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Canon Announces 430EX III-RT, A7000 Could Feature 15.5 Stops of DR, and More | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 8th 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 Announces New 430EX III-RT

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Canon finally has a cheaper option for those of you not wanting to fork out the money for their 600RT speedlights. Officially announced today, the 430EX III-RT is Canon’s second speedlight with a built in radio trigger.

 Canon 430EX III-RT Specs

  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Radio Transmission
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 141′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates 150° Right & 180° Left
  • Multi Dial, Bounce Panel, & Color Filter
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-3.5 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

As I alluded to in the first paragraph, the 430EX III-RT allows Canon shooters to get into the Canon RT system at a much lower price point than the 600-RT units – about $200 cheaper. Expected availability for the new 430EX III-RT is mid-September of this year, and you can pre-order them over on B&H now for just $299.

Sony A7000 To Feature ‘On Sensor’ HDR?

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Now this is an interesting rumor. As excited as we all are for the new tech in the upcoming Sony a7R II, this could be one of the most impressive bits of sensor tech Sony has come up with yet – and that’s saying a lot.

According to the rumor mill, Sony’s soon-to-be announced A7000 could feature on-sensor HDR technology, allowing for a full 15.5 stops of dynamic range in both stills and video. We don’t quite know how it would work yet (if it was an “always on” passive feature or a on/off feature), but the potential here is crazy.

This would mean the A7000 would be capable of more dynamic range, and by extension, a likelihood for better image quality and post-production ease than virtually any camera on the market currently – full frame or APS-C.

As with all rumors, take this one with a grain of salt, but if this is legit, Sony is about to take things to another level. Read the full post over on SAR here.

Sigma 24-105mm Coming To Sony A Mount This Month

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The downside to shooting Sony A these days, besides Sony’s obvious focus on their FE mount, is that you are also the last to get your hands on Sigma’s exciting range of lenses. Lucky for you all, this month Sigma’s impressive 24-105mm  will begin shipping in the Sony A Mount.

If you are interested, you can get your orders in now over on B&H here.

Canon Celebrates Producing Their 110 Millionth EF Lens

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Despite all our talk of Sony and what mirrorless is doing, Canon is still – for now- the top dog in the photography industry. If you need any more proof, just take a look at celebrations like this one.

Today, Canon announced they are celebrating the production of their 110 Millionth EF mount lens. 110,000,000 – that is a LOT of lenses. The company’s extensive EF lens lineup is currently comprised of a total of 97 models, which equates to almost 1,137,000 copies of each lens (not taking lens run size into account of course).

The EF mount lens production passed 10 million in 1995, the 50 million mark in 2009, and more recently in 2014, they passed the 100 million mark. If you wondered about photography’s explosion of popularity over the last 5-10 years, numbers like these really prove that out.

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. Alexander Europa

    I’m really hoping that Canon will be announcing built-in RT wireless flash control into their new bodies for late-2015 and into 2016…That, in and of itself, would be a reason for me to jump on the 5D4 whenever it comes out next year. But that seems WAY too cutting edge for Canon so close to setting a new industry standard with RT built into their flash.

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    • adam sanford

      I’ve often heard that onboard wifi and onboard radio flash control is a handful on the pro bodies because of the all metal bodies in the top cap (where the pop-up flash would go on cheaper bodies). The metal interferes with the signal, apparently.

      The 1D and 5D line are metal topped and do not have those radio/wifi/GPS features. But the 6D is not metal topped and has Wifi/GPS. From Brian Carnathan at TDP: “The 6D’s front and rear body covers are Magnesium Alloy, but the top cover is a Fiberglass-reinforced Polycarbonate construction. The top cover material was selected so as not to inhibit the built-in WiFi/GPS communications.”

      This (and obviously the dollars) are why radio/GPS/wifi are external items instead of onboard today. As much as I want what you are asking for, we probably won’t get it.

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  2. Austin Swenson

    See now i was holding off on buying the a6000 exactly because of something like this with the a7000. If stuff like this is true, my wait may be justified.

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  3. adam sanford

    That Sony sensor announcement sounds a lot like the dual-ISO feature Magic Lantern unlocks on some Canon bodies.

    I’d feel a heck of a lot better that such a feature was natively designed into the camera rather than an off-warranty hack and bricking risk that ML represents.

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    • Austin Swenson

      Indeed.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Fujifilm did a sensor with a similar idea, only rather than varying the filter mask, they actually varied the size of the pixels. This was back in the days of the SuperCCