Podcast Episode

The Lensrentals Podcast Episode #6 – How Canon Rumors Gets the Scoop

Published October 24, 2019

Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.


Discussion with Craig Blair from Canon Rumors:

On this week’s Lensrentals podcast, Roger and Drew Cicala sit down with Craig Blair, founder of CanonRumors.com. Canon Rumors is the industry leader in breaking news related to Canon camera bodies and lenses. Craig ran Lens Rentals Canada for several years and talks with Roger and Drew about where he gets his information, the future of SLR cameras as well as the dedication of Canon EOS R. We make a few predictions we still haven’t seen play out, and ask Craig for his hot take on which manufacturer won’t be around in the next few years.

As Craig goes through his process of running Canon Rumors, he also talks about his love for the Leica Q, his go-to walkaround camera outside of the Canon ecosphere. Craig, Roger and Drew also talk about how the Sony a9 competes with the Canon 1DX Mark II/Nikon D5 bodies, and where they expect to see Canon going from here – particularly with their mirrorless platform, the Canon EOS R.

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Spotlight on the FujiFilm GFX 100

In our spotlight break, Joey Miller talks about one of his favorite cameras on the market today, the Fuji GFX 100. This 100-megapixel behemoth medium format camera is among the top of the class in image quality and performance and features in-body stabilization 5fps shooting, and most impressively 4K recording at up to 30p in-body. In addition to that, the Fuji GFX 100 also offers a top of the line autofocus system, with 425 autofocus points spread across the sensor. All of this, with its reasonable sub 10K pricetag is why Joey marks it as the camera of the year.


00:30 – Introduction to Craig Blair – founder of Canon Rumors

01:00 – Craig gives a bit of a background on his career and passion for photography

01:30 – Craig gives his background on how he started Canon Rumors

03:30 – Craig discusses how he parses the good information from the bad information when it comes to rumors.

05:00 – Craig and Roger discuss Lens Rentals Canada, a company Craig once owned and ran

06:50 – Craig talks about his love for travel, and managing Canon Rumors while traveling

08:00 – Craig talks about his passion for gear outside of the Canon ecosphere, and how he loves his Leica Q

09:30 – BREAK

12:20 – Roger, Drew, and Craig talk about the future of DSLR cameras, and where mirrorless finds its place in the current market

14:00 – Discussing the rumor of the 60mp+ mirrorless camera rumored to be coming from Canon

15:30 – Which camera manufacturer will be in hot water in the next five years?

17:50 – Roger, Drew and Craig talk about the fan base of each camera manufacturer, and each specific brand’s look

21:30 – Where the Sony a9 competes with something like the Canon 1DX/Nikon D5 crowd

23:00 – How Canon’s RF mount theoretically allows for lenses to be smaller

24:50 – What are the current rumors buzzing with Canon

26:10 – How long the product development cycle is for a professional camera


The Lensrentals Podcast is a production of Lensrentals, founded by Roger Cicala. Our production staff includes Drew Cicala, Ryan Hill, Sarah McAlexander, SJ Smith, Julian Harper, John Tucker, and Zach Sutton. Other contributors include Roger Cicala, Joey Miller, Ally Aycock Patterson, Joshua Richardson, and Philip Robertson.

Thanks to Jacques Granger for our theme song.

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