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14bit Uncompressed RAW For Sony FE Coming, Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L IS In The Works? | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on September 15th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Sony: 14bit Uncompressed RAW Coming, 8 New FE Lenses by Early 2016

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You all asked, and soon you shall receive. Sony has announced that they will, in fact, be bringing 14bit RAW to their newer A-mount cameras. The 14bit RAW option will come stock in the new A7S II, and will also be made available to the a7R II via an upcoming firmware update.

This is huge news for those who were complaining about the lack of an uncompressed RAW format. There is no word on if the A7 II will also get a firmware update allowing for 14bit RAW, but it would seem odd for that not to be announced right now as well, so it seems unlikely.

In other news, Sony (again) confirmed that 8 new FE lenses are on the way, and will arrive by ‘early 2016’. Think about that for a second; this means in the next 6 months or so, we will have EIGHT new lens announcements from Sony. That is nuts. This would almost double the number of FE mount lens options for Sony FE shooters (there are twelve native FE lenses currently).

I am very excited to see what lenses are announced, and what price point they come in at. What Sony really needs is to create a bunch of cheap budget lenses that still perform really well. If they can manage to pull that off, in addition to some fast F/2.8 zooms in the 24-70mm and 70-200mm ranges, I think they will be very successful.

Nikon D7100 & D5200 Firmware Updates

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Nikon has announced a couple of firmware updates for two of their APS-C DX camera offerings for the D7100 and D5200 – both of which are outdated models with the newer D7200 and D5300 having been in stores a while now.

Nikon D7100 firmware version 1.03 change log

  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to darken when images were viewed by pressing the (playback) button.
  • Fixed an issue with the menus for some languages where continued scrolling would cause the camera to freeze.
  • Fixed issues with the virtual horizon displayed using the Viewfinder virtual horizon option.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.

Nikon D5200 firmware version 1.03 change log

  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.

It’s rare to see firmware updates from either of the big two, let alone firmware updates to cameras that have already been replaced in the lineup. Still, D7100 and D5200 owners that have been experiencing problems should be happy now that these issues are (hopefully) all resolved.

New Sigma 24mm F/2.8 ART Coming Soon to E-Mount & MFT?

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According to the rumor buzz, Sigma will soon announce their crop-body only E-mount and Micro 4/3 24mm F/2.8 ART lens. This would join the 30mm, 19mm, and 60mm mirrorless ART lenses.

I have to say, with a 19mm and a 30mm, a 24mm seems to fit nicely between them. But one has to wonder if this new lens is too close to the 19mm and 30mm lenses. The other somewhat annoying feature of these crop-body ART lenses is the F/2.8 aperture. While people toting around DSLRs get to play with F/1.4 lenses, crop shooters are limited to F/2.8 – surely F/1.8 is doable while maintaining a relatively small lens size.

Regardless, if you are a fan of these crop-body APS-C Sigma ART lenses, then rejoice, because a new one is coming your way soon. If the rumor is correct, it will be announced before the end of this month.

Canon Reportedly Working on 24-70mm F/2.8L IS

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Canon is reportedly working on a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS to replace their current 24-70mm f/2.8L II. The rumor is that two prototypes are currently floating around and that no final design has been settled on yet. Supposedly the new IS technology inside would be better than anything Canon has in their lineup so far, and along with the optical upgrades (their new BR elements, for example), this lens could be a doozy.

That said, the rumor goes on to stipulate not to expect this lens to be announced anytime soon. 18-24months at the soonest, according to the report I read. In their words, there is no pressure to release this lens sooner – even with Nikon announcing their own image-stabilized 24-70mm.

Apparently the reason this lens has not been released previously is that Canon thought it would be too large with IS added. Either this new IS tech is now smaller, or Canon doesn’t care about the size anymore so long as it’s in line with the Nikon and Tamron offerings.

What do you think? Is 18-24months too long for Canon to wait to announce their own stabilized 24-70mm?

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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.

