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Canon Launches EOS R Mirrorless System with Four Lenses


Photography News: Canon has finally revealed complete details on their
full-frame mirrorless entry: the EOS R camera and four high-end
RF-series lenses. Also, two EF-mount super telephoto lenses and a fast
EF-M 32mm f/1.4 are being announced.

B&H Photo would like to share the announcement of the Canon
EOS R Mirrorless Camera
. This release represents a major revolution
for Canon shooters with its new RF mount offering new opportunities for
engineers to develop higher quality, more compact, and faster lenses. At
release, four RF-series lenses will be released, including the RF
28-70mm f/2L USM
, the RF
24-105mm f/4L IS USM
, RF
50mm f/1.2L USM
, and RF
35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM
. Beyond full-frame mirrorless, Canon is
launching the EF
400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
and EF
600mm f/4L III USM
, both with weight savings of over 20% and
enhanced optical performance. One other notable release is the EF-M
32mm f/1.4 STM
, a compact, fast normal prime for APS-C mirrorless

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Canon has finally revealed the complete details about their full-frame mirrorless camera with lenses ...

Canon has finally revealed the complete details about their full-frame mirrorless camera with lenses (Photo: Business Wire)

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera

Product Highlights

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15" 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-105mm Lens

The RF mount is Canon's latest, and the engineers adopted a versatile
design with a 20mm flange distance and a 54mm inner diameter, both of
which will lead to more advanced optics and some brilliant new lenses.
An all-purpose
full-frame zoom with a constant f/2 aperture
? Yes, please. We don't
have anything close to this in the DSLR world, and though it is still
quite hefty with a 3.15 lb weight and large 95mm front filter diameter,
if you ever desired this kind of speed the RF system is the only way to
get it.

Following up this ultra-fast zoom is an even faster 50mm prime. Taking
the beautiful idea of a 50mm
, Canon has redeveloped it with improvements across the board
for their full-frame mirrorless cameras. This lens is fast, sharp, and
has a speedy AF motor. Another prime being announced is a 35mm
f/1.8 macro
. This lens will be well suited to close-up imaging with
its 6.7" minimum focus distance and 1:2 magnification ratio while its
wide-angle field of view, built-in stabilization, and relatively fast
f/1.8 aperture mean it can work as a very practical and compact option
for the mirrorless system. This lens receives a large benefit from the
RF mount, as it can be smaller and more feature-rich than DSLR optics.

One last piece of glass will likely be the most popular of the bunch, if
history of Canon's DSLR lenses is to be any indicator of success. The RF
system is getting its own 24-105mm
. This is going to be available as a kit
with the camera body
, which we will get to next, and promises a
smaller size with excellent IQ and even packs in image stabilization.
This lens will be popular since its wide-angle to telephoto range will
cover many shooters essential needs and is the first L-series optic with
NANO USM for fast, silent shooting.

Existing Canon shooters will be happy with the initial lineup,
especially if they want to add the EOS R to their current kit. Three
separate mount adapters are being made available with one standard EF-to-RF
, an EF-to-RF
Adapter with Control Ring
, and an EF-to-RF
Adapter with Drop-In Filter System
. All of these are quite
self-explanatory, though the Control Ring and Drop-In Filter deserve a
little more description. With the RF lenses, each has a separate Control
Ring that can be set to one of five major settings, such as aperture or
ISO. With the Control Ring-equipped mount adapter you can gain this
function with any of your EF-mount lenses. The drop-in filter adapter
allows users to insert select filters in between the EF lens and the
camera body, providing extra versatility and simplicity for certain
shooting situations, and making it easy to create a filter collection
for a wide number of lenses.

Now let's get for the first R system camera: the EOS R. This camera is a
serious contender in the full-frame mirrorless landscape with a 30.3MP
CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This blends resolution
with speed, delivering autofocus speeds as fast as 0.05 seconds and even
operating in light levels as low as -6 EV. The latest DIGIC 8 image
processor makes this whole setup possible and works with native
sensitivities to ISO 40000 and can be expanded to ISO 102400. The AF
system is perhaps the shining achievement of Canon's camera, as it has
an insane 5655 focus points with 100% vertical and 88% horizontal
coverage of the image area and includes functions such as Eye Detection
AF. It is even able to support f/8 and f/11 lenses in all AF areas.

Canon Cinema makes an appearance here with UHD 4K video at up to 30 fps,
including the ability to record in Canon Log for wide dynamic range
capture of up to 12 stops. Boosting quality, videographers can output
10-bit 4:2:2 to an external recorder over HDMI using Canon Log or even
the BT.2020 color space for wide color applications. Full HD shooting
will be possible at up to 60p while standard HD have slow motion 120p
recording. Also, both Focus Peaking and the Dual Pixel Focus Guide will
help keep everything in focus.

Handling of the camera is a major consideration, and the EOS R appears
to have all the latest bells and whistles. At the rear of the camera you
will find a 0.5" 3.69-m-dot OLED EVF for eye-level viewing. It has a
comfortable 23mm eye point and is designed so that there is room between
your face and the camera body. The other rear display is a 3.15"
2.1m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD that provides all the benefits you
would expect in a Canon body, including touch and drag AF. Completely
new is the multi-function bar which can be customized for fast,
intuitive access to many commonly used features. And, the top panel has
a dot-matrix LCD for checking current settings and camera status.

Durability should be top notch on the EOS R as it sports the same
magnesium alloy construction and weather sealing as Canon's DSLRs. The
shutter features a rating of 200,000 cycles and will operate at speeds
up to 1/8000 second and with continuous shooting rates of 8 fps. And
electronic shutter is also available. One nice function is that the
camera will close the shutter if the body is powered off without a lens
to protect the image sensor. Another new addition to Canon's line is USB
charging via the Type-C port and the PD-E1 Power Adapter, though the
existing LP-E6N Battery Pack can still be charged with an external
charger. Those looking for more power can pick up the BG-E22
Battery Grip
, which holds two batteries for dramatically extended
shooting times as well as improved ergonomics in vertical orientation.
Finally, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present, completing the EOS R

Enough about the RF system, we need to talk about a pair of big white
lenses being released today. These would be the EF
400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
and EF
600mm f/4L IS III USM
. Previous entries in these focal lengths have
been known for being optically and technically brilliant, but large and
heavy. The latest models continue in this tradition of optical
superiority while also making significant reductions to size and weight,
making them more comfortable to use and more portable. The 400mm and
600mm have weight reductions of 25% and 20%, respectively, Also, they
use fluorite glass and Super UD elements to take aberrations to a
minimum level and adds the latest Air Sphere Coating to control flare.
Handling has been enhanced with these versions too, with multiple speed
levels for manual focusing, improved IS with 5 stops of compensation,
and a more effective thermal coating.

We still need to talk about Canon's addition to their APS-C mirrorless
system: the EF-M
32mm f/1.4 STM
. This is going to be the system's fast, normal prime
with its 51.2mm equivalent focal length. It also keeps on using the
stepping motor found in its current lenses, making it fast, accurate,
and perfect for both stills and video shooting.

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