With Nikon’s recent launch of the Z 50, speculation has continued regarding Canon’s plans for its APS-C sensor cameras. What to do to cater for all of those 7D Mark II shooters awaiting an upgrade is something of a dilemma, and a new rumor has sparked a fresh helping of speculation.
Last week, Canon Rumors reported that it had received word from a reliable source that Canon is currently developing an APS-C, RF-mount camera. Canon Rumors goes on to suggest that it would not be an entry-level camera akin to the DSLR Rebel (and yes, that name is still ridiculous — click here to find out why). Those APS-C fans craving a 7D Mark III will have to sit tight, however, as this new camera is not expected to come to market until 2021.
Canon’s shiny new RF mount has certainly opened up new avenues when it comes to design, though the lenses released so far would probably have you believe that they are designed for professionals and those with money to burn. Sure, a shake-up of what constitutes the holy trinity is remarkable, and the optics on the f/1.2 primes are truly pushing boundaries, but those of us who like smaller, more affordable glass are wondering where all of this is leading. A pancake and a nifty fifty are said to be in the pipeline, both of which would make for a cute package when coupled with the immensely affordable RP (and perhaps that as-yet-unannounced full-frame mirrorless that’s even cheaper, apparently).
If the rumor is true, this then begs the question: will Canon make lenses specific to its RF-mount APS-C cameras? Is RF-S glass a possibility? Canon News offers an interesting suggestion: porting EF-M glass to RF would not be difficult — simply keep the optics and swap out some electronics and 8 lenses would be ready to go almost instantly.
Understandably, Canon is keeping quiet about its plans as any announcement could be received as a klaxon that marks the demise of EOS M. Speaking last year, one of Canon’s senior managers said that the “M-series has still got legs on it” which at the time struck me as a phrase that didn’t exactly inspire confidence for the long term. It might be worth noting that this quote came from one of Canon’s European managers; the EOS M seems to be far more popular in Japan than elsewhere. Certainly, the release of the M200 and M6 Mark II last year and the prospect of an M50 Mark II this year suggest that its future is safe.
With the dilemma facing Canon at this juncture, you wonder if Nikon’s move to release the Z 50 is inspired. At present, there are two solid lens offerings for the system and it might prove a smart move from Nikon to focus on consumer and prosumer gear given that they constitute such a large percentage of its sales.
Returning to Canon, have most 7D owners now given up waiting to see what the Japanese manufacturer would do? With the missing viewfinder and lack of quality M glass, a flagship Canon APS-C doesn’t seem to exist which is odd given that Sony seems to have about a million of them and Fuji certainly seems to be selling a bunch of X-T3s with a lot of excitement over what the X-T4 will bring.
Is there any truth to this rumor? What should Canon do to accommodate its APS-C shooters who will never switch to the M-series?