One of the biggest questions in the world of Canon is what will the company do with the EOS M lineup? I think most people, whether they wanted it to happen or not are resigned to the fact that Canon isn't likely to spend resources developing the EOS M system.

I have spoken to two sources recently, and both suggested that 2021 will be the last year of the EOS M lineup and that the EOS M50 Mark II was a “stop-gap for a couple of future RF mount APS-C cameras”.

This is the first time that I've heard that there are two APS-C RF mount cameras coming, but it makes some sense. The EOS M lineup has its fans, and if Canon can release an APS-C RF mount camera around the same size as current EOS M cameras, they'll have a winner.

Both sources were also adamant that there will not be RF-S lenses for APS-C EOS R cameras, but that future lens design will “fill the void of no dedicated APS-C lenses”. This makes some sense, as the only lenses APS-C shooters will likely require is a walk around kit zoom and a wide-angle lens.

I have reported that a Canon RF 18-45mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is coming in 2021, and that looks like it would be suitable as a kit lens for a crop camera, but it will also cover full-frame sensors. Canon will also be doing a Canon RF 10-24mm f/4L USM. which would cover the wide-angle needs of crop shooters, but I still think Canon will need a non-L lens starting at 10mm for cost reasons.

I suspect the EOS M will hang on a bit beyond 2021 as inventory will still exist, but I do think Canon needs to directly address this sooner than later.

More to come…

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