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  1. Fisnik Islami

    sony my fav camera ,but just the menu on them ist a little bit disgusting

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Not sure what the attraction of a 24mm f/2.8 Sigma Art lens would be for m43… then again, I didn’t really grok the point of the 19mm, 30mm, or 60mm either. Ok, Sigma’s f/2.8 Art lenses for m43 are cheap… around $200. There’s that. But if you’re shooting m43, you pretty much want a fast lens to make up for the smaller sensor and shorter focal length. Olympus makes very nice 17mm, 25mm, 45mm, and 75mm f/1.8s, as well as an excellent 60mm f/2.8 macro. Or just get the 12-40mm or 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO zooms, which are incredible quality. On that Olympus list, I don’t have the 75mm f/1.8 year.

    Some of these focal lengths are actually getting crowded. As mentioned, there’s the Olympus f/1.8 25mm. Panasonic makes a 25mm f/1.7. There’s also the Panasonic/Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4. If you want faster, there’s the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95, or the new Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95… that latter one with an MSRP of $399. Ok, it’s manual, but still, not that expensive, and rumored to offer great quality (it’s kinda new). And the Rokinon/Samyang 24mm f/1.4 (also available as the 24mm T1.5 Cine DE lens). Or the Zeiss Compact Prime 21mm T/2.9 and 28mm T/2.1 cine lenses. And about a half-dozen low-cost zooms that hit much of this range.

    When I heard about Sigma doing Art lenses for m43, I was intrigued. But they don’t seem to be “going for it” as they did for full-frame.

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  3. Peter McWade

    14 Bit Raw for Video? Or just Images? My A7r sensor is just the bomb. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new A7RII. Question! Whats up with the calling it a mark II? Where does the terminology come from when one calls it a Mark what ever? Canon? I see no MARK in the original terminology. I only see Sony A7RII. Nothing mark in this. I never refer to it as a Mark II. That sounds like a Canon Holdover to me.
    Pete :)

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  4. Ben Perrin

    Cool to hear about the 14bit RAW option coming soon. Hopefully Sony keep developing new features at the rate they have been lately. It forces everyone to try to keep up.

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  5. adam sanford

    A 24-70 f/2.8L IS is a vanity lens that is something people have coveted but do not truly need, or everyone would offer one.

    Right now Canon has done just fine in the UWA Zoom and Standard Zoom segments with *either* an f/2.8 lens *or* an f/4 IS lens. Videographers (who needs IS), landscapers (who don’t need f/2.8), hikers (who want lighter gear), and enthusiasts grab the f/4 IS lens. Sports/wedding/astro/events people grab the f/2.8 lens. It works and it will continue to work.

    Please show me some data that people are leaving Canon for other companies’ gear because **this** lens doesn’t exist. You’re not going to find any. So go ahead, Canon, stroke your ego and make a superlens just because Nikon did, but it isn’t going to do much to save/grow/change your business.

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    • Trey Mortensen

      As an owner of a Tamron 24-70 VC, it was a very nice perk (along with the cheaper price tag) and I find it useful since I typically shoot in very low light settings. I’ve shot very sharp images at 70mm and been confident at 1/30 sec at night (gone slower but my subjects typically blur the image). I don’t think I could have done that without the VC working alongside the wide aperture. I’m sure more than a few videographers have gravitated toward the Tamron for the 2.8 and VC as well.

      As for your data, I would say look at the sales of the Tamron lens and see if there are any interesting trends or not.

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    • adam sanford

      Agree. That Tamron lens is absolutely loved by it’s owners, don’t get me wrong. But the *Nikon* release is what’s fueling this rumor — now, there is a first party option (read: ‘more of a sure thing’) on the table, and that’s what’s stirring the rumor pot here.

      I’m just saying that on the list of reasons to go nuclear and abandon your lens mount for another system, ‘not having a first-party 24-70 f/2.8 with image stabilization’ is not even in the top 10. So I think if such a lens happens for Canon, it’s more corporate pride than it is a legitimate threat to losing customers.

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  6. Andrew Leinonen

    So I guess the A7 III will be the one to get, then, when they upgrade that underperforming 24MP sensor, have the IBIS, ergonomics, and RAW all sorted. 3rd times a charm!

    Maybe they can even add a touchscreen for that one…

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    • J Cortes

      Andrew,

      What you talking about Willis ? That A7/A7II sensor is pretty sweet. In what way does it underperform?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yeah, what are you going on about? The sensor in my A7 II is great…

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