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

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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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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 DS Review – Next Level Wow Bokeh

Canon RF 85mm F/1.2 DS Review

Here is a Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 DS review by YouTuber Artaius.

If you wonder what the “DS” stands for it’s for “Defocus Smoothing“, an optical technology exclusive to Canon. As you might already have figured out, Defocus Smoothing is about blurring out the background, getting a nice bokeh effect, and everything creative you can do with out-of-focus items. Another boutique lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

Says Artaius:

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS (Defocus Smoothing) is the closest Canon will ever get to making a Lensbaby lens – its bokeh is just next-level wow. The question is, will it replace the standard RF 85mm f/1.2 as my favorite lens for the Canon EOS R? I put them through some side-by-side shooting comparisons to show you exactly how unique the bokeh is on this lens, and to help you decide whether it’s worth that 3K price tag. If you want to know the difference between the two lenses, this Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 DS review is for you!

And here is the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 DS review video:

Unfortunately this optical marvel is not an inexpensive lens: it sells for $3,000.

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

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Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L Review Sample Photos (D. Abbott)

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

Dustin Abbott posted a set of Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L review sample pictures.

The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L is one of the “boutique lenses” for the EOS R full frame mirrorless system, i.e. a lens made to show off the capabilities of the RF mount. No reviewer had ever to be unhappy with the performance of this lens.

Dustin Abbott says:

Canon has also started to deliver on what was clearly the greatest strength of the platform – the new RF mount and all its potential.  While the bargain lenses for the RF mount are still few (though thankfully some third party support has started to come), Canon has delivered a number of their very best lenses yet on the RF mount…and one of those is the Canon RF 50mm F1.2L, which is one of the best performing 50mm lenses, well, ever.  It’s large, heavy, and expensive, but is also one amazing piece of kit.

Click here to see Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L review sample pictures gallery over at Dustin Abbott’s site. We recommend you also have a look on his opinion about the Canon EOS R and the reasons he bought one.

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

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

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