EOS Magazine – July-September 2023
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Welcome at EOS Magazine July-September 2023 Issue

Over the years – and with what seems to be increasing frequency – we have alerted you to delays and shortages of various Canon cameras and lenses. So it is with growing predictability that Canon has announced that the newly launched RF 100-300mm f2.8L IS USM lens will probably not be shipping until 2024. There’s surely something amiss in the supply chain when we are announcing both the launch and the delay of a new product in the same issue. However, this new lens is just one of Canon’s three new products, which also includes another EOS camera (see pages 22 to 25).
From our reader surveys we know that the large majority of subscribers are enthusiastic amateur photographers, so it’s unlikely that many of you will be joining the queue to purchase the entry-level EOS R100. Nevertheless there could be quite a demand. There is speculation that this APS-C camera will cause as much of a shake-up to the mirrorless ILC (interchangeble lens camera) market as the EOS 300D did to the DSLR market in 2003. Back then, the EOS 300D was the fi rst to break the sub-£1000 barrier, bringing digital SLR cameras to the mass market (see Norman Boyle’s comment, page 8). Twenty years ago, £1000 bought you 6.3MP, a shooting speed of 2.5 frames-per-second (fps) and 7 autofocus (AF) points. For considerably less outlay – £670 complete with a kit lens – the EOS R100 employs the same APS-C sized sensor. But that’s where the similarities end. The newest in the EOS stable has 24.1MP, 6.5fps and 3975 AF points. If you are asking yourself how this vast diff erence in AF points is possible, and what diff erence it makes to your photo technique and success rate, turn to our article all about AF coverage (pages 34 to 37).
If you haven’t got any long lenses at your disposal, the latest R-series cameras have a nifty new feature that enables you to extend the focal length of the lens you are using by 2x or 4x. It comes at a price – image sharpness – but generally speaking a slightly soft image of a subject that fi lls the frame is preferable to a sharp speck in the distance. It seems incredible now, with all this forensic focus on image sharpness, that Canon actually produced a lens to which you could apply softening. The EF 135mm f2.8 Soft Focus lens was launched in October 1987, a few months after the fi rst EOS camera. It allows you to choose between two soft focus settings, as well as using the lens normally for sharp results. I can’t see that being revisited in the RF range.

Angela August, Editor

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