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:

Canon Having Two Professional Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras On Their Agenda?

Canon Eos R

After we reported that Canon’s next EOS R model will be a high resolution camera, there have been a lot of rumors following up. Now a new one surfaced.

It’s suggested Canon might have two professional oriented EOS R cameras on their agenda. One being the high resolution EOS R camera we were first to report about, the other being a more “sport oriented” camera with higher frame rates and “some advancements in sensor performance”.

Both cameras are said to get announced in 2020, which contradicts our information about Canon releasing the high resolution EOS R camera in Fall 2019. So far we do not have serious hints about the sport oriented EOS R.

Neither of these cameras is going to replace the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. The EOS-1D X Mark III is coming, and it will be in 2020 in time for the next Summer Olympics.

Take all this with a huge grain of salt, it’s a low ranked rumor and there are elements we can not confirm at the time being.

Canon EOS R:

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Source: Canon Rumors

Here Is The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Lens With Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics

Canon RF 85mm

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

Announced time ago, leaked a few days ago, here is the latest optic for your Canon EOS R mirrorless system, the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L. Pre-order it for $2,699 at B&H Photo (save on sale taxes with Payboo)| Adorama. Shipping starts in June 2019.

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Press release:

The Go-To RF-Mount Portrait Lens: Canon U.S.A. Announces The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM

The New L-Series Lens is Canon’s First RF Lens to Feature Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Helping to Greatly Reduce Chromatic Aberration

MELVILLE, NY, May 8, 2019 – Continuing the company’s commitment to providing photographers with core focal-length lenses for the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM standard prime lens. The fifth lens in the RF family, the RF 85mm lens provides another vital tool for photographers using the EOS R or EOS RP cameras, in particular, those shooting portrait photography.

“Optics is at the core of Canon’s heritage. It is engrained in our DNA and the top priority when developing the EOS R Camera System around the RF mount and accompanying lenses,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is very enthused to now bring the lenses we shared in the RF lens development announcement, starting with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM. We envision this product as being the quintessential workhorse lens for portrait photographers of all skill levels.”

The new lens features a bright f/1.2 aperture which, along with the 85mm focal length, encompasses an ideal lens for portrait photographers. 85mm is often the preferred focal length selected by photographers when shooting portraits because it provides an appropriate depth and perspective of the subject relative to the background, helping to capture high-quality imagery with beautiful and desirable bokeh. The focal length also allows for the photographer and subject to maintain optimum distance apart to support strong communication, while not being too close.

The most unique feature of the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is Canon’s proprietary optical technology, Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics that helps to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations that could occur with large aperture lenses. The BR optical element, first introduced in the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, is inserted into the lens and refracts blue light between the concave and convex lenses. This enables the convergence of the entire wavelength of light to one point, resulting in higher image quality from the center to the edges of an image. 

Additional Features of The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Include: 

  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • One Aspheric and one UD Lens, along with BR optics help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

Pricing and Availability 

The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is scheduled to be available June 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2699.00*. For additional information, please visit, usa.canon.com.

Interview With Sigma CEO, Company Might Make Native Lenses For Canon EOS R

Canon Eos R

Imaging Resource had the chance to interview Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki during the CP+ tradeshow in Tokyo.

While most of the interview is about the “L-Mount Alliance“, there are also some bits about the competition. Some excerpts:

IR: I don’t know if this is information you can share or not, but we’re curious because you make lenses that fit a number of manufacturers: Can you share any information about the sales of different mounts? Do you sell a lot more Canon than Nikon, or vice versa, or…?

Kazuto Yamaki: I can’t tell you the exact numbers, but the most popular right now is Canon, and next is Nikon. Sony E-mount is growing.

[…]

IR: I have another question: Have there been any plans to make lenses in Canon RF or the Nikon Z-mount?

Kazuto Yamaki: We are still checking their systems, and it’s a bit too early to make comment. But right now, we’re checking the compatibility between our lenses and their mount adapter. We already know that it works almost perfectly, but in some specific settings and [for some] operations, our lens does not work perfectly [with their adapter yet], like continuous burst mode…

Read the interview at Imaging Resource

The Lens “Holy Trinity” for Canon EOS R Might be Released In July 2019

Canon Eos R

While we are now rather confident that Canon will announce the RF 85mm f/1.2L lens on May 9, 2019, there is a new rumor about more lenses for the EOS R system.

Canon might release what is commonly called the “Holy Trinity” of lenses (because of the focal lengths and f/2.8, which are more or less standard on a full frame system), i.e. the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS and RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, before the end of July 2019.

Canon already announced the development of these and other lenses.

Stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors