Odd draw . . .

Consider me somewhat spoiled by decent optics. The photo below was shot with the RF 18-150mm at 18mm. For a plastic kit lens, barrel distortion doesn’t look all that bad—until you look a bit closer. It appears to be slightly asymmetrical.

No problem, you say, use DPP Express. Well, it straightens the borders, but a short way into the frame it becomes slight pincushion, also asymmetrical. Still, not all that bad if the lens was in the same tier as one of the old 18-55mm designs. But it’s a couple of notches more expensive, even with the kit. And it’s still all plastic.

You’re right . . . no one twisted my arm into buying it. But with a manufacturer like Canon, one would assume a certain level of quality, especially as one of the first two offerings for a capable camera like the R7. But instead, it looks as though Canon tried to exploit R7 buyers by putting out an insufficiently-resolving lens that even their own software can’t correct, and at an equally exploitative price point. It’s yet another lesson I’ve learned from Canon in the past year or so.

If one were to use this lens and the TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 in a direct price/quality ratio comparison, it looks as though the china company is seeing how good they can make their glass can and for how low a price. And Canon appears to be seeing how much they can extract from customers’ pockets with an underdesigned, overpriced, less-than-mediocre lens.

If only Canon had chosen to let Sigma do RF lenses, the R7 would be a great system camera. As it is, my 90-dollar wonder is my preferred walkaround lens, with the Viltrox lens, both cheaper and far superior to non-L lenses, along for the ride.

R7/RF 18-150mm