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 Officially Announces 35mm F/1.4L II


Well, that was fast but the rumors were right. Today, Canon officially announced the new Canon 35mm F/1.4L II. Canon has finally answered the Sigma 35mm Art lens, and I personally can not wait to see the showdown between these two lenses. But I am getting a little ahead of myself; here are the official 35mm F/1.4L II specs:

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
  • Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

One of the big points that Canon is driving home about this new lens, is the inclusion of their new (and proprietary) ‘Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics’ which they claim will reduce CA. Other notable points are that this lens is weather sealed and features a USM motor rather than an STM motor like what has been featured in Canon’s newer lower-priced primes.

Pricewise, the rumors appeared to be off by about $200, in the wrong direction, with this lens retailing for $1799 in the US. The interesting note about that is that this price essentially makes this lens twice the price of the Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art. The performance will have to back up that price, or I see people sticking with the Sigma as the go to 35mm prime.

If you are interested in being one of the first to get this new 35mm F/1.4L II, you can pre-order now over on B&H for $1799, here.

Canon Bringing EOS M3 To the USA


It seems that mirrorless fans finally stomped their feet enough to get Canon’s attention. Today, it was announced that Canon will finally be bringing their EOS M3 to the USA, marking Canon’s first mirrorless camera in this market since the EOS M bombed back in 2012.

The fun part about the Canon announcement is they are acting like this is something new, like the rest of the world has not had the M3 for the better part of a year already, ha! Regardless, for those who need a refresher, here are the EOS M3 specs:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control

I am excited to get my hands on one of these and finally put it to the test against other mirrorless offerings in that price range. Speaking of price, Canon is not making the same mistake they did with the original M, and have priced this model rather appropriately in my estimation, with a retail price of $679 for the body or more if you want to grab one in a kit.

If you want to get your hands on one, you can pre-order them now over on B&H for $679, here.

Pentax to Announce Their Full Frame DSLR In October?


An interesting (though a little light on facts) rumor has surfaced regarding the official announcement of the upcoming Pentax full frame DSLR. According to the rumor mill, Pentax will officially announce the camera on October 6th.

The camera concept and idea were teased last year, and updates have been few and far between; so if an announcement is coming in a little over a month from now, Pentax has been doing a stellar job of keeping it all under wraps.

This rumor does come from a forum user who has shared correct information about Pentax in the past, so at this point, I will be looking for the Pentax announcement on October 6th. That said, don’t go selling all your gear in anticipation; plans could change, or this guy could just be trolling us.

Next Sony APS-C E-Mount Camera to Feature New Sensor Tech?


According to the latest rumor buzz out of Sony land, the next A6xxx series camera will feature some new sensor tech that sounds really amazing. According to the rumor report, the new sensor will be backlit and feature a world first RGBW pixel layout design rather than the standard RGB layout on most other camera sensors (Foveon excluded).

This explanation was provided as to why it could be beneficial to add the white pixels:

The built-in “RGBW Coding” function which adds W (White) pixels to the conventional range of RGB (Red-Green-Blue) pixels has realized higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings. While the addition of W (White) pixels improves sensitivity, it has the problem of degrading image quality. However, Sony’s own device technology and signal processing realizes superior sensitivity without hurting image quality.

No word yet on when this new camera will be announced, but it is expected to be in the somewhat near future, but we will see. It sounds like this could be yet another super hyped jaw-dropping Sony announcement once it does finally happen.

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!