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?
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?
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
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!