Why the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 legitimizes the entire EOS R system

Why the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 legitimizes the entire EOS R system
(Image credit: James Artaius)

The new Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 isn't just a much needed nifty fifty for Canon's RF mount cameras – it's a lens that truly legitimizes the manufacturer's entire full-frame mirrorless endeavor.

I was a day one adopter of the Canon EOS R, and thus Canon's entire RF system. After testing a prototype earlier in the year, I bought the original EOS R when it went on sale in October 2018. Then I bought the Canon EOS R5 in July this year. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.