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Canon 1DX Mark II Rumblings & Fujifilm Discontinues Film In Today’s Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 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 1D X Mark II Rumblings


The Canon 1D X Mark II probably won’t be the camera announced at next month’s announcement event from Canon, and while things have been sort of quiet on the 1D X Mk II rumor front, we do have some new rumblings from the rumor mill today.

According to a new report over on Canon Rumors, the Canon 1D X Mark II will have ‘considerably’ more AF points than the 61 points in the current 1D X. It is also said that the viewfinder will have some new technology that will enable it to handle all of the new AF points. No word yet on what this new technology is though.

In addition to the AF rumblings, it has been said that the 1D X Mark II will feature an OLED display – though there is some confusion about if that is referring to the top plate or the ‘main’ back display. If you ask me though, an OLED display for the top plate would be a waste.

You can find out more about the current Canon 1D X Mark II rumors here.


Fujifilm Discontinues and Raises Prices on Film


Another year, another announcement of film price increases. This time it is Fujifilm announcing some changes to their film offerings. According to the announcement, the following film products will be discontinued:

  • Fujicolor PRO160NS (35mm)
  • FUJICHROME PROVIA400X (35mm & 120)
  • FUJICHROME Velva50 (220)
  • FUJICHROME Velvia100F 4 × 5

In addition to those films being discontinued, the following products will all have about a 20% increase in price coming in October 2015:

  • Fujicolor 100
  • Fujicolor SUPERIA PREMIUM 400
  • Fujicolor SUPERIA X-TRA 400
  • Fujicolor SUPERIA Venus 800
  • Fujicolor NATURA 1600
  • Fujicolor PRO 160 NS
  • Fujicolor PRO 400 H
  • FUJICHROME Velvia50
  • FUJICHROME Velvia100
  • Neopan 100 ACROS

It is a sad day for film lovers, and anyone who enjoys shooting with Fujifilm stocks on a regular basis. If you are interested in learning more about this announcement you can find the full Fujifilm release, 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!

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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. Samuel Sandoval

    Whos the audiencce for 1dx m2?

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  2. Barry Cunningham

    Just finished Gelatin Emulsion Week at George Eastman House. Met several of the former managers and designers of the film factories at Kodak. Kodak (and the other film manufacturers) were victims of their own success. They designed amazing factories that could crank out miles of film using very sophisticated manufacturing technology, but when demand fell off, they had factories that could produce all the film the market wanted for a year in only a few days. It’s too expensive to let the huge factories and workers sit idle 50+ weeks per year. Whence the dynamite. Designing smaller scale, high quality manufacturing processes for the available demand requires considerable research and development and there is little to no chance of doing it profitably.
    Anybody interested in open source film manufacturing development?

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  3. Ryan Bartels

    The film update sux. Guess I’ll be stockpiling Acros and Pro 400H…

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  4. Stan Rogers

    An OLED on the top plate sounds silly until you’ve used it; you can get a lot more information more quickly than with a dedicated-segment LCD. That’s a lot more important with something like the 1DX (that currently has an LDC) than on, say, an H5D (which has a colour OLED), so it’s a little bit weird that the info-at-a-glance display is a much faster read on the camera that forces deliberation than it is on the twitchy one, at least in my book. Especially since a big part of the game is having the camera set before you get it to the eye.

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    With apologies to Janis Joplin:
    “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Canon 1D?, My friends all shoot Nikon’s. I must make amends. Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a 1Dx?”

    It’s a shame that some slide film is being discontinued and that prices for the remaining slide film are being increased since they are the only game in town with Kodak just doing color negative and traditional B&W.

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  6. adam sanford

    The 1DX was supposed to be the great merging of the studio (1Ds) and action (1D) lines. But with the advent of a 50 MP sensor in a lower market class with the 5DS, it begs the question **if the 1Ds heritage of the 1DX is now RIP**.

    Consider: there is zero talk of a studio high MP rig in a 1-series footprint, so everyone is expecting the 1DX II to solely be a sports/action/wildlife powerhouse. So the 1Ds camp of years past must now choose to stay at 18-22 MP and stick with the 1DX / 1DX II, or to *downgrade* their camera body experience to get their hands on that 5DS sensor. The 5DS is shaping up to be a nice product, but it lacks a ton of 1-series exclusive features.

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