Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Review (Photography Blog)

Powershot G5 X Mark Ii

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II key features:

  • 20.2MP 1″ Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 5x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)

Photography Blog posted their full review of the brand new Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II camera. They gave it a rating of 4/5.

From the conclusion:

With the introduction of the G5 X Mark II and the G7 X Mark III being at the same time, it’s clear Canon is sending the message that it has something available for every type of consumer. The G5 X Mark II is the better option out of the two if stills photography is your main concern, while vloggers will likely be drawn towards the G7 X Mark III.

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Putting all comparisons aside for the moment and looking at the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II on its own though and it’s a very likeable camera. Its small pocket-friendly size, plus the viewfinder and screen combination make it a very pleasant holiday or travel camera. It’s nice to use, with a good array of buttons and dials, plus a good handgrip for making it feel secure in the hand.

Read the review…

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II:

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Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III Review (more bang per bucks than Sony RX100 VII, ePHOTOzine)

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark Iii

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III at a glance:

  • 20.2MP 1″ Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)

ePHOTOzine posted a full review of the new Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III. They gave it a rating of 4/5.

From the conclusion:

The G7X III […] offers a number of updates that should impress both photographers and videographers. Including being able to shoot at 30fps (raw burst), or upto 20fps (with JPEG, raw, or both). 

[…] The images from the G7X III, at wide-angle, can be a little soft towards the edges and corners of the frame, and macro performance left us a little disappointed, but in every other situation, results are good. […]

For videographers, the G7 X III with microphone input, 4K video, and 120fps FullHD video will be an easy choice to make, and an immediate purchase choice. There are are only a few minor niggles, that could be the fly in the ointment for some, including the lack of 24fps video recording, and the lens control ring clicks being there. The camera certainly offers much higher “bang per buck” than the RX100 VII fron Sony, which also offers a microphone socket, but at a price of nearly £1200 [and nearly $1,200, editors note].

Read ePHOTOzine’s review…

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III:

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 85mm F/1.2L Review (highest quality standards, ePHOTOzine)

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L Review

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L lens for the EOS R system is one of those lenses where Canon showcases their skills in lens making. And it showcases what you can do with Canon’s newly developed RF mount. A site notoriously not keen to love Canon gear stated the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L has a “jaw-dropping” performance.

ePHOTOzine posted their review of the RF 85mm f/1.2L. And it’s our interpretation they couldn’t find any serious flaw. The “cons” list the price, the lack of image stabilisation (it’s a f/1.2 lens), and the bulk of the lens. On the other hand, the list of positive features of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L abound: incredible sharpness, no distortion, very low chromatic aberrations, bokeh, quick and precise autofocus, build quality, to name a few.

In the conclusion they write:

The quality of the lenses arriving on the market has arguably never been better. There are some amazing optics and the only downside seems to be that the prices can be equally amazing. The more adventurous the specification of course, the higher that price will be. Thankfully there are still plenty of lower-cost alternatives around, the usual trade-off is that they have more restricted apertures and maybe lighter construction.

But this is a high spec and expensive lens, and, as always, if the photographer can afford it and it fits the need, then buy with confidence as the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM absolutely delivers the goods. The highest quality standards and ease of use add up to a very attractive proposition.

Read the review…

You may want to check DPReview’s Canon RF 85mm f1.2L sample photo gallery. And here is a very interesting interview with the developers of the Canon RF 85mm. More Canon RF 85mm f1.2L coverage is listed here.

Canon RF 85mm f1.2L:

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 EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

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 85mm f/1.2L Sample Photos (jaw-dropping performance, DPReview)

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L Review

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

DPReview posted a set of sample pictures shot with the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L lens for the EOS R system. It doesn’t happen every day to read a description like:

Shaped like a can of Campbell’s Chunky soup, it’s a tad large and awkward affixed to the the EOS R. Nonetheless, what it lacks in grace it makes up for with jaw-dropping performance.

Click here to see the Canon RF 85mm f1.2L sample photo gallery.

Here is a very interesting interview with the developers of the Canon RF 85mm. More Canon RF 85mm f1.2L coverage is listed here.

Canon RF 85mm f1.2L:

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 EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

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 35mm f/1.8 IS STM MACRO Review

Canon RF 35mm F/1.8 Review Macro IS STM RF 70-400mm

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM at a glance;

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • 1:2 Max. Magnification, 6.7″ Min. Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The Phoblographer reviewed of the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system. They gave the lens a rating of 4/5.

About the autofocus they say:

During […] tests with the Canon 35mm f1.8 USM IS RF on the Canon EOS RP, [the reviewer] was quite surprised at just how well the two worked together. While on a tour of the Penumbra facilities in NYC, [the reviewer] decided to approach the visit in a documentary fashion. For photojournalistic reasons and purposes, the Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS did a great job. The focusing was always accurate, fast enough for documentary work, and reliable. In fact, it never missed its mark. 

The Phoblographer’s conclusion:

The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS is a lens that photographers will pick up if they’re looking for a good 35mm lens for the Canon system that has image stabilization. In addition to that the image quality is also very sharp for what it is. Then consider the bokeh and the fact that you can not only get this from a 35mm lens, but the f1.8 aperture lets you really blow your backgrounds out. I can’t really complain about the Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS except, you know, I wish it was built better.

Read the review…

More Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS STM coverage is listed here.

Canon RF 35mm f1.8 MACRO IS STM ($449):

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 EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

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