Canon laid down the gauntlet in 2020 with the unbelievable Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab) in addition to a flurry of different cameras and full-frame mirrorless RF lenses. There was actually nothing holding Canon again this 12 months, both, as we have seen the world’s largest digicam producer launch some really unbelievable and revolutionary digicam package previously 12 months.
If the R5 and R6 stole headlines in 2020, then Canon’s announcement of the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab) in September, in a livestream dubbed by the producer as “essentially the most thrilling announcement of the 12 months (opens in new tab)” was undoubtedly the show-stopper in 2021.
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Curiously, although, the pro-level R3 was Canon’s solely interchangeable lens digicam launched this 12 months – which implies that its final DSLR was the Canon EOS Insurgent T8i / 850D (opens in new tab), launched again in February 2020. With no DSLR or EF lens bulletins made since, and nothing to recommend extra shall be made any time quickly, it is clear to see that Canon’s primary precedence lies with mirrorless cameras.
Whereas the 12 months was dominated by the R3 there have been another enormous bulletins from the producer, together with the arrival of six new Canon RF lenses. This is how the 12 months panned out…
January – Canon produces its 150-millionth lens
Canon began 2021 with a bang! Saying an enormous landmark achievement for the corporate in January, it produced its 150,000,000th lens since manufacturing began on Canon optics in 1987. The fortunate lens to tip the producer over this milestone was a Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM (opens in new tab) telephoto zoom. Canon’s RF lenses promoting like scorching desserts can be a becoming precursor for the next bulletins in the remainder of the 12 months…
April – Three new lengthy lenses for the RF mount
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April noticed the corporate’s first product bulletins, and we have been handled to 3 telephoto primes: the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM (opens in new tab), Canon RF 600mm f/4L IS USM (opens in new tab) and the Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM (opens in new tab).
Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens is a favourite for EF-mount DSLRs, so full-frame mirrorless customers had been crying out for a local RF mount model. Fortunately, our prayers had been answered as Canon introduced the RF 100mm Macro – and it did not disappoint, with options like 1.4x magnification, as much as 8 stops of picture stabilization (on EOS R techniques with IBIS), quicker focusing, super-sharp photos and a management ring that was the cherry on prime. No shock, then, that it acquired the best award in our evaluation (opens in new tab).
One other gap in Canon’s RF lens vary in determined want of consideration was native telephoto primes. Fortunately, the corporate’s top-end telephotos are a bit like buses and two turned up on the identical time within the type of the $11,999 RF 400mm f/2.8L and $12,999 Canon RF 600mm f/4L.
June – Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM
After quite a few leaks earlier within the 12 months, the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM (opens in new tab) was lastly introduced – the second of the “unholy trinity” of f/4 zoom lenses for the producer’s RF-mount ecosystem.
The Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L stands as a barely slower, barely wider and less expensive different to the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM (opens in new tab) “trinity” professional lens.
Notably, that is Canon’s broadest ever zoom vary for a full-frame autofocus lens and featured climate sealing, in addition to three aspherical and three ultra-low dispersion parts, with ѕubwаvеlеngth ѕtruсturе соаtіngѕ to manage flаrе аnd ghоѕtіng besides.
Additionally on the spec sheet was a Nano USM for quick and “silent” operation, in addition to optical IS for five.5 stops of stabilization, increasing to 7 stops of compensation on the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab) (the place the IS works in tandem with their in-body picture stabilization techniques).
And naturally, as customary for a Canon RF lens, it includes a management ring on the nostril that may be personalized for aperture, shutter velocity, ISO velocity and publicity compensation – or de-clicked (at a Canon-authorized service middle) to be used as a video lens.
September – Canon EOS R3 and extra RF lenses
In September Canon made “essentially the most thrilling announcement of the 12 months (opens in new tab)” revealing not solely the event of the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab) however two new lenses for the RF mount and raft of latest equipment.
The EOS R3 took all the pieces the corporate had constructed on up to now with its mirrorless know-how and state-of-the-art EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, and continued to push the boundaries even additional. Sitting in-between the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab) and the EOS R5, it resurrects the EOS 3 product line and featured some unbelievable specs like a 24MP stacked back-illuminated sensor, 30fps burst taking pictures, as much as 8 stops of in-body picture stabilization, Eye Management AF and 4K video as much as 120p.
It additionally featured a brand new Multi Operate Shoe, a 21-pin connection that allows you to energy and talk with scorching shoe gadgets with out the necessity for exterior cables or batteries.
One among two new lenses for the RF mount was the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM (opens in new tab), a brand new ultra-wide, ultra-light, ultra-cheap prime lens, that might retail for simply $299 – making it very budget-friendly and best for vloggers seeking to document themselves at an arm’s size.
The opposite lens announcement got here within the type of the Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM (opens in new tab). A brand new compact, versatile and competitively priced telephoto zoom lens, it has a formidable attain of 100-400mm and would profit from the IBIS on many EOS R collection cameras – and packs a formidable $649 value level to match.
Canon EOS R3 evaluation (opens in new tab)
Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM evaluation (opens in new tab)
Canon RF 400mm and 600mm lenses (opens in new tab)
Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM (opens in new tab)
Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM evaluation (opens in new tab)
Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM evaluation (opens in new tab)