Canon Releases EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera, 85mm f/1.4, TS-E Lenses, New Flash


Canon announced the release today of the EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera, 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens, three new TS-E Macro Lenses, and the MT-26EX-RT flash. The lenses range from a popular portrait-length prime that has been elevated to L-series status to a trio of macro tilt-shift optics for perspective control. Complementing the new macro lenses, the flash has been updated with radio triggering and improved power. Finally, there will be a new mirrorless camera, elevating the entry level in Canon's growing EOS M platform.

EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

A long-awaited lens for many, the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM could be considered an update to the venerable 85mm f/1.2L; however, this new version trades in the f/1.2 maximum aperture for an updated optical design and image stabilization. Despite the new version being 1/3 of a stop slower, its optical image stabilization system compensates for up to four stops of camera shake for more effective handheld use in low-light conditions. It also features a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor for quick, quiet autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override to suit shallow-depth-of-field shooting. Its optical layout uses one glass-molded aspherical element to control spherical aberrations and distortions, and all elements feature an Air Sphere coating to suppress flare and ghosting. Additionally, as an L-series lens, it is also weather-sealed for working in harsh environmental conditions, and the new ET-83E Lens Hood comes with the lens.

TS-E Macro Tilt-Shift Lenses

Next in the list of optics is a trio of specialized tilt-shift lenses, which are prized for their perspective and focus control capabilities that simply cannot be matched by traditional lenses. The widest of these three is the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, which pairs a normal focal length and 10.6" minimum focusing distance with the ability to tilt +/- 8.5° and shift +/- 12mm for adjusting the plane of focus and straightening converging lines. Two UD elements control chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color accuracy, and optimized coatings reduce flare.

Next in line is the short-telephoto TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro, which, with its longer focal length and 1.3' minimum focusing distance, is well suited for product and tabletop shooting. It features a slightly greater +/- 10° tilting range and the same +/- 12mm shift range. This lens uses one UD element, too, to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations. Both of these lenses also feature 0.5x magnifications, making them particularly appropriate for close-up shooting, and both include the same ES-84 Lens Hood.

TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro

Finally, a wholly new and rather unique tilt-shift lens, Canon has also announced the telephoto TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro. Like the 90mm, this lens offers +/- 10° of tilt and +/- 12mm of shift and it also uses two UD elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing. Like the other two new TS-E lenses, the 135mm is an L-series lens, deeming it weather sealed, and its physical design incorporates a tilt-locking mechanism for greater stability while shooting. Additionally, this lens includes the ET-88 Lens Hood.

TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro

MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite

Pairing well with the three new TS-E Macro lenses, as well as all other Canon Macro lenses, is the new MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite. Updated with the 2.4 GHz wireless triggering system found in the 600EX/ II-RT and 430EX III-RT Speedlites, this close-up dedicated flash system uses two detachable, rotatable heads for more controlled lighting of nearby subjects. With both heads in use at full power, a guide number of 85.3' at ISO 100 is possible, and extensive manual control lets you dial-down the power to just 1/512 output. Additionally, the MT-26EX-RT supports high-speed sync, both flash heads include removable diffusers, and a dot matrix LCD screen is featured for easy settings adjustment.

MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite

EOS M100 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Canon is also updating its mirrorless system with the new entry-level EOS M100. This new camera effectively takes the sleek, compact shape of the previous EOS M10 and updates it with many of the technologies of the EOS M6, including the 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. Combined, the sensor and processor afford improved sensitivity, to ISO 25600, and quality when working in low-light conditions, as well as faster shooting—up to 6.1 fps with AF lock or 4 fps with AF for working with moving subjects. Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at 60 fps, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF benefits both video recording and stills shooting with faster, smoother autofocus performance.

The M100's svelte form factor incorporates a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, for intuitive settings and playback control, and has a tilting design to suit working from high and low angles. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity is also available for sharing your images wirelessly with a mobile device or for shooting remotely from your smartphone or tablet.

Canon EOS M100 kit with the 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses

The EOS M100 will be available in black or white finishes, and in a kit with just the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens or in a kit with the 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses.


I think the elephant in the room is the ridiculously slow lens selection. Has anyone shot indoors at a 6.3 aperture without a speed light or tripod. The tiny in camera flash is insufficient for all but a catchlight.  Of course, you could try an ISO of like 50,000 and get an unusable image.  

  • I think I will simply wait to get the camera and let it form my opinion on its own merits, or lack of them. I have downloaded and reviewed the entire manual, and from what I can see I’m pretty eager to get it and see what I can do with it.

To all you guys who have to complain about the monitor only feature of this camera.

Go out and buy a sheet of thin plastic or ply-wood or cardboard and make a deep frame around the monitor, you can tape it on with masking tape or gaffer's tape and figure it out on your own.

I do have to say, even though I have all the cameras I need. This little baby is all anyone needs as aback up, add the adapter for EOS/EF lensas and slip it into you bag as a back up for you other Canon equipment.

It takes 49mm filters and a lens hood. It is fast with Wlan and everything one could want in a camera at the this price, especially since it will be replaced and come down in price in about 2 years. And, if you think the flash is not powerful enough for you, go out and buy a slave cube, for $35 and use the camera's flash to trigger a larger GN unit. A GN of 24-28 should be good enough. I always recomend the Metz or Bolt flashes, at about $69.

If you buy one with the TTL for Canon, you can use it on all of your Canon cameras as a small, extra flash or slave unit or off camera trigger flash.

There may be an adapter for Nikon/Sony or other lenses.

Sorry, but if I'd spend $600 on a "secondary" camera I don't want to have to add homemade junk to it and spend another $69 for a slave flash that may or may not work. There are plenty of other cameras out there for around $600 that HAVE viewfinders; even if they aren't the best, it's better than not having one at all!

I hope Canon comes up with newer version of 85 mm 1.2. Current version ii is almost decade old design. That is why I am waiting for newer version with better focusing capability and IS.

Still no 4K...I'll just stick to the basic G7X Mark 2 till then 👎

Find an event Photographer, a pet or toddler Photographer to review the 85mm 1.4 IS USM.

Adult Models can hold still, portrait sessions and headshots will not need to go from their 1.2 Darling to a 1.4 IS USM.

So let's get a Photographer to review the new lens that had to PASS ON THE 85MM 1.2 PREVIOUSLY because it wasn't fast enough for their subject.  

Come on BH... sell the improvement, not more of the same.

Picky, picky. I am an event photographer and almost never shoot at 1.2 nor 1.4...

A band or a stage show or a group of people or panel has some depth and I usually shoot at 6.1 to 8. with flash fill at 60th-125th.

It is the speed not the f.stop that matter with animal movement. The concept of soft background was created by the camera companies to get amatures to buy the more expensive lenses. It is a good idea with flowers and puppies... and...

When will Canon get it? A $600 camera with no viewfinder? How dumb is that? Ever try to take a picture when the outdoor ambient light washes out the screen? And no flash shoe, just the WIMPY little pop-up?


What were they thinking??

I couldn't agree more! I have a small camera I carry on my bicycle and many times I cannot see the screen to compose the picture! I have the same problem at the beach

I do agree that a camera with a monitor only has "Problems in bright light". They were thinking that most people shoot indoors at parties or selfies and with a 15mm lens there is less need to use a finder. I do agree, but why complain about a camera that is not for you.

To the bike rider: What do you mean "Carry on your bike"... On the handle bars or what? If you would shoot and look after the shot and you could learn to shoot without looking.

Can you shoot from your bike and ride and shoot with you eye in a viewfinder???

A small built in flash is very good for flash-fill. If you think a camera should have a hotshoe and a VF, then go and buy one, instead of complaing. You may have a control problem with a strong need for attention as an "Expert". 


The Zeiss Planar 85 mm f/1.4 costs $1283. I recently bought one (ZF.2 mount) and am very pleased with it. Nikon's D850 and the prices the excellent Zeiss classic lenses should cause Canon to reconsider their price structure.

I agree. I just bought a Zeiss Distagon 21mm 2.8 ZF.2, in Used A+ condition for $900, no AF.

I would like the D850, but I will wait for the next D-750, a D760, or?. If Nikon keeps all of the good  stuff and moves up to a newer/better sensor Expeed 4 or 5 and 1x XQD/!SD, at a $1,000 less, I'm in.

Note: The 6µm pixels on the D750 are much better in low light than the 3.9µm of all of the 800s.         (I assume the D850 is the same.).

In the Nikon Panel, did you notice that they spoke about the amount of shots the camera will shoot without saying how much it can shoot?

The top Nikon/Canon FF can shoot 400,000 shots before the shutter goes. Most of the less expensive FF and APS-C DSLR go to 150,000 to 200,000.

The two things they seldem or never say in the videos and/or in the specs is the size of each pixel and how many shots the camera can shoot.

Seriously, Canon are you trying to be the next major photograpic manufacturer to lose 200 million $. There's only one item here I'dd be even remotely be interested in if I was still using Canon professional level cameras and lenses I sold all of mine except my crop sensor cameras, beacause I have a ton of lensbaby stuff, and I just can't lug them around any more. I got a Fuji system that works beautifully and is less than a third of the weight. Also the videos are awful. They don't showcase the products well at all. I have no complaints about Canon lens or camera quality. It just got to be too much to carry. CANON it's time to get serious about mirrorless. It's here to stay.


Jim wrote:

Seriously, Canon are you trying to be the next major photograpic manufacturer to lose 200 million $. There's only one item here I'dd be even remotely be interested in if I was still using Canon professional level cameras and lenses I sold all of mine except my crop sensor cameras, beacause I have a ton of lensbaby stuff, and I just can't lug them around any more. I got a Fuji system that works beautifully and is less than a third of the weight. Also the videos are awful. They don't showcase the products well at all. I have no complaints about Canon lens or camera quality. It just got to be too much to carry. CANON it's time to get serious about mirrorless. It's here to stay.

Not for any type of action...

I agree, I was loyal Canon since 1977!  Alas, two years ago DSLRs (5d Mk 2) with many L lens got just too heavy for me.  Canon's first attempt

at mirrorist was not even a joke, so I gave my gear to my son, with exception of 24mm TL, and move to Sony full frame gear.  Life got a lot easier ttraveling and shooting around Europe.  Sony and Fuji has listen to what pros want!  I think Canon has gone death.

Sorry, but... Why does anyone need more than 2 lenses? A wide-zoom and a telephoto with a 1.4 extender or whatever. Any FF camera can be shot at APS-C crop and add 1.5-1.6 to the mm. and still get large prints. Also, buy a spell-checker or read your comments over.

Why not get your son to carry some of the tremendous weight. 2 bodies and 3 lenses and a flash are less than 10-12 pounds, or?

I love BH's website, but these video-reviews (or first looks) are truly awful. The review of the 85 1.4 couldn't be worse.. well, I thought that until I saw the review of the TS-E lenses. That was bad as well.

Awesome new gear, a little pricey as expected.

i just bought my dream lens the 85 1:8 you can have your 1:4 and 1:2 85s the 1:8 is plenty fast for me it takes beautiful pics one of which i will insert here oops i guess there i no provision for attachments the lens i for my new SL2 i have my 18-250 on my SL1 my favorite Cannon camera body PS put an attachment icon on here so i can post pics i took with these beautiful lenses so all you pros can laugh at them

Sorry, but showing photos in a small frame proves very little and B&H would become a picture site in a week. Send your "Great" photos to a site that lets you post them. Digital Photo Reporter or F-stop or...

Ok, wow, canon has taken a step in the wrong direction with this point and shoot camera, or maybe it's the cheesy photographer trying to look professional, please stop trying to be what your not, stick with what canon people want, a real camera with no gimmick features 

Dear Terry and David and all of the others who have to complain about what they don't want.


I have to write a site about Brocklee, Spinich and Asperages. I don't even know how to spell them. And, liver or pig heads ecccch. I hope Nikon and Canon owners will never eat what I hate....

Me, Me, Me.

Dear experts. Go out and buy the camera of your choice with a couple of lenses of your choice and stop complaining about what you don't like and cannot afford, to look like a pro/expert.

If you bought the "wrong" camera, it is your fault.

Go to Sony or Fuji. The new Fuji GFX 50 with 2 lenses and a grip is only about $11,000+.

Check the price of the new Sony A-9 body with the Sony/Zeiss 16-50. HUH?

Why would anyone shoot an 85mm 1.4 lens like that? Flat against a brick background? Really? No bokeh shots? Almost no compression shots? We want to see the buttery background of light and dark compressed into balls of amazing bokeh!

I can't see buying a $1,600 85mm 1.4 when I can get a 85mm 1.2 for $300 more. Prices are too similiar. Sad. 

David Ferebee wrote:

I can't see buying a $1,600 85mm 1.4 when I can get a 85mm 1.2 for $300 more. Prices are too similiar. Sad. 

In exchange for that 1/3 stop you much faster and modern focusing, IS, dust sealing, no extending front element, no focus-by-wire, lighter weight and sharper corners (probably). If I had the f/1.2 I would be willing to trade that dinosaur straight across


And with the 1.2 IS USM, you can now shoot toddlers, pets and events. 

Try shooting the high speed kids and pets with flash-fill or with a bounce flash at F8.

End of problem. Try it.

Being a Canon Slr Dslr user, I am glad a bought a Sony a6000 for a lot less than this Canon m100, and includes a viewfinder!! 

Glorified Point-n-Shoot.  Too big to really fit in a pocket, and too small to take seriously - certainly not by anyone with big hands.  Sorely missing a hot shoe.  Not that I need a flash all the time - but if I do, I want enough light to make a difference.  And a $600 camera should be able to handle subtle use of fill flash - but, wait - nevermind, you are out of luck - common, any SERIOUS camera can mix light using a "real" Speedlite.

Sheesh... and all those in-camera "effects" - they are cute once or twice, but soon enough thenovelty wears off.  Touch screens dummy down the interface, and shakes the box tripping the shtter.  Just jab at the screen and grunt... Ugh... I want THAT!   Not exactly calculated to make me feel sophophisticated and technologically adept. 

It is, however, a nice video.  And, yet, while the girls are cute and the photographer / narrator presents well, in fails to make me want to buy one.  Clearly marketed as a simple upgrade to a cell phone camera - and, yet, for $600 I am going to want A LOT MORE CAMERA. 

Just MYtake... your mileage may vary.  / JR /

 Your comments bring nothing  interesting to the conversation.  There are hundreds of other cameras that address your complaints.

What does JR stand for: Just Rant?

I think it's completely charming.

THe trolls be out early on this one...

Heartiest congratulations Canon 

Made from left over Photo Copiers!!! 

Stop it, JUST STOP IT! CANON WTH ARE YOU DOING! No hope what so ever for this company...