Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

They did it, they did it! AGAIN! Cripple hammer!

when it’s not the body, it’s the lens. Anything consumer/prosumer grade is bound to be crippled. This is the Canon way and now more than ever it’s clear it’s not going to change.

When people like me expected something to compete with Sony’s FE 200–600 mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS or Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, Canon puts a crippled f/7.1 (!!) lens on the market. One that doesn’t look anywhere near sexy, additionally.

Sure f/7.1 is “just” 1/3 stop less light than f/6.3, but f/6.3 was already a compromise that not anybody liked, but a necessary compromise in term of price. But at least that gave you 600mm! not 500… But f/7.1 means a lot of things, too many things to my taste:

  • another 33% less light gathering ability on top of the f/6.3 of the Sony lens.
  • 66% less light gathering ability compared to the EF 100-400 or the Nikon 200-500
  • Even busier backgrounds. For wildlife it’s already difficult to get close enough to smooth out backgrounds at f/6.3 or even f/5.6.
  • Early mornings, late evenings and woods photography will be increasingly demanding on the camera’s ISO performance. I don’t doubt the latest R bodies are better in this regards due to the new sensor, but it’s still one more problem to the mix.
  • The lens is not sexy at all. What do people who cannot afford a 500 or 600mm prime but are passionate about wildlife photography want? A lens that does not look like a toy. This one looks like a toy.It’ll look ridiculous on a tripod. I really don’t care about carrying big and heavy lenses.

I’m sure the lens will be very sharp, very fast to focus and up to the L standards.But it still represents too many compromise for me.

Definitely moving on. I’ll wait for Nikon to announce and show its 200-600 to decide Sony or Nikon.

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

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