Is Canon developing a full frame mirrorless camera? That’s what the latest rumor floating around out there is saying. I don’t buy it and don’t think Canon is going to develop a new line of lenses for a full frame mirrorless camera. If you’ve ever used the Sony A7 series cameras with DSLR lenses, you know in most cases it isn’t an ideal setup. With the FE lenses, it’s a different story in most cases (70-200 f/4 aside in my opinion). Not to mention, Fuji is proving you don’t need a full frame camera to be serious about mirrorless, even if they do make one eventually. All you need to do is make a good camera and good lenses.
A rangefinder EOS M? I don’t even know what that means. Maybe just the look and style? Likely not, as Canon has stated publicly they aren’t into the “retro” thing.
It’s pretty obvious a new EOS M camera is coming, but I suspect it’s going to be the 70D sensor in a camera that will have a new design philosophy.
Source: [CW] via [PP]
Photo: Tek.no / Are Thunes Samsonsen. Used with permission
Canon’s next mirrorless?
Along with last week’s 7D spec list, we also received what is said to be the next EOS-M camera. A lot of people haven’t jumped on the EOS-M system yet, whether it’s the bad rap the AF gets, or the lack of lenses in the system, sales are quite weak for the little EOS camera. Most people seem to want something a little bit higher end, or at least be able to add accessories to improve the usability of the camera.
- 24mp APS-C Sensor
- New generation AF system
- DIGIC V
- Removable Electronic Viewfinder (Very high resolution)
- Optional grip attachment
- Slightly larger than the current EOS M
- Introduced with 3 more lenses
- $999 USD
Now, all of that sounds like pretty much everyones wish list, so take this CR1 rumor with a grain of salt. I will say that the next EOS M camera is definitely pointing to being higher end from other information we’ve received. An entry level EOS M system camera could be coming in early 2014 and sit in the sub $500 category.
New Canon 50 f/1.2
A new patent has surfaced that shows a new design for an EF 50 f/1.2 lens. The current 50L has somewhat of a mixed reputation due to some focus shift.
Also shown is potentially a 50 f/2 for a full frame mirrorless camera as it mentions a 22mm back focus distance. Keith at [NL] is reading the patent that way, and that interpretation looks plausible. If anyone is better at reading and interpreting the patent than we are, please let us know.
- Example 1
- Focal length f = 51.70mm
- Fno. 1.25
- Half angle of view ω = 22.71 °
- Image height 21.64mm
- 105.65mm length lens
- BF 40.00mm
- Nine 6 groups lens configuration
- One one aspherical surface
- Maximum effective diameter 45.16mm
- Example 4
- Focal length f = 50.00mm
- Fno. 2.06
- Half angle of 23.40mm
- Image height 21.64mm
- Length 72.62mm lens
- BF 28.86mm
- Eight four group lens configuration
- No aspherical
- Maximum effective diameter 33.34mm
Source: [EG] via [NL]
Canon EOS M
Below is the new Canon mirrorless camera and EF-M 22mm f/2 Lens.
The folks at [DI] posted what appears to be the first image of the new Canon EOS M mirrorless camera.
The New Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M Rear
Canon EOS M Top
Canon EOS M Sensor
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
We should see the new Canon mirrorless next Monday, details are still being confirmed about specifications and all that.
Don’t expect anything too “retro” or “rangefinder-esque”, as this is going to be a mass market consumer electronics type of camera. It’ll be more Nikon 1 than Fuji X-Pro 1.
I will post more when I can, a lot of what’s going around is pretty contradictory. Canon seems to have done a good job plugging leaks. :)