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500px ReDesign, GH4 Vlog Update, & EOS-M3 to the US? | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on August 6th 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.

500px App Redesign

Popular photography social network and portfolio website 500px has announced some big changes to their iOS app today. The new design, layout, and revamp really puts a focus on being simple and easy to use.

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The first thing any previous 500px app users will notice is that it is no longer dark, and the company has instead adopted a more bright, airy, and minimal design aesthetic. 500px has also added a new home feed, similar to Facebook or Instagram, which allows you to easily keep up with your friends and the images they have been posting.

They have also made it easier than ever to discover new photographers to follow with a revamped ‘Discover’ section. These are just a few of the improvements too, and if you are interested in learning more, you can head on over to 500px to learn more here – or download the new app from iOS here.

Pay to Play? Rumors Say V-LOG for GH4 will be Paid Upgrade

Here is a bit of news that is sure to fire up some heated debate. According to the latest rumor buzz, Panasonic will be releasing their V-LOG update for the GH4 sometime in the  next month or two – but with a catch; If you want it, you will have to pay for it.

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This is just a rumor, so don’t pull out the pitchforks and start a mob just yet. But I can see many will be very upset by this if it turns out to be the case, and they should be. Other manufacturers like Fuji and Sony seem to pump out major updates to their cameras all the time and users get their updates without paying a penny.

Personally, I think Panasonic would be very unwise to ask for people to pay for this upgrade. That said, they have spent time and money on developing this update, so I also understand their desire to get some $$ back to help offset that development cost.

What are your thoughts on this?

Nikon Announces New Leather & Gold Hotshoe Cover

Yes, this is a real thing. Nikon has announced a new leather and gold hotshoe cover. These new covers appear to be a perfect match for the gold Df edition, or other black and gold Nikon models. But really?

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Am I the only one who finds it funny that with all the financial trouble the company is in, with all of the product advisories, and QA issues they have had – that this is Nikon’s response? A leather and gold ‘luxury’ hotshoe cover? I mean obviously that is going overboard a bit, but honestly, you would think their time would be better spent elsewhere.

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I mean I don’t even know anyone who actually uses their hotshoe cover anymore. But what do I know, maybe they will start to use it now that there is an *awesome* new luxury option from Nikon…good grief.

Canon’s EOS-M3 Finally Coming To The US?

Now here is some rumor buzz that I can be excited about. According to this report over on Canon Rumors, the company is playing with the idea of releasing their EOS-M3 here in the US – finally.

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Now, the EOS-M tanked. Despite its bad rep, it was actually not a bad camera if you could work within its limitations. From everything I have heard, the M3 improves over the M and M2 in almost every way, with good AF, decent battery life, and other features. The only thing holding the M3 back in my opinion is the lack of native EF-M lenses that people actually want.

Canon has been releasing kit lenses over and over for the EF-M system, but never any serious lenses beyond the 22mm F/2. Asking serious photographers to use kit lenses or use the EF adapter is a bad strategy in my book. The EOS-M line is just too small for that to be a viable option. What we need is more EOS-M sized fast primes and decent zooms, or a bigger EOS-M body so that handling full EF glass is not a joke.

Regardless, that is all just my opinion. I do think that there is a place for the EOS-M3, and future EOS-M models here in the states, but Canon has some work if its wants to compete with the other mirrorless options we have here.

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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Danny Caro

    I’ve seen previous 500px app users complain about the update. But I don’t see what they’re seeing. The update has plenty of great features and it’s pretty great to use.

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  2. Michael Burnham

    IMHO the original EOS M was a rushed “me too” camera that they thought would sell based on the Canon reputation alone and in some countries it did. The M-2 was what the M should have been and the M-3 (I have read, because I can’t see one here in the US) is the line finally beginning to come of age. Canon USA put a bare minimum of effort and resources into marketing the M because they were worried about interfering with their EOS Rebel sales and knew that with just 3 lenses available at launch it wasn’t going to do well. Those factors coupled with the short-commings of the original M was why it failed in the USA.

    Personally I would love to see the M-3 be available in the US but when it does I would like to see about 5 more native M lens introduced in addition to the (4?) that are available in Europe and Asia now. The reason you buy mirrorless is not just because the camera body is small but because the lenses are small too. I would love to have some compact native EOS M fast glass primes that Micro 4/3rds or Fuji has.

    IF Canon gets serious about mirrorless they have the ability to make a first class camera system. But they have to be series. I am liking the rumors (and that is all they are) of the rebel line going mirrorless but I don’t think there is a need to reduce the body size smaller than the current Rebel SL1. Rumors of an SL2 announcement this month are interesting as well.

    Sorry, this is just my tangental ramblings on the subject.

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    • adam sanford

      The Rebel line keeps the lights on for Canon, so I don’t see a relatively poorly spec’d and poorly received platform replacing their financial bread and butter. I see Canon making APS-C and FF SLRs for a long, long time.

      That said, Canon’s mirrorless needs to grow but they can’t reasonably grow it with just an EF adaptor. Besides all the missing pieces on the body side of things (a better-than-entry-level design comes to mind), EOS-M needs more native glass badly.

