Canon Rumor: EOS R Model With 150MP Sensor On Its Way? (really?)

Canon Rumor

We were reluctant to publish this Canon rumor, which we already got some weeks ago. But now we heard it from another source too.

Might this be realistic? A Canon EOS R model with a 150MP image sensor? That’s what we have been told. Never the less, we are not sure what to think about this rumor.

Before the Canon EOS R5 development announcement we would have dismissed this rumor it without any second thought. But seeing how feature packed the EOS R5 is, and seeing how clearly Canon is set to shake up the industry, we are no longer sure this rumor has to be considered bs. Don’t get us wrong: we still think it’s unlikely Canon will release a 150MP EOS R model, but we can’t exclude it.

For sure Canon has the know-how and the facilities to build such a sensor. But is the market ready for such a resolution beast? So far the highest rumored resolution for the high megapixel EOS R was 80MP. Now we are talking a resolution that’s almost 2 times as high. All rumors about the high resolution EOS R are listed here.

So, help us out on this. Do you think this a 150MP EOS R body has any chance to be real? More Canon rumor stuff is listed here. The next EOS R model to be released is the Canon EOS R5, expected to hit the shelves before the Summer Olympics.

Canon RF Zoom Lenses Comparison (28-70mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm, 24-240mm)

Canon RF 28-70mm F/2L Rf Mount Canon Eos R

Here is a comparison of Canon RF zoom lenses.

Matt Granger compares four Canon RF zoom lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system, these:

The next camera to be announced in the EOS R lineup is the Canon EOS R5, an industry game changer.

Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS Review (best standard zoom tested so far, Optical Limits)

Canon RF 24-70mm F/2.8L IS Review

Here is a Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS review. The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS is one of the “holy trinity” lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

The experts at Optical Limits (formerly known as photozone.de) posted their full Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS review.

From their conclusion:

The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L IS is the best fast standard zoom lenses that we tested to date. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s flawless – standard zoom lenses never are. In terms of resolution, the broader center zone is superbly sharp at all relevant aperture settings. The border quality is also on a very high level. The corner quality varies a bit though. Except for the sweet spot at 50mm, the corners are a tad soft at f/2.8. However, they have recovered nicely at f/5.6 latest. These days you tend to correct the secondary characteristic via image auto-correction. However, when analyzing the raw qualities, the results reveal a couple of issues. The vignetting is rather extreme at 24mm f/2.8 for instance – and that’s despite the very large front element. Complex image distortions are also quite obvious at 24mm and there are fairly visible pincushion distortions at 70mm. Lateral CAs are quite moderate albeit not zilch. The quality of the bokeh is very good as far as general rendition is concerned but not ideal with respect to out-of-focus highlights.

Read the review at Optical Limits

More Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS review stuff is listed here.

Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Key features and description after the break.

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Canon EOS Ra Review – A Mighty Fine Camera (and not just for astrophotography)

Canon EOS Ra Review

Here is a Canon EOS Ra review. The Canon EOS Ra is a special EOS R camera dedicated to astrophotography.

What sets the EOS Ra apart? The Canon EOS Ra has approximately four times the transmittance of hydrogen-alpha light (656 nm) as the EOS R (see the press release here). Photographs of subjects that reflect a lot of infrared light will therefore appear redder than they actually are.

The Phoblographer posted their full Canon EOS Ra review. From their conclusion:

The Canon EOS Ra is a mighty fine camera. The build quality is fantastic, overall image quality is excellent, the camera is weather-sealed, has a wonderful LCD and EVF, and the images that come from the camera during daytime use are great too.

[…] The Canon EOS Ra is a serious piece of kit. It has been designed for photographers who are passionate about astrophotography, more specifically, deep space photography. If you plan on getting a telescope to attach the EOS Ra to, or if you already own one and the required T-adapters and mounts, you will get the most out of it. If you are just going to do regular wide-angle astrophotography, though, you’re better off looking elsewhere because the specialized Ha filter will be lost on you.

Read the review at The Phoblographer

While the Canon EOS Ra is not the best tool to take pictures in daylight, it delivers “surprisingly great image quality when set to daytime white balance“.

More Canon EOS Ra review stuff is listed here.

Canon EOS Ra: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS Review – Is “Defocus Smoothing” Worth The Money?

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2 DS Review

Here is a Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS review. The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS features Canon’s “Defocus Smoothing” otpical technology (see video below to learn more about it).

Lens Rentals reviewed the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS. They liked the “incredible sharpness”, fast and accurate AF, the “Defocus Smoothing” technology, and obviously the high quality build quality of a Canon L lens. They didn’t like so much the price (who does?) and the fact you loss approximately 1.3 stops of light with Defocus Smoothing.

From their conclusion:

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS left [the reviewer] conflicted. On one hand, its a really great lens with incredible sharpness. On the other hand, it’s an overpriced great lens with a gimmicky moniker. I love this lens and the images I was able to produce while using it, but I don’t think the Defocus Smoothing made the images any better or worse. For me personally, this lens has made me further my appreciation for the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L non-DS, as it shares the same level of sharpness without the $300 added to the cost.

Read the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS review at Lens Rentals

More Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS review stuff is listed here.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS key features and description:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Defocus Smoothing Coating for Soft Bokeh
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
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Canon Patent: 13-21mm f/2.8 Lens For EOS R Camera System

Canon Patent

Here is another Canon patent application dealing with a lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

Canon patent application P2020-30251A (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a 13-21mm f/2.8 lens for a full frame mirrorless camera system, i.e. for the EOS R system.

  • Zoom ratio: 1.58
  • Focal length: 13.40 17.30 21.20 mm  
  • F number: 2.88 2.88 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 58.23 51.35 45.58  
  • Image height: 21.64 21.64 21.64 mm  
  • Lens length: 150.15 136.89 130.04 mm
  • Back focus: 20.96 25.13 29.31 mm

This might well be a lens that goes into production, sooner or later.

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

[via Hi Lows Note]