Canon Medium Format DSLR and Sony NEX-6 Both Coming Next Month?

There are some interesting murmurings in the world of camera rumors. Photokina is just around the corner, and if the rumors are to be believed, we’ll be seeing some pretty earth-shattering unveilings at the German trade show.

CanonWatch recently received information about an upcoming medium format DSLR by Canon, to be announced at Photokina.

The camera will reportedly offer an EF mount, but may not be compatible with the entire lineup of EF lenses:

[…] newer EF lenses will be supported and (older) lenses with popular focal lengths that actually are suited for full frame sensors will see new editions for the medium format camera (possibly in Spring 2013). Since an EF mount accepts all EF lenses, the only way I can figure out you can block certain EF lenses from being used is through electronic sensing (my speculation). It is not known if the medium format DSLR will have a mechanical interlock for EF-S lenses (though I think this is more than plausible).

It would certainly be an interesting move by Canon. Just months after announcing a cinema DSLR to compete against the likes of RED, Canon would be diving headfirst into a market occupied by the likes of Pentax and Hasselblad.

On a slightly less earth-shattering note, SonyAlphaRumors is reporting with certainty that Sony has a NEX-6 camera prepped and ready for launch.

The camera would be a smaller counterpart to the enormously popular NEX-7 — a top-seller amongst mirrorless cameras. They write,

[…] this will be a sort of “mini-NEX-7″. It has an integrated viewfinder like the NEX-7 but with a tiny bit lower EVF resolution. The camera will be cheaper than the NEX-7 and price right in the middle between the NEX-5F (also coming in September) and the current NEX-7.

Get ready: we might be in for a boatload of exciting announcements come next month.

  • Dixon Marshall

    Medium format for Canon acutually makes sense. It would be the real replacement for the 1Ds. The new 1Dx is 18 mpx, while older 1Ds MkIII is 21.1 megapixels. A medium format sensor would allow more mpx with less noise and more sensitivity.

  • derekdj

    Sony continues their dumb pattern of releasing too many models, instead they should focus on their software and user interface. The NEX-7 is a great camera but the software interface is horrible.

  • Eric

    less noise? doubtful and certainly there would be no comparison above 1000 iso. the 1Dx would destroy any medium format at those isos and above.

  • Tanja Schulte

    how can a EF lens, which image circle is made for a FF sensor, work on a medium format sensor?
    can someone explain that?

  • jesse

    I believe he means less noise than throwing high megapixels on a full frame sensor.

  • Erik Stensland

    This would be awesome! I have no idea how it would work having EF lenses for a MF, but this would certainly be my dream: using the lenses I already have while being able to create even larger highly detailed prints for my clients. I have been considering abandoning Canon in favor of the Nikon D800, but now I think I’ll wait and see.

  • Libby Stack

    You might as well buy the Nikon then, because with EF lenses, not gonna happen. And even if Canon performs some new kind of patented razzle dazzle voodoo, get ready for lightning fast fps of about 1.2. And what about leaf shutters? Before people get too wound up about the wish list they need to do some reading.

  • sayithere

    sounds impossible at first, but I have a thought that the MF sensor size will be 39x26mm (3:2 ratio). if that the case, there is a possibility.

  • sayithere

    possibly less noise if it is a CMOS sensor with the same technology as 1Dx sensor.

  • E

    Some people (yes, even pros) actually don’t need 1.2 fps, let alone 5-7 fps.. and I suspect those are the very same people who would actually consider getting a digital medium format.

  • eddie

    Sounds iffy to me, true medium format requires a much larger image circle than the EF lenses are designed for. Even if they manage to cover the circle barely they will have all sorts of edge sharpness issues. better for medium format shooting to just go with a company who actually has a history. for entry pricing that means a Pentax 645D, for high end the Hassy

  • John Madere

    Since any EF lens should project a minimum usable image area of at least 36x36mm a newly designed sensor with those dimensions would approach something close to medium format quality. Currently that usable area is being cropped to 24x36mm – a big waste!

  • Brad Trent

    The first thing that came to mind when I read this was, “Sure…like the World needs ANOTHER insanely expensive medium format digital capture system!”. Leaf and Phase kinda have the Pro market locked. Hassleblad is struggling to sell their stuff even at deep discounts. Pentax barely even registers in the total sales figures of High-End digital. Do the big thinkers at Canon really think there is a major profit to be made in catering to this market?!!

  • mweaverpics

    How about a SQUARE sensor? The original medium format was 6×6 and why not a square format 35 mm? Not 60.. but use the 35mm lenses already out there. It will have it’s limitations and won’t really be any better than turning a standard FF DSLR to give you whatever crop you need, but still it’s something that many would love to use if the sensor is good enough.

  • RDKirk

    EF lenses are designed for a 43mm image circle. It takes a 51mm image circle to cover 36x36mm. There might be a couple of EF telephotos that cover that diameter–maybe the 100mm f/2.8.

  • eddie

    you realise the introduction of the 645D doubled the unit sales in the medium format market the first year it was out. It has sold very well apparently. It is not however designed as a studio camera but as a field camera (like the film Pentax medium format cameras were) It was a hole in the market since the phase/leaf/hassy lines didn’t really cover that area. Some guys of course use it in the studio as well

  • eddie

    for a lens designed for a 35 mm frame to cover it a square sensor would have to be less than that. it’s possible some lenses may cover a 30×30 square, but the diagonal is the important measurement for the image circle and a 36×36 has to big a diagonal for the 35mm lenses
    see the note above yours

  • eddie

    there was a point before Ricoh bought Pentax that the rumour was Canon was looking at the brand to get the 645D BTW

  • Brad Trent

    As good as the Pentax may be (and I admit to having never used one), a 14-Bit RAW file capture doesn’t scream ‘Professional’ to me. I know it’s cheaper than the other medium format options, and it may be selling “OK’, but I seriously doubt it’s providing any kind of real profit to Pentax.

  • EHPee

    Can’t agree more , but even if this is not possible I recommend you to stick with canon cause I compared the d800 vs the 5d iii and it’s clearly the canon coming out as winner dispite the greater MP count on Nikon!

  • MrSamx AtWork

    what they called medium format is not the haselblad format ;) it’s closed to a 4*3 sensor size… so if the sensor is smaller u can put any lens… like old m42 EF EFS or whatever…. like u can mount an EF lens on an APSC sensor on canon but u can’t mount an EFS on a FF format ;) the idea is more the sensor is small more u can mount bigger format lens that’s the idea… u have also to notice there is a change with the dept of field ;)

  • MrSamx AtWork

    wrong.. pixel and format is different !!!!! medium format is Pro one or Haselblad not what they display !! what they display as nex or same or mirorlens camera is not the historicall medium format…. in this case u can’t mount an EF or EFS lenses…. u can mount haselblad on canon but not canon on haselblad…

  • MrSamx AtWork

    nikon people said for a while Mega pix was not the most important when they was using 12 mega Pix sensor from sony now Nikon propose more megapix and they are wow nikon is the best… it’s kinda crap… megapix is cool but not made the most important in a pic except if u wanna made giant print…. actually the main advantage of nikon was the AF and the light mesurement but well anyway canon seems to fix their lack and nikon seems to go into the Mega Pix battle… actually if the rummor are true the 3D from canon will kill the D800 with 48 mega pix so what will u say after that ? mega pix is not the most important ? LOL….. Big LOL .. just made pic and do not focus on details that the most important !!! i did a lot of pics with my 8 Mega pix camera and i have same on my smartphone so could u explain me why i can’t have same result on my smartphone with same megapix ? of course lenses are important but well following this kinda comercial war is crap and the most important is to have amazing shot not to say oh yeah look i have the brand new camera.. adived people will look the result not the camera body… as newton said the most important is the photograph not the camera body…. understand who can !!!

  • Teila K. Day

    which might be true for your particular use, but hardly the truth for many professional photographers wanting more than 20mp+ of resolution.
    The only thing that is “clear” between those two cameras is that they both serve a professional need, and both do it very well. Apples and oranges.

  • Teila K. Day

    If Canon produced a 50mp MF camera at a price of around $10k USD, a few leaf shutter lenses that allowed 1/1200 or so sync, that offered (at least) the type of quality that can be gotten from a Nikon D800e… I think the camera would not only sell well, but would pretty much gut the over priced MF market.

    A camera like that would definitely pique my interest past the point of “kicking the tires”.

  • ryno

    I was thinking the same, until I thought about image circles on large format cameras. If the lens mount is further away from the sensor, the image circle will increase. I have a feeling it’s not going to be a small body by any means.

  • Betty

    and two years later we’re still waiting

  • E-Nonymouse A

    Very surprised by all this new stuff, question that comes to mind is would it have the features typical in modern MF sensors, no AA comb filter and stuff.

  • E-Nonymouse A

    My first FF camera was a Nikon D800E, and if I buy another camera body in the future it will either be MF or mirror-less or preferably both things combined into one. I own a fair bit of coin in Nikon prime glass so I guess I should make sure it’s able to use it.

  • E-Nonymouse A

    Under most normal circumstances I don’t shoot more than 2 frames a second (portrait or landscape). Photographers have become accustomed to not being able to shoot at very fast frame rates and just learn to anticipate the moment to push the shutter button (it’s hard habit to learn for a newby).