      But I strongly disagree that EOS-M3 is coming of age. A slightly improved grip and a few more megapixels does not a winner make. The EOS-M platform is clearly being held back by Canon compared to their SLR lines — forget not having DPAF, it doesn’t even have an integral viewfinder or more than 3 native EF-M lenses available domestically! That’s not coming of age in my book — that’s still well in its infancy.

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  3. Peter Nord

    I appreciate seeing the item about the 500px app here. I doubt if I would have see it otherwise for months.

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  4. Joram J

    Would be nice if the M3 came to the US. Might be that ML will be available for the M3 as well.
    I got one, but missing a few features. But overall its a very nice camera.

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  5. adam sanford

    EOS-M does not need more heft to hold EF lenses. Bolting EF lenses on it (also known as “the only way to get good glass on EOS-M) is the very problem EOS-M must overcome.

    EOS-M needs high quality native EF-M glass, and tons of it.

    And an integral EVF.

    And the ability to focus before next Tuesday.

    And a parent company that actually wants mirrorless to succeed.

    And a time machine to 5 years ago, when EOM-M might actually compete.

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    • adam sanford

      And EOS-M needs the ability to edit posts on this website. :-P

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    • Joram J

      A couple of extra lenses would indeed be nice!
      And multiple models, just like Sony, an A5100 and a A6000, so one can choose the best suitable for him/her.

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  6. Stan Rogers

    Hey, if it costs 47 cents to make, with very low design and tooling expenses, and you can bilk tens of kilobucks out of the collector crowd, go for it, I say. (The cost would be approximately the same as a marketing key fob made for a trade show.) It’s a pure-profit item, practically speaking; it’s not like it took resources away from anything more important or added cost to anything a camera user would want or need.

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    • robert garfinkle

      First off, I have an itch to know: is 10 kilobucks equal to 1 mega-penny?

      In the 1k scheme of things, it’s not a big deal to be selling a gucci-like designer hotshoe cover. it really isn’t.

      BUT, I tell a little story here: ( follow the bouncing rant )

      In the not too distant past, I get my first camera. A d7000, middle of the road not-so-prosumer camera. The box, sturdy, well packed. instruction books equal in thickness to 1/3rd the camera’s thickness. The strong strap, Nikon sewn into the band, and the camera, with hotshoe cover, and a few little parts, everything is individually and carefully wrapped, professionally packaged, which was more of a testimony of company that actually gave a rat’s behind – like you just took delivery on a brand-spankin’ new luxury car right off-the-truck.

      all that, for 1199.00. btw, same deal happened when I jumped to the D800 not long after that, same sense I had, taking delivery on a finer vehicle.

      zoom forward about a year and a half or so later – staring down the barrel of a D810 purchase, expecting nothing short of excellent, and…

      BAM! parts rolling around loosely in the box, plastic wrap on the battery looked like someone had taken that battery ( with wrap ) stuffed it in their back pocket in between their cellphone with a rugged cellphone cover – plastic all chewed and pock marked. continuing…

      the box, was cheaper, as if you’d stack 3 camera’s on top of it it’d crush it, and…

      the strap, cheaply embossed, thinner..

      and the camera had NO HOTSHOE cover.

      my first impression, this was a used product, had to be… aside from the fact that the first thing I did was toss my barely used 85mm 1.8 highly rated by dxo mark when paired with a D800 / D810 – only to find out the two paired up was nothing short of a disaster – camera did not have the ability to aquire focus.

      it was deemed by B & H a used / defective camera, yet somewhere in that phone call they stated Nikon no longer includes hotshoe covers with their cameras…

      sure enough, they replaced the camera promptly, yet the only two differences in this experience was the battery and plastic wrap seemed to be as expected, and the biggie, the camera worked. but no hotshoe cover!

      and, B & H did toss in a hotshoe cover for me out feelin’ a bit sorry for me.

      all that for 3k bucks.

      and now, having said that – we see these epitome-of-gaudy hotshoe covers being mfr-ed and sold, puts just a tiny bit more sting in the bitch-slap I received from Nikon earlier in the year.

      so, if one announces that Nikon is in financial trouble – it’s not because sony, pentax, fuji, canon etc are making mirrorless, nor the fact they are mfr-ing in china vs. japan.

      the removal of a hotshoe cover in conjunction with a decision during some meal @ ruth’s chris steak house amongst Nikon exec’s to make high-end gold and black hotshoe cover, sell it to the new “I AM Nikon” crowd, feels a little bit too “Sony” to me ( My first Sony ) and I’m not feeling too well right now over that fact knowing my $3000.00 paid for that vs. what I have in my hands with respect to quality. it comes in to question, yes?

      But having said all that. the image quality off these nikon cams are nothing short of excellent – I’ll weather the lack of cap and a few qa problems knowing I got a good thing. now all that’s left is… I have to learn to take a picture and S.T.F.U. me self :)

      I’m outta here…

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  7. Trevor Dayley

    Yeah hotshoe covers are all the new rage.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      My Canon A-1 came with a plastic hot shoe cover. I misplaced it when I got a Sunpak 522 flash. KEH had one for sale; I bought it and lost it.

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