- Aug 1, 2014
A number of people have noted that this would make a good match with an APS-C body. However it still has all the bulky goodness of a FF lens. The M series lenses are nice and small and would be the better choice for APS fans IMO.
A large R series body with a small sensor seems to sacrifice the entire proposition of APS. One could just crop an R5 frame with superb results.
While I agree with you and love my R5's crop mode far more than I would a crop-only R7, I do think there is definitely a big market for a cheaper, crop-sensor camera for sports/wildlife shooters that have no interest in full frame. The 7D and 7D Mark II are two of the cameras I see most often working in a smaller market, between prosumer sports shooters, small market pros, and wildlife photographers in the woods. I personally wouldn't own one even if it was given to me for free, but those users definitely have their uses for it and there is a large market for it if it was $1500-2000 dollars cheaper than the R5 with sorta-1D-level specs like the 7D/7D2 had.
Those sports/wildlife users are also the same who stick large full-frame glass on such a camera, so they don't particularly need crop glass or smaller bodies.
That said, the other big market for APS-C is travel and vlogging, both of which need tiny ergonomics like you mention. I hope Canon has a serious plan for that, and I do think we'll see something tiny out of the rumored 18-45 f/4-5.6 IS STM which sounds from the range/aperture like it should hypothetically be absolutely tiny.