In an interview with Amateur Photographer, Panasonic UK’s Lumix G product manager Barnaby Sykes said that “Panasonic expects Canon to launch its first CSC in 2012.” There is one more interesting analysis made by Mr. Sykes: “the continued loyalty of many photographers to major camera brands such as Canon, owing to their long photographic heritage, continues to pose a ‘massive challenge’ to Panasonic, despite the firm’s success in the CSC arena.“. In other words: Canon user prefer to wait for Canon to releaser their own mirrorless system instead of jumping the ship by using one of the current mirrorless systems.
And while we are talking about a Canon mirror-less camera (I expect it to be announced at Photokina), have a look at the interview a Canon manager gave to Japanese magazin impressjapan:
For the time being Canon is the only major brand that still did not jump on the mirrorless bandwagon (at least not for a ILC – Interchangeable Lens Camera). The closest thing to a mirrorless camera that Canon made is the G1 X. Even Nikon did its thing with the Nikon V1. While we are all eagerly waiting for Canon to announce a true mirrorless system camera (and I am almost sure we will see something in September at Photokina 2012), David Riesenberg, a designer, has come up with an interesting mock-up made using CAD-software. D. Riesenberg called its concept AE-D, clearly having in mind Canon’s AE cams of the seventies. In his own words:
Like many others, I too have been waiting for quite a while for Canon to release its mirrorless system. There are speculations and indications that they may very well do so this year, but I personally grew a bit restless. Because of this, I decided to put to paper, or rather to CAD and rendering software, my vision of such camera. After about a month of learning, debating, modeling and rendering, the Canon AE-D came to life.
As you can see in the following pictures, the concept has a old-fashioned looking design that is somewhat resembling the Olympus E-M5 (it seems that retro-style aesthetics paired with up to date technology is the big thing for a lot of people).
David Riesenberg’s thoughts on his concept:
The design is inspired by the classic AE and AE-P which are two of my favorite Canon cameras ever. Simple, iconic, timeless. I couldn’t think of a better basis for a modern mirrorless system.
Some of the main features and the reasoning behind them are:
Full Frame – Might as well be the pinnacle of 35mm. Especially if a new lens mount is required. Future proof.
18.1MP sensor from the 1DX – This camera will not rob sales from the 1DX on form factor alone so it makes sense to use an existing sensor instead of a new one. Plus, it will make an excellent pair to someone with an 1DX.
The next picture shows the same concept without the viewfinder.
D. Riesenberg about the EVF:
Viewfinder – Design wise, I knew from the start that I wanted to incorporate the prism hump of the AE cameras. It is a prominent feature that without it, the context of the design gets somewhat lost. At the same time, it is obviously not a technical requirement in mirrorless cameras so making it detachable while housing the EVF felt like the the optimal combination of form and function. After all, if this is a camera for photographers, a viewfinder, even if electronic, is a must.
There are some considerations to make. Besides competing with the Nikon V1, a Canon mirrorless camera sporting a full-frame sensor would compete with the Leica M9 (which, besides being a $7000 toy, for the time being is the smallest mirrorless full-frame system camera you can get). The other big competitor would be the Fujifilm X Pro1, especially because the interesting price tag and its well known IQ (using an APS-C sensor).
Zeiss posted a new teaser of the awaited (and most probably to be a) Distagon T 2.8 15mm ZF.2/ZE lens on its blog. The new information we have: the lens hood is integrated and has a 95 mm filter thread. On Zeiss’ Facebook fan page you can read the following:
Here’s the next close-up of the newest member of our SLR family of lenses. The lens shade with 95mm filter thread is integrated into the design. This new super wide-angle lens from Carl Zeiss will be available from May 2012.
I have another teaser to report. On Zeiss’ site a post showed up :
It is here: the lens at the top of the wish list of our community on Facebook and Flickr. Now you can look forward to exploring entirely new creative opportunities. In the next few days, this is where we will be showing you everything our new SLR lens has to offer.
If you register on their Facebook page you can get the latest news (and pics) about the the upcoming super wide lens. Since they write that this lens is «at the top of the wish list of our community» I hope it will be a 15mm f/2.8 lens. Just to make us all happy. :-)
And, yeah, the lens will be available with a Canon mount too.
There is a teaser going around announcing an exclusive screening for April 15, 2012. Since NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) is mainly oriented to filmmakers and the film-industry, rumors are that Canon could present the 4K resolution hybrid camera it is supposedly working on. You probably remember that this project was announced by Canon in November 3, 2011.
The Cinema EOS 4k DSLR was shown in a glass box when the C300 was announced. It is not taken for granted that Canon will announce the 4K DSLR, but most probably there will be at least some new details and specifications about the upcoming new EOS hybrid cam (which could cost around $10,000). What can we expect? An EOS C100 with the form-factor of the 1D series? Possibly a competitor for RED’s Scarlet? A smaller, and cheaper, C300? Guesses are open.
German site slashcam.de (Google translation) reports a rumor about Canon announce a new, and cheaper, model of the EOS C300 at NAB 2012. Cheaper because it would not have interchangeable optics.
This would make somewhat sense, since yesterday Nikon (thanks Scotch) Sony announced two new models of C300’s direct competitors: the PMW-F3K/RGB and the PMWF3L/RGB (click here information), and both should be cheaper (but I couldn’t find a price so far) than the actually available C300 (around $16,000 body only), which, btw, just started shipping a month ago. The murmured “special edition”-C300 could hence be the chance for Canon to drop prices one step further and to counter Nikon’s announcement.