Episode 31: More Canon Rumors and More Info on Luminar 4, Lensbaby Enters RF Market

In this episode new Canon rumors and more on Luminar 4. Lensbaby enters RF mount market.

More on new Canon RF L Glass

Three of the four new RF lenses are still scheduled for release in 2019

Canon 35mm F/1.2 L USM?

Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L USM coming in 2020 [CR1]

Canon to Regain MP Crown

Canon will reclaim their full-frame megapixel crown [CR1]

Lensbaby Enters RF Market!

Lensbaby brings their lenses over to the Canon RF mount

Luminar 4’s AI Powered Sky Replacement

Sky’s the limit: Luminar 4 introduces the first automatic Sky Replacement technology

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Liam 00:00 Three of the four new RF lenses are still scheduled for Ludy release in 2019 cannon RF 35 millimeter 1.2 l coming in 2020 lumen are for introduces the first automatic sky replacement technology. Canon will reclaim the full frame mega pixel crown and the lens baby brings their lenses over to the Canon RF mount. All of this on episode 31 or the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:46 You’re listening to the later photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 31 so in this week’s news from Canon rumors.com three of the four were a new RF. Lenses are still scheduled for release in 2019 team. Earlier this year, Canon announced six new RF MT lenses to a lot of fanfare. Unfortunately, we’ve only seen the RF 85 millimeter f 1.2 l u s m of those six to come to market the RF 24 to two 40 f four to 6.3 I s USM is scheduled to be released in September of 2019 but we have been told that three of the remaining four lenses will definitely come and 2019 the RF 15 to 35 millimeter f 2.8 l the RF 24 to 70 f 2.8 l are both scheduled to arrive in October. So don’t be surprised to see an official announcement in late August or early September and the RF 70 to 200F 2.8 l won’t be coming out until December of this year according to the latest information, but it will be coming to market before the end of 2019 this leaves only the RF 85 millimeter 1.2 l d s USM as the unknown in the group.

Liam 02:12 We haven’t heard anything about when we may see the defocus smoothing RF 85 millimeter lens or when it’s going to possibly hit the market. So this is great news for anybody that’s a Canon Maryland shooter like myself. Uh, I’ve said before in other episodes of the show that I’m strictly a Canon shooter with the exception of my a DJI Phantom three professional drone, my uh, GoPro cameras and my Lightro Il Lems that I like to play with from time to time. I’m pretty much a can and shooter and I do have the new ios are, which I love. It is a great camera and I use it daily for my full time real estate work. So these new f 2.8 lenses coming out before the end of 19 would definitely be an awesome thing. Now I’ve said in earlier episodes, I’m going to reserve judgment on it yet, and I’m not talking about quality or anything like that.

Liam 03:08 I know that they’re going to be amazing lenses because Canon frankly make some of the best glass in the world and they always have. The reason why I’m going to remain a little bit skeptical though is the pricing. I want to see what the pricing is going to be for these new lenses. And the reason why, as I mentioned in earlier episodes, to be honest, the RF 50 millimeter, 1.2 l is ridiculously overpriced at $1,000 more than it’s EFT cousin. And the same with the 28 to 70 f two in around a thousand or maybe it’s $1,300 more that more expensive than the 24 to 70 with 2.8 l so I know, I still don’t understand the reasoning behind it because like I’ve mentioned in earlier episodes, what’s the uh, non El 35 millimeter RF, m I s s TM Lens, which is an f two sells for the same price or I’m sorry, it’s an f 1.8 a sells for the same price as the f 35 millimeter f two and the 24 to one oh five in both the RF and the f versions sell for the exact same price.

Liam 04:24 So I still can’t wrap my head around why the 50 millimeter l and the 28 to 70 l are ridiculously overpriced when compared to their eff cousins. Now I understand there isn’t a 28 to 70 f two l n e f mount, but it’s the, you might as well say it’s the cousin to the 24 to 70 FTP 0.8 antelope and that’s what I used when I did the price comparison. So it’s going to be interesting to see if Canon decides to price these three new 2.8 lenses the same as [inaudible] ef cousins or if they’re going to go ridiculously more expensive like they did with the 50 millimeter in the 28 to 70 only time will tell. So all I can do at this point is sit back and wait and see when the official naps and that’s come out and see what kind of price point that they’re going to be hitting market at.

