EOS R & RF Lenses Hands On: Canon "Reimagines Optical Excellence" with a New Full-Frame Mirrorless System, Lenses, & Adapters!

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Be The Revolution

What a year. Another week, another major full-frame mirrorless camera system announcement. Much like the Nikon Z, Canon has jumped feet-first into a new mirrorless ecosystem branded around the letter R. Initially, we're going to see one EOS R camera body, four RF lenses, and three mount adapters with more cameras and lenses to follow in the coming years.

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Canon EOS R + 24-105 F4L IS USM

RF Mount

The RF mount is the heart of the new EOS ecosystem.
  • The 54mm RF mount is the same width as the EF mount
  • But, thanks to the 20mm flange-back distance, the rear lens element will be closer to the image sensor, allowing Canon to make lenses with
    • Faster max apertures
    • Higher Optical Performance
    • More compact form factors
  • The RF Mount features 12 electronic contacts, so you'll need to use an adapter to use EF and EF-S lenses (more on these in a minute)
Canon EOS R + Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R + EF 11-24 F4L

4 New RF Lenses

Canon will debut four RF series lenses by the end of this year, but know they're working on a lot more fast primes and F2.8 zoom lenses akin to what they have available for EF mount systems. In addition to having redesigned optics thanks to wider rear elements, all new RF lenses include a customizable lens control ring (in addition to focus and/or zoom dials) that will allow you to adjust settings like aperture, exposure compensation, and so-on.
  • RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM
    • 5-stop image stabilization
    • First L-series lens with nano-USM smooth focus motor lens
    • 9% shorter than the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
    • Customizable Lens Control Ring
    • Full-time manual focus (when using one-shot AF)
  • RF 28-70mm F2 L USM
    • world's first F2 standard zoom lens (they are normally F2.8)
    • Customizable Lens Control Ring
    • "Initial testing within Canon has shown this new lens to produce better optical image quality and sharpness over similar focal length EF-series lenses, including the extremely popular and highly regarded EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. "
  • RF 50mm F1.2 L USM
    • f/1.2 aperture
    • Canon's Air Sphere Coating (ASC)
    • 0.59" minimum focusing distance
    • Customizable Lens Control Ring
  • RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM
    • 5 stops of image stabilization
    • 0.5x maximum shooting magnification for Macro shooting
    • Customizable Lens Control Ring
Canon EOS R + Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R + EF 11-24 F4L

3 RF Mount Adapters ("no compromise")

With 130 million EF and EF-S lenses in the market, Canon wants its customers and potential customers to know the EOS R ecosystem isn't a replacement for anything. It's a camera and lens system designed to be added to your current EOS kit. In other words, you'll be able to use any of your EF and EF-S lenses on EOS R cameras using one of three adapters.
  • The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is the "standard adapter," which will let you use EF lenses with Autofocus, metadata, and Optical Image Stabilization. In some cases, your EF lens' performance might improve on EOS R cameras.
  • The Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R takes the standard adapter and includes a Customizable Control Ring that you'll find on native RF lenses.
  • The Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R substitutes the control ring for a drop-in filter setup where you can add a variable ND or cicular polarizing filter to any EF lens.
Canon EOS R

The new camera itself fits into the Canon ecosystem between the 6D and 5D camera series, but offers a lot of features from the more expensive 5D, plus more efficient 4K video codecs with 10-bit 4:2:2 and Canon Log capabilities, a new customizable multi-function touch-bar, wireless connectivity, and Canon's premium Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5655 manually selectable AF points... all in a weather-resistant body.

Canon EOS R + 24-105mm F4L IS USM

EOS R Key Features
  • 30.3MP Full Frame CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 8 image processor
  • Compatibility: RF lens + EF & EF-S Compatible
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5655 manually selectable AF points
  • NEW Multi-function Bar
  • 8fps burst shooting
  • 4K/30p
  • 1080/60p
  • Canon Log
  • Focus Guides
  • 10bit 4:2:2 via Micro-HDMI out
  • ISO 100-40,000
  • 3.69M dots EVF
  • Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen
  • Dot-matrix LCD Panel
  • USB 3.1 charging
  • Silent Shutter
  • Familiar EOS Touchscreen Menus
  • Single UHS-II SD Card Slot
  • Built-in Bluetooth & Wi-Fi®
  • Single UHS-II SD card slot
  • CR3(RAW/C-RAW) and Dual Pixel RAW Support
  • Dust & weather resistant
  • Focus at EV -6 at F1.2 lens
Canon EOS R + 24-105mm F4L IS USM

First Impressions

We're in Hawaii with Canon and will be testing the EOS R and new lenses over the next two days, but here's a quick list of things we noticed during our first touch-n-try session:
  • The EOS R feels great in the hand -- better than Nikon or Sony -- but probably isn't as light.
  • The EOS R isn't actually competing with the Z6/A7III or the Z7/A7RIII. Canon seems to be following their own path, delivering an in-between camera in terms of pricing & resolution.
  • Finally a full-frame mirrorless camera with a vari-angle display!
  • Canon's touchscreen interface is terrific (slightly better than Nikon, leagues better than Sony)
  • I wish it had 120fps 1080p video (slow motion is limited to 720p)
  • Another full-frame mirrorless with one memory card slot, but it is the more affordable SD
  • While you can tap the record button to shoot video at any time, there's no dedicated toggle between stills and video; it's actually an awkward two-step process that involves tapping Mode then Info.
  • The EOS R body looks like a cross between Canon's DSLRs and EOS M cameras
Canon EOS R + 50mm F1.2 L USM
    Pricing & Availability
      October 2018

      The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera will launch next month in two forms:
      • $2299 for the body-only
      • $3399 for the body + RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM kit.
      The Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM will be also available for $2299, while you can pick up the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R for $99.99 and $199.99, respectively

      December 2018

      The Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM, RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM, and RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM will all be available for purchase in December 2018 for $2999, $1099, and $499.99, respectively.

      February 2019

      The Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R will all be available for $399.99 with a variable ND filter or $299.99 with a circular polarizing filter.

      Canon EOS R + 50mm F1.2 L USM

      Canon EOS R + 50mm F1.2 L USM