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09-14-2021, 06:03 AM   #1
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Canon unveils two new RF lenses - 16mm f2.8 & 100-400mm f5.6-8

The 16 looks very interesting and the cost...

Canon Launches RF 16mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5.6-8 Lenses | PetaPixel

Still, the proof is in the sample shots, and we probably won't see those for a while.

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16mm f/2.8 FF for $300 new... very interesting to see what kind of performance you get for that kind of money with Canon.
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Yeah, that's Samyang manual-focus money. Really curious what the optical quality will be like.

This almost feels like they're going to sell these at a loss just to get more people into the system.
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Nikon does something similar with a 28 and 40 f2.8 plastic mount low cost primes, similar to Pentax DA L 35 and DA L 50 , but for FF mirroless. What was done with DSLR with the entry level bodies and entry level lenses is being done all over again with mirrorless systems in order to grab as much market share as possible. I never like the entry level gear from canon, too cheap IMO, and the premium RF glass is super expensive. I much prefer Nikon's mid-priced offering.


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Yeah, I hear you on the general "Canon's cheap glass is not that great" aspect. I like that Nikon came out with that 28mm f2.8 and 40mm f2.0 (that's an 0, it isn't an f2.8) almost-pancake primes. Something from them between 16mm and 20mm, say an f3.5 to keep the quality up and size under control, would be nice for full-frame shooting.

I would prefer a Nikon as well over a Canon based only on emotion which should be taken with large grains of salt.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
Yeah, I hear you on the general "Canon's cheap glass is not that great" aspect. I like that Nikon came out with that 28mm f2.8 and 40mm f2.0 (that's an 0, it isn't an f2.8) almost-pancake primes. Something from them between 16mm and 20mm, say an f3.5 to keep the quality up and size under control, would be nice for full-frame shooting.

I would prefer a Nikon as well over a Canon based only on emotion which should be taken with large grains of salt.
I used several inexpensive Canon lenses, but never something I considered to be truly “cheap” …. but I did have trouble with their truly cheap bodies.
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This 16 2.8 is small and cheap enough I may pick one up to just keep in my bag. I shoot wildlife but often when I'm out looking for animals I see some great landscapes. I picked up the 50 1.8 for that reason and the 16 could be good for when I need really wide.

I'm just shooting landscape snapshots so I'm not spending money on the L glass for that.

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This 16 2.8 is small and cheap enough I may pick one up to just keep in my bag.
Every time I bought a product for its low price rather than because I needed it, it ended up being a waste of money. It's a typical business model of offering something at a "low risk" price, price being the only compelling aspect of the product, a lot of people buy it and then it's never used. I now tend to avoid these traps since a cheap product that I never use is more expensive than an expensive product that I use on a regular basis. It's amazing the amount of electronic gadgets being sold, a short stop at the local waste management firm show how much electronic products end-up in the waste containers, not quite environment friendly.
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Well I could buy a 15-35 2.8 for $2399 but for a lens I will only use a handful of times a year $299 for a 16mm 2.8 makes more sense. I bought a 50mm 1.8 in January and have only taken one shot with it so far. It was $199 if I would've bought the 50mm 1.2 for $2299 that would be a waste of money.

They are so small and cheap you throw them in the bag and if you need them you got them. Sure I could just use my phone but I would like something with a little better quality. Next week I'll be in the greater Yellowstone area and then in November I'm going to Botswana. I'll want to take some landscape shots but I don't have enough room in my bag for the higher quality wide angle lenses. These small cheap lenses are perfect for me.
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I bought a 50mm 1.8 in January and have only taken one shot with it so far. It was $199 if I would've bought the 50mm 1.2 for $2299 that would be a waste of money.
The problem I see with Canon RF lenses is that there is a large gap between the entry level and the premium products. The premium RF lenses are superb and also the most expensive on the market, then for the same RF cameras Canon offers products 10 times cheaper. So where is the product range for the enthusiast photographer who can't afford the professional gear but expect more than entry level quality?
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I think that kind of gap, where there's low-cost "entry level" glass, and then L or * or whatever glass at the top end with nothing between the two, is going to be more and more common in years to come.


Honestly it probably makes a lot of sense for Canon, and let 3rd parties fill in the gaps.
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
The problem I see with Canon RF lenses is that there is a large gap between the entry level and the premium products. The premium RF lenses are superb and also the most expensive on the market, then for the same RF cameras Canon offers products 10 times cheaper. So where is the product range for the enthusiast photographer who can't afford the professional gear but expect more than entry level quality?
With Canon having a 100% perfect mount conversion (Sony never came close to that and even Nikon for some reason stumbled with their adapters) all their EF mount lenses are "native" to RF with zero downsides versus using them on EF.

So basically they can just add new style stuff on top of their EF lineup after having offered some core F2.8 replacements.

If you want to go value on RF you buy an RP, maybe an 24-105 and add used Canon OEM EF glass.

The "budget" people usually only need a standard zoom 24-105 , a tele zoom 100-400 and one fast prime 50/1.8 or 85/2. Anything else is more forum dweller stuff. Add a 16mm for UWA and a used EF 150-600.

If you want only the newest pixelpeeper stuff: open the wallet.
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Yea Canon started with the two extremes for the RF glass, high quality high price and lesser quality low price.

Lots of people complain about no middle ground for RF yet, eventually they will come. But like beholder mentioned the EF-RF adapter works great even with third party lenses. I rented the Tokina 50 1.4 Opera lens for a week to use on the R5, it's really nice. With the limited third party RF lenses now Ricoh and Tokina should look into producing RF lenses and Nikon Z mount lenses and get them out before Sigma and Tamron. If they put out the Pentax 85 and 50 1.4 branded as Tokina for those systems I think they could make some money.
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Canon seem to really emphasize that you have to enable corrections. I wonder if we're looking at a new record in vignette and distortion?
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Canon seem to really emphasize that you have to enable corrections. I wonder if we're looking at a new record in vignette and distortion?
The tele lens probably has little, the uwa certainly a lot.

If you look at current models, like https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-z-14-30mm-f4-s/3 (and that is a full stop slower) such strong software corrections seem to be getting the norm.

For <$800 lenses a lot more acceptable than for high price items, IMHO.
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