Liam 05:20 Now the second item, a little bit of tidbit, a noose from Canon rumors.com is that cannon could be building an f one point to set of prime lenses for the RF map. So far we have the stellar duo of the RF 51.2 l and the RF 85 1.2 l the non s version and according to the latest information they received more f 1.2 el prime lenses are coming. First up will be an RF 35 millimeter f 1.2 l USM that they’re being told to scheduled for release in 2020. Though on announcement date is a not known at this time and Canon rumors same sources also claiming that an RF 24 millimeter f 1.2 l USM is also possible but it isn’t currently on the product product roadmap for 2020. So again, it will be interesting to see if both of these other, uh, 1.2 l lenses do come to market and again what their price point is going to be if they’re going to be relatively along the same pricing as their ETF cousins or if they’re going to be considerably more expensive.

Liam 06:29 And I have a feeling that the pricing is going to be a lot of whether or not people decide to bite the bullet and buy these new lenses. All right. The third item I wanted to talk about on this week’s episode is Canon reclaiming their full frame megapixel crap. So after Sony announced the a seven r four, which I talked about in last week’s episode, Canon launched its full frame sensor megapixel count crown. The new Sony comes in at 61 megapixels include a clip saying the Canon Eos five d s in five d s r duo, which have a 50.6 megapixel full frame sensor up until Sony’s announcement. Of course, both those cameras by Canon word, the largest megapixel sensors and a full frame camera on the market. It has been rumored in the past that can and will eclipse 70 megapixels where they’re eos five d s replacement and that it will come to the Eos, our system and not the Ios DSLR side.

Liam 07:37 So that means no DSLR replacement for the eos five d s and five DSR, which I’ve mentioned in previous episodes. I had a feeling that Canon was not going to do a mark to have those two cameras because they were going to make their next high megapixel beast in the mirrorless side. We were told recently that Canon will indeed return to the top of the megapixel cal for full frame sensors with the release of the Eos are as, and again, they’re guessing on the name just as I am, but I’m predicting that that’s probably going to be what they’re going to call this model. There have been two sensors tested in the new ios our body and it’s possible that the camera may come with a sensor over 80 megapixels and as I’ve said in previous episodes, cannon has been working on and testing a 100 megapixel sensor for some time now, but we’ll have to wait and see whether or not that’s going to come to fruition.

Liam 08:33 The source noted that Canon is about to release brand new advancements in sensor technology and has quote unquote caught up to Sony. What this means is unknown at this time. The source did say however it can and will be getting into the SPEC wars, which of course will be music to the Internet’s ears as well as any photographers out there that are in the Canon camp like myself. Now again, like I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I was fairly confident when Canon announced the Eos are at the tail end of 2018 that one of the next bodies they would do. I didn’t suspect anything about the RP. I did not see that calming and it was really cool that Canon did do it for, for people that want to get into full frame mirrorless for, you know, as little money as possible. You know, if they have a limited budget.

Liam 09:25 So on students and stuff like that. Then coming out with the RP was a great thing. I did not see that one common, but if you remember on this show when you can and announce the eos are late last year, I predicted that one of their future models was definitely going to be a replacement for the five d s n five D Sr. And as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I do have the five DSR currently. Love that camera, the 50.6 megapixel sensor in that makes amazing images. It has great dynamic range. It makes beautiful landscapes, it makes beautiful, pretty much everything. Uh, and it’s a fantastic camera. And I was predicting, uh, in the beginning of this show from the very first episode that Canon was going to not release a mark two of the five d s and five GSR and would instead move their high megapixel platform to the mirrorless full frame side.

