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Another new mirrorless! The Canon EOS RP

Hold onto your wallet! But not too tight, because the new RP mirrorless is quite reasonably priced at just $1299, and that includes a free lens adapter and grip. It’s really more of an entry level camera, but for that price you’re getting just about the smallest and lightest full frame camera available at just over a pound. The camera is now shipping. The 26 MP sensor was apparently borrowed from the 6D MkII. It can do 40,000 ISO native and up to 102,000 in extended mode. Unlike its pricier sibling the EOS R, the body does NOT have 5-way IBIS (the B&H website is currently wrong about this). But it does have 4779 AM points; nearly as many as the EOS R with 5655 (those are hybrid, while the RP AF system uses phase detection).

The RP is very lightweight since the body is made of plastic and magnesium alloy. It is manufactured in Japan. It uses the smaller form factor battery (1040 mAh) and has only a single SD card slot on the bottom, like the Rebels. In fact, you could think of this as a full frame Rebel because that’s about what it is.

One of the more intriguing features is the ability to do focus stacking when you bring the images into Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software. The results are pretty amazing. It also has dual pixel and 4K video capabilities, although I would not call this a pro video camera by any stretch of the imagination. The menus are thoughtfully laid out and the body has great ergonomics, with no sharp corners. You will love the way this camera feels in your hands.

The best thing, probably, is that you don’t immediately have to start buying a whole new set of lenses. If you have Canon glass already, you can start using it immediately with the free adapter that is included with your purchase. I think that’s a killer deal; no doubt Canon extended that offer to help make this new camera irresistible.

Do you enjoy calibrating your lenses to try to get them to focus correctly in your DSLR? Well, you can forget all about that with a mirrorless. The image you focus on and the image you see in the viewfinder is the image you will get. No more thinking you captured the shot only to get home and find out that it’s soft.

Ken Rockwell has written an excellent review of the RP, and I highly recommend reading it if you have any thoughts of buying one. I wasn’t going to, and then after I read his review my next click was on one of his links to buy it.

In summary, this is not an advanced high end camera– that’s coming later– but for the price it’s an incredible deal.

Hands on with the new Canon EOS R System

Kelly Anderson of Canon Pro Marketing Field Support brought us the new Canon EOS R mirrorless with various lenses to play with in our Corporate Photography lab yesterday. The new body feels really solid, and the new 24-105 kit lens is a thing of beauty. The camera feels nicely balanced with the new 24-105 mounted. This camera boasts an impressive EV-6 focus sensitivity– two stops faster than a 5DMkIV. Basically, you can focus in the dark with this thing. For videographers, Canon log is included; you don’t have to pay extra for it. The only questionable change I saw compared to a standard Canon DSLR is the new pushbutton bar on the back, which is assignable to various functions. That will take some getting used to but you might like it. Similar to Canon DSLR bodies, there is no in-body stabilization. It works with in-lens IS only.

There are three new adapters that will allow you to use your existing Canon glass with the new EOS R. The least expensive one is less than $100. All of them allow you to use the full features of your lens.

An important benefit of these new adapters is that you will be able to use any EF or EF-S lens with the new camera. When you mount an EF-S lens, the camera will automatically switch to crop sensor mode and you’ll see the display reflect this.

Battery life appears to be very good; more or less comparable to present DSLR bodies, plus it uses the same battery as a 5DMkIV, for example. So you can use your existing LP-E6N batteries.

In addition to the new Canon RF 24-105 f/4L, we also got to play with the RF 50 f/1.2L lens. This is a beautiful piece of glass. Not cheap, though.

This is just the first in a series of new mirrorless bodies coming from Canon. Expect both higher and lower end models in the future, as well as lots of new compatible lenses.

Kelly mentioned that she is available for presentations at local clubs, so if that is something that would interest the group, we could look into it.

Software Updates

If you use the (excellent!) free FastStone Image Viewer, it has just been updated (1/23/2019) to version 6.9. You can download it from their website. Incidentally, this is much more than a “viewer” and among other things it is great for resizing images easily and quickly. Ask Edgar for a demo at one of the club meetings if interested.

If you use Canon Digital Photo Professional, the latest version is 4.10.0.1. It has just been released (January 2019). The other Canon apps were updated in January and February of 2018.

If you use Nikon Capture NX-D, the current version is 1.5.0. If you use View NX-i, the current version is 1.3.0.

Photomatix HDR software was updated last year. The current version is 6.1.1.

Aurora 2019 HDR software was also recently updated. The current version of Aurora is 1.0.0.2549.

Luminar 2018 is now Luminar 3. The current version is 3.0.2.2186.

On1 Photo Raw 2018 is now On One 2019. The current version is 2019.2.

Topaz Studio is currently at version 1.14.1.

For most of these, you can get the updates from within the app by clicking on “Check for Updates” (or similar). You don’t have to search for them on the developer’s website.

Firmware Updates

Nikon D600, D610, D500, D750, D850, Z6, and Z7 (mirrorless) cameras all had firmware updates in February, 2019. Other Nikon models were updated in 2018. Launch Nikon Message Center (if you have it) to check for the latest versions and download them.

Various Canon models have had firmware updates during the past year. Canon does not have an app like the Nikon Message Center that tells you which ones at a glance. The easiest way to find them is to go to Canon USA Support at this page and type in your model number. This will bring you to the support page for your model where you can check for software and hardware updates and download them.

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