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.
After a week with a few significant announcements, the rumor front remains fairly quiet.
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.
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 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.
The benefits of the large diameter of the EOS R’s RF mount explained — internal Canon memo unveiled by DC Watch — see article on Canon Rumors
Sony has a 72MP full frame, global shutter sensor in development for industrial use according to this Sony Alpha Rumors article.