Liam 10:25 And it looks like that is definitely the route that they will be going. Now, to me that makes a lot of sense. It’s their latest technology. It’s their latest platform. They want to be shooting for the future going forward. And that’s the smartest way to do it is to come out with their high megapixel sensor in a version of the eos are body. So I’m definitely excited about that. That’s something that’ll definitely get, uh, my, uh, glands salivating to see the announcement on that and whether or not it’s going to get released in early to mid 2020, uh, I’m thinking it’s probable that it’s going to be released in early, the earlier part of 2020. Um, just because I think Gannon’s going to lie, you know, they’re gonna want to keep firing on all cylinders to really

Liam 11:15 working hard to catch up too. And overtake Sony. What’d you core? Sony has been in the full frame mirrorless market for about five years now. They’ve got a hell of a headstart, but with the amount of money that Canon has at its disposal for research and development, I have directed before on previous episodes that it wasn’t going to take Ken and more than 18 to 24 months tops from the time they got into the mirror was full frame world

Liam 11:44 over are overtaking, I should say Sony in the Maryland small frame market, so we’ll have to wait and see, but I have a feeling that’s where things are going to and if that is the way things are going to go, it’s a wonderful thing for everybody that shooting Canon, myself and anybody else out there and it’s just going to make the mark. It’s gonna make the market better for everybody because you’re going to have more competition. You know, you’re not going to have just one company totally dominating and a full frame, mirrorless world. You’re going to have more competition because so our Canon and Nikon are going to ramp up the pressure on Sony Canon more so probably the Nikon and I only say that because of the fact that Canon has more money for research and development than Nikon does because Canon’s more, they’re more widely divested in their portfolio of products and services and technology, so they have a lot more money to spend on research and development like Sony does.

Liam 12:44 All right. The next item I wanted to talk about on this week’s episode is Lens Baby. Now, if you’re not familiar with lens baby, and you may or may not be, Lens baby is a company that makes unique third or a third party lens manufacturer and they make unique lenses and what’s unique about them is they’re kind of a cross between a tilt shift lens and a manual soft Focus Lens and there they can make some really cool images. They’ve been around for quite a few years now. Well, Lens baby has officially announced that they are breaking their lenses over to the cannon RF mouth. Now they are the second company to do that. As you may remember from earlier episode, I mentioned that Sam Yang, a also known as [inaudible], uh, was going to be releasing some RF lenses and they have, they’ve released their RF 14 millimeter f 2.8 which I own in is a fantastic lens.

Liam 13:44 I use that as my primary lens for real estate photography because I can get nice wide shots with the properties and the rooms inside which make my clients happy. And they also have their 85 millimeter 1.4 portrait lens and an RF. Now, well now lens babies getting in on the RF mount action. And it’s fairly easy for these companies because all they have to do is replicate the new RF bay a net now because their lenses are manual only lenses, they don’t have to worry about, you know, reverse engineering, uh, Canon’s technology and their new autofocus, you know, platform and all that stuff on the ios are and RP, since all they have to worry about is matching their lenses up of the, the new bayonet mount to make them RF ready. It’s not surprising to see lens baby jumping into the RF market shortly after Sam Yang slash broken on did with some of their lenses.

Liam 14:45 So Lens baby has brought their lenses over the RF mount and they’re also announcing that their lenses now available with Nikon z. Now the following lenses will be available in both Maryland’s full frame mounts that compose your pro to the sole 22 millimeter, the sole 45 millimeter, which I have that one. That’s a great lens, but mine’s an ETF. Mount the velvet 56 millimeter and velvet 85 millimeter and there trio 28 millimeter. Now you can already order these lenses from Canon rumors dot coms affiliate partner Adorama and I will put a link to this article in the show notes so that you can check it out for yourself. Now, I did do a search before I recorded this show. And these lenses are not showing up on Amazon yet, so I don’t know if it’s a preorder only, um, or if maybe Adorama has some sort of deal struck with lens baby where they get to offer them first for a few weeks or a month before they’ll be available in other marketplaces.

