Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM Review (competent but not exceptional, D. Abbott)

Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM

Dustin Abbott posted the full, real world review of the Canon RF RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM lens, the less expensive native lens for the Canon EOS R system.

Abbott’s review is not without criticism:

[the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is a] lens that left me a little underwhelmed.  It is competent, but not exceptional.  I can live with some of the basic flaws (vignette and distortion), but I didn’t find the images I took with the lens to show any particular “sparkle”. 

Not all is bad, considering this is not a Canon L-tier lens:

It is the only reasonably priced native RF mount lens at the time of this review, and the focal length, aperture, and macro abilities make this a very versatile lens.  It is highly functional and will get the job done in a lot of situations.  For many users that will be enough, and I don’t want to discourage you away from the lens.  But for those looking for something more exceptional in either build or performance, you might be better served looking elsewhere.

Dustin Abbott’s exhaustive review comes with a large set of test photos and sample pictures. For those more inclined to watch a review, the videos below with the full review might the right choice.

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM:

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Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

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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

Three New Canon RF Lenses Coming Early 2020 (24mm/1.4, 135mm/1.8, macro)

Canon RF 85mm

While we are still waiting for Canon to release five Canon RF lenses they already announced, the rumor mill already has new RF lenses suggestions in the pipeline.

It’s suggested Canon might announced three new lenses for the Canon EOS R system in early 2020. Among them there might be an RF 24mm f/1.4L and an RF 135 f/1.8L (the latter was just revealed through a patent a few days ago). The third one is said to be an undisclosed macro lens that will be the “first of its kind macro lenses”. Aren’t all unreleased lenses undisclosed?

All three RF lenses might be announced before CP+ 2020, which happens at the end of February.

We are a bit puzzled because of the many rumors about RF mount lenses we get in our inbox and others are reporting. Some of these rumors are contradicting, others just nonsense. There is another rumor suggesting there are eight new RF lenses on Canon’s agenda.

It can be taken for granted that Canon is building a solid lens ecosystem for the Canon EOS R. All these RF lens rumors are just suggesting RF mount versions of the most popular (and used) lenses in the full frame DSLR world. Without any crystal ball or magic intuitive skills, it’s to expect that Canon will sooner or later release all those lenses murmured on rumor outlets. No real surprises here to expect.

Stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon Patent for 100mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8 Lenses for EOS R System

Canon Patent

US patent application US20190146195 describes the optical formulas for 100mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8 lenses for the Canon EOS R system.

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

You Can Now De-Click Your Canon RF Lenses (Control Ring Modification)

Canon Eos R

Canon offers a service to de-click RF mount lenses, i.e. lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system. After modifying the control ring it will be possible to switch between normal functionality and de-clicked.

Canon advisory:

What is the Control Ring’s Clicking Sound Modification Service?

Canon’s control ring’s modification service offers RF lenses and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R owners the opportunity to remove/reapply the control ring’s clicking sound.

Why might this be needed.

The click action of the control ring allows the user to have a sense of how much it is being turned. However, if used during video shooting, the sound of the control ring operation may be recorded.

Pricing

ModelPrice*
RF Lenses$79.99
Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R$59.99

*Tax and freight fee are NOT included 
*All pricing is subject to change

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How Good Is Nikon Z 6/Z 7 Eye AF and Can it Compare with Canon and Sony?

Nikon Z

Jared Polin analyses the eye AF of the Nikon Z 6 (added via firmware update) in this 27 minutes video.

The Nikon Z 6’s Eye AF performance is compared with Canon and Soy full frame mirrorless systems (i.e. EOS R and Sony a7III)

The first video is the full review, the second one (4 min) shows only the side-by-side comparison with Canon and Sony.

Side-by-side comparison: