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Canon 80D, Olympus 3D Stacked Sensor & Kinoshita Kistar 55mm F/1.2 Announced {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 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 80D Coming In 2016?

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The Canon xxD line has always been a go-to model for the advanced amateur, someone not quite ready to drop the cash on the highest APS-C offering like the 7D or a full frame rig like the 6D. The latest xxD model, the 70D was announced in 2013, and if the pattern of announcing every three years holds true, the 80D should be announced in 2016.

So, low and behold, rumors have started to circulate regarding the upcoming 80D, and the hardware it may have inside. According to the latest rumblings, the 80D could feature a 28MP sensor and a more advanced AF system. It is also said that the 80D will feature WiFi and NFC, but no GPS.

Video people will also be happy to hear that the 80D may also feature focus peaking (FINALLY!). The rumor also says the 80D may have a burst rate around 8FPS. So far, it is all sounding pretty good to me.

Let me just remind you, though, assuming a Summer 2016 release, as has been the norm with the xxD models, that puts us at like 8 or 9 months out. Rumors this far out are rarely very accurate but still make for a good discussion – which is why we include them.

Could This Be the New Flagship Sensor From Olympus?

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We are coming up on 2016, and we have been expecting the new Olympus flagship OM-D E-M1 II to be announced soon; which is what makes this interesting sensor news out of Olympus so interesting.

The Fraunhofer Institute has released a new document regarding a brand new 16MP 3D stacked global sensor from Olympus. The rumor sites say this is very likely the new sensor that will be the basis for the next Olympus flagship camera.

If this is the case, this would be huge news for Olympus fans as it would mean little to no artifacts, a global shutter (so no rolling shutter in video), and a very high image quality. The 16MP may seem pretty low, considering the high MP releases lately, but given the size of an M4/3 sensor, I feel like 16MP is probably pushing how many pixels can be crammed in that small space.

It’s possible that the E-M1 II could be announced within the next couple of months, and if it has this sensor, things could be pretty interesting in the mirrorless world. I am excited to see what comes of this, if anything…

Kinoshita Kistar Announces 55mm F/1.2 for Mirrorless Cameras

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Kinoshita Kistar, a Japanese optics company, has announced a new 55mm F/1. 2 lens designed for use with modern mirrorless cameras. The lens design is a ‘modern interpretation’ of the legendary Tomioka Kogaku Auto Tominon 55mm f/1.2 from the ’70s.

The lens comes in the Contax/Yashica, so a mount converter will be needed to use the lens on any modern cameras. The ‘new’ lens is priced at around $1,000 (though on eBay it is currently on sale for closer to $1400) and features 7 elements in 6 groupings with a minimum focus distance of 50cm.

The Kistar also features an 8 bladed aperture and a 55mm filter thread. Design wise, the lens doesn’t appear to look very modern. In fact, when I first saw the images of this lens, I thought it looked very similar to a couple of old Canon FD lenses that I have in my collection. That is not to say the look is bad, just that on some cameras, it may not sync very well with the camera design. (This would look awesome combined with a Fuji camera, probably not so much with a Sony).

You can find a couple of sample images taken with this lens and a Sony A7S over on the Kinishita Kistar website, here. Overall, I think that the images look good. If you are into manual focus lenses on your mirrorless camera, this could be a great lens selection.

The one gripe I have is that they did not even take the time to develop some versions of this lens with the native mounts for the mirrorless cameras that it was developed to work with. I mean, why not just build the Sony E and Fuji X-mount versions, the fact that I have to pay around $1,000 for this lens (possibly even more) and then still have to buy an adapter is really off-putting for me. But who knows, maybe the optical quality is so great that I will be able to overlook that.

Ricoh’s New GR II Kit

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Ricoh is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the GR camera line and has a new GR II kit for you to drool over. According to the press release, only 1200 of these kits will be made.

The limited edition kit will be available for around $1000, and is expected to be available towards the end of October. If you are interested, the kit includes the following:

  • GR II camera
  • Aluminum case O-AT146
  • External viewfinder GV-1
  • Wide conversion lens GW-3
  • Lens hood and adapter GH-3
  • Ring cap three (green, gold, gunmetal)
  • Case GC-6 (orange)
  • Neck Strap GS-3 (orange)
  • GR-10 anniversary pin badge

Overall, a nice little kit for those of you camera collectors out there. It’s not really my personal cup of tea, but it all looks great in that custom aluminum case. If you are interested in picking one up, you can learn more about the kit form Ricoh Japan here.

Fuji‘s New Instax Mini 70 Announced

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Fujifilm has announced their new Instax Mini 70, the latest in their Instax line of instant film cameras. The Fuji Instax line of cameras have been near the top sellers on Amazon in the camera section for quite some time, so it should not come as any surprise that Fuji is updating this series.

The new Instax Mini 70 features an improved viewfinder for enhanced subject viewing, automatic exposure and flash functions for sharp pictures, a high-key mode that enables users to take brighter photos, and a smart selfie mode that automatically adjusts settings for perfect selfies using the front-facing selfie mirror. The Mini 70 also has a tripod mount for amazing up-close shots and clear landscape photos.

Coming in at $139, the Instax Mini looks to be a nice upgrade over the previous Instax cameras. If you are interested in learning more, you can check out the full press release over on Fuji‘s website here. The new Instax camera will be available in November, so stay tuned and we will update you once they are available (great gifts for young budding photographers).

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. Christoph Schwinghammer

    80D: focus peaking, 28MP and a new AF System? – Call me in.

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  2. Joseph Prusa

    The sample images for the Kinoshita Kistar really don’t make me want to spend that much money. :)

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  3. Dave Haynie

    The idea of a 3D stacked sensor is cool… better color, no de-bayering, no moire, etc. But the exacples so far, the Foveon sensors, have issues, and in particular, they need a ton of light. This one does suggest a difference, though… particularly if there’s a global shutter and it does video.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Oh, nevermind, not THAT kind of a 3D sensor… they mean 3D stacked like Sony’s from the RX100 mk IV. It’s like an improvement over the BSI sensor. There’s one chip that’s essentially all photodiodes, which is stacked on top of anotger chip that includes charge wells, ADCs, etc. They can optimize the image processing and image capture parts separately, and it’s overall cheaper, since a bad sensor array is only that simple photodiode + microbump, not a whole multilayer chip.

      This could easily be the best chip in any m43 camera so far. Very cool.

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    Cool News! Lovely leather support for the cameras!

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