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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 34mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

See also the 28mm series and 50mm series and 70mm series. This completes my evaluation on this subject matter.

This series evaluates the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 34mm at medium-far distance on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R on a planar subject. This subject is a very demanding test in that the extremely fine detail in a planar (flat) subject is merciless to lenses showing field curvature and/or weak in the outer zones.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 34mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/11.

The about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L is easily the finest mid-range zoom I have ever used. It is a must-have for the Canon mirrorless shooter.

f2.8 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-17 08:26:58 [LACA corrected]
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 34mm

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Reader Comment: Canon EOS R + Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

Josh T writes:

This is in response to my previous inquiry regarding buying one mirrorless camera for both landscapes and portraits, with a priority on portraits. You advised the Canon EOS R to make use of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM. I balked at first. It’s a big, heavy lens. Also, I had preferred to stick with Nikon, which I’ve used exclusively in the past. I hemmed and hawed, read your full review on the RF 50mm f/1.20L, and decided to buy both the lens and the EOS-R “as an accessory necessary for using the lens,” as you put it.

This has proven to be great advice, and I’m very happy with this setup. I'm getting a relatively high hit rate of in-focus eyes. Switching from Nikon was a big transition for me. I don’t have any regrets. The 50mm f/1.2 is a huge and heavy lens, but I don't mind hauling it around with me, and I suspect I would have been disappointed sticking with Nikon, at least for the next two years or so.

Next, I'm going to swap the EOS-R for the lighter and cheaper RP--will help take some of the sting out of the cost and weight of the 50mm f/1.2.

Thanks for the solid advice.

DIGLLOYD: try the Canon EOS RP if a few ounces really matters, but I'd keep the Canon EOS R around long enough to be sure you're happy with the RP, that is, don't sell the EOS R first. The EOS RP might not balance well with the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L, plus its EVF and video and other things are down-spec'detc.


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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 50mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 50mm at medium-far distance on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R on a planar subject.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 50mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/11.

This series follows the 28mm series and 70mm series.

f2 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-17 08:24:11 [LACA corrected]
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 50mm

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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 70mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 70mm at medium-far distance on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R on a planar subject.

This subject is perhaps the most demanding test scene I use, in that the extremely fine detail along planar (flat) subject are merciless to lenses showing field curvature and/or weak in the outer zones. It’s a shame that Canon doesn’t have a higher resolution sensor as yet.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 70mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/11.

As at 28mm, there is a lot to like about the about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L. It is a must-have for the Canon mirrorless shooter.

f2.8 @ 1/320 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-17 08:21:35 [LACA corrected]
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 70mm

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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 28mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 28mm at far distance on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R on a planar subject.

This subject is perhaps the most demanding test scene I use, in that the extremely fine detail along planar (flat) subject are merciless to lenses showing field curvature and/or weak in the outer zones.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series @ 28mm: Mosaic (Canon EOS R)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/2 through f/11.

There is a great deal to like about the about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L. It is a must-have for the Canon mirrorless shooter.

f2 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-17 08:28:42 [LACA corrected]
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 28mm

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Reader Comment: Nikon Mirrorless or Canon Mirrorless

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist and Nikon mirrorless wishlist and Sony mirrorless wishlist and Panasonic L-mount mirrorless wishlist.

Miguel B writes:

How are you? I am a subscriber to both Mirrorless and Making Sharp Images.

When the Nikon Z7 came out, I was super excited, and bought one right away. I used to have a D810, and have a fair amount of very nice F Nikkor glass, all of which I can use with the Z7+FTZ. Looked veryu promising.

he Canon response with the EOS R looked (and probably was) rushed. The camera itself is uninteresting. However, the quality and innovation in the Canon RF glass is blowing my mind. I have no doubt a better R body will come about at some point. So then here’s my question to you: Is it time to get rid of my Nikon gear, including the Z7?

