Though it was pre-announced, Canon in the last few days announced the availability and the pricing for the RF 24-240mm zoom. I hadn’t looked at it much previously because it was not available.
As soon as I looked at it I noticed the absence of the RED Control Ring. Looked harder. It only has two-rings: one for zooming the other for manual focus. IT is a bona fide RF lens, so where is the Control Ring?
I went looking. Here is the answer. It does NOT have a DEDICATED Control Ring!
When you are using auto focus (AF) the focus ring can be used as the Control Ring, BUT that does not work in manual focus mode.
That is very poor and disappointing. Shame on YOU Canon. Talk about breaking a promise so early.
Well, does NOT matter. I will not buy this lens. I wasn’t going to buy Japanese anyway until they stop commercial whaling.
My new Tamron 28-300mm, with vibration control (VC), has better reach, decent image quality and a CONTROL RING because I use it with an adapter that has such a ring. So, Canon you know what you can do with your new 24-240.
I am happy with quality & resolution.
The ZOOM Min. & Max.
The ‘Tamron’ all-in-one zoom 28-300mm, f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD works just fine — good autofocus (AF) and all — with a ‘Canon EOS RP‘ full-frame, mirrorless with the standard ‘Canon’ EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with the Control Ring).
No firmware updates. Straight out of the box.
I have firmware 1.1 on my Canon EOS RP and I use the Mount Adapter with the Control Ring.
Everything worked, first time. I was DELIGHTED.
After posting in multiple forums I could only get one person to confirm that this would work.
The Tamron website does NOT have this lens as one that will work on the EOS RP. Well it does.
This is THE LENS I wanted. I wanted as much reach as I can get in an all-in-one. I do not like fiddling around changing lenses.
Pretty happy with quality. Better than I expected — methinks.
So, spread the word.
Yesterday (Father’s Day) in Boston, at the New England Aquarium, I found that my ‘new’ Canon EOS RP kept on intermittently going DEAD! It was scary. Then it would come back on. I first thought it might be because it was so dark inside. I was really panicking. Had visions of having to send the camera back.
I changed batteries. Still …
Then, I noticed that the screw on the grip was loose. I tightened it. BINGO.
So, a heads up. OK?
I don’t want anyone else to go through what I experienced. Not fun. Not funny.
I like my Canon EOS RP. No buyer’s remorse. It is an easy camera to use and I just LOVE the Canon lenses. I had missed those.
I definitely would have no qualms about recommending the Canon EOS RP to anyone. It is affordable and well-worth the money and THE LENSES. Yes, the lenses. Get the camera for the new lenses.
I do not have a problem with camera makers charging $2,000 (or more) for an advanced camera boy or for a very high-quality, very fast lens — though, of course, like anyone else I would prefer lower prices.
But, today’s camera bodies and top-end lenses are technological miracles. There is so much innovation, technology, componentry and labor that goes into them, Just like getting a high-end smartphone or computer.
But, $70 for a lens hood. Just a cheap piece of plastic. That is criminal. That is stupid. There is no way I will pay for such. You can get 3 lens hoods, though not snap-ons, on Amazon for $7.
I am really disappointed and disgusted with Canon. You don’t set out to rape customers so.
The good or bad news is that I have plateaued. I am not going through cameras at a fast rate anymore. Plus, following the acquisition of my Google Pixel 2 for Christmas 2017 I no longer feel the need to have two cameras — a big one and a compact. The Google Pixel is my 2nd camera. So, just need one full-frame camera at any one time.
I kept my Sony a7 II for 690-days and took 30,455 pictures with it. I also kept the mega-zoom Nikon P900 around for long time but did not use it much after the first 9 months or so. The zoom was nice but I had become fond of BIG sensors.
Getting to know my new, 3-week old, Canon EOS RP. Need a couple more lenses. Plan is to keep it for at least a year, if not more. It seems pretty capable. Goal is to hang onto the lenses. That is why I went (bcak) to Canon.
Yes, I had plans for that Control Ring well ahead of purchasing my Canon EOS RP 3 weeks ago.
I like as many control wheels as I can on a camera — which is why, for about 6-months, I was totally convinced that the Fuji X-T2 was going to be my dream camera. Now, with this control ring on the lens (or on the lens adapter) I do have a 3-wheel camera.
As I show in the top diagram I assigned ISO control to that ring. Exposure compensation (EV), automatically, is on the rear wheel and since I shoot in ‘Aperture Priority’ mode most of the time, aperture setting is on the front wheel. Works great for I — though I am still getting used to finding the right — of the three rings — on my 24-105mm lens.
But, this is definitely worth keeping in mind. Really makes the Canon EOS RP a joy to use.
Search ‘EOS RP’.