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EDITOR’S NOTE 2 DEAR ALL, The days are really getting shorter right now as we officially hit winter. It’s been pretty mild so far up here in Gauteng, but I have been out on a few mornings that have been decidedly icy. I must admit that it’s not always a favourite time of year for photography in my mind as the big, cloudless skies often have a lot of haze on the horizons as the dust builds up with the lack of rain. It certainly looks a lot better down in Cape Town though – I was lucky enough to get some time out on a recent trip to the mother city, to test some new “top secret” lenses before the announcement. I have to admit that it’s one of the best parts of my job – getting new gear to test out long before anyone hears about it. Unfortunately, I am well known amongst photographers in this country and the sight of me with a camera covered in black tape or a strange looking lens can get tongues wagging, so I do have to get a bit creative as to where I get out to test these things. I look forward to sharing some examples in upcoming issues. One of the lenses I got to play with back in April was the new RF 85mm f1.2 L lens in the first featured article in this magazine. The image quality out of this lens is far beyond anything I have ever seen - and having the EOS R with almost the same sensor as the EOS 5D Mk4 meant that I had a very good benchmark to compare it to the legendary EF 85mm f1.2 L lens that’s been out for over 10 years now. One of our roadshow presenters (Clinton Lubbe) was so impressed with the EF version when it was launched that he reckoned he could start a religion with that lens. I reckon he’d be floored by the fact that this new RF version is definitely sharper than that version. I’ve been doing some training presentations around the country recently – focused primarily on the EOS R and the new RF mount lens system. The indication is quite clear from store staff that interest in these items has been growing substantially and I am very happy that so many of you took advantage of the cashback offer on the EOS R between 1 April and 30 June to take the plunge and “go mirrorless”. It is definitely the future of photography as far as Canon is concerned as the technical possibilities for the new mount and sensor distance are almost limitless. Canon is certainly pushing the envelope with the new lens development already and the roadmap for 2019 looks very interesting indeed. All I can say is – try it out if you get the chance, have a word with your specialist dealer and find out if you can give the EOS R or RP a whirl for a few days and make your own mind up! Until next time, keep warm and keep Clicking away! Roger Machin Product Manager PVDVC Products Canon SA

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