The follow-up for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II has been talked about for the last year or two, with varying degrees of information being passed onto the rumor sites. This has obviously lead to a lot of speculation about the future of the flagship APS-C shooter Canon.

We're now being told that no EOS 7D Mark III is coming down the pipeline from Canon. Instead, we're going to see a replacement for the EOS 80D that will move slightly upmarket to cover the prosumer and enthusiast APS-C shooters.

We're told that there will be an EOS R camera body that will come to replace the EOS 7D Mark II. However, we weren't told whether or not the replacement would still be APS-C or if we'll see a full frame camera in its place.

We've heard an APS-C EOS R camera body prototype exists, but Canon themselves have said their future is in full frame cameras due to their higher margins and the desires of the marketplace.

Maybe we'll see two separate “sports” EOS R cameras in the next year or two, one to get the EOS 7D Mark II users and another later on to entice the EOS-1D X Mark II (or Mark III) shooters. As with the switch from film to digital, I imagine EOS-1 professionals will be the last to fully embrace the EOS R system.

Take all of this with a grain of salt, as the information hasn't come from known sources. It just happens to make a lot of sense to us.

More to come…

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