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Canon Announces A New Industrial Camera, With A Nikon F Mount!

By Anthony Thurston on March 24th 2014

Mac OSX on a PC, Windows on a Mac, Big Mac at Burger King, Whopper at McDonalds, some things just sound weird and out of place.

Canonites and Nikonians prepare to gasp. Canon has just announced a new industrial camera, not much news on its own from our perspective as professional photographers, but what is newsworthy is this new camera’s lens mount.

Canon Camera With A Nikon Mount


This new Canon M15P-CL Industrial Camera does not come with a Canon EF mount or even an Canon FL mount, this camera comes with a Nikon F Mount! Yes, you read this correctly, Canon purposely built a new camera with a Nikon F lens mount, rather than one of their own lens mounts.

The interesting thing behind this is that in the press release for the camera, the Nikon F mount is not mentioned anywhere. But through some sleuthing , research, and looking at the picture, it has been determined that the mount is in fact a Nikon F Mount. But why, why would Canon use a Nikon lens mount?

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According to the research, it is actually a pretty smart move from Canon, as apparently the Nikon F Mount has the majority of the Industrial market. So, in order to make the camera more attractive – aka, so companies do not also have to buy new lenses – Canon used the most common lens mount.

Still, from the perspective of a professional photographer, this is rather shocking news. Canon does NOT use Nikon stuff, and Nikon does NOT use Canon stuff. Its like ordering a Big Mac at Burger King, or a Whopper at McDonalds. But it does raise an interesting question about the future of the professional photography world. Do you think it is possible that this could ever happen with a DSLR/ILC camera? Maybe a Canon 5D Mark IV-F? haha

[via CanonWatch]


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ipek Amdahl

    Smart move Canon!

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  2. Jonah

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  3. ithurtswhenipee

    Well if you want the best glass…

    But really, Nikon used to make Canon’s glass back in the days before Nikon made cameras. Plus Nikon is kind of has the Binocular/Microscope glass market cornered.

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  4. Petr Klapper

    To me it’s surprising, because Nikon lenses could be easily attached to Canon mount via cheap converter, but not the other way around. But if the Nikon mount is the industry standard in this field then I guess why not. Could be interesting how it’s handled in regard to patents/licences.

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  5. Ustas

    А что удивляться, Canon начинал именно с этого – на первых аппаратах Canon использовалась оптика Nikon

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  6. April Fool

    probably coming out 4-1-2014

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  7. Alex

    Some people who do DSLR video actually already use some old prime Nikon lenses on Canon 5D.
    Same story for Macro photography (Canon + bellow + old prime Nikon lenses).
    Moreover, if we look back in the past : (source Wikipedia :
    The origins of Canon date back to the founding of Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in Tokyo in 1937 by Takeshi Mitarai, Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida and Takeo Maeda. During its early years the company did not have any facilities to produce its own optical glass, and its first cameras incorporated Nikkor lenses from Nippon Kogaku K.K. (the later Nikon Corporation)

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  8. headshotsbykemp

    Smart move on Canon’s part coming from a marketing strategy. Now Canonites aren’t locked into Canon exclusive components.**

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  9. photology

    Smart move on Canon’s part coming from a marketing strategy. Now Canonites aren’t locked into Canon exclusive components.

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  10. Nur

    Even Canon knows that Nikon lenses are better!

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