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

Canon RF 50mm F/1.2L Review 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.

Canon Is Likely To Announce An RF 70-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Lens For The EOS R This Year

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

Canon will most likely announce a new lens for the EOS R full frame mirrorless system, the RF 70-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS.

A Canon patent application for such a lens can be found in a Japanese patent application database. There are no hints about the announcement date, just that it will happen in 2020. The source says the size of the rumored RF 70-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS will be more or less the same as the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

Seems to be a nice addition to the EOS R lens lineup, and will be a budget oriented lens (I totally missed the “L”), which I’m sure will make happy a lot of people.

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Source: Canon Rumors

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.

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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.

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