More Big White Telephoto Lenses Coming To The Canon EOS R System, Next Year

Telephoto

No surprise that after the leaks of the last days more telephoto lenses for the RF mount are rumored. Nothing to expect for this year, though.

Canon might be set to release an RF 300mm f/2.8L IS and an RF 500mm f/4L IS lens in 2021. Canon is migrating more and more of their EF lenses to the RF mount.

The RF 300mm f/2.8L IS and an RF 500mm f/4L IS are said to be much lighter and also shorter than their EF mount counterparts. A 300mm f/2.8L IS zoom might also be in the works.

Source: Canon Rumors

Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport Review (a unique lens, D. Abbott)

Sigma 500mm

Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 32
  • One SLD and Two FLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Optical Stabilizer; Drop-In Filter Slot
  • Magensium-Alloy Barrel & Brass Mount
  • Dust- and Splash-Proof Construction
  • Rotatable Tripod Collar with Click Stops
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

Dustin Abbott completed his exhaustive review of the Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport lens.

From his conclusion:

The Sigma 500mm F/4 OS HSM Sport is a unique lens.  It’s a third party option competing in a space dominated by first party lenses.  It’s an expensive lens that doubles as a relative value. 

[…]

The size, weight, and expense of a lens like the 500S makes it clear that it isn’t for everyone.  Lenses like this take a lot of skill to use well (and strength, too, if you try to handhold it).  A lens like the Sigma 60-600mm OS Sport is going to be more affordable and versatile, and, if you have a tight budget, a lens like the Sigma 150-600mm OS C can give you some incredible images for under a thousand bucks.  But there’s no question that the 500S gives you a different kind of versatility.  The ability to shoot in more lighting situations with both better autofocus performance and image quality.  The ability to get incredible subject isolation.  And, when adding teleconverters to the mix, an incredible amount of reach while retaining autofocus ability. 

The whole review is available as video review.

D. Abbott’s review comes with a rich set of test shots and discusses every aspect of the Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport lens. If you’re looking for this lens we recommend you have a look at Dustin Abbott’s review.

Sigma 500mm F/4 OS Sport:

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Canon Patent For 400mm F2.8, 500mm F4 and 600mm F4 Lenses For EOS R Mirrorless System

Canon Patent

Hi Lows Note spotted a Canon patent application (2019-95525, Japan) which describes optical formulas for telephoto lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

The optical formulas are for 400mm f2.8, 500mm f4 and 600mm f4 lenses.

Focal length: 392mm
FNo.: 2.90
2ω: 3.16
Image height: 21.64 mm
Lens length: 360.03 mm
Back focus: 31.01 mm

Focal length: 490mm
FNo.: 4.12
2ω: 2.54
Image height: 21.64 mm
Lens length: 412.08 mm
Back focus: 33.39 mm

Focal length: 588mm
FNo.: 4.12
2ω: 2.11
Image height: 21.64 mm
Lens length: 476.08 mm
Back focus: 33.21 mm

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

First Supertelephoto Lens for the Canon EOS R System Might Be the RF 500mm f/4L IS

Canon Eos R

Rumor has it that the first super telephoto lens for the Canon EOS R system could be the RF 500mm f/4L IS.

No announcement date or specifications so far. However, there is a Canon patent application (US 20190155003) with describes the optical formulas for various super telephoto lenses for the EOS R system, among them a 500mm f/4L:

  • Focal length: 490.00
  • F value: 4.12
  • Angle of view: 2.53
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Lens length 412.08 
  • Backfocus: 33.39

The rumor might have some validity. When Canon will announce a mirrorless alternative to the Canon EOS-1D X series, then they likely will/could also announce this telephoto lens. But it’s a long way to go in opinion. The next Canon EOS R camera will most likely be a high resolution model.

Stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors

Sony a9 focus tracking not working when used with Canon lenses

Sony a9
Sony a9

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At a glance:

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals

The Sony a9 is touted as the Jack of all Trades. Impressive specs, and a lot of hype coming from a devoted fan community.

However, all that glitters is not gold. The video below, shot with a Sony a9 using a $9000 Canon EF 500mm f/4 lens on a Sigma MC-11 adapter, isn’t so impressive after all. The Sony a9 is not able to track focus after the shutter has been fired. The Sony a9 just started shipping so we don’t know if this phenomenon is limited to adapted Canon lenses (guess it is).

If you are a professional photographer, stick with Canon and Nikon and stay safe with proven gear and great and reliable professional service. If you have money to waste for gadgets, get a Sony a9. The specs are truly impressive and once more show how much Sony is pushing technological innovation.

[Via Sony Alpha Rumors]

Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Review (no sacrifice in image quality, Photography Blog)

Sigma 500mm

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At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 32
  • One SLD and Two FLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Optical Stabilizer; Drop-In Filter Slot
  • Magensium-Alloy Barrel & Brass Mount
  • Dust- and Splash-Proof Construction
  • Rotatable Tripod Collar with Click Stops
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

Photography Blog reviewed the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens, a pro lens selling at $5,999 and still being substantially less expensive than Canon’s counterpart, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM.

From the conclusion:

The Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens is a much more affordable alternative to similar lenses from Canon and Nikon without any sacrifice in image quality or performance. […]

The Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports is tack-sharp at both the centre and edges of the frame when stopped down by one-stop, and it’s also very good even when shooting wide-open. Vignetting is apparent at f/4, but it almost completely disappears by f/8, or it can be easily removed in post-processing. Chromatic aberrations are noticeable only by their absence, and distortion is very well controlled too. Optically, there’s very little to complain about.

Build quality is excellent, with the brass lens mount and sober all-black design adding to the high-quality feel and the dust/splash-proof construction adding some peace of mind, plus there’s a very good carbon fibre lens hood and padded case. Read the review…

Sample pictures are here.