Friday, July 20, 2012

Mirrorless Cards Revealed

On Monday, Canon will formally join the EVIL mirrorless camera category. Every major manufacturer will them have cast their lot into the fight for the post-SLR era.

On the one hand, I really like the direction they took with the EOS M body and the EF-M 22mm f/2 pancake set. It basically looks like an S100 with a lens mount, which is a good form factor to aspire to, in my opinion.
Lookit the sexy smallness. Like a loli, though not quite DFC...
(from Canon Watch)
But when I look at the EF-M 18-55mm IS (unknown aperture, but most likely f/3.5-5.6), I see the problem with choosing APS-C - the zooms will always be hideously big. This standard zoom does not appear to really gain any size advantage from the new mount, and that makes me sad.
... and XL busts don't look right on lolis for a reason.
(from Canon Watch)
Haven't Samsung already built the system Canon would be making? Don't get me wrong, Canon's ecosystem is preferable, but still, shouldn't a small system actually put more effort into being... small?

I want beautifully compact lenses beyond the pancake prime, like these in the micro-4/3 system:
Part of me really does wish Canon went with the G1X 1.85-crop-factor micro-4/3-esque sensor. Then perhaps we could have seen truly smaller lenses. It is fully possible that Canon can pull some unexpected optical tricks in the future (collapsible standard zoom?). But while I would gladly eat my words on this, I'm not holding my breath.

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