Weekly News Round-up: Canon Eos R3 and more

This week, the Canon Eos R3 stole the show, and the brand also announced two new affordable RF lenses. Nikon unveiled the compact 40mm F2, 7artisans announced a fast 25mm F0.95 lens and Techart changed the name of its Sony to Nikon adapter.

Canon Eos R3

The new flagship camera is Canon’s most advanced digital camera to date. It features a brand new sensor (the first stacked sensor from the Japanese company), improved autofocus (can recognise racing cars and bikes), 30fps of continuous shooting and something you won’t find on any other camera, Eye Control AF. You can read all about it in our two comparison previews below.

close-up on the Canon Eos R3 held by male hands

Canon RF 16mm F2.8 and RF 100-400mm F5.6-8

Alongside the flagship R3, Canon announced two affordable lenses to expand the choice for amateurs and beginners who don’t have the budget for the more expensive L lenses.

The first is a surprisingly compact ultra-wide lens, the 16mm F2.8, which is available for $300 and weighs only 165g.

  • 9 elements in 7 groups
  • 1 aspherical element
  • 7 diaphragm blades
  • Stepping motor AF
  • Min. focus: 13cm
  • No optical stabilisation
  • Filter size: 43mm
  • Control ring
Canon RF 16mm F2.8 on white background

The 100-400mm F5.6-8 is a compact lens that joins the club of affordable telephoto lenses alongside the RF 600mm F11 and 800mm F11. It weighs 630g, is 165mm long and costs $650. What’s also interesting is that Canon made the lens compatible with the RF 1.4x and 2x extenders.

  • 12 elements in 9 groups
  • 1 UD and 1 aspherical elements
  • 9 diaphragm blades
  • Nano Ultrasonic AF motor
  • Min. focus: 88cm
  • Optical stabilisation (5.5 stops, 6 stops with IBIS models)
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Control ring
Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 on white background

Nikon Z 40mm F2

While we’re waiting for the flagship Z9, Nikon has released the small 40mm F2 prime lens for its mirrorless full frame series. It’s very light (170g only), dust and moisture resistant, and is one of the first affordable Z lenses for FX cameras, with a retail price of $300.

  • 6 elements in 4 groups
  • 2 aspherical elements
  • 9 diaphragm blades
  • Stepping AF motor
  • Min. focus: 29cm
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • control ring
Nikon Z 40mm F2 on white background

7Artisans 25mm F0.95

Another super fast manual focus lens made for APS-C sensors and available in the following mounts: Sony E, Nikon Z, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, /Canon EOS M, EOS R and Panasonic/Sigma/Leica L-mount. It has a click-less aperture ring and the company promises low focus breathing. Price to be confirmed later this month.

  • 9 elements in 11 groups
  • 3 ultra low dispersion elements
  • 13 diaphragm blades
  • Min. focus: 25cm
  • Filter size: 52mm
teaser image of the 7artisans 25mm 0.95

Techart TZE-02 Sony E to Nikon Z adapter

A few months ago, I shared with you my review of the Techart TZE adapter that allows you to mount Sony E-mount lenses on Nikon Z full frame cameras.

The brand has released a new version of the adapter. The main reason is that they had to change the type of chip used inside the adapter because of the global electronic component shortage, and this is why they named it TZE-02. Techart states that the functionality of the TZE-01 and TZE-02 are exactly the same.

hand holding the Techart TZE-01 adapter, front view
The Techart TZE-01