In an interview with Imaging Resource and Canon Exec, Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi revealed some interesting details about the future of the Canon EOS R and where the series may be heading. And according to Mizoguchi, that direction will be heavily influenced by video.
After the rather disappointing reception received by the EOS R, Canon seems to be doubling down on mirrorless to show off how seriously they’re taking it. So far we’re expecting two new EOS R mirrorless bodies in 2019 (one entry-level and one “super-high resolution“) as well as three new APS-C DSLRs, and two EOS M bodies.
That’s a heck of a target for a single year. But this isn’t all they’re doing. The RF mount lens selection for the EOS R and its expected siblings is a little on the thin side at the moment. According to Canon Rumours, they’re going to announce up to seven new RF mount lenses during in 2019. They do say, though, that some may not actually hit the streets until 2020.
Last month, Chinese company KIPON announced the first line of third-party lenses for Canon EOS R and Nikon Z cameras. ELEGANT, a line-up of five prime lenses for both Nikon and Canon, is now available for ordering in case you want to treat your full-frame mirrorless camera with a new lens.
A new Canon patent spotted by the folks at Northlight Images shows a design for a new Canon EF to RF mount lens adapter. What’s so special about this one? Well, apparently, the purpose of this one seems to be to turn every Canon EF lens out there into a soft focus lens when used on an EOS R (or other, future RF mount body).
Canon got a lot of flak when the EOS R camera with no in-body image stabilisation. Well, it got flak for a lot of things, like the single card slot and ridiculously cropped 4K video mode, but the lack of IBIS was a big one, too.
Canon has said previously said that, essentially, they didn’t put IBIS in the EOS R because they didn’t feel that putting it in the body was the right way to go. Well, according to a post over on Canon Rumors, it seems that Canon might have actually listened to feedback and will be putting it into one of their new EOS R bodies sooner than we thought.
Recently Canon Watch reported that Canon will be announcing two new EOS R models in 2019. It had also been suggested that at least one full frame DSLR model had been shelved in favour of a mirrorless option. It was speculated that this model might be the EOS 5DS/5DSR. Now, new word via Canon Rumors seems to back up this fact.[Read More…]
Canon has stated that their new full-frame mirrorless line will sit alongside their existing systems in their product lineup. That an APS-C format mirrorless in the EOS R is essentially not possible, and that EOS M will continue to live on and see development.
True to their word, a new patent has just surfaced for a potential 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens design. The short backfocus distance suggests that it is for a mirrorless camera with an APS-C projection size. Given that it’s APS-C, it won’t be for the EOS R, but for the EOS M line.
Given Canon’s previous commitment to pursuing DSLRs alongside their new full-frame EOS R mirrorless line, this proves to be quite interesting if true. Canon Rumors says they’ve been told that Canon has scrapped plans for at least one new DSLR in favour of a mirrorless alternative. Whether or not it’s true is another matter, but it would be a smart move.
When Canon announced the EOS R, many were disappointed. And it wasn’t just the single card slot, either. It was that Nikon had just announced a pair of bodies, with one being a high 45MP resolution, while Canon was only launching one.
Now, though, it seems that those high resolution prayers may be getting answered. And according to Canon Watch, that may happen as soon as next year’s Photokina in May – if not sooner.