Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
There is a very prevalent idea on this forum that enthusiasts only buy expensive cameras and lenses. I say an enthusiast is anyone who spends a lot of effort learning about photography and cameras. Some enthusiasts have a budget of$10K, some have a budget of less than $3K.
The reality is that if you are an enthusiast who has only budgeted less than $3K, you have to work a lot harder, spending a lot more time choosing the right equipment for the type of photography you want to do. It is difficult to find good combinations of lenses to achieve the same when you have a minimal amount to spend. With a budget of $10K (5DX+ L lenses), most of the work is already done for you. So who is the real enthusiast?
Yes, one can spend more money in the RF system buying the most expensive RF products than one can spend in the EOS M system. But one does not have to buy the most expensive RF cameras and lenses to be in the RF system. By the time the RF system is eight years old, as the EOS M system now is, there will almost certainly be many more affordable options in the RF system than there currently are. In fact, in terms of RF lenses, by the end of this year there will be far more options that are considered "affordable" by those with limited budgets than there were at the beginning of this year.
Even so, right now an RP + RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro compares fairly well in terms of cost to a camera in the EOS M system with features comparable to the RP's features, combined with the cost of needing to buy both the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM (for comparable maximum aperture) plus EF-M 28mm f/2.8 IS Macro (for comparable macro capabilities).
The cameras and lenses currently offered in the EOS-M system, which has been around for eight years, are aimed at more limited capabilities in exchange for size/weight/cost considerations that are more heavily favored by many more casual camera buyers.
The cameras and lenses currently offered in the EOS R system already, less than two years in, offer a far wider breadth of use cases, features, and price points for the specific needs of those who take time to determine exactly what they need for a particular niche of photography. That breadth of choice will be even much wider in the year 2026 by the time the EOS R system has been on the market for eight years.