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’.
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I was hoping to be at this point — i.e., having NO Sony kit — a bit sooner than now. But, that is OK.
The 90mm and Sony a7 II body both sold on eBay within 90-minutes. So, I had kind of got spoiled.
The 24-240mm zoom lens went the full-distance of 7-days — with the price going up $85 in the last few seconds. I guess others aren’t as fond of that lens as I was. It was my favorite lens.
So, I am all set to get a new Canon EOS RP system. This time, I am not going to get many lenses. At most four — BUT now I can get NEW lenses for under $100. This was the ONLY reason I abandoned Sony. The lenses were expensive and you couldn’t get any good all-in-one zooms.
Wish me luck.
Check Categories ‘Sony’ & ‘Camera Notes’.
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I Did Not Heed My Own Admonition
& Now I Am $500+ In The Hole.
I am such an IDIOT! So, yes, I deserve to get ripped off and abused and lose $559. My fault. I did NOT follow my own admonition.
So, I was forced to buy it from Bloody Best Buy. Oh, how I wish I hadn’t.
Well, I got ripped off. Yes, I played right into their hands. Yes, I am an IDIOT.
That is why I deserve to be castrated — though it kind of too late. I should have been castrated when I was 11.
Well, I live, BUT I obviously do NOT learn.
So, PLEASE … please … if you hear that I bought anything from Best Buy just come over and castrate me. I will not protest. I deserve to be castrated.
Yes, I promise NEVER to step into a Best Buy again.
You know the IRONY. I worked as an Epson Product Ambassador at Best Buy and loved it!
Search ‘Best Buy’.
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I had never updated firmware on a Sony lens. So I had some trepidations. To be fair to Sony they use the same update mechanism as that for their cameras. So that at least was comforting.
The update proved to be straightforward, painless and quick. Worked just as it was supposed to. Was done in minutes.
However, I have NOT noticed any difference in the lens’ autofocus (AF) prowess. If anything it was worse than it used to be! And I am not kidding. So …
Just letting you know. I would NOT rush to upgrade. Wait and see what others have to say. Check the DPReview forums.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
They are in theory PROTECTED by some State statute but nobody enforces it.
The ‘Lady’ responsible for taking care of these just does NOT care. She has other, more amusing distractions.
I talked to an Alton ‘Parks & Rec’ employee, who I know, who happened to be there about it. He agreed it was a SHAME.
They should be painted and painted CORRECTLY — at least one red arm. The lens should be replaced.
This in unbecoming of Alton.