Posts are personal opinions of Usman Dawood, architectural photographer at Creative Sonder posted at Petapixel.
According to the solicitations I made recently, it seems that the majority of users think that Canon was right when it launched the mirrorless camera system. EOS R their new. But in my personal opinion this is a wrong decision, and they should have continued to develop their traditional DSLRs.
The benefits of changing Canon's new mounts are not great, and the use of a smaller body also prevents the addition of features that users need. This is also the reason why Sony's mirrorless camera is getting bigger and bigger, not small in the palm of the hand. Small machines cannot have good heat dissipation, making the biggest impact on video recording capability.
All the features that other vendors have on their mirrorless cameras, Canon can also add DSLRs without developing a new kind of mount. The biggest advantage of developing a mirrorless camera is to provide users with an electronic viewfinder (EVF), but it seems that the photography community felt satisfied with the traditional optical viewfinder.
According to some people, changing the design of the mount to reduce the distance (flange distance) will bring many benefits, but I think this is a bad idea if looking at the economic direction. Canon will have to spend a large amount of money to develop completely new lenses, and must sell them at a high price to refund the money. The current professional camera market is gradually shrinking, making Canon's decision difficult to understand!
Sony is winning the mirrorless race
Sony is currently the world's largest manufacturer of Full-frame mirrorless cameras and is also a leading pioneer in this segment. But what's interesting is that Sony does this without eyeing expensive lenses from the start like Canon.
The point that made Sony catch the eye of users is the new features that it brings into the camera body, which Canon is lagging behind. Sony is ready to 'stuff' all the features that the processing capability of the device has not fully met!
The Sony a7R II is a good example, as it is capable of capturing high-quality images, shooting 4K movies, and anti-shake in the camera body. Of course, the device sometimes suffers from an overheating problem due to incomplete design, but it is convincing enough for many longtime Canon users to switch to mirrorless cameras.
Some loyal photographers remain with Canon, but ultimately disappointed with the 5D Mark IV – despite being a good machine, there are no features available on Sony's models. Many people believe that Canon deliberately retains the video features to protect its high-end Cine camcorders, a dangerous job at the moment.
Short distance (flange distance) is not important for Canon
One thing is very certain: the distance of the darkroom (the distance between the lens system and the sensor) is short with a number of certain benefits, including the ease of designing more special lenses. For example, Canon RF 28-70mm f / 2 lens, for example, is the world's first autofocus zoom lens with an aperture of f / 2. But how many people need this lens?
Canon RF 28-70mm f / 2 lens worth $ 3,000
Don't misunderstand what I mean, this is definitely one of the best zoom lenses available today, but it's not a reason for users to switch to Sony to return to Canon. Once again I have to repeat: the problem that Canon faces today is not about the lens system, but the features that it didn't equip its body.
If Canon has listened to customers, how good it is!
Imagine that Canon listens to customers, and how good it is to adopt 4K video capability on their DSLRs. Up to now, there has not been any model of the company capable of recording 4K on the entire Full-frame sensor, all of them have a certain crop factor.
If the 5D Mark IV has a better range of light fluctuations, better recording quality or features such as support for focusing peaking, zebra, … then perhaps a large number of users have not switched. to other firms. Instead, Canon is slow to develop new technology, then when Sony attacks strongly, the new company tries to follow.
And if the company has a longer time to develop the mirrorless cameras of the EOS R, they will surely become better camera models than we have today. Although photography is an art, but when choosing to buy a camera, the photographer mentioned more specifications – something that Canon did not bring to users.
Canon now has 2 lens mounts for Full-frame cameras, placing the company in a very awkward position. We have an EF mount that has been developed for a long time, with a large number of users, and an RF mount for non-mirrorless cameras that has only recently been developed, so it will cost a lot of money in the future but now There are not many customers yet.
Canon mount EF (left) and Canon RF (right)
Canon's new mirrorless cameras are not so good compared to other brands, which means that it cannot sell new generation lenses either. Canon should continue to improve what it did with the legendary 5D lineup.
People switch to mirrorless cameras not because they want a camera … there are no mirrors, they switch because they want new features. Canon can absolutely keep them by adding them to DSLRs that have been developed and supported for decades.