Liam 15:49 We’ll have to wait and see. But it is exciting and like I mentioned a little bit ago, the Lens, maybe lenses are really cool. You can do some cool effects with them. Uh, but basically they’re the kind of Lens that you can adjust your aperture and depending on the model of the Lens, Baby Lens, sometimes it’s a, a disc that goes into the front side of the lens that’s held in place by magnets. And, uh, they come with different size disks are well discs with different size holes in the center. And that’s how you get your various apertures from f two all the way up to f eight or whatever the case may be. Um, and some of their lenses actually have, uh, a mechanical set of aperture blades where you can just turn a dial on the lens barrel and you can adjust the aperture that way.

Liam 16:39 And then primarily what you use these lenses for is you grab the sides of the Lens and you pull back and squeeze to the laughter, right? And you can create a cool tilt shift effect that can create soft focus. It creates emphasis on a small area of your image, a small portion of your image area. Um, it makes everything else blurred out in soft and creamy. So you can do a lot of cool and creative stuff with them. Uh, one of the members of my old photography club when I was living on the west side of Atlanta, the East Atlanta Photo Club, uh, her name is Pauline pudge. She loves the Lens Baby. She uses them all the time and she even has some of her images on lends baby.com website. So you can go over there and check out her work and see some of the other cool things that you can do with these interesting manual lenses that can give you some really cool images and cool image effects.

Liam 17:37 So I recommend you head over to Lynn’s baby.com and check it out if you’re not familiar with their lenses. Now the next item I wanted to talk about in this episode is Luminor for Luminar is a hugely popular photo editing software made by a company called Skylon and Skylon will be releasing version four of their software in the fall of 2019 preorders for the new version have gone live already. There are two ways to preorder lumen are for, as I mentioned in last week’s episode, or maybe it was a week before a lumen. Our four plus signature looks bundle for $59 the regular price would be 138 or you can get a or four plus signature looks plus the lumen. Our three bundle for $99 the regular price on that package would be 208 so substantial savings. Now per our press release, utilizing the proprietary technology based on machine learning, Luminar for r four will be the first photo editor to have a fully automated Skye replacement tool to save artists hours of editing from their headquarters in Bellevue, Washington skylon announced the upcoming release of Lumen are for that ships.

Liam 18:52 This ball continues to push innovation forward with machine learning tools. In addition to the new AI Skye replacement tool, alumina, our users can expect to see more machine learning present in Luminato for whether it’s easy to use interface and sensible workflows. Luminar four is a great choice for creatives looking to move their photography forward and away from using Adobe software. We lumen our four. We continue to empower everyone who loves photography to make incredible images faster and easier. Said Alex set co CEO of Skylon. No one needs a simply a no one needs simply another photo editor these days. That’s why with every lumen our update, we bring photographers something truly meaningful, something that’ll really level up their creative skills and lumen. Our 2018 skylon introduced the AI sky enhancer filter, helping you add depth and color back into flat, more blown out skies. And earlier this year skylon added the accent AI 2.0 filter DiLumen our three a powerful content aware of filter powered by machine learning to automatically enhance images.

Liam 20:06 Now with Lumen, our four AI sky replacement offers the first automatic tool for replacing skies in your photographs. Machine learning tools like these are the foundation of the luminaire platform, helping to save photographers hours of manual labor so that they can create their creative dreams. Now you may be wondering why AI sky replacement sky replacement methods have become popular in recent years with landscape photographers, especially in order for them to truly showcase their creative vision. Up until now, photographers have spent minutes or even hours manually replacing skies through tools like smart selection, luminosity, masking, overlaying layer bands, layers, masking, smart brush, color range, and more. And even with all those tools, it was hard to get a perfect sky with the development of AI Sky replacement as been equally challenging. Skylab is machine learning. Technology means that photographers can apply a realistic sky to their photograph in mere seconds, freeing up more of their time to be creative.

Liam 21:15 And again, you can go ahead and preorder luminar for either one of the bundles with three included or without it and save yourself a bunch of money. Now I’m really excited about this because as most photographers have, I’ve had times where, you know, I was getting a fantastic landscape shot but was really upset because the sky sucked, to be honest, especially after I got back home and loaded them up on my imac to do my editing. And then it’s like, man, the scene is fantastic, but the sky sucks. It’s just blowing out or it’s totally blah, you know, because it wasn’t a beautiful day with blue sky and white fluffy clouds and all of that good stuff. So I mean, yeah, it happens to everybody. You know, every, any photographer can end up with a, you know, a photograph that’s got a really great scene and a crappy sky.

