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Rumor: Canon to Join Micro Four Thirds Eventually?!

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    via 1001 Noisy Cameras:

    Cateto blog has reported on a blog post from Spanish photographer Valentín Sama, who apparently has "published more than one significant scoop in the past". Apparently, this post from Sama (in Spanish) suggests that other companies (Fuji, Sigma, and Kodak are named) could join the Micro Four Thirds standard and that, according to his information, Canon may also be joining Micro Four Thirds in the long term!

    Sources:
    Cateto blog (English)
    Valentín Sama blog (Spanish)
    Valentín Sama blog (Google translation)
     
  2. bg2b

    bg2b Mu-43 Regular

    53
    Dec 22, 2009
    Berkeley Heights, NJ
    It's been widely "confirmed" that Fuji will join the alliance and release a micro-4/3 camera. I wouldn't put any stock in Canon signing up though.
     
  3. dogears

    dogears New to Mu-43

    6
    Jan 10, 2010
    Philippines
    M43 on the rise :D
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    For Fuji, I've seen only unsubstantiated rumors. Has there been any word from anyone with a good track record? I would love to see Fuji join!
     
  5. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Woohoo! That would be quite something... hope at least some of this is true.

    Thanks for the news.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  6. bg2b

    bg2b Mu-43 Regular

    53
    Dec 22, 2009
    Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Thom Hogan is probably the most well-known of those who've "confirmed" it. I use the quotes because I'll only 100% believe it when Fuji says it. My WAG is that it's 80% likely.
     
  7. voyager

    voyager  

    104
    Dec 31, 2009
    Unlikely. They get enough money for the Rebel lineup already I don't see them investing in yet another camera mount.
     
  8. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    780
    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    Peter
    I can certainly see Canon going down the compact, mirrorless, interchangeable lens route and maybe even a fixed lens model as well as the natural sucessors to the G series cameras. I think Canon will stick with the 1.6 crop sensors rather than go to MFT.
     
  9. SimplyEd

    SimplyEd Mu-43 Regular

    73
    Feb 10, 2010
    Philippines
    Better to buy the legendary lenses now...
     
  10. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    By legendary, does one mean hit or miss quality?:biggrin:

    Cheers

    Ray
     
  11. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    The key thing about buying legacy (I'll skip the word legendary) lenses is to watch your budget and make sure you're buying lenses in very good condition - it takes a little patience to track down those bargains but it can be a fun learning experience.

    I'd recommend starting out with a Hexanon 40mm f1.8 pancake lens... great value.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  12. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Waiting for the Nikon rumour! - then I'll switch - sorry Mr Panasonic!
     
  13. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran


    Ooooh. They'd love you for that over on the POTN forums :biggrin:
     
  14. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Oh Yeah...now there's a very open minded group.
    I'm still in hiding......
     
  15. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I hear ya. The shit I got in private mail there when I announced I was selling my 40D to move over to:43: was incredible.


    Now, back on topic...
     
  16. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I caught it many times....
    The Epson R-D1s was the biggest hit....
    And then I was in that long running 3 year conversation on the streets...
    Man, caught crapola there too....
     
  17. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Naaaaaaaa

    Could Canon or Nikon join - Yes if they paid their entrance fee!

    Do they want to - I suspect no, they would need to develop a completely new range of bodies/lenses to sit alongside their current offerings and they make too much money on their current range to want to impact it negatively by a new product range/format.

    I could however see them develop a smaller body to accomodate an APS-C sensor
     
  18. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    good job that I didn't use the same user name then!