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Canon Mirrorless [CR1]

Canon Mirrorless [CR1]

Canon Mirrorless next week?
I received an email this AM stating that Canon will announce the Canon QL-D1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

There were no specs or any other information given.

CR’s Take
This is the first mirrorless information I have been given in months. If there’s an announcement coming next week, I can’t see this being all that gets sent my way.

The model name given is nostalgic and creative.

“QL” was used by the Canonet, a film rangefinder that didn’t have interchangeable lenses.
*UPDATE* A reader wrote in and gave me a bit of a history lesson (I love em). “QL” actually stood for Quick Load. As in how film was loaded into the camera. There was also an FT-QL SLR. Thanks!

“D1″ is a model used by Epson with their digital rangefinder the R-D1 and RD1x.

So while a creative little bit of information, I am going to say it’s highly unlikely. It would be so great if it were true.



Canon Mirrorless Far Off?

Beyond 2011?
It’s said Canon has introduced a 3rd camera category to its internal designations; DSLR, compact and mirrorless.

However, there is no current timeline or product to fit into the mirrorless category.

We’ve heard in the past that any mirrorless solution would be in the distant future i.e. 2012.

Source [NL]



Lenses in 2011 [CR2]

Lots to come
2011 will be the year of the lens, Canon is set to do a big refresh of their lens lineup in 2011. Nikon has done it in 2010.

The first lens I’m still told will be the 24-70 redo, and we already know about the 500 & 600.

The lenses being replaced will be popular flagship type lenses to improve resolution power. The next 1Ds and 5D will be big megapixel cameras (sorry, they’re not done with that yet).

Does that mean no EF-S lenses? The only one I could getting a refresh is the 60 macro. I’d like to see the 17-55 get a build quality upgrade (they break a lot as a rental item).

There was also this interview that mentions a big commitment to the EF mount and new products.

Canon’s Mirrorless Entry
“It’s a 2012 product”

That’s all I was told about that.

The Photographic, Video & Digital Imaging Show
I’ll be heading to Toronto/Mississauga next Friday to attend the Henry’s show. There won’t be anything new there, but I can bother the Canon reps. I’m hoping more of the new lenses will be available to touch.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!



Canon EIS Mirrorless System [CR1]

From Our Forum
I’ve been entertaining some inlaws, so I have neglected the site this weekend!

I am posting this because it’s being discussed and seems to be spreading around the web like wildfire.

CR’s Take
This all looks too good to be true. I have no doubt Canon is working on an EVIL system, but this camera system is a lot for 2011.

My other issue is with the lenses, they’re pretty much ALL primes. I have doubts a consumer product would launch with that many prime lenses.

The sensor size isn’t very Canon.

The source at Xitek (Where this originated from), is a known bad rumor felon. :)

This is one downside of what I do. Some sites treat poorly sourced rumors as fact and I’m almost forced to publish it. If I don’t post it, I’ll literally get 100 emails telling me about the information.

Please use this blog/forum post as an outlet to discuss what you’d like in a mirrorless system from Canon. Please don’t take this CR1 rumor as fact.


  • Electro Image System (EIS)
  • Sensor : CMOS 18mmx12mm (2X) 22MP back-illuminated CMOS (5760×3840)
  • Continuous shooting : 22MP – 6fps / 5.5MP – 20fps
  • Movie clips :1920×1080 30p/24p/25p
  • ISO : 100-6400
  • Expansion options : 25 – 25600
  • KIT – 12-75 f2.8-4.0 IS Macro (1:2) & 75-300 f3.5-5.6 IS


  • 5mm f4.0 fisheye
  • 8-25mm f4.0
  • 14mm f2.0
  • 25mm f1.2
  • 45mm f1.5
  • 60mm f2.0 Macro

Google Translation for Canon EIS
EIS is in English “Electro Image System” in the acronym, as distinct from the “Electro Optical System” (EOS), is focused on the integration of photography video series cameras.

