Canon asks customers which classic film camera it should bring back!

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(Image credit: Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay)

Is Canon planning to launch a mirrorless retro camera in the style of one of its classic film cameras? Market research being conducted in Asia suggests that the answer is a big fat yes. 

After Nikon saw massive success with the launch of the Nikon Zf and Nikon Z fc retro cameras, speculation (and common sense) said that Canon would be looking to replicate that success by resurrecting one of its own classic film bodies. As I've written before, my money is on an update of the iconic Canon AE-1 – and I'm clearly not the only one who thinks so. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.