Canon and Nikon protected their DSLR turf as long as possible, but Sony has been killing them lately with its mirrorless range.
Nikon finally jumped into the fray by launching the Z6 and Z7 models, and today, Canon unveiled the $2,299 EOS R, a 30.3-megapixel video-centric full-frame mirrorless camera.
It also introduced a new lens mount, Canon RF, along with four lenses, including three interesting high-end “L” models.
The EOS R slots between Sony’s A7 III and A7R III and the Nikon Z6 and Z7, resolution-wise. It’s a near match to Canon’s own EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, with similar resolution, dual-pixel autofocus, shooting speeds and video specifications.
Canon unveiled the EOS R with four lenses, one more than the Z6 and Z7 had at launch. They are, I daresay, also more interesting than Nikon’s Z-Mount models.
The first is the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM model, a very solid kit lens for both photographers and videographers.
There’s a macro lens available right off the bat too: the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro. At 35mm, it will do double-duty as a relatively inexpensive walking-around lens.
The last two are the most interesting (and expensive). Canon’s RF 28-70mm f/2L USM is an extremely fast zoom lens with a normal range that illustrates the power of the new mount.
The company also launched a 50mm f/1.2 that’s not quite as light-sensitive as Nikon’s crazy f/0.95 Z-Noct, but it’s still damn fast and will be available sooner.
On top of the regular focus and zoom controls, each of the new lenses has a special new control ring. You can program it to change f-stop, shutter speed and other settings.
The three new EF to RS lens adapters, meanwhile, will let you use any EF and even EF-S lenses (with a crop on the latter) with no loss in quality.
You’ll also get full autofocus, stabilization and metering capabilities, so you won’t be left in the lurch if you already have a lot of Canon glass.
Canon also introduced a lens adapters for drop in neutral density and other filters, and another with a control ring much like the one on the new RF lenses.
All of those will let you use EF and EF-S lenses exactly as if they’re on a 5D Mark IV or other DSLR, Canon promised.
Unfortunately, because of the mount size (54mm with a 20mm flange distance), it will never be compatible with Canon’s mirrorless APS-C EOS-M system.
This will likely anger EOS-M owners, especially because Sony lets you use full-frame lenses on APS-C E-Mount cameras like the A6500, and E-Mount lenses on A7 cameras (albeit with cropping on the latter).
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