Episode 81: Canon hits Sony, HARD!!!

In this episode Canon announces the EOS R5, the EOS R6 as well as four new lenses and 1 battery grip and a Wireless File Transfer Grip!

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In this week’s episode I wanted to talk about the recent Canon announcements that occurred on July 9th, 2020. So, as all of my listeners know because it has been discussed on this show in past weeks, Canon officially announced their R5 and R6 bodies on Thursday July 9th along with some lenses.
They held another video conference where they enlisted some of their Canon Explorers of Light, which is their ambassador program. Of course, since these people are basically sponsored by Canon and they get to beta test ALL of Canon’s new gear, the ambassadors raved about the new bodies. Well, here is what we know now that the cameras are official.
R5 – The Canon EOS R5 is their new Pro Mirrorless full frame body and has the following specs:
Lens Mount: Canon RF
Pixels: Actual 47.1 Megapixel – Effective 45 Megapixels
Max resolution: 8192 x 5464
Aspect ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9
Sensor: CMOS
Bit depth: 14-Bit
IBIS: Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 51200 (Extended: 100 to 102400) Digital Snowstorm
Shutter Speed: Mechanical: 1/8000 to 30 seconds
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter 1/8000 to 30 seconds
Electronic Shutter 1/8000 to .05 seconds
Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Evaluative, Partial, Spot
Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range: -3 to 20 EV
Continuous Shooting: Mechanical Shutter Up to 12fps 45MP for up to 180 Frames (RAW) / 350 Frames (JPEG)
Interval Recording: Yes
Self Timer: 2/10 Second Delay
Video Recording: 8K Raw 12-Bit with no crop at 30fps, 4K no crop up to 120 fps and 1080p
External Recording modes: 4:2:2 10-Bit
Recording Limit: Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
External Mic Jack and Builtin Mic
Audio File Format: AAC, Linear PCM
Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode: Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points: Phase Detection: 1,053 points, 100% coverage
Autofocus Sensitivity: -6 to +20 EV
Viewfinder Resolution: 5,760,000 Dot
Rear LCD: 3.2”
Rear LCD Type: Free-Angle Tilting Touchscreen
Max Flash Sync Speed: 1/250 second
Flash Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Memory Cards Slots: Slot 1 is CFexpress Type B, Slot 2 is SD (UHS-II)
Connectivity: USB Type-C (USB 3.1) HDMI D (Micro) 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Mic
Wireless: Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
GPS: No??????
Battery: LP-E6NH

Now I am sure you are wondering, “why is the title Canon hits Sony, Hard”, well because this camera, other than a smaller MP sensor is better in many ways than Sony’s A7R4. The Sony might have a 61MP sensor, but the Canon has almost twice the AF points, 8K video with no crop, CFexpress slot, and a new AF that has not only EyeAF and Head for people but EyeAF, head and full body for animal tracking.
If you remember, I have said in multiple past episode that it would only take Canon 18-24 months to catch Sony. Sony fanboys and girls were like “no, Sony got a 5 year head start, Canon will go out of business”, well Canon is not only going strong, but they just dropped a better camera and have caught and passed Sony in tech in this new R5 body.
I am NOT saying Sony makes bad cameras, I am saying that the camera market has shifted dramatically. At one time it was Canon and Nikon playing the one-up manship game and now it’s Canon and Sony trying to leapfrog each other and that is going to be the new reality going forward. Nikon used to be the #2 camera company, but they have dropped to a distant Third and now the heavy weights are Canon and Sony.
The R5 is selling for $3,899 vs Sony’s $3,499 but that is because Canon is still recouping their R&D money on developing the RF mount and their R series bodies, but if you are not in a rush due to actual camera upgrade need, I am predicting by Christmas this year the R5 will be down to $3,499.
But, with the R5 Canon has certainly “slapped” Sony in the face and thrown down the gauntlet. The Canon also has double the frames per second. Remember the Sony can only do 10 fps, period and only for up to 68 frames and that’s in JPEG so it’s probably 5fps for RAW. Canon has 12 fps Mechanical and 20 fps Electronic and for WAY more frames continuous. OK enough on the Canon versus Sony, let’s move on to the R6!

Canon EOS R6 Specs:
Lens Mount: RF
Pixels: Actual 21.4MP, Effective 20.1MP, same as the 1Dx line
Max Resolution: 5472 x 3648
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Sensor Type: CMOS
Image Format: JPEG, RAW & HEIF
Bit Depth: 14-Bit
IBIS: Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 102400 (Extended 100 to 204800) Super Snow Storm
Shutter Speed: Mechanical Shutter 1/8000 to 30 seconds
Electronic First Curtain Shutter 1/8000 to 30 seconds
Electronic Shutter 1/8000 to .05 Seconds
Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Evaluative, Partial, Spot
Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range: -3 to 20 EV
Continuous Shooting: Mechanical Shutter Up to 12 fps at 20MP for up to 1,000 Frames (JPEG) / 240 Frames (RAW)
Electronic Shutter Up to 20 fps at 20MP for up to 1,000 Frames (JPEG) / 240 Frames (RAW)
Interval Recording: Yes
Self-Timer: 2/10 Second Delay
Video: 4K with no crop up to 120 fps and 1080p up to 120 fps 10-Bit
External Recording Modes: 4:2:2 10-Bit up to 60 fps for 4K
Recording Limit: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Audio Recording: Internal and External Mic Input
Audo File Format: AAC, Linear PCM
Focus Type: Auto and Manual
Focus Mode: Continuous-Servo AF (C) Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo (S)
Autofocus Points: Phase Detection: 1053 100% coverage
Autofocus Sensitivity: -6.5 to +20 EV
Viewfinder Resolution: 3,690,000 Dot – Same as EOS R
Rear LCD: 3”
Rear LCD Resolution: 1,620,000 Dot
Rear LCD Type: Free-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Flash Max Sync Speed: 1/250 Second
Flash Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Memory Card Slot: Dual SD (UHS-II)
Connectivity: USB Type-C (USB3.1), HDMI D (Micro), 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Mic
Wireless: Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
GPS: No?????
Battery: LP-E6NH

Now, looking at the specs, the R6 is in the same class as the Sony A73 and it also is a better camera. Better External recording with 10-Bit vs 8-Bit on the Sony, nearly twice the AF points and a higher resolution EVF and only 4MP less in the sensor. The R6 also has double the Continuous Shooting fps and more than twice the shooting buffer. Again, we are going to see the same leapfrogging between Canon and Sony. The A73 has been out for a while and when Sony drops the A74 they will up the ante. The R6 has the SAME AF system as the R5 with EyeAF and Head for people and EyeAF, Head and body for animals. The R6 is $2,499, but will most likely be the same $2,000 as the A73 by Christmas. Ok, so now let’s talk lenses.

Lenses:
Canon RF100-500mm F/4.5-7.1 L IS USM
Covering a variety of telephoto focal lengths, the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM spans a short- to super-telephoto range within a sleek and portable form factor. The modest maximum aperture enables a relatively portable design that is well-suited to handheld, walk around use and optical image stabilization also helps to steady photos and videos by up to five stops when working in difficult lighting conditions. This lens is also characterized by its advanced optical design, which includes a series of Super UD and UD elements to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the zoom range for a degree of clarity and color accuracy.
Balancing the distinguished optical assets is the Dual Nano USM focus system, which delivers fast, nearly silent autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself and the rotating zoom ring also feature torque adjustment for fine-tuning the feel of the lens. Additionally, this 100-500mm is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to protect the front and rear elements.

Versatile telephoto zoom lens is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.
Six UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) elements and one Super UD element help to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to provide greater clarity and color accuracy.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by five stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
Dual Nano USM system utilizes both a ring type USM and an STM mechanism to realize quick and accurate focusing that is also smooth and nearly silent to suit both photography and video applications. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Protective fluorine coating has been applied to the front and rear element to resist fingerprints and smudges and to make cleaning these elements significantly easier.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.
Rotation-type zoom ring features torque adjustment capabilities to fine-tune the handling of the lens or to prevent the lens from accidentally extending.
Included lens hood features a side window to allow for easier adjustment of specialized rotating filters, such as polarizers, while the lens hood is attached.
Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters, when used within the 300-500mm range of the lens, to further extend the effective focal length range.

I like this lens as I used to have the Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 MK2 L IS USM and it was a fantastic lens for wildlife. I am a little disappointed that they went to 7.1 but at least they also added another 100mm on the long end for wildlife shooters and it pairs with the RF 1.4x and RF 2.x times tele extenders for even more reach. The down side of course is you would lose even more light gathering ability. The lens is pricey at $2,700, but many of the RF L glass is over-priced to recoup R&D costs.

Canon RF 600mm F/11 IS STM

An impressive and incredibly unique super-telephoto, the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM is an especially compact and lightweight lens considering its long focal length. Featuring a retractable design and a fixed f/11 aperture, this lens’s sleek profile makes handheld super-tele shooting a very real possibility, and optical image stabilization further helps to achieve sharp imagery when working in difficult lighting conditions. Also contributing to the reduced size is a distinct optical layout, which uses gapless dual-layer diffractive optics instead of multiple heavier individual elements, which also effectively controls color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity. Complementing this design is an STM stepping motor that delivers quick and quiet autofocus performance that is suitable for both stills and video needs. Additionally, a Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself. If you need more reach, the 600mm is compatible with the 1.4x and 2x RF Extenders for an effective focal length of 840mm or 1200mm, respectively.

Super-telephoto prime is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Fixed f/11 aperture contributes to the sleek and portable form factor as well as a balanced mixture of depth of field and sharpness.
Gapless dual-layer diffractive optics contribute to a marked reduction in chromatic and spherical aberrations as well as benefit the design of a relatively compact and lightweight lens.
Retractable/extendable design, with a locking lens barrel, offers an impressively compact form factor considering the super-telephoto design.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to five stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
STM stepping motor offers fast, quiet, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance that is ideal for video recording as well as still shooting.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters to further increase the effective focal length.
Not I am not sure what Canon is trying to do with both a 600mm and an 800mm lens at F/11 fixed focal length. I assume they are trying to offer some more affordable RF glass for hobbyists, but man at F/11 you need a TON of light to be able to use these lenses. Canon claimed during their event that with the new sensor technology in the R5 and R6 you can easily use these lenses at ISO 10,000 and still get clean images, but I’d have to try that for myself. I am leary as I always prefer to keep my ISO as low as possible. The good news is for those interested the lens is only $699.

Canon RF 800mm F/11 IS STM

Super long reach, super compact design, the Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM is a unique telephoto prime featuring a distinct mixture of focal length and form factor. Characterized by its retractable design and a fixed f/11 aperture, this lens’s sleek profile makes handheld super-tele shooting a very real possibility, and four stop-effective optical image stabilization further helps to achieve sharp imagery when working in difficult lighting conditions. Also contributing to the reduced size is a distinct optical layout, which uses gapless dual-layer diffractive optics instead of multiple heavier individual elements, which also effectively controls color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity. Complementing this design is an STM stepping motor that delivers quick and quiet autofocus performance that is suitable for both stills and video needs. Additionally, a Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself. If you decide you need more than 800mm, this lens is compatible with the 1.4x and 2x RF Extenders for an equivalent focal length of 1120mm or 1600mm, respectively. This lens is priced at $899.

Super-telephoto prime is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Fixed f/11 aperture contributes to the sleek and portable form factor as well as a balanced mixture of depth of field and sharpness.
Gapless dual-layer diffractive optics contribute to a marked reduction in chromatic and spherical aberrations as well as benefit the design of a relatively compact and lightweight lens.
Retractable/extendable design, with a locking lens barrel, offers an impressively compact form factor considering the super-telephoto design.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
STM stepping motor offers fast, quiet, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance that is ideal for video recording as well as still shooting.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters to further increase the effective focal length.

Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Lens

Combining a short-telephoto field of view with a sleek design and close-focusing performance, the RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM is a well-rounded lens for a range of subjects, from portraits to macro subjects. Its close focus design enables working with subject matter as close as 1.15′ away with a 1:2 maximum magnification and the STM stepping motor affords impressively quiet and smooth autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override. Helping to create sharp imagery, the lens also features optical image stabilization, along with Hybrid IS, to suppress up to five stops of camera shake for cleaner, steadier shooting. A UD (Ultra low Dispersion) element is also used in the optical design to minimize aberrations and ensure clarity. Additionally, a configurable Control Ring lets you adjust exposure settings, including ISO, aperture, and exposure compensation, from the lens itself.

Portrait-length prime is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Modest-but-bright f/2 maximum aperture maintains an overall sleek form factor while also benefitting working in available lighting conditions.
Macro design benefits working with close-up subjects and provides a 1:2 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 1.15′.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to five stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Also, a Hybrid IS setting compensates for angular and shift-type camera movements to specifically benefit close-up shooting.
STM stepping motor offers fast, quiet, smooth, and accurate autofocus performance that is ideal for video recording as well as still shooting.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

This sounds like an interesting lens and I might pick one up since it’s only $599, but I am, like everyone else, disappointed that it is a 1:2 max magnification, so it’s not really a TRUE macro lens but it’s still a great price for a native RF mount 85mm Portrait lens for those like myself who won’t want to spend thousands on either of the two RF 85mm F/1.2 L lenses.

Canon RF Extender 1.4x

Extend the reach of select Canon RF-mount lenses with the Extender RF 1.4x. This teleconverter magnifies the image by 1.4x and retains full communication between the lens and camera body, enabling metering, autofocus, and image stabilization as well as the transmission of Exif data. Additionally, the Extender RF is dust and water resistant and has a heat shield exterior to ensure optimal performance in a range of conditions.

Lens Compatibility
RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM (can only be used within 300-500mm range)
RF 600mm f/11 IS STM
RF 800mm f/11 IS STM
Price is $499 for this unit.

Canon Extender RF 2x

Extend the reach of select Canon RF-mount lenses with the Extender RF 2x. This teleconverter magnifies the image by 2x and retains full communication between the lens and camera body, enabling metering, autofocus, and image stabilization as well as the transmission of Exif data. Additionally, the Extender RF is dust and water resistant and has a heat shield exterior to ensure optimal performance in a range of conditions.
Lens Compatibility
RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM (can only be used within 300-500mm range)
RF 600mm f/11 IS STM
RF 800mm f/11 IS STM
Price for this unit is $599.

I am glad Canon is finally releasing RF extenders, but bummed that you cannot use them with either the RF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM or the RF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS USM as that would have been nice for those of us who have those lenses and want a little more reach from time to time. Now the last MAJOR item Canon announced was the BG-R10 Battery Grip.

Canon BG-R10 Battery Grip

Dedicated to the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras, the BG-R10 Battery Grip offers extended shooting times as well as improved handling, especially when working in the vertical shooting orientation. The grip’s design permits working with two LP-E6NH/LP-E6N/LP-E6 batteries to effectively double battery life. Additionally, the extended design of the grip facilitates a more stable hold and secondary controls, dials, and an additional shutter release permit effective control over the camera. Additionally, the grip is designed to the same weather-resistant standards as the camera bodies for use in inclement conditions.

