better focus accuracy, richer image quality, and has a superior build.  I would actually like to see Sigma build a 35mm F1.4 ART Mark II in the future and update it with some of the experience gleaned since its release (it was the first of the ART series lenses).  The only negative that I can point to by comparison is that the price has crept up to where the 28ART can no longer be considered a bargain even if it is cheaper than direct competitors.  And that may be the primary obstacle to it being a sales success for Sigma.  The 28mm focal length is not intensely popular (though incredibly useful), so the price tag (though probably warranted by performance) may be steeper than many want to pay. 

If you want a premium 28mm lens, however, it’s hard to rule out the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART.  It does so many things very well, and produces truly beautiful images.  What more could you ask for?

Despite being a real world review, D. Abbott’s review of the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART lens covers everything you might want to know and comes with a huge set of sample and test pictures. This is the kind of review I look for when I want to learn about gear.

If you prefer to watch your reviews, the videos below are ready for you.

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART:

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Canon Might Have a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28mm f/1.8 For The EOS R System On Their Agenda, Patent Suggests

50mm F/1.8

Canon patent application 2019-0113711 (USA) describes the optical formula for an RF 50mm f/1.8 and RF 28mm f/1.8 lens, both for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

Focal length 48.50
F-number 1.85
Half angle of view (degrees) 24.04
Image height 21.64
Total lens length 95.00 
BF 15.80

Focal length 28.80
F-number 1.85
Half angle of view (degrees) 36.91
Image height 21.64
Total lens length 80.30 
BF 7.00 

It’s likely Canon will launch these non-L lenses sooner than later. Both are popular focal lengths on full frame, and it’s also likely Canon is set to offer some less expensive (aka budget) lenses for the EOS R system.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production in the next few years are these: