Sounds like there on the right track - big question now, how much? Presumably less than a 70D.
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I hope they make the new MF cameras mirrorless. If they were you would have no size increase from current SLR cameras, and using on-sensor focusing would get rid of faulty AF issues, and it would mean wide angle lenses wouldn't need to be retrofocusing.
It would be cool to see if they started with both SLR and mirrorless cameras and an equal set of lenses for both, then the market could decide which system is better.
Unfortunately, Canon doesn't appear to take the crop segment seriously - they better wake up though, especially if Sigma keeps producing innovative, high quality lenses at a lower prices. My assumption is that lenses are where the money is. Competition is good.
I assume you mean that they don't produce any short EF-S prime lenses? They certainly make some good EF-S zooms in shorter focal lengths (I'm happy with my 10-22).
For longer focal lengths and larger apertures, I don't think there's any reason to create an EF-S version of the lenses. They probably won't be much smaller or lighter. (I'm not talking "equivalent" lenses here.)
I expect that any development in the shorter primes might be better served by working on pancakes that can be used with EF and EF-S instead of EF-S only. Unless it's possible that something like a 40mm pancake could be much smaller by pushing elements into the body of the camera. Off camera, the size probably wouldn't be much different anyway.
I assumed he meant that they hadn't incorporated a brand new type of AF system into the sensor on their forthcoming APS-C model which hasn't been uprated substantially from the 18MP APS-C sensor of the last few years.
I do agree that competition is good, and I've no problem using sigma lenses.
Would a 300/2.8 (or anything else for that matter) be any smaller if it was made for a crop camera?
300/2.8 is 300/2.8. Unlike smaller cameras, we don't usually talk FF-equivalent with crop DSLRs so the lenses are the same.
I'm very happy with a 70-200/2.8 and 300/4 on my 7D. I like the focal lengths and I like the apertures. These would be more or less the same size if they were redesigned for crop, wouldn't they?
Canon has proved they can make a really (too?) small DSLR - I would love to see a mirrorless version of the 70D body (same back plane distance) and a REALLY, REALLY good eye level EVF w/focus peaking and fast FPS. They'd have the real estate where the mirror goes. would people go for it - ??
Given how sales of mirrorless cameras are in decline except for a couple of Asian markets (the only type of non-cellphone camera whose sales increased last year was the dslr), I wouldn't be too optimistic, even though I would like to be - much as I like my FF Canons, I also like my Olympus OM-D and like the idea of FF mirrorless cameras (but only Sony so far has come close to providing that).