(CW2) A new 18-55mm lens for EOS M system coming?

EF-M 18-55mm IS STM

I have been told (thanks) that Canon is working on a replacement for the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens. The new 18-55mm should be smaller, at least when not used thanks to a retractive design (as the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has). IS and STM obviously on board. No word about aperture but I guess it will hardly be different from f/3-5-5.6. The new EF-M 18-55mm should also be lighter than the current one. The source said the new 18-55mm IS STM will be announced in Fall 2015.

The EF-M 18-55mm lens was released with the first EOS M. It can’t be said this is an old lens. However, compared to what other manufacturers make, the 18-55mm may look somewhat outdated. A smaller and lighter lens with the same zoom range would for sure be appreciated by many EOS M system owners.

I rate the rumor CW2 since it comes from a new source, though I am almost tempted to give it a CW3. For the following reason: Canon is heavily pushing the EOS M3 bundled as a kit, in Europe you can get the M3 only as a kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens. Doesn’t that look like someone wants to empty stocks?

Btw, there are some pretty good EOS M deals on Amazon US, for instance the EOS M for only $299.89.

The EOS M3 is not on sale in the US, and is available in Europe only as kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens (Amazon ItalyAmazon GermanyAmazon UK). You can order the M3 also at DigitalRev (ships internationally)Detailed M3 specification can be read here.

About our rumour rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable (less than 15% chance to be real)
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor (15%-40% chance to be real)
  • CW3 – around 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past, high probability to be true (60%-80% chance to be real)
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true

Canon Patent For 70-400mm f/4.5-7.2 STM Lens For EOS M System

EOS M

Another patent for an EF-M lens that could go to market sooner or later. The fact that Canon is filing patents for EF-M lenses is a sign they are still committed to the system.

Egami (translated) spotted the patent. It’s a 70-400mm f/4.5-7.2 STM telephoto lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras, in the Canon world that’s the EOS M system (rumored to see a new entry soon).

Such a telephoto lens would allow Canon to catch up with the competition. All major mirrorless system manufacturer have telephoto lenses with similar range in offering. However, note that the patent does not refer to image stabilisation on the lens. Could be pretty difficult to shot shake-free at full extension and while hand-holding the camera.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-228734
    • Published 2014.12.8
    • Filing date 2013.5.23
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 5.58
    • The focal length f = 69.59-251.52-388.00mm
    • Fno. 4.68-6.30-7.00
    • Half angle ω = 11.11-3.11-2.02 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • Overall length of the lens 155.01-227.97-240.02mm
    • BF 15.81-37.15-46.87mm
    • Inner focus
[via Egami]

Deal Alert: Canon EOS M Kits at Amazon UK (EOS M & 22mm – £207, EOS M & 18-55mm & Speedlite 90EX – £221)

 Canon EOS M

Excellent deal at Amazon UK. The Canon EOS M with the supersharp EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens on sale for £206.51 (white only). Another very good deal is the EOS M kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the Speedlite 90EX, on sale for £221.10 (silver). All EOS M kits on sale at Amazon UK are listed here.

I have the EOS M (and all lenses, plus adapter) and I love it. You get DSLR performance in a small and lightweight camera. The EOS M with the 22mm pancake lens is a no brainer, a kit you can always carry in your pocket.

[via EOS-M World]

Canon Getting Serious with EOS M System (and CPS roadshow in May 2015)?

Canon EOS M

A few days ago an EOS M rumor surfaced, today we have some more bits about.

I have been told (thanks) that Canon Professional Services and Canon sale forces in Germany have informed various big German dealers that Canon HQs are recalling all EOS M models, but are letting all EF-M lenses in stores and branches. Dealers were told that Canon will address the EOS M in December. For the time being it looks as if it will be a development announcement rather than a last minute X-Mas surprise. If the rumor is reliable then Canon might getting serious about the EOS M system.

I’ve also been told that a CPS roadshow is scheduled for May 2015 to showcase new and important products Canon is going to announce in 2015, which possibly could be the rumoured professional cameras Canon may announce.

Stay tuned…

New Canon EOS M Camera Coming?

EOS M

Long time we didn’t have an EOS M replacement rumor. A new one surfaced just in time to heat up the holiday season discussion.

Canon Rumors writes:

We’ve been told that Canon has given word to various divisions around the globe that they will address the EOS M in December of this year. Apparently demo units have been recalled by Canon at customer centres in a couple of countries that aren’t in Asia, which suggests a truly global replacement of the EOS M.

The rumor is rated as coming from a new and unknown source, so take your big pinch of salt. Moreover, December sounds a bit strange as announcement date for a new, globally sold EOS M camera (the EOS M2 is on sale only in Japan and few other Asian countries). All in all, a rumor with many unknown parameters.

To this end, I would like to cite from a recent interview with Canon executives:

Was the Canon EOS M an experiment?

Well it was certainly an experiment! Japan and Asia as a whole accept mirrorless cameras more than any other markets. In the US, in terms of total number of cameras sold, mirrorless cameras account for less than 20%.

Will the EOS M2 come to the US and EU market? Mr. Tokura says:

It’s a possibility but we haven’t made a final decision yet. We’re looking at the market [more about this issue here]

When asked if it is easier to make lenses for mirror less systems, Mr. Naoya Kaneda answers:

In designing lenses for mirrorless cameras we have a degree of freedom, in that they don’t need to have a long flange back distance. Especially when making high-quality wide zoom lenses, it’s easier to design them for a mirrorless platform. A good example of this is the 11-22mm zoom for the EOS M. Its optical performance is very high.

It seems pretty clear that Canon has no intention to give up the EOS M system. The point is if they will ever make a pro-grade EOS M camera. So far no reliable rumor points in this direction.

The excellent EOS M is a bargain these days. Don’t believe all the bad press it got and have a look at the serious reviews. For the EOS M2 you may have a look at eBay.

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