First EIS 60 cameras will be developed using the latest Canon 22 million pixels of small size back-illuminated CMOS, sensor size is the whole site is just 1 / 4 of that 18mmX12mm, the relative coefficient of 135 1:2 lens, the image resolution of striking 5760 * 3840, starting the auxiliary lens 12-75/2.8-4 IS macro (through the button to switch to 1:2 magnification, the equivalent of full-size 1:1) and the 75-300/3.5-5.6 IS. Are retractable lens.

Pixel-wide continuous shooting speed of machine 6fps, 5.5 megapixel continuous shooting speed of up to 20fps, the new design of CMOS support for pixel sampling merger, 5.5 million pixel sampling can get excellent high sensitivity degree of effect, iso 6400 into practical use.

Video sample support 1920 * 1080/30P/24P/25P, video sampling with three times the pixel fusion, nine points for each integration point as a sample, as were the direct hardware support, so fast, the camera video effects than ever before.

Pixel-wide sampling of native ISO 100, pixel and video modes combined native ISO of 400. 2 * 2 pixels to support the merger and the merger of 3 * 3.

ISO support 100-6400, extension mode support 25.50 and 12800,25600

Canon will launch a series of EIS camera lens, known to include R & D program, including the lens 5mm / 4 fisheye ,8-25mm / 4 wide-angle zoom lens, 14mm / 2 biscuit head, 25mm/1.2 biscuit head, 45mm / 1.5 standard biscuit head, 65mm/2.0 Macro (1:1, 2:1 is equivalent to full-size)

Canon will launch an EF-EIS adaptor to support autofocus on EF lenses.

EIS series of cameras designed for dual SD memory card, double the shutter button, each for storing video and photos, supports video capture video capture process at any time without video capture still photos, video and photos of different buttons.

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More Speculation

Big White Lenses
On a personal note, I recalled I ordered some drop-in filters for the big whites a long time ago. In fact, they’ve been on backorder for almost 3 months from Canon Canada.

New filter system in store?

Canon EVIL [CR1]
Received information that someone had see 2 pancake lenses from Canon. A 24mm & 55mm.

I’m sure a small interchangeable lens camera from Canon is in testing, just do not expect it this fall.

I’m abroad
I’m in Ireland now, so keep emailing away. I never stop working.



Canon EVIL/Small DSLR on the Way [CR3]

Masaya Maeda spills the beans
Canon’s head of their Image Communications Products has told Reuters that Canon is working on an EVIL/Small DSLR camera.

Maeda also said the company was working on a smaller version of its upmarket single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras in a bid to compete with the new breed of mid-range so-called “mirrorless” cameras launched by Sony Corp, Olympus Corp, and Panasonic Corp.

Maeda went a few steps further.

“It’s not a question of whether or not you have a mirror. There is a consumer need for good-quality cameras to be made smaller,” Maeda said. “We will meet this need.”

He did mention that a mirror may still be part of the equation. So perhaps not an EVIL but a really small digital SLR that could take EF & EF-S lenses?

“It’s not a question of whether or not you have a mirror. There is a consumer need for good-quality cameras to be made smaller,” Maeda said. “We will meet this need.”
He denied this would be difficult without removing the internal mirror, adding that Canon had produced very small SLR cameras in the past.

No time table was mentioned.

Read More:

thanks Keith



This & That

The Future of EOS Lenses

As I mentioned in “CR’s Take”, it didn’t seem overly viable.

A CR2-3 source has been telling me another non L EF prime is on the close horizon.

1Ds Mark IV
The first words about the camera in a while came in today. It was suggesting the camera would be a post Photokina camera.

New Video Camera Format
2 folks have said a new interchangeable lens video camera would be shown at Photokina. Canon has paid close attention to Sony & Panasonic.

EVIL (Eletronic Viewfinder Interchangable Lens)
There’s something on the horizon from Nikon. However, Canon will be the last to the party.

I have a funny feeling that whenever Canon enters the segment, they’ll be the first one to do it 100% right. Or am I kidding myself?

Before you ask; Yes, I like the “EVIL” acronym.



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