The Canon EOS RP with 24-105 F4L USM lens is available on Amazon for $2199. That’s not a bad deal for a full-frame mirrorless camera and a Canon “L” lens. The Canon RP is also available “body only” for $1299 US. The RF 24-105 lens, purchased separately costs, $899 US. So the kit offers no savings other than convenience of ordering them together.
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.
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.
Photo Rumors published a comprehensive 2019 prediction entitled “What’s next?”– read it here.
As we previously reported, Canon is developing an 8K EOS R camera.
Mike Amos published an article on Photo Basecamp summarizing his tour of the Leica Factory and his conversations there. The article features many photos and offers insight into Leica’s future product plans. Read the article here.
Nikon Rumors published predictions for 2019 that include the D6, D760, and an additional compact camera. The article also mentions a new macro lens, and a pair of 400mm and 600mm PF lenses.
Additionally, the discussion around Z cameras centers on the recent demonstration of Prograde Digital’s CFexpress demo at CES and the new Z6 Filmmaker’s kit with. Nikon Rumors also reports Nikon will be the first manufacturer to offer ProRes RAW 4k in mirrorless cameras.
Additionally, Chinese manufacturer Kipon released their ELEGANT series of lenses for Nikon Z and Canon R mount cameras. The series includes 24, 35, 50, 75, and 90mm lenses. Read the official announcement here.
Panasonic teases the LUMIX S. The teaser add, sent to selected people on a distribution list according to Photo Rumors, is “Full-Frame Without Compromise.” Read the Photo Rumors article and view the teaser here.
Canon confirmed the development of an 8K EOS R camera in an interview with Imaging Resource. During an Interview with Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive, ICB Products Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon Inc. (What a mouthful. Say that seven times fast!) Read the article here.
Sigma and Tamron released updated firmware for lenses this week. In Sigma’s case the update concerns their 70mm F2.8DG MACRO | ART lens specifically for Sony E-mount. The update corrects an issue witch Clear Image Zoom functionality.
Tamron’s update is for their 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens. It addresses compatibility issues with Canon EOS R and Mount Adapter EF-EOS-R.
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 R 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.
Olympus — 43rumors.com published alleged leaded images of Olympus’s new E-1MX. It appears to be a gripped, pro-body style camera with rumored specifications featuring an 18fps frame rate and a 20MP sensor in addition to improved autofocus features.
Sony — According to an Amateur Photographer interview with Kenji Tanaka, Senior General Manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business, the lens mount diameter of a camera is not a significant factor in lens design. He touts the performance of Sony’s 400mm f2.8 as an example that superior performance can be achieved with a smaller diameter mount. He goes on to assert that Sony could make an f1.0 lens, but that it makes little business sense. Read the full article here.
Canon — According to Canon Rumors the next iteration of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras will feature five-axis in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS). There is no rumored release date for the next EOS R body. However, there is speculation that Canon is working on a 75MP EOS R body for release in the second half of 2019 with an additional entry-level body seeing the light of day in the first half of the year alongside a possible PowerShot release.
Nikon — Nikon Rumors reports Nikon will release a D760 and discontinue the D610 in the second half of 2019. The new camera will allegedly feature 4K video and have minor control layout changes as well as improved image quality at higher ISO settings and an improved autofocus system.