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5D Mark IV Touch Screen? Olympus F/1.2 Primes Coming? A7 II Firmware Update ! {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 17th 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.

Touchscreen 5D Mark IV?

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The word on the street this morning is that we may very well see a touch screen on the next version of the Canon 5D, the 5D Mark IV. Not only will it be touch screen, but the rumor says it will be a flip/tilt screen a la 70D (though presumably of a higher build quality).

The rumor is only a CR1 at this point, so don’t go getting too excited (or ticked off) over this quite yet. That said, the 5D Mark IV is expected to be a rather large update for the 5D line, bringing in a lot of new technology and features previously missing from Canon’s pro lineup.

Personally, I say why not? Pros are notorious for being scared of change, but if the new screen helps make the photo process quicker, easier, or more convenient, then I say go for it. Some will say that the screen is more likely to be broken; I say take a look at the D750 and the 70D, neither of which have screens falling off from being used. I think Canon can make a tilt/flip screen that can stand up to most abuse.

What are your thoughts on this development?

Olympus F/1.2 Primes Coming?

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According to the latest reports out of the micro four thirds camp is that Olympus is getting ready to launch a brand new line of F/1.2 primes in early 2016. The rumor poster says he is 100% sure that this new line of lenses will be shown off at CP+ in February.

Assuming the optical quality is up to snuff, this can only be good news for fans of Olympus and micro four thirds shooters. These cameras already have problems holding their own in low light situations against larger sensor cameras, and a stable of quality F/1.2 prime lenses could go a long way towards mitigating some of that in certain situations.

The interesting thing here will be what lenses Olympus chooses to release in this new line first. If this were an APS-C or FF system, then a 50mm would be the obvious choice, but given micro four thirds x2 crop factor, I think something in the 15 to 25mm range is more likely. But who knows, we will have to find out in February…

Sony A7 II 14bit RAW Firmware Dropping Tomorrow

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Sony A7 II owners rejoice, your firmware update bringing 14-bit Uncompressed RAW files will officially be dropping tomorrow. In addition to the big RAW feature upgrade, the new firmware will also be activating the 117 phase detection AF points on adapted lenses, meaning better AF performance on Canon and other AF lenses adapted to the E-Mount.

As per the norm, this firmware is completely free. Those of you interested in downloading the A7 II firmware version 2.0 as soon as its available should keep an eye on http://www.esupport.sony.com/ for the most up to date info on when that download drops.

For those curious about the difference between Sony’s regular RAW files vs. the uncompressed RAW files, you can check out my quick comparison (here) from when the a7R II update dropped several weeks back.

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. Paul Nguyen

    I still love OVFs for certain things, e.g. in bright sunlight or in pitch blackness where EVFs slow down to around 2 fps, but tilting screens have completely changed the way I shoot and I will hesitate in buying a camera without a tilting screen, no more bending down or finding things to stand on or boring shots at eye level.

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    I’m not a pro photographer, but the 5D Mk III is my first DSLR; I continue to shoot with my Canon A-1 (35 years old), and used F-1N. I’d be more interested in performance improvements, like a higher frame rate, more focusing points, more megapixels, etc.

    The flippy/tilty screen may be useful for low to the ground photos or above the head photos to compose, but if shooting in sunlight, that screen may not be useable.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I don’t think anyone is promoting the idea of a tilty/flippy screen being the primary upgrade over the 5D Mark III. There would be many many other improvements. But this is how I see it: I would rather have the option to use a tilty-flippy screen than not have one at all, even if my use of it will be limited.

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  3. Justin Haugen

    Loving the D750 tilt screen when I need it. There are some markedly not-pro nuances about that D750, but overall I’m pretty happy I’ve made the switch from the 5Dmk3. I’m sure I’ll have buyer’s remorse once there is an official word on the mk4 >_<

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  4. adam sanford

    Olympus users: I’m *so* glad I bought into a platform built around a small sized package.

    Now I can bolt f/1.2 pickle jars on to it! :-P

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I recently had my hands on some old Olympus F/1.2 glass from the film days and the lens was actually quite small. So, really, F/1.2 by its nature doesn’t have mean huge. It’s just a matter of fitting the AF motor (since olympus does sensor stabilization).

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    • Andrew Leinonen

      The new Mitakon 25mm/f0.95 for M4/3 is 1.75″ long and 230g. So slightly smaller than a 50mm/1.8, and only slightly heavier due to an all-metal build…

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    • Andrew Leinonen

      I’ve never been happier to see Canon adopt a technology. Putting a touch-screen on a highly popular, mainstream pro body might just be enough to convince the other companies that the addition of such an astoundingly useful, user-friendly technology won’t suddenly turn users into photographic newbies just stepping up from their iPhone…

      Once you’ve used a touchscreen for direct focus point selection, it’s really hard to go back to anything else. It feels so primitive…

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    • Dave Haynie

      I have a while bunch of f/1.8 Olympus lenses that aren’t huge. My two f/2.8 zooms are also fairly small… the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO is slightly longer than my Canon 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM IS.. but get the “L” version of that — more comparable to Olympus PRO — and the Canon is larger. And of course, larger still if you get the 70-300mm f/2.8…. er, wait, that doesn’t exist. The 70-200mm f/2.8, then.

      Olympus understands they’re a compact system… that was true even in the original OM System days. Didn’t stop them from releasing very compact high speed glass.

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    • Dave Haynie

      As for the flippy screen, I’ve had a bunch of those, and never broke one, even in a big crowd. I think Canon could deliver a rugged one. One key is the ability to lock it down — if you can’t accidentally pop it loose, it’s chances are good. And the other thing — if it’s a fully articulated flippy screen, not just a tilter, you can store it face-against-the-camera. So no scratching while being used, no wasted power for previews you’re not seeing (or you’re seeing in the viewfinder on a mirrorless), etc.

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