Good deal for those living in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Amazon Germany has the Canon EOS M bundled with the razor-sharp EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens, the Speedlite 90EX flash, and Canon’s EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter at a very competitive price. The bundle is on sale at €389.
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 However, compared to what other manufacturers make, the 18-55mm may look somewhat outdated.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?
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 Italy, Amazon Germany, Amazon 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
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.
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
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]
Amazon Germany has the Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for €327.
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.