DIGLLOYD: I am better every day, and averaging 50 miles a day on my bike and dropping 2+pounds of fat a week (lesss than planned, too many cold rainstorms) to get in shape for my double century season. Feeling great. My face has healed well after the trauma, if a little asymetrically, and there is some hope that I will lose only 0 or 1 nerves in my teeth, thus minimizing or avoiding a root canal. Medical expenses—not so good, and I can’t invest in new cameras or computer gear until I pay off those—a crappy situation but better than a broken neck.

Canon RF glass is the best in the mirrorless market so far (but the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 only at this point, I have am no fan of the mediocre Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

The Nikon Z7 is the best designed, best ergonomics, best shooting camera among mirrorless, but Nikon glass has so far disappointed (it’s very good, and that’s the problem—I’m not 'into' “very good”). I see nothing on the horizon to fix that, unless it be the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S—TBD. But while it goes to 24mm, it is f/2.8 and I’ll take the Canon f/2 offering any day, since I’d add a ~14-24mm anyway. I love the Canon 28-70mm f/2. I'd buy it outright and the 50/1.2L too with the Canon EOS R if I could—but medical bills come first.

I’d say study the Nikon lens lineup and see if it satisfies—so far I’m not a fan. What the hell am I going to do with a manual focus 58/0.95 Noctilux? I have all the Zeiss Otus lenses, and they’re great, but I’d rather the superb autofocus Canon RF 50/1.2L any day—so easy and fast to shoot, so superbly corrected—perfect combination of traits. But can Canon deliver a high-quality ~50 megapixel sensor and can Canon provide Eye AF?

Then there is Sony mirrorless, currently the 500 pound gorilla. My bet is that 2019 brings something very cool to the high-end.

Don’t rule out the Panasonic SR1 and the L-mount consortium. The Panasonic SR1 is already intriguing, and it might well be that the announced full-frame Sigma L-mount camera with Quattro sensor (I presume) will blow away all other entrants for detail, albeit with other shortcomings—see what that sensor can do in APS-C.

In short, now is the time to stay in cash, so to speak.

It’s an exciting time! The golden age of lenses is upon us as well as the best cameras ever produced.

John M writes:

Totally agree with your assessment of staying on the sidelines while these mirrorless wars play out. I have been dying to find a great zoom lens and your Canon review had me salivating (although would really prefer 24-70mm – just saying). I have an extensive collection of Fujifilm X and an even greater collection of Sony E-mount (Sony A7R II) including Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia. For me this is a very big investment. I am hoping that I do not have to make a switch and that Sony will continue to up the ante especially since it seems to be really making advances in Eye AF, etc. It does really beg a question though.

I think you have had a lot of insight into Zeiss and I wonder, if Canon can make such a great zoom lens, why doesn’t Zeiss make one? I just love the quality and rendering of their lenses and would gladly pay a premium for a superb (Zeiss Otus quality? 😊 ) 24-70. Oh the joy of only carrying one lens!

As an aside, I am really getting hooked on the Sony RX100 VI. It would not pass the Diglloyd smell test but for such a small format what a wonderful camera! Sure beats a phone (and I’ve pretty well tried them all.) Very small extra inconvenience to carry a separate camera.

DIGLLOYD: last there and first: I like the Sony RX100; I still have mine—great camera—see all the shots taken nearly six years ago—still looking good. I’d like the fast 24-70mm (equiv) f/1.8 lens of the Sony RX100 VA however. I tried the Sony RX100 VI, and IMO the lens is just too slow too often (f/2.8 to f/4.5). But if you want the range, it rocks.

I”m not sure about the zoom thing with Zeiss; I never heard it mentioned. The larger question is whether Zeiss will produce any lenses at all for Nikon mirrorless or Canon mirrorless or L-mount mirrorless. The main issue as I understand it is market potential—R&D and production costs vs sales volume.


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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L: What a Gorgeous Lens, Lots More Coming

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

When a high resolution Canon EOS R-Pro appears, the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L looks to be a must-have lens. At about $2999 it’s out of range for at the present time*, but it does the duty of 4 prime lenses, and to a very, very high standard of performance.

I just love having f/2 in a zoom lens—super nice for focusing and for bokeh. It’s big and heavy, but since it covers 28mm 35mm, 50mm, 70mm it can be forgiven as the only 'carry' needed for a lot of stuff.

Lots more coming soon; see my in-progress review of the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L.

* $11K of medical bills are not helping, and the prospect of buying a Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 and Panasonic S1R, all with some sort of lenses, is just not in the cards.

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f2 @ 1/400 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-17 09:13:02
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 60mm

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Delayed For Days: Hard Drive Horrors

Update: using a Apple Macmini (so I don’t have to touch my production system), I’ve isolated the problem to Seagate 12TB enterprise drives in one particular OWC Thunderbay enclosure—they run fine for a while, but once triggered, it’s perma-failure in that enclosure unless it sits for many hours. The cause is most likely a firmware issue on the Seagate drives, according to highly credible source (these are over a year old, so whether current models at issue, no idea). The Toshiba 14TB drives have never failed me, even in the problem enclosure. However, I’ve only been using them a short while. Still, I could not provoke a failure when swapping them for the Seagate drives.

...

I’ve gotten little done the past 3 days due to storage issues.

My primary RAID-5 and RAID-0 storage volumes kept going offline due to disk I/O errors. I thought it was a bad drive since always the error was on the same drive. But replacing that drive, it just chose another drive to fail with (and always failing on the same drive, just as before). It was sporadic at first, but got progressively worse until I could provoke it within a few seconds.

Ultimately my main store was hosed badly enough for macOS to force it to read only. The faults were so frequent that while SoftRAID kept rebuilding the RAID-5 successfully, things began to fail so often that the rebuild could not occur (the whole bus was hosed). SMART status is/was OK for all drives and there are/were no remapped sectors.

At one point, the failures propagated to other devices including six other (non-RAID) hard drives in the Thunderbay 6, and hosing a brand-new OWC Thunderblade so that it I/O errors trying to initialize it (was able to fix it later on a 2016 MBP). Whatever hardware issue is going on is pretty darn scary, hosing the entire Thunderbolt bus. I strongly suspect that the whole problem is due to the firmware of the hard drives. It could also be the enclosure firmware perhaps, or a bad interaction. More on that below.

The worst case (and a serious possibility) is Apple Core Rot, e.g., a bug in macOS. But it would have to be on both 10.13 High Sierra and 10.14 Mojave.

Isolating for the cause

A summary of just how much I did to isolate the issue:

  • NOT the drive—replacement drive fails too. And this time the failure is on one of the drives that was already there, not the replacement drive. Which tells me that it has nothing to do with the drives.
  • NOT computer specific (reproduced on 2017 iMac 5K and 2016 MacBook Pro)
  • NOT cable specific (two 0.5m cables and one 2m cable tried).
  • NOT unit specific (two different OWC Thunderbay 4 units and one OWC Thunderbay 6).
  • NOT bay specific (swapped drive into another bay, error followed the drive).
  • NOT macOS version specific; fails on both macOS 10.13 High Sierra and 10.14 Mojave (two different machines).
  • NOT software specific: can provoke with a Finder copy or an "ic verify" (by sheer good luck, Carbon Copy Cloner did not provoke the issue, so I was able to make up-to-date backups).
  • NOT a daisy chaining issue (direct connect, nothing else on that port).
  • NOT an interaction with other peripherals (sole peripheral on the 2016 MacBook Pro)
  • NOT a bad file system (Disk Utility gives clean bill of health, plus the errors are right off the drive).
  • Could not reproduce the issue with a single drive, a 2-drive RAID-0 or a 3-drive RAID-0, only a 4-drive RAID-0 or RAID-5.

Cause TBD

I still don’t know for certain what the cause is, but it might actually be the firmware on the hard drives but I won’t name the suspect hard drives until I have some certainty—would not want to blame unfairly. To be clear, they are NOT the Toshiba 14TB drives, which so far have performed flawlessly (and very quietly)—love 'em.

I expect to have a fresh set of Toshiba 14TB MG07ACA hard drives tomorrow with which I can perform one more test to verify or disprove that theory: try to reproduce the problem with the Toshiba 14TB drives versus the problem drives. If I cannot reproduce the problem with the Toshiba 14TB drives, then I will reproduce it with the problem drives. I’ll do this several times, and if the Toshiba drives do not fail and the other ones do, then I will finally have an answer, and a solution—get rid of the problem brand. If both fail, then I’ll have to blame the enclosure firmware.

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Canon Discounting Canon EOS RF Lenses + Thoughts on the Mirrorless Market

If it were me, I’d do just what Canon is doing: (1) discount current RF lenses concurrent with the release of the new Canon EOS RP (see lenses below), and (2) announce a compelling lens line all due out this year, (3) announce a high-megapixel pro body in a few months. Canon has done the first two so far.

While the Canon EOS RP does not appear to be anywhere as nicely-specified a camera as the Nikon Z6 (video in particular), widening the price gap vs the Nikon Z6 by another $200 to the is a smart move at this juncture. And the fact is that for broad range of users, a price gap of $800 matters far more than anything else.

We now (or soon) have Nikon, Canon, Sony, L-Mount consortium (Panasonic/Leica/Sigma) all in the mirrorless market. Six players all vying for attention! And if Pentax wishes to survive in the camera market, it had better produce a 35mm and medium format mirorrless soon.

With all this competition, we should see a fantastic series of advances in the next few years in cameras and lenses, not to mention frequent price promotions.

Plus, my guess is that Sony is going to upend the game this year with some class-leading cameras, so that the other players will need to accelerate their plans, or look dated in less than a year of launching!

For years now I’ve said that the DSLR is dead. My premise included the inexorable rise of computational power that overwhelms any and every DSLR advantage for the few lingering distinctions that matter, such as certain types of autofocus. The DSLR is and has forever been a laughable failure with its lack of Eye AF, and now Sony has real-time eye tracking as the subject moves—computational power at work. I expect to see more and more of this, including a dream camera that can track the eyes of a deer or brid in flight or football player.

See also my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

 


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My Workhorse NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display is Discontinued — Get One While Available

See my color management wishlist and get NEC PA302W at B&H Photo. Unless you already have the NEC calibrator and software, be sure to get the NEC PA302W BK-SV.

My workhorse display, the NEC PA302W, is finally discontinued. It remains a critical piece of my workflow. See Long Term: Usage of my Workhorse NEC PA302W Wide Gamut Professional Display in My Sprinter Van + Reasons To Like in General for details.

There is still some stock at B&H Photo; you can buy the white one with the calibrator, or the black one without the calibrator, then buy the calibrator separately; I prefer the black bezel but either should be fine.

NEC Color Sensor and SpectraView II Software Kit

NEC PA302W-SV 30" 16:10 IPS Monitor with SpectraView II (White)

Note: on Thunderbolt 3 Macs, you’ll need DisplayPort to drive the screen. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock solves it. See also Options for Connecting a Display with Mini DisplayPort or DisplayPort input to a Mac with Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C. There are also various USB-C to DisplayPort cables available, but for me these are no good because they terminate the Thunderbolt 3 bus and thus all devices would have to be on just to use the display.

Color gamut of NEC PA302W wide gamut display, full range calibration
Color gamut of NEC PA302W wide gamut display, full range calibration

Canon Announces More Canon RF Lenses for the Canon EOS R System, Due in 2019

Canon isn’t fooling around with its full-frame Canon EOS RP aggressively low price point.

Canon has also announced a compelling lens line rollout, all due in 2019, as listed below. All that’s missing is a high-megapixel Canon EOS R (odd that “P” for “pro” was used for the entry-level camera, not so great an idea, IMO).

This lens line covers 90% of the speed and focal length range needed by most photographers for most shooting.

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Canon EOS RP: a 26-Megapixel Full-Frame Entry Level Mirrorless Camera Weighing only 1.07 Pounds

Canon isn’t fooling around here: a full-frame mirrorless camera starting at $1300 (without lens) is $600 or so below the about $2000 Nikon Z6. In this range of the market, that’s a huge price difference that positions the Canon EOS RP very aggressively. How will Nikon respond?

Even with the zoom it’s still persuasive for many buyers who buy and use only one lens—about $2600 Nikon Z6 with a 24-70mm zoom or about $2200 Canon EOS RP with 24-105mm zoom. Some readers quite fairly point out that the Canon EOS RP is a “stripped down” offering—true enough. I’d much rather the Canon EOS R.

APS-C still has a distinct price point difference, the gap being about $1000 with lens as in the new Fujifilm X-T30 with 15-45mm lens. But just how much that gap will narrow within a year or two remains to be seen.

The fact that Canon is being this aggressive on price with the new RF mount cameras suggests to me a well-laid plan to move big-time into mirrorless. Can a pro camera with high megapixels be far off?

Canon has also announced a compelling lens line rollout.

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New “Enhance Details” Feature in Adobe Camera Raw

Adobe has a new Enhance Details feature for raw files (only). I give kudos to Adobe for being absolutely on the right track—use computing power to improve image quality—it’s about time. See Enhance Details in raw images and Enhance Details for how it works technically.

Great idea, frustrating execution (more on that below—a 5X space penalty).

Does it work?

Yes, particularly with lesser lenses.

But with a world-class lens like the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, I just about go blind trying to see the difference, which amounts to a very subtle increase in micro contrast—not even worth the trouble. However, there are images where it is very much worth the trouble—the foregoing statement is a general one about image detail with world-class lenses.

Moiré in particular is hugely improved—in the crop below, the building at left and right are hugely improved—toggle to compare. There are subtle and not so subtle improvements all over this image.

Toggle to compare enhanced vs as-shot (actual pixels crop)

A very nice benefit is pushing the pixel quality towards the style of a true color camera, that is, removing most of the color aliasing. See for example “PaceStar Triple Compound...” at right: the text is cleaner and easier to read and less polluted by color aliasing.

This crop is at 200% of actual pixels—the effects are subtle and harder to see at actual pixels.

Toggle to compare enhanced vs as-shot (actual pixels crop)
Relative file sizes for Adobe “Enhance Details”—
5X larger in total for original + enhance DNG

Huge problem (literally)

There is (literally) a huge “catch”: you must first save a monstrously large raw file derived from the original. This is NOT what I want to do in my workflow—I want to check a box and have it do its thing on the original as part of the raw conversion—please Adobe, don’t quintuple the space requirements saving a huge DNG file—I don’t want to turn 10TB of images into 50TB of images—this is workflow insanity. Yes I know that the enhance step will add a few seconds... so what?

I’m all for this sort of technology, but not with the huge hassle of a 5X size penalty. What is Adobe thinking here? Crazy—I’m supposed to turn my 10TB of images into 50TB?

Adobe, give me an option to just incorporate it into my workflow, not force me to save an absurdly large DNG file.

How-to

In Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop, right-click (control-click) for a contextual menu that will process the raw file and save a new DNG file. In Lightroom, something similar as shown below.

Save a DNG with Adobe’s Enhance Image feature, Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop
Save a DNG with Adobe’s Enhance Image feature, Adobe Lightroom

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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Oak Tree Sunstar (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 41mm at far distance on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R with a scene that is tremendously challenging for any lens: extreme contrast including the sun and bright clouds with silhouetted subject matter—a challenge is often present in outdoor shooting.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Oak Tree Sunstar (Canon EOS R)

The about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L performs like the very best prime lenses.

