.. and it'll cost as much as the 6D is going for now, so while I like my M (at the price I paid for it), who needs an under spec'd, over priced M w/EVF?
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So if Canon's next FF camera were around the size of a 6D or 5DIII, and otherwise performed at least as well as those two, and mirrorless, I would buy one without the slightest hesitation. Maybe no one else would.... (And if sensor technology were to improve in such a way that the difference between FF and m43 shrank further, I wouldn't object to that, either.)
I think there is a common misconception that the only reason for making a MILC is to decrease the size - WRONG! As noted by others, there are many good reasons for ditching the mirror/pentaprism - inevitable IMHO. The problem to date, as I see it, there just haven't been any really compelling 'system' cameras available. If canon made a mirrorless 6D - size, etc being the same with a really good EVF - I think it would sell in droves. I'd buy one tommorrow.
That last one won't be possible, if you mean keeping with a 70-200 style size. (is that 7"?)
As you know a 400/4 would and has that large front element. At that size collapsible is somewhat redundant (and not cheap as it is lol)
I find the image quality to be equivalent in real-world shots, although when I set up my ISO 12233-type chart, the 100-400 fares ever so slightly better at 400mm. My concern is less about weight, and more about the shorter (retracted) length of the 100-400 compared to the combo.
If canon made a mirrorless 6D - size, etc being the same with a really good EVF...
Well, much like avoiding Imperial entanglements, that's the real trick, isn't it?
I agree with gmrza.
If you look at the drawing and read the words, it does seem that Canon are talking about a mirror that can change its reflectiveness electronically.
When looking through the OVF, the mirror reflects most of the light into the prism, and when you press the shutter, the mirror goes almost clear meaning that most of the light WILL go to the sensor.
It's basically electronic mirror lifting but instead of the mirror going up and down, it just goes clear when required.
A bit like the electronic LCD glass you can get now where at the touch of a button, the glass become opaque.
This is similar, but the glass becomes either clear or reflective depending on the position of the shutter.
Fixed mirrors were a dead end then (EOS RT).
Fixed mirrors are a dead end now (Sony SLT).
Canon: stop f*cking around and bring those mirrorless cameras!
* APS-C: EOS-M2 with exactly the innards and capabilities of the 70D. In a much smaller box. Adapter for EF-S and EF included in package. Minus obsolete mirror-box and prism. Plus fabulous "Retina" EVF. Plus Eye-Control Focus v.2.0. 999,- USD/€ body only.
* FF -> 5DIII innards and capabilities in a Sony A7/R sized body. Adaptor for EF lenses included. USD/€ 1999,-
Canon customers would buy like mad. :-)
Mirrors? yes, for cars and girls. Not for cameras.
So you know where I'm coming from, I'm a filmmaker and producer but I've also worked in advertising and tech. I follow tech developments quite closely, especially Apple and camera news.
In my opinion --
Canon cannot afford to be afraid to protect their higher end markets anymore. Sure, they produce amazing EOS still and EOS cinema bodies but they can't worry about cannibilization anymore. Canon makes GREAT products. Professionals will continue to buy 1D-Xs and C500s even if they sell the same autofocus points in a 7D or a Rebel, or enable RAW video in a 70D.
Canon has high-end lenses, both still and cinema/video, that professionals will continue to buy no matter what. Canon has tons of patents and will continue to innovate. It just has to have the confidence to not worry about those who will stop buying their high-end products.
Give people what they want- give them RAW video at an affordable price (yet with a healthy profit margin). Apple successfully cannibalizes itself over and over and over. Jobs said it best when he said (and I paraphrase) sell low and go for volume.
Oh, and in case you're listening, Canon, yes -- I do want you to OFFICIALLY enable RAW in the 5DIII and 1DC and sell them for less. Don't worry, we'll buy more of them.