I saw the PetaPixel post and studied the picture. I immediately grasped what it was all about. Then, it took me a good 10-minutes, during a leisurely walk in the dark with the dogs, to work out what it was all about.
It is NOT a lens adapter. We already have plenty of them — such as the ‘EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with Control Ring)‘ shown above.
This is a hulking BIG convertor replete with retractable mirror, a pentaprism equivalent, an OPTICAL VIEWFINDER and maybe even a focusing unit.
When you attach it to a Canon mirrorless camera, e.g., my Canon EOS RP, via the lens mount you will have a camera with TWO (2) viewfinders — one on top of the other! One electronic (in the body of the mirrorless) and the other OPTICAL above it.
For those that insist that they have to have an optical viewfinder and to speed-up autofocusing.
But, why? Why not just get a DSLR? And that is what this seems all about.
IF Canon is serious and actually releases this, it would mean that they will no longer make high-end DSLRs! About bloody time too.
They will just make mirrorless bodies — and I am totally cool with that. I have and will continue to be committed to mirrorless.
So, in future, all the lens sensors and technology (bar faster autofocus) will be in mirrorless bodies.
Then, those that demand an optical viewfinder will have to get this convertor.
Not sure it will work in practice. The technology will work. It is pretty trivial. Even I could design one of these. Not sure anybody will pay nay good money to buy one. They will switch to Nikon.
Search ‘EOS RP’.
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.
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’.
I agnozied about getting a bundle.
In the end I got it ONLY because it was from Cardinal Camera and I have bought cameras and bundles, with success, from them in the past.
All I wanted was the: camera, 24-105mm f/4 L ISM USM lens, the grip and the adapter. The bundle was STILL CHEAPER than these 4 items together and this was the ONLY WAY I could get all 4 as a kit/bundle.
The rest was FLUFF. I relented and kept the 128GB SD card. It is a Class I. I shoot Class 3.
I haven’t tried the flash or the spare battery. It charged, but I haven’t put it in the camera.
I gave most it to the 18-year old daughter who has my old Canon T3i.
I am fussy about what I use with my camera.
The Canon EOS RP body.
With the grip attached.
Comes with NO instructions. The original door has to be removed. I had to work it out. You can see it in front.
The grip definitely helps. Too small without it. Should be STANDARD.
The MOST important bits. My wrist straps. I do NOT use a neck strap. Getting these on was the hardest part.
With the ‘Expert Shield’ screen protector. Worked like a CHARM the second time around. No wonder they send you TWO.
With the Canon RF 24 – 105mm f/4 L IS USM lens attached.
Search ‘EOS RP’.
It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.
Way back in August — September 2018 I genuinely thought I was going to get the Canon EOS R. I initially did NOT believe that it was NOT going to have IBIS. Well, when that was confirmed, I totally lost interest. I like and rely upon IBIS. I tend to shoot at low shutter speeds and IBIS in my Sony A7 II indulges I.
I was then all set to get a Nikon Z6. But, I had said all along that I would not buy it ahead of the Holidays and wait until the new year. Recently, with winter upon us, I decided to push that back to at least March — possibly April. No point getting a fancy, brand new camera when the light isn’t great and it is freezing outside. I am just going to be dissapointed with picture quality.
So, if I am willing to wait until March — April …
If the announced a Canon EOS R with IBIS early in the year with April availability I will definitely wait to see what it is like. I like the Canon FF mirrorless lenses and their adapters. Kind of exciting. CHOICE. The only problem might be that Canon makes it a high resolution camera, i.e., more than 35 MP.
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I am not happy BUT I think this is progress. There is one and only one Tamron lens that I am interested in. It addresses ALL my zoom needs. I really would like it to work flawlessly on a Nikon Z6. If it doesn’t I will have to get the Nikon version and that costs twice as much and is twice as heavy.
Luckily time is on my side. I don’t plan to get the Nikon Z6 till 2019. So, I have time … I think.
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I do NOT have ANY hands-on experience with adapters — on any camera. I have stayed away from ‘adapted’ lenses. But, MY main rationale for migrating to Nikon is to be able to use affordable existing lenses. Why now? Because until the Z6/Z7 Nikons did NOT make a full-frame mirrorless. Simple as that.
This does NOT make sense to I.
If a Tamron lens, with a Nikon FX-mount, works flawless on a Nikon D850, then it is a full-compatible Nikon FX-mount lens. The FTZ adapter should support without a glitch.
I suspect that Nikon has firmware inside the Zs that are rejecting Tamron lenses. That is not good.
Yes, of course, I will stay on top of this.