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 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.

Photography & Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Weekend, January 26th 2019

What to Read

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now — British Journal of Photography. An article about the Guggenheim’s year-long exhibit of Mapplethorpe’s work. The exhibit coincides with the 30th anniversary of Mapplethorpe’s death.

A World Silent — The Photographic Journal. A photo essay composed of mostly nude self portraits by half-deaf photographer Jesuuna. The images are an exploration of two months spent in Sweden, in a house that was “quiet and [she] felt completely free”

Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac — FStoppers. Amusing, if nothing else.

Are You a Photographer or a FOMOgrapher: Part 1 — FStoppers. Interesting reading, especially if you find yourself following a lot of other photographers on social media.

The Great 400mm Teardown Comparison. Part II — The Sony 400mm f2.8G — LensRentals Blog. If you enjoyed Part I, the teardown of the Canon 400mm, you’ll probably like this.

How to Get Your Feature Film Streaming on Netflix — Videomaker

The Winners of Flickr’s Best Shot Competion — Flickr

What to Watch

Developing 4×5 at Home with B’s 4×5 Reel — Dave Rollans Films on Youtube. For the large format curious.
Street Photography: Documentary | Joel Meyerowitz 1981

If you want to travel back in time and see what street photography was like in 1981, check out the video above.

And Then There’s This

Fortnite Player Discovers Game Changing Heavy Shotgun Bug — Digital Trends

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this weekend — January 18th 2019

What to Read

A Photographer Plunked a Photo Booth Outside BIW and Made Shipbuilder Portraits. She Learned A Lot About Them — Bangor Daily News

Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife Through Sixty Years of Marriage — The New Yorker. Let this story inspire you to take more pictures of your family.

Flickr celebrated 11 years of The Commons on January 16th. Since its inception and early partnership with the Library of Congress, the commons has grown to 115 participating institutions. The commons now consists of over 33,000 photographs and has over 70K followers. Check out the story and some great historical imagery here.

The Future is Bleak: Why Nikon and Canon’s New Mirrorless Lenses are the Wrong Direction. This is an opinion piece published on FStoppers. At The Photo Beat we imagine it will create a wide variety of responses–all with extreme agreement or disagreement in typical Internet form. But, read it for yourself and see what you think.

I Stopped Posting to Instagram for 90 Days and This is What Happened is also a decent read on FStoppers this week.

There’s More

And in a third decent installment from the folks at FStoppers, check out Instagram Freebooting is Out of Control and the Company is Letting it Happen. The debate about copyright and permissions is at the heart of this article, but let’s be honest, does anyone have a reasonable expectation that they can maintain control of their intellectual property after posting it on social media? Should they? Is it okay to hypocritically allow reposts from fans, but then threaten legal action when the repost is from a brand or small company? All food for thought.

However, if you’re curious about what you could do, check out: Quick Tip: How To Deal with and Image Thief on PDN.

Also on PDN, With Foreign Bureaus Slashed, Freelancers are Filling the Void — At Their Own Risk

Ralph Gibson: The Life and Work of a Legend — Leica Camera Blog. This is a great article about Ralph Gibson’s work and features some of his most iconic images.

Why A Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years — Wired. In a follow up to the story above, this one is about Ralph Gibson’s transition to digital. He also discusses this in his TED Talk, Finding a Visual Identity in the Digital Age (video below).

What to Watch

And Then There’s This

An Egg Has Poached the Most Liked Instagram Post Title from Kylie Jenner — Esquire. Not much to say about this one, but if you’re using likes as a benchmark or indication of the quality or veracity of your work, you may want to recalibrate your sensors.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, or Listen to This weekend — January 11th, 2019

What It Takes to Make Instagram Influencing a Full-Time Career — Bloomberg

Roger Cicala published part 1 of “The Great 400mm f2.8 Teardown Comparison” on the Lens Rentals blog. This first article in the series documents the dismantling of Canon’s 400mm f2.8 L IS III. It’s an interesting read for tech junkies and any photographer genuinely interested in the technology that makes long, expensive glass perform the way it does.

Did You See That?! — Digital Trends published a round up of some of the coolest displays at CES. It’s not all photography related, but worth a look. The flying, eight-rotor taxi was our favorite. The 78′ yacht wasn’t shabby either.

Benjamin Vunk’s Photography Defines a New Era Of Style — Ignant

How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees — Atlas Obscura.

BlacKkKlansman Director of Photography Chayse Irvin on Imbuing Images with Metaphors — by Su Fang Tham for Film Independent.

What to Watch

How Photography is Affecting Our Brain — Wired.

Canon RF 50mm F1.2L Tear Down by Roger Cicala

Roger Cicala of Lensrentals published a tear down of the new Canon RF 50mm F1.2L lens earlier this week. His findings lead him to conclude “Canon has invested very heavily into developing the lenses of the RF system. This level of engineering didn’t all happen in the last year, they’ve been working on this for quite a while.”  Click here for the full article complete with plenty of photographs of the disassembly. 

Sigma Begins Shipping its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens and Announces Pricing

Sigma Corporation of America announced that the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM — its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” will ship for Canon mount in late December 2018.  According to Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick, the lens completes “the must have trio” of DG HSM lenses alongside the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art.  Read the full announcement here