Liam 22:05 So I’m really excited to see how this AI sky replacement works, how well it works when Luminar four is released in the fall and as I mentioned in the for a previous episode where I first talked about their bundle deals on women or for uh, I am alumina or affiliate so I always get the upgrades for free. Uh, I was also a preexisting customer of Luminar, uh, before their last few versions. So I was always getting a uh, major majorly discounted price on the upgrades anyways. And now that I’m an affiliate I I get the upgrades totally free of charge, which is really cool and I will definitely be looking forward to trying out their sky replacement software to see if it can really cut the mustard or not. Now look for me to do an episode on how well or not well that works once it actually comes out later on this fall cause I will definitely more than likely dedicate an episode of this show to that tool, especially if it works fantastically.

Liam 23:10 I mean if it does, I’m really hoping it does. I’m excited because messing around with doing Skype replacement, the manual way sucks. I know I’ve had to do it before and it’s a pain in the butt and it takes forever. I mean it’s just way, way, way too time consuming and I’m not looking to waste that much time, uh, replacing a sky if I can do it in a few seconds with a click of my mouse or something like that, that would be phenomenal. And I think a lot of people out there would really enjoy, you know, gaining back some of their creative time to work on their next masterpiece, whether it’s a landscape photographer or maybe it will work equally well for outdoor portraits. You never know. We’ll have to wait and see. But I’m definitely excited and Luminar has definitely been continuously pushing the envelope with their software.

Liam 24:01 If they would just get their soft or updated to support my cr three raw files from the Eos are, I would be a totally happy camper. But we’ll have to wait and see and hope that cr three support will be in Newman are four. I’m hoping it is, but I do not know for sure. I may have to shoot a email to my contact at Luminor and ask them about it again because I was under the impression that they were going to be releasing support and an update to lumen are three, but I still haven’t seen it yet. I checked the other day, um, after my luminar three it updated and there was still no support for cr three raw files. So we’ll have to get in touch with them and see what I can find out. You know, if it’s not going to come out in three and the update to through any updates to three, that’s fine.

Liam 24:47 If four is releasing in the next couple of months and we’ll support it, that’s totally fine. I’m more than happy to wait. But I have enjoyed a, the last few years working with the Lumen, our software. I, I’ve really enjoyed it. Uh, I don’t use it as my primary photo editor just yet, but I’m hoping one day soon to be able to do that. And as long as skyline keeps pushing the envelope with their AI technology and machine learning technologies and and adding more features into their software that photographers have been asking for like they did in Lumen are three when they, when they gave us basically their version of the library module like Lightroom has that made a lot of people happy and I know it’ll make a lot of photographers even happier if they can get a smart AI sky replacement tool. That would be fantastic. All right, I am going to go ahead and wrap up episode 31 of the Liam photography podcast.

Liam 25:45 I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening to the show which as I mentioned last week as of the last two weeks is now available in radio.com so you can subscribe, rate and review on their platform as well and we want to thank them for adding us to their platform. It was really awesome. Also be sure to check out the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. It is a private group. In order to join, you have to answer a simple question and that is the name, the host of the show, which is myself, Liam. Or you can put Liam Douglas and you will be allowed into the group. You are welcome to upload your own personal work up to five images every 24 hours. You can either spread them out throughout the course of the day or you can put them all up at once and let Facebook do its little slideshow thing for you.

Liam 26:38 Just please do not share other people’s work, uh, whether you have their permission, not that will get you advanced from the group. I want photographers and photo enthusiasts are hobbyists to only put up their own work. Don’t be, don’t be using other people’s work. That’s never cool. And additionally you can go on over to the land photography, podcast.com to read the show notes and to click on any of the links for any of the news articles or deals from Adorama or anybody else that were talked about on this week’s episode. Thank you again for your time and I will see you again next week in episode 32