Rumor Roundup

After a week with a few significant announcements, the rumor front remains fairly quiet.

Canon

Canon’s announcement of the EOS RP mirrorless camera and the future release of six new RF lenses dominated this week’s Canon coverage. However, additional info surfaced about future plans to release R series cameras with in-body image stabilization. The system will work in tandem with the IS functions of Canon’s lenses to provide All Optical Image Stabilization.

Canon also published the PDF version of the EOS RP’s Manual. And, in Japan, you’ll be able to buy the camera in a gold finish.

Imaging Resource also published an interview with Canon execs about the RP camera. A very interesting tidbit is the brief discussion of the upcoming 85mm f1.2 DS lens. Canon will apparently use coatings rather than an internal filter to smooth bokeh. The interview is extensive. Read it here.

Panasonic

Leica’s big news this week was the ASC 100 camera announcement. However, Leica Rumors published the “possible specifications” of the Lumix FZ1000 Mark II camera.

43Rumors.com also published additional info on the FZ1000 Mark II and TZ95 cameras.

Canon Launches Print For Action Initiative

Canon Logo

According to Canon, a survey by Canon USA found that 47 percent of Americans “Would Feel Sad in a World Without Print.” Thus, Canon’s new initiative seeks to “highlight the power of print’s versatility by coupling Canon’s deep heritage…with [statistics] to educate and help empower future business leaders.”

The study’s results found that 48% of millennials still read books, 51% of millennials gave someone a printed card in 2018, and 43% of millennials use printed calendars.

Read Canon’s Announcement here.

FAA Changes Drone Marking Rules

drone marking requirements

The FAA recently changed the marking requirement for both hobby and commercial drone operators. Prior to the rule change, operators had to display the drone registration number anyplace that did not require tools to access. Given recent drone incursions and concerns over drones rigged with explosives, the required registration number must now be clearly visible on the outside of the aircraft. This change applies to both hobbyists operators and Part 107 licensed commercial sUAV pilots. You can find drone registration and marking requirements at FAA Dronezone.

Canon Announces EOS RP Camera and Development of Six RF Mount Lenses

Canon EOS RP

The Camera

Canon announced the second RF-mount camera body, the EOS RP — a 26.2 MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP retails for approximately $1300 and is available in kits that include an EF mount adapter and a small grip extension.

The camera itself looks similar to the EOS R but is smaller. It has a buil-in 2.36MP electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle touchscreen that should please vloggers. Video capabilities include 40K 24P and 1080 60P. Mobile workflows, bluetooth, and built-in wifi make it pair well with canon’s Digital Photo Professional Express App.

Canon released an intro video about the camera as well.

The Lenses

In addition to the camera body announcement. Canon also announced six new RF lenses that they are developing and expect to release later in 2019. The six lenses are as follows:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

The 85mm F1.2L USM DS is interesting. Its defocus smoothing feature should yield very nice results coupled with a lens with a maximum f1.2 aperture. However, the difference between it and the standard 85mm F1.2L USM will have to be remarkable for both to have a place in the market.

Canon’s Press Release on the lenses is here. The folks over at DP Review already have a first look of the camera body. Check it out here.