Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Firmware Update Released To Fix AF Issue

Canon RF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Firmware

As already announced by Canon, here is the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS firmware update to fix an autofocus issue.

Some users experienced front-focusing issues when focusing on a subject close to the minimum focusing distance at the telephoto end. Well, Canon reacted quickly to user complaints and here is the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS firmware update. You can download it from Canon Europe.

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following fix:

Fixed a phenomenon when performing AF shooting to capture a subject at close-range with the focus distance approximately set to the Tele-end (200mm), the image may become slightly front-focused.

This firmware update is for lenses equipped with firmware versions 1.0.5 or earlier. If the lens’s firmware is already version 1.0.6, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

The version of the lens’s firmware can be checked in the camera menu.

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

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Canon Patent Application For RF 24-300mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Canon Patent Application

Canon is working on consumer oriented lenses for the EOS R system, and this Canon patent application seems to confirm the commitment. An upcoming RF lens just leaked through a certification authority.

Canon patent application P2019-219679A (Japan) discusses the optical formula for an RF 24-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. We think it is an RF mount lens since the patent literature refers to a full frame mirrorless camera.

  • Zoom ratio: 11.77
  • Focal length: 24.72 90.83 290.86 mm
  • F number: 4.12 5.00 5.88
  • Half angle of view: 41.19 13.40 4.25
  • Image height: 21.64 21.64 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 165.57 210.57 255.57 mm

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

[via Hi Lows Note]

Here Is Another Take On Canon’s Rumored Mirrorless DSLR Hybrid Camera

Professional Canon EOS R Mirrorless

Not a rumor, just for fun.

After a short discussion of the mirrorless vs DSLR debate, Tony & Chelsea Northrup think they found out the design of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera with hybrid EF and RF mount. They even mention us :-) Enjoy.

This professional Canon EOS R body with hybrid EF/RF mount is said to play in the same league as the EOS-1D X series, i.e. the most professional tier in Canon’s gear lineup. This makes more sense than you might think at first glance. Given how committed Canon is to the EOS R system, an EOS R body with hybrid lens mount isn’t that unlikely in our opinion. And even if it is an engineering challenge, and for sure it is, Canon has the means and skills to build it.

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Review Sample Photos (RF mount)

Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8 Review

Dustin Abbott posted as set of Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 review sample images. The full review will follow soon.

Says Dustin:

Canon desperately needs more financially accessible lenses for a broad rollout of the R system, and to date third party support had been reserved to a handful of manual focus lenses.  Fortunately, that seems about to change, and leading the charge is Korean lens maker Samyang (also sold as Rokinon) with this lens – the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 lens in an RF mount.  This is an autofocusing lens (and one that autofocuses very well on the Canon EOS R that I tested it on) along with having a beautiful, weather sealed build.  It delivers an extremely wide angle of view that is wider than any other lens on the platform and comes with a more approachable price tag

Click here to see the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 review sample image gallery.

Samyang lenses are also branded Rokinon. Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

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Canon Firmware Update For RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Lens Coming January 2020

Canon Firmware Update RF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Review

A Canon firmware update for the RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens has been announced, and will be released in January 2020.

Some users experienced front-focusing issues when focusing on a subject close to the minimum focusing distance at the telephoto end. Well, Canon reacted quickly to user complaints. Kudos.

Canon firmware update advisory:

Future Firmware Plan: RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens

Thank you for using Canon products.

It has been confirmed that when using the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM to perform AF shooting to capture a subject at close-range with the focus distance approximately set to the Tele-end (200mm), the image may become slightly front-focused.

New firmware with improved focus accuracy is scheduled for release in the beginning of Jan. 2020, and once the preparations are completed, we will post the information on our Web site.

Note: New firmware being released at this time is for lenses equipped with firmware version 1.0.5 or earlier. The lens firmware version can be checked in the camera’s menu.

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Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Review And Lab Test (capable of delivering high-quality results)

Canon RF 35mm F/1.8 Review Macro IS STM RF 70-400mm

The lens experts at Optical Limits posted a Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 review.

The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 STM IS Macro is one of the less expensive lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system. At less than or around $500/€500 it is much more affordable than the so called “boutique lenses” for the EOS R.

From their conclusion:

The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 STM IS macro may not be the sexiest lens around but it is capable of delivering very high-quality results. Images are sharp in the center straight at f/1.8 and the corners are just marginally soft. There’s a substantial increase in quality at f/2.8 and the resolution is truly impressive medium aperture settings. Image distortions, as well as lateral CAs, are low. The same can’t be said about the native vignetting which is rather extreme at maximum aperture. However, auto-correction comes to the rescue so most users will probably just notice a slightly elevated light falloff at f/1.8. The bokeh is generally nicely rendered with a silky background blur and smooth out-of-focus highlights. The foreground blur is less ideal though. Bokeh fringing (LoCA) is present at large aperture settings but that’s hardly surprising. However, a more ugly effect are focus shifts when stopping down (RSA) which seems to have a negative impact on AF accuracy as well.

Read the review and lab test at Optical Limits.

An interesting lens at an affordable price. Here is more Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 review stuff.

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 STM IS Macro: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

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