Canon Confirms Once More The Focus On RF Lenses (unless the market demands EF lenses)

Canon Rf Mount Canon RF 50mm F/1.2L Review Canon Rf Lenses

We already knew that Canon is 100% focused on RF lenses from another interview back in October 2018. It got confirmed again in a recent interview with a Canon exec.

Canon is entirely set to build outstanding RF mount lenses and will slow down the production of EF mount lenses. In an interview with Digital Camera World, this was confirmed by Richard Shepherd, pro product marketing senior manager at Canon Europe:

As you know, last year we launched the RF mount and EOS R system […] To date we’ve launched ten critically acclaimed lenses, and as it’s a new system we plan to continue this, launching more RF lenses while still fully supporting the EF lens system. And of course, should the market demand it, we are ready to create new EF lenses. But for now, our focus is on RF.

While this will most likely not mean the immediate dead of the 33 years old EF mount system, it’s never the less a significant statement. Canon is committed to their EOS R full frame mirrorless system, and this interview is another confirmation. Also, is there anything left to realise in the EF mount format? I mean, is there a lens that doesn’t exist in Canon’s lineup?

I’m a bit puzzled by the “should the market demand it” statement. This, in marketing slang, usually means something is already dead and ready to get buried. But we are talking about Canon here, a slow paced and conservative company, so don’t expect the EF mount system to disappear anytime soon.

Canon’s EF lens production has not yet been discontinued.

More interviews with Canon execs and engineers are listed here.

Law And Ethics In Street Photography Explained In 20 Minutes

Street Photography

If you’re into street photography most likely you have already faced some of the ethical aspects and hopefully did not incur in any legal issues that might come along with this peculiar form of photography.

It’s not just a matter of what you should take a picture of (or not picture, the ethical question) but also a matter of what you can picture (the legal aspects). In the video below Sean Tucker interviews Nick Dunmur, a member of the legal team at the AOP (Association of Photographers) to talk about the laws that regulate street photography and taking picture of people in public. The video also offers some interesting thoughts on how to put together your own moral code of conduct for your photography.

Camera Market Going To Shrink For Two More Years, Canon CEO Says

Canon Rumors Color Calibration

Fujio Mitarai, Canon chairman and CEO, says the camera market will not stop shrinking for the next two years.

In an interview with Japanese site NewsSwitch, Mr. Fujio Mitarai, discusses the state of the global camera market. Here a few (machine translated) excerpts:

Question: The digital camera business, which has long been a leader, is facing market contraction.

Answer: Compact digital cameras were sold at 114 million units in 2008, the peak year, but it was 10.5 million or less than one-tenth in 2008. Single-lens cameras also peaked at 18 million in 2012. In 18 years, the number of units decreased by almost half to 10.3 million units, and this trend will continue for another two years, both of which are prepared to fall to 5-6 million units. It ’s a change.

It seems that the recently started trade war between the US and China forces Canon to introduce some changes in their production system.

Question: Is it necessary to review the existing production system due to intensifying trade friction between the United States and China?

Answer: We have been reviewing it for some time. We have been focusing on reducing costs by using robots for production, focusing on Japan, and in-house production of robots and other equipment. The software development and re-education in the machine design field are completed, and when they are completed, overseas factories will not be necessary. 

You can read the machine translated interview here.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L Developers Answer Questions (interview)

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2L Review

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
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon Europe posted an interview where the developers of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L lens for EOS R systems answer 10 questions.

Canon Europe spoke to product planning expert Kaishi Kawai of Canon’s Image Communication Business Operations (ICB) Optical Business Group; optical design pro Satoshi Maetaki, manager of Canon’s ICB Optical Products Development Center; electrical designer Masami Ichinose, senior engineer at the ICB Optical Products Development Center; mechanical designer Yasushi Murakami of the ICB Optical Products Development Center; and BR Optical Element and DS Coating Design expert Tomohiko Ishibashi of the Optics Technology R&D Center.

Some excerpts from the interview:

Can the bokeh get any creamier?

Tomohiko: “The strong bokeh produced by the large aperture of the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM is one feature of the lens. However, lenses with significant chromatic aberration suppression tend to have slightly clearer bokeh contours.


Is the autofocus up to the L-series lens standard?

Masami: “The Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens uses the same ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) as on the super telephoto lenses, which has the most powerful torque of any Canon lens, making focusing extremely fast despite the large optics.”

Why is the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM longer than its EF mount counterpart?

Satoshi: “In terms of optical design, the total length is measured from the focal plane (the position of the imaging sensor or film). If you compare the EF and RF mounts, the lens mount is closer to the sensor on the RF mount than is the case with the EF mount. Because of this the EF version of some lenses can be shorter as the extra distance is taken up by the longer distance between the lens mount and the sensor in a DSLR camera. This naturally makes the RF version longer in total length to compensate for the difference in sensor-to-mount distance.

Read the interview….

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Canon Doesn’t Use Technology That Hasn’t Thoroughly Tested, IBIS is Coming (Interview)

Canon Rumors Canon Full Frame Mirrorless

Russian site interviewed the head of Canon Russia’s department of product and consumer expertise, Artem Lezhnev.

Answering the most common critics (all excerpts are machine translated):

People who criticize Canon are divided into two types. The first does not like the skinton, form factor or some particular points. The second – do not digest the marketing policy of the company. Why, for example, in one of the new Canon cameras – neither in the flagship, nor the middle or entry level, is it not possible to record 4K video without a crop? The company is technologically unable to carry out this task?

– We did not set such a function intentionally. We have a series of Cinema EOS – movie cameras. Canon separates EOS R and Cinema EOS from each other. This series is aimed at shooting professional video. Camera Canon C700 – there certainly is 4K from the whole frame.

Might there be some truth in the fact that Canon doesn’t “want to cannibalize” their video segment?

Is there a new Canon camera in the pipeline?

Could it be that the company is already testing a new camera, which will later be announced, for example, before the Olympiad?

“I’m sure Canon is already developing next-generation cameras, because testing usually starts at least a year before the camera enters the market.”

And when does testing end?

– A few months before the camera announcement. We have a very serious program of ambassadors, a very tough selection. Canon has the whole EMEA region – the whole of Europe, the whole of Africa, the Middle East and Russia – only 40 people. These are people with publications, participants of professional exhibitions of various genres, people who have really proved their professionalism, and we are working with them on testing .

What about IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation)?

– We already have three patents on IBIS – on a mobile matrix and stabilisation, but we continue to work on them.Canon never uses technology that has not yet been tested.It took us so much time, because the technology itself requires a very detailed study, because the moving matrix is ​​good, on the one hand.On the other hand, go to any service and ask how many cameras they have there with broken moving dies. The stabilization system is a very fragile thing.

So, let’s hope IBIS will soon come to Canon DSLRs and MILCs, and let’s hope future Canon optics will be less expensive.


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