Ken Rockwell: EOS M is "first serious mirrorless camera"

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Ken Rockwell: EOS M is "first serious mirrorless camera"
Jul 23, 2012

Ken Rockwell delivered even better than expected.

He called the Canon EOS M the world's first serious mirrorless camera. Yes, the camera with a $550 body, no viewfinder, no external controls, no hand grip, etc etc, is a serious camera, and the Sony NEX-7 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Fujifilm X-Pro1 are not serious cameras.


Because of Ken Rockwell's arbitrary definitions: they either have too-small 4/3 sensors, or "few advanced lenses." That's pretty funny because Canon EOS M has zero advanced lenses unless you count EF mount lenses, and in that case Sony has a great many advanced lenses as well, too many too list here but even only counting the Zeiss lenses you have 16-35mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2, 24-70mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.4, 135mm f/8 then of course there's 70-200mm f/2.8, 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, and there are many more after that especially if you count the older Minolta lenses.

So once again we see Ken Rockwell try to arbitrarily frame a debate between camera brands to make his preferred brands look better, and still fail even with his own cherrypicked criteria. See, I wouldn't mind if Ken just admitted that his blog was a Nikon and Canon only blog because he was passionate about those brands and only wanted to cover them. But no, he keeps making up excuse after excuse to call out every brand not named Nikon Canon Leica or Fujifilm as being objectively inferior for one bogus reason after another. For instance when using a arbitrary threshold for sensor size he fails to consider that the "small sensor" E-M5 actually delivers better IQ than some cheap APS-C cameras even at higher ISOs,

If he was really interested in that kind of stuff I'm sure he's smart enough to research it and figure it out, but the truth is he wants to have his cake and eat it too; he wants to show favoritism to his brands while still presenting himself as an authority on all photography gear. Of course the problem is that with every new camera announcement that he either blatantly ignores or unduly fawns over, his attempts to cheat reality become more and more ludicrous and even his dedicated readers are starting to see the duplicity of his approach. It's only a matter of time until he either has to come clean and choose between objectivity and unabashed fandom, or face the prospect of seeing his audience slowly shrivel up and die.

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