New Canon Mirrorless Pricing

Canon is also in the dealmaking mood. Here's what's happening in the Canon mirrorless world. First full frame:

  • EOS R — US$300 instant savings brings the price to the old Nikon/Sony 24mp price of US$2000. Note that you have a couple of choices at B&H, including one where you get the EF-EOS R adapter for free. If you add the 24-105mm f/4 RF lens, you get an additional US$200 savings.
  • EOS RP — You get a free EF-EOS R adapter with the body only, the body+kit lens (24-105mm f/4) gets a US$200 discount.

I'm still evaluating the R models and lenses, so can't really comment about whether I think these are fair, good, or great values.

And for APS-C crop sensor models:

  • EOS M50 — US$100 savings on the body only. US$200 savings on the body plus 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens. US$320 savings on the body and both the 15-45mm and 55-200mm lenses. The Video Creator Kit with the M50 gets a US$250 discount.
  • EOS M100 — Same as the EOS M50: US$200 savings on the body plus kit lens.
  • EOS M5 — US$200 savings for the body only, or with the 15-45mm kit lens. US$380 savings if you pick the body plus 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens instead.
  • EOS M6 — Same as the EOS M5: US$200 savings on the body and basic kit lens kits, US$380 if you pick the superzoom lens kit. US$350 savings on the two lens kit (15-45mm and 55-200mm). 

Does anything stand out to me in the M lineup? Yes, the M5 is now basically a US$580 body or US$700 complete kit (my review of the Canon M5). That's a really good price for a highly competent APS-C camera that's small enough for jacket pockets. I'm not a fan of the M6 and M100, and the M50 just feels like a de-contented M5 with not enough discount to me. 

I'm not a huge fan of Canon's zoom lenses in the M mount (other than the wide angle zoom), but the few small primes they make are great. My advice? Get the 22mm f/2, maybe the 32mm f/1.4, the 11-22mm wide angle zoom, the basic 15-45mm kit lens, and supplement telephoto from the EF lineup using the mount adapter.

Canon's discounts at the moment are more modest than Nikon's. After all, the RP is already the lowest price full frame mirrorless camera, and the M models have been living under the US$1000 barrier for awhile now. 

In terms of mirrorless lenses:

  • 22mm f/2 M is US$230 after US$20 savings. A great lens at a very good price. Every M user should have this lens. My review of the Canon 22mm f/2.
  • 11-22mm f/4-5.6 is US$350 after US$50 savings. A very decent wide angle zoom at a very reasonable price. Every M user should have this lens. My review of the Canon 11-22mm f/4-5.6.
  • The rest of the M lenses all seem to be staying at the base price for the moment.
  • 35mm f/1.8 RF gets a US$50 discount down to US$450. 
  • 24-105mm f/4L RF gets a US$200 discount down to US$900.
  • 50mm f/1.2L RF gets a US$200 discount down to US$2100.
  • The 28-70mm f/2L RF lens stays at list price.

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