Melville, NY—Canon unveiled the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera for astrophotography: the Canon EOS Ra. Built off the EOS R system, the Ra combines new features, such as four times greater transmittance of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light. It offers 656.3 nm compared to the original EOS R, for astrophotographers and hobbyists who enjoy capturing the details of the night sky.
Targeting the needs of astrophotographers, the EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera incorporates many advanced features of the EOS R. These include the RF mount; a 30.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor; and a precision electronic viewfinder. In addition, it provides high-sensitivity, low-noise shooting and 4K time-lapse capture.
Moreover, the camera’s enhanced transmission of Hα rays (656.3 nm wavelength) is accomplished via an infrared cutoff filter. As a result, it can capture images of the deep-red wavelengths emitted by nebulae in vivid color, without any special camera alterations.
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In addition, it features 30x maximum magnification; thus allowing users to make precise manual focus adjustments. What’s more, the EOS Ra supports all Canon RF, EF and EF-S lenses with the use of an optional EF-EOS R mount adapter. This includes more than 70 lenses from the EF series as well as RF series lenses.
The variety of lenses, such as the large-diameter f/1.2 lenses, ultrawide-angle lenses and super-telephoto EF lenses, among others, are all suited to astrophotography.
Canon is also offering optional accessories. An AC adapter kit allows the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter. Another accessory is the BG-E22 battery grip. Canon also offers three EF-EOS R-mount adapters to accommodate the entire range of EF and EF-S lenses.
The Canon EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera will reach retail in mid-December. Body only, it will sell for $2,499.