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Canon 1D X II Specs, D810s Rumors & Zeiss Announcements {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 12th 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.

Canon EOS-1D X II Specs Surface


Some rumored specs for the upcoming Canon EOS-1D X II have surfaced online, and while spec lists posted months ahead of an announcement are rarely ever super accurate, they do make for good discussion. So here are the rumored Canon 1D X II specs:

  • 20mp CMOS
  • 61pt AF (all crosstype & f/8)
  • 16fps with AF/20fps in live view
  • 4K 60P
  • FullHD to 240fps
  • CFast + CF
  • Touchscreen LCD (can be turned off)
  • More customization options for the menus and buttons
  • GPS & WiFi

The first thing that jumped out to me was the 20MP sensor. Given all the buzz lately about higher megapixel sensors, limiting their flagship camera to a mere 20MP seems unlikely. I mean, even a 28MP sensor would be more along the lines of what I am thinking (and that still puts it fairly far behind the D810, a7R II, and 5DS).

Full HD at 240FPS is cool, and 4K is great for the video crowd. The other interesting thing here is CFast and CF, no SD card slot. While many pros still use CF, SD has by far become the standard, so it would be an interesting choice to not have a single SD slot on the body.

What are your thoughts on these rumored specs?

Nikon To Announce a D810s?


The interesting rumor from the weekend over in Nikon land was regarding a possible D810s, rather than a new D900 or D850. We don’t have any rumored specs, but it sounds like Nikon is not quite ready for a major D850 or D900 type upgrade, so they may go back to the ‘S’ model for the next D810.

If Nikon were to announce such a camera before the end of the year, it would likely be within the next week or two at Photo Plus in NY. If that comes and goes without a D810 announcement, then it is likely that such an announcement would not come until 2016.

What sort of feature upgrades would you like to see in a D810s?

Fuji 35mm F/2 Price Rumor


Fuji is expected to officially announce their 35mm F/2 in the coming weeks, and this morning some rumors surfaced regarding the possible pricing of the new lens. According to the report over on Fuji Rumors, the new Fujifilm 35mm F/2 will come to market at around 399 Euro, likely pointing to a US price under $500.

This is a VERY attractive price for what will likely be a very good performing lens. Fuji has a similar problem to Sony in that many of their good lenses are quite expensive, and if this rumor is true, and the new 35mmm is under $500, that is great news for Fuji photographers.

Zeiss Announces New Loxia 21mm F/2.8


Zeiss has officially announced the latest addition to their Loxia line of Sony FE-mount lenses, the 21mm F/2.8. The lens will come in at $1499 US and is expected to be available come December.

As a Sony shooter, I love seeing new lenses announced, especially Zeiss quality lenses. But that excitement quickly fades when the pricing of these lenses are announced. I don’t doubt that the optical quality and build is worth it – but more $1,000+ lenses is not what the Sony system needs at the moment (the one exception being telephoto zooms). We need some quality, but cost effective options and no one seems interested in producing those right now.

Stay tuned for pre-order information on this new Zeiss Loxia. We will update you once they are available.

How Have Old Digital Cameras Held Up?

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!

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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. Timothy Going

    Wow if that Fuji lens does come in under $500 I will be amazed. Thats a lot of lens for that price.

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  2. adam sanford

    As for the Nikon D810s, if ‘not quite ready for a major upgrade’ means jamming the old D810/A7R 36 MP sensor in there, why bother?!

    The only thing Nikon should be working on for their flagship non-gripped trimline is putting that A7R II sensor hotness into a new body. Why they’d waste time with a sideshow of yet another 36 MP variant seems absurd to me.

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    • Mark Romine

      Nikon is known for the absurd, i.e. aforementioned CF and XQD cards slots in the same body. They never cease to perplex me.

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  3. adam sanford

    The 1DX II rumored spec-list is being roundly shot down. A touch screen (even if defeatable) is completely out of place for that market segment, and all prior reports pegged a jump from 18 to *24* MP instead.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t believe that spec list is accurate.

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  4. Scott Weaver

    About earlier digital cameras, my first was the Nikon D70, purchased in fall of 2004. Had never even handled a digital camera before that, but learned in a hurry. I still go back to files created with that camera and I am very impressed with the image quality. It’s just that the files are not as large, that’s all.

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    • Peter Nord

      I’ve thrown the old D70 plus a $49 old zoom lens from eBay in the back of the car for a ‘just in case’ camera. That is, just in case a flying saucer lands.

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  5. Mark Romine

    You would have thought that Canon would have learned from Nikon blunder from a couple years ago of having two different card types in their flagship body, CF and XQD cards. Such a pain.

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