Below is the official marketing material for the upcoming Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM, Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM and accessories that will be announced tomorrow.
Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM
Compact, versatile, speedy, and affordable, the new RF16mm F2.8 STM lens is a terrific complement to any EOS R series digital camera. Offering an ultra-wide angle of view and a bright f/2.8 aperture, it’s an excellent choice whether taking interior photos in tight spaces, seeking out the perfect landscape or as the perfect webcam lens when used in combination with an EOS camera and EOS Webcam Utility on a video call.
With a 16mm F2.8 lens, you can experiment with enhancing perspectives, capturing starscapes, or with the close focusing distance of 13cm, get up close to your subject while still keeping the background more visible. Video users will find this ultra-wide lens a natural for vlogging, especially with its supremely lightweight.
With its remarkable combination of optical excellence and refined performance, all in a small package that’s easy to bring most anywhere, the RF16mm F2.8 STM is a stellar companion to any EOS R series digital
Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM
Perfect for wildlife, sports, travel, and more, the RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM is a compact, lightweight telephoto lens for EOS R Series cameras, offering a versatile zoom range that brings subjects closer with ease. The RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM is similar in size to the EF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens, but not only reaches 400mm, but also has fast Nano USM focusing and up to 6 stops of Coordinated IS when used in combination with an EOS R series camera featuring In-body Image Stabilization like the EOS R5 and EOS R6, or 5.5 stops with an EOS R/RP camera.
Using a single Ultra-Low Dispersion lens element towards the front of the lens group corrects chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, making your images look crisp and colorful with minimal color blur. The RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM lens can also accept both the RF1.4x and RF2x tele extenders giving you the effective maximum focal length of 560mm
and 800mm respectively. With a control ring that allows for quick setting changes, including shutter speed and aperture, the RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM lens puts quality, convenience, and control in your hands.
The Stereo Microphone DM-E1D is a compact microphone accessory for compatible EOS cameras that include the multi-function shoe. The Stereo Microphone DM-E1D easily mounts to the multifunction Hotshoe creating a digital connection to the camera. This means that no internal battery or cable connecting the mic to the camera’s mic port is required, helping you utilize the mic longer and also no impediment in using the vari-angle screen to its full range. It features a number of directional controls to suit the environment and your shooting needs.
Shotgun mode keeps audio focused on a subject directly in front of the camera, such as when interviewing someone for a documentary. Stereo (90°/120°) mode captures audio over a wide area for more ambient sound, ideal for nature scenes or entire orchestras. Adjusting the mic controls is as simple as pressing the menu button on the back of the microphone and using the touchscreen LCD on the back of the EOS camera to change settings. Whether you’re looking to capture an interview, record a concert or simply capture the sights and sounds of nature, the Stereo Microphone DM-E1D pairs wonderfully with a compatible EOS digital camera to help you achieve impressive audio.
For a seamless transition from your current hot shoe accessories to the multi-function shoe, the Multi-Function Shoe Adapter AD-E1 is the answer. The Multi-Function Shoe Adapter AD-E1 provides a reliable connection for dust and drip-proof Speedlite accessories that you may already own such as the
Speedlite EL-1, Speedlite 600EX II-RT, Speedlite 600EX-RT, Speedlite 580EX II, ST-E3-RT or OC-E3 flash cord..The shoe adapter will also hold current accessories such as shotgun mics and on-camera LED panels securely to the camera body with dual locking pins on the multi-function shoe side.
For wireless Speedlite setups requiring one or more off-camera flashes, the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 delivers a transmitter compatible with EOS cameras that include the multi-function shoe. Since this transmitter maintains a digital connection to the camera through the shoe, it does not require batteries, making the design approximately 30% smaller and approximately 50% lighter (than the ST-E3-RT II).
Controlling and changing the 5 independent groups across 15 Speedlites is as easy as pressing the menu button located on the transmitter and adjusting the settings from the vari angle touchscreen on the back of the camera, or with the flash setting screen when using the Canon Camera Connect app on your smartphone. With full flash control at your fingertips, the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E10 is an indispensable tool for advanced, professional flash photography.
I'm a bit shocked to see that the new multi-function shoe does not appear to be backwards compatible with Canon's existing speedlight transmitter (ST-E3-RT) and top of the line speedlights, such as the Speedlite EL-1?
The adapter AD-E1 won't be available until February of next year (per Nokishita), which kind of leaves people with the R3 a bit stranded from a flash perspective for several months, unless they buy the new ST-E10, which may or may not be possible to get at the same time as the R3 due to high demand and low availability.
Hopefully the silver lining from this is that Canon may develop some new flash units specifically with the multi-function shoe. The downside is that the new flashes would not work with older bodies (same dilemma as buying RF lenses for the R). I would love to see some smaller mid-grade flashes released with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
p.s. I hope I have mis-interpreted the lack of backwards compatibility. I've based my comments on the description for the AD-E1.
At $39 dollars, it's not a massive purchase, but that is another surprise to find out the new hotshoe isn't compatible.
At that price, I would hazard a guess the adapter is probably a small piece of metal that locks into the multi-function shoe with a hotshoe on top of it, so hopefully that means that it won't be difficult to make and sell lots of.
Eventually some markets may choose to include the adapter with the R3, just like EF-RF adapters were included with some R body purchases. I would be a nice gesture that I don't expect to see in the US, but who knows? Special deal for those who pre-order like Canon Canada did for R5 preorders?
It's also disappointing to know that all of the hot shoe accessories we already own will not be natively compatible with the R3. If you forget your little adapter, you can't use your transmitters, speedlites, or microphones that day? It's convenient to have equipment that is natively compatible with all of your bodies, and adds redundancy or reduces risk.
Blackout(s) may occur in some cases; such as when the built-in memory is full or when the flash battery is fully recharged after the battery ran out during continuous shooting.
So, perhaps equally powerful but smaller flashes because the smaller batteries that draw power from the body and are constantly being recharged. Or no battery and just a big capacitor to recharge.
Off of that topic, I'm shocked I didn't think of the fact that the 16mm F/2.8 was probably part of their recent EOS Webcam push that they've done over the pandemic. It looks to be the *perfect* companion for a cheap RF mount camera to be used as a webcam, it's wide, it's fast, and it's cheap.
Given how small it is, distortion is a given, but worse for astro is that it will be extremely, extremely shocking if the 16mm has anything less than 3 stops of vignetting. Bear in mind much larger RF lenses have come out with corners and sides 4 stops darker than the center, and the nearest EF prime, the 20mm f/2.8, has over 4 stops of vignette even despite being a much larger lens and not going as wide. Even regardless of the potential distortion, the kind of strong vignette that Canon has always tolerated on its wide primes, and the increased vignetting they're tolerating on RF lenses, means most of this lens is going to be, what, t/5-5.6 on average across the frame; probably t/8 to the sides, maybe even close to t/11 in the deepest corners?
All-in-all, I still expect these two lenses to be perfectly servicable hobbyist lenses for anyone who wants or needs to prioritise size and cost over quality, but with every release it becomes increasingly clear that the standard for RF is going to be a heavily reliance on software correction for any non-L lens. The end result can still be fine—the Fuji XF line has hinged on opcodes and software for the last decade, and that system is perfectly good for most tasks—just nobody should be expecting corners to not be cut in the process.
The bodies that are designed to shift lenses tend to be more like the 5 and 6-series, or in EF the biggest lens-seller was actually the xxD (e.g. 90D) line. It's been the same with Nikon for decades, too. These integrated grip sports & news bodies are sold on their durability, reliability, connectivity and speed; they're not bodies which really show off lenses well and their audience doesn't buy a large number of lenses in any case.