I really love that this time Canon was kind to their customers and designed BOTH the R5 and R6 to use the same battery grip instead of one getting the grip and one not like they did with the EOS R and EOS RP. Especially since the RP really needs one with it’s stupid small batteries. Luckily, there is a third party maker that offers a battery grip for the RP and you can find it on Amazon here. Now it’s not a perfect battery grip as for some reason it makes the RP think that even genuine Canon batteries are counterfeit, which is a pain and odd since I have 2 third party batteries for my RP and they work fine without the camera complaining if I put one of them directly into the camera so that is a little odd.

Canon WFT-R10A Wireless File Transmitter

Combining robust connectivity within an integrated battery grip design, the WFT-R10A Wireless File Transmitter is a network workflow asset for the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera. This transmitter/grip combination permits transferring of image files using either wired or wireless LAN connections with FTP, FTPS, and SFTP support for secure sharing. EOS Utility and Network Setting Tool support, along with an updated and intuitive interface, permit creating various wireless configurations of varying complexities, including enhanced support for linked multi-camera shooting and wirelessly synced applications.
As a grip, the WFT-R10A provides extended battery life with the ability to accept up to two LP-E6/LP-E6N/LP-E6NH batteries. It also provides users with a set of vertical controls and dials, including a shutter release and joystick, to make the camera more comfortable to use in a portrait orientation. Additionally, matches the dust- and water-resistance of the R5 itself to suit working in inclement conditions.

Both wired (Ethernet) and wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) connectivity options are available for custom networking solutions. Wireless support has been upgraded over the base camera with 802.11ac/c 2×2 MIMO Technology to achieve transfer speeds of up to 867 Mb/s. Also, standard 802.11b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 802.11ac/a/n at 5 GHz are options for compatibility with different networks.
As a vertical battery grip the WFT-R10A offers the expected advantages of longer battery life and easier operation for vertical shooting. It holds two LP-E6NH/LP-E6N/LP-E6 battery packs for effectively double the runtime. It also has vertical controls, including dials, a multi-controller, and shutter release. Additionally, it is dust- and moisture-resistant to match the camera.
Professional workflows sometimes require advanced remote transfer options, including FTP and encryption. The WFT-R10A allows configuring for direct image transfer from the camera to local or offsite servers using FTP, FTPS, and SFTP.
EOS Utility software is avaialble, providing options for Live View remote shooting and image transfer. This works well with the Network Setting Tool for adjusting network-specific options using a computer. This tool allows the export and import of setting files (NIF), LAN setup, and the ability to check access to the FTP server and create folders.
One camera can connect to up to ten receiver cameras (all equipped with the WFT-R10A) via wireless LAN for remote multi-camera shooting or to sync time of all the cameras.

This is a nice additional add on for the R5 only, but at $1,000 each I don’t know if many people will buy it unless they are using a slew of R5s for filming TV or film. I do like that it allows the R5 to have a LAN port for tethered shooting since generally only Canon’s flagship DSLRs in the 1D line have had that ability up until now. It’s also nice that this version of the battery grip also has the joystick for vertical portrait shooting.

Other than these MAJOR items the only other things Canon announced were the Hoods for the new lenses and the new LP-E6NH batteries so I won’t bore you with all the part numbers you can find them on B&H or any other major camera store site.

You can pre-order all of these items now!

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1547009-REG/canon_eos_r5_mirrorless_digital.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1547010-REG/canon_eos_r6_mirrorless_digital.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1547011-REG/canon_rf_100_500mm_f_4_6_3l_is.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1547012-REG/canon_rf_85mm_f_2_stm.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1573780-REG/canon_rf_600mm_f_11_is.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1573779-REG/canon_rf_800mm_f_11_is.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1573776-REG/canon_rf_extender_1_4x.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1573777-REG/canon_rf_extender_2x.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1574449-REG/canon_bg_r10_battery_grip.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1573783-REG/canon_wft_r10a_wireless_file_transmitter.html

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