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By Anthony Thurston on August 1st 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 50mm f/1.4 Patent Emerges


There is probably only one thing that has been called for more in the Canon community than better sensor technology, or a real attempt at mirrorless – a new 50mm F/.1.4. The current 50mm F/1.4 is not a terrible lens, if you can get a good copy, but many find the lens to be so lacking, they prefer to use the F/1.8 model or just jump up to the F/1.2 model.

So, when news like a new 50mm F/1.4 patent emerges, people get very excited, as was the case today. As we should all know by now, a new patent has little to do with what may actually be coming down the pipe and onto store shelves anytime soon. But it does give us a glimpse into what Canon has been working on, so it’s safe to say a new 50mm F/1.4 is at least being considered.


This patent’s design features internal focusing and a reversed front element. It will be interesting to see if this design, or another, makes it to market anytime soon from Canon.

Sony to Close US Online Store


In an interesting move, Sony has announced that come August 28th, the company will be closing their online US store. There was really not much reason given other than that they have made good partnerships with online and store retailers, and they think it is better to focus on sales through those partners.

Any orders and pre-orders made through the site before August 28th will be honored, but after the 28th, no new orders will be accepted and eventually the site will be shut down altogether. Sadly, at this point anyways, there will not be any closing sale or deals either, so no reason to go buy anything from that store before it closes.

LumoPro LP605M – A Lightstand and Monopod In One


LumoPro has just announced their new LP605M; basically the best lightstand I have ever seen. This bad boy is not your ordinary Light stand. Oh no, this guy turns into a freaking monopod!

As a photographer, there is one thing I hate more than having to buy a bunch of expensive gear. On reason is that it’s a pain to lug it all around, just in case I need it. Products like these make our lives easier, just grab a couple of these and no matter, what you always have a Light stand and a monopod with you.

It seems like a pretty awesome concept to me. You can learn more about them over on LumoPro’s website, 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. Mark Romine

    I think I would prefer to carry a separate light stand and a separate mono-pod. I always know ahead of time when I will be needing a mono-pod. So it’s not like this would bail me out of a situation where I needed an emergency mono-pod. I personally don’t use my mono-pod as a camera support anyway. Rather, I frequently convert and use mine as a light on a stick. So having a full fledged light stand that can also be used as a mono-pod would make it too heavy and cumbersome for lengthy mono-pod/light on a stick use.

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  2. Ernesto Gonzalez

    Very interesting concept.

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  3. Stephen Jennings

    Sony’s online store sucks. Completely disorganized and confusing, even worse than Canons. :P

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  4. Trevor Dayley

    That light stand looks interesting. My favorite lightstands are the Manfrotto stacking ones. The fold up flat and click to each other so you can stack them up when storing or carrying. I absolutely love the three I have and other photographers comment on them all the time.

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