There Is More To Come From Canon in 2019, Interview Suggests (high resolution EOS R?)

Canon Eos R

Once again an interview with Canon execs debunks some hasty rumouring.

Imaging Resource sat down with Canon execs to discuss a lot of photographic topics but mainly the new Canon EOS R system.

There have been some rumors stating we will see little new stuff from Canon in 2019, and that we won’t see Canon’s high resolution EOS R model. Well, this seems to be wrong according to the interview. The high resolution EOS R might well be a 2019 affair at the end. IR sums up the interview:

[the] takeaway from this discussion was that Canon will continue investing in photographic technology, saying that imaging is fundamental to everything that they do, and that we should therefore expect to see significant developments in the photo arena over the next period of time. I have been concerned — as have others — by what it meant that the EOS-R and EOS-RP were built around the sensor from the EOS 5D Mark IV, a camera that’s now nore than two-and-a-half years old. Without giving specifics, they did note that they had a lot in the pipeline for 2019, so it sounds like we can expect to see a lot more from Canon before the end of the year. Hopefully that will include a new-generation full-frame sensor, possibly even the full-professional mirrorless body they’ve promised will be coming at some point, although of course, they didn’t hint directly at that this time around.

[Imaging Resource] discussed lens strategy, and […] was pleased to hear that they’ll be developing a traditional set of f/2.8 zooms (presumably covering ranges lke 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200mm). While the 28-70mm f/2 covers part of that focal length range, it’s a bulky and heavy special-purpose lens and lacks IS, so there’s still a need for a conventional 24-70mm f/2.8. Also coming soon will be a 24-240mm “vacation zoom”, aimed at and priced for consumers. This should make a good companion to the EOS RP for many entry-level users, and we’ll look forward to testing that one for you once available.

Read the interview…

We were pretty sure that Canon would release a high resolution EOS R model before this interview and we are more confident now after this interview.

Stay tuned…

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Canon Lens Designers Talk About Latest RF Mount Lenses in Interview

Canon RF 85mm

DPReview sat down with Canon lens designers (Manabu Kato – Head of EF + RF mount R&D, Yoichi Sato – EOS camera electronics R&D, Shogo Yamaguchi – Optical planning specialist).

The interview was about the new Canon EOS RP, the six RF lenses Canon is set to announce soon, and in general what’s going to happen with the EOS R system.

Excerpts from the interview:

How do you prioritize which [RF mount] lenses to develop?

So the idea for the initial four lenses was we wanted to deliver the surprise factor, so we decided to deliver the 28-70mm, as well as the 50mm F1.2, with stunning resolution. That was the concept behind these two lenses.

With 24-105mm we thought it would be the best match as a standard zoom lens to the EOS R camera, and the 35mm F1.8 was supposed to be an affordable and compact travel companion. Those were the concepts behind the four initial lenses.

With the six additional lenses that we introduced as development announcements this time, we believe we will be able to deliver more surprise factors, for some models compactness. These two concepts with the addition of these models.

About the Defocus Smoothing technology.

Can you give any insight into the DS technology?

With lens such as the 85mm F1.2 bokeh is a really important factor, because it’s a portrait lens. We really wanted to deliver something that was not possible with the conventional lenses, so we decided to develop this technology of defocus smoothing.

The fact with our DS technology is that it’s a coating technology, so it’s relatively easy to apply this technology to a range of different lenses. This is all we can say at this moment.

Read the interview at DPReview.

Nikon Believes Mirrorless Will Catch Up With DSLRs But The Issue Is EVF Lag

Nikon Z 6

In an interview with DPReview, Nikon execs share their thoughts about the company’s Z 6 and Z 7 cameras and about the state of the mirrorless nation.

As far as I know Nikon is the first company clearly and directly addressing the fact that EVFs (Electronic View Finder) still suck compared to an optical viewfinder.

From the interview (emphasis mine):

Question: How do you think the market for full frame mirrorless will evolve?

Answer: In terms of hardware, it is likely that mirrorless will catch up with DSLR. But one thing that is a challenge is the time lag of electronic viewfinders. Even though we have a great mirrorless [solution], we cannot beat the optical viewfinder.

For really high-level professional photographers at sports events and so on, I believe that the DSLR will survive. I think there will be a synergy between DSLR and mirrorless, so we can expand the market moving forward.

[…] we’re really trying to be the best and provide the ultimate performance of the viewfinder. The view through the viewfinder should be as natural as possible. To achieve that goal we did two things – we focused on the optics, and also on image processing.

Read the interview at DPReview…

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Fujfilm Exec Says Canon Is Wrong, ILC Market Will Not Shrink, Depends By Innovation

Photography Fujfilm

During CP+ 2019, Imaging Resource sat down with two top Fujifilm execs (Toshihisa Iida and Makoto Oishi) to talk about the photo industry.

In another interview, Canon stated that the camera market is doomed to shrink by 50% in the next years. A prediction Fujifilm execs seem not to agree with.

From the interview:

DE: [Canon exec] says that the interchangeable-lens business is going to contract by half, over the next two years. Do you agree with that assessment? What are your own projections?

Toshihisa Iida/Fujifilm: Totally, totally disagree.

DE: You totally disagree.

<laughter>

TI: We really just cannot believe that projection of Canon’s.

DE: Yeah. What are your projections, what do you think the market will do overall?

TI: I think it all depends on what innovation and what influence comes from the manufacturers. It’s our mission to make the market viable. So I think our projection is there’s a lot of room even to grow further in the camera market.

DE: It might even grow? (!)

TI: Yeah, yeah, yeah. If we look at the Asian market, there’s a huge population over there. Some countries may decline, but some countries soon will change to growth. I think overall, the global camera market, you know…

Summed up:

  • Fujifilm totally disagrees with Canon’s prediction, that ILC business is going to contract by half over the next two years
  • Market will depend on innovation that will come
  • Fujifilm believes there is room for further grow
  • Some markets will decline, but other markets have still potential to grow (Asian market)

For a complete analysis of the interview head over to Fuji Rumors.F

Canon EOS R With IBIS Is Coming, Canon Exec Says, And EF-M Mount Is Not Dead

Canon Eos R

Amateur Photographer sat down with Canon execs at CP+ 2019, and the talk was about Canon’s mirrorless full frame EOS R system.

The short interview gives some interesting insights in Canon’s agenda. The EOS M is the mirrorless system with APS-C sensor, Canon confirms. However, when asked if they will make an EOS R with APS-C sensor, the answer is somewhat ambiguous while still confirming that the EF-M mount is the APS-C mirrorless mount. Judge by yourself:

AP: Are you going to keep EOS M in its existing form, or are you going to make a APS-C camera with the RF mount?


YM: That’s a product development for the future so I can’t go into detail, and the market will dictate what sort of direction we should take. If the customers do want a small size, lightweight mount I believe there is room for that, so as we said […] we will continue to work with the M mount.

When asked about IBIS the answer is more straightforward.

AP: There have been quite a lot of requests from customers and reviewers alike for IBIS on the EOS R, not to mention dual card slots. How do you respond to this?


YM: Yes, we are aware of these voices… We are thinking how we can develop the line-up. With the R and RP we look at the entirety of the package, as mentioned. In terms of IBIS, we are looking into it for the future. We believe IBIS will work together hand in hand with optical IS lenses, such as the ones you see in front of you, to offer better features.

There is more to grasp in the interview at Amateur Photographer.


The Canon EOS RP Has The Same Sensor As The EOS 6D Mark II, And More Tidbits From Interview

Canon Eos Rp

We were wrong assuming the new Canon EOS RP did not have the same sensor as the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

In an interview with Imaging Resource’s Dave Etchells, Canon execs reveal some technical bits about the EOS RP. It turns out the EOS RP sensor is the same sensor as featured on the EOS 6D Mark II, with the exception of the micro lenses optimised for mirrorless lenses. The EOS RP also has the same degree of weather sealing as the EOS 6D Mark II.

This confirms one of our early Canon mirrorless rumors, stating an upcoming Canon mirrorless camera would have the same internals as the EO 6D Mark II.

The Autofocus on the EOS RP should have the same speed as the EOS R. While not having the same number of focus points as the EOS R, 5000, the EOS RP still has more than 4000.

Some excerpts from the interview:

DE: We’re very interested in how you made the RP so light. Even though it’s so light, it still has excellent feel, it just feels very rigid, very stiff. How did you accomplish that? What can you tell our readers?

Canon: So handling is obviously key in this type of camera. It was really important that we choose to use magnesium in the right places and plastic in the right places, so that we [could] make the camera body substantially smaller, but at the same time maintain the same kind of feel or build quality [as our past cameras]. We didn’t want to sacrifice build quality; that was something we paid particularly extreme attention to.

About the upcoming RF 85mm f/1.2L DS (Defocus Smoothing) lens Canon says:

It uses basically the same technology as apodization. There are several manufacturers that have apodization lenses, but our approach to apodization is slightly different. What we do is we use coating technology to make the apodization.

About the upcoming pro EOS R model:

We know there’s a lot of customers and there’s strong demand for a pro body. We’re aware of that. But at the same time, the expectations in terms of performance are really high as well, so we need time to make sure that we get everything right in the body.

They did not reveal any timing for the pro body. Be sure to read the interview at Imaging Resource.

For first impression and hands on reviews see here.

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