Oak Tree Sunstar and Billowing Clouds
f2 @ 1/8000 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-10 10:59:06 [altitude 500 ft / 152 m, 50°F / 10°C]
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 41mm

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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Bokeh with Out-of-Focus Speculars (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 70mm at MOD at medium distance on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R with out of focus specular highlights, looking at bokeh quality (particularly in outer zones and with stopping down), and secondary color.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Bokeh with Out-of-Focus Speculars (Canon EOS R)

Don’t walk—run and go get the about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L, the finest zoom I have ever tested—exquisite.

Out of Focus Specular Highlights
f2.8 @ 1/8000 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-10 10:41:42
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 70mm

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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Condensation in Taillight (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates performance of the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 70mm at MOD (Minimum Object Distance) on the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R. Overall imaging performance is evaluated including visual impact, but particularly secondary color and also focus shift.

It’s a simple shot, but tells us a lot—it speaks volumes about what to expect from the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Condensation in Taillight (Canon EOS R)

If you’re a Canon mirrorless shooter, the about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L is a must-have, being the finest zoom I have ever tested—exquisite really. I might yet find some weaknesses, but “OMG” is my first impression, similar to when the first Zeiss Otus lens appeared—a revelation in what a zoom could be, and now is. Actually, it is a revelation in what a prime lens (fixed focal length) could be—double wow.

Why is Nikon designing very good but nonetheless consumer grade optics for the Nikon Z7 while Canon has two awesomely pro grade lenses out already? Interesting strategic differences. If Canon delivers a 45+megapixel Canon EOS R, I’d got that way for clearly superior optics.

Condensation in Taillight
f2.8 @ 1/6400 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-10 11:04:17
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 70mm

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Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Orange Poppy and Chair (Canon EOS R)

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist.

This series evaluates performance of the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L at 70mm on a close-range scene using the 30-megapixel Canon EOS R. Overall imaging performance is evaluated, including sharpness, bokeh and secondary color.

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L Aperture Series: Orange Poppy and Chair (Canon EOS R)

If you’re a Canon mirrorless shooter, the about $2999 Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L is a must-have, being the finest zoom I have ever tested—exquisite really. I might yet find some weaknesses, but “OMG” is my first impression, similar to when the first Zeiss Otus lens appeared—a revelation in what a zoom could be, and now is.

Along with the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon is delivering lenses so good that the Nikon Z7 lens choices don’t even deserve to be in the discussion—Canon is producing lenses I *want* to own and shoot. Not so with Nikon (Sony has a good mix). The Canon EOS R is only 30 megapixels—but Canon will surely deliver a high megapixel camera at some point. Otherwise, I could see the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L being the only lens I would need to carry for many purposes. And that is a BFD for anyone looking to simplify and focus on shooting.

Poppy and Chair
f2.8 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 100; 2019-02-10 11:11:27
[altitude 500 ft / 152 m, 55°F / 12°C, "poppy waving around in wind"]
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM @ 70mm

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Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Examples: Snowstorm Lundy Canyon (Nikon D850)

See my Sigma DG HSM Art wishlist.

These examples shot in stormy snowstorm conditions in Lundy Canyon.

I shot this series in part to validate/calibrate my sense of the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, which I shot not long after. While this is not a comparison, I offer my perspective on the two lenses here and there as well as general commentary.

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Examples: Snowstorm Lundy Canyon

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f11 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 64; 2018-12-01 14:54:13
[location “Lundy Canyon camp”, altitude 7000 ft / 2134 m, 26°F / -3°C, diffraction mitigating sharpening, USM{8,50,0}]
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Sprinter in Snowstorm (Nikon D850)

See my Sigma DG HSM Art wishlist.

This series evaluates performance of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon on a medium distance scene from f/1.4 through f/11. Secondary color is of particular interest.

I shot this series in part to validate what I was seeing with the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, on the same trip, thus a context over a week so in which I saw both lenses perform to world-class standards. While this is not a comparison, I offer my perspective on the two lenses.

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Sprinter in Snowstorm

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Mercedes Sprinter in Snowstorm
f1.4 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 100; 2018-12-01 15:28:49
[location “Lundy Canyon Road”, altitude 7000 ft / 2134 m, 25°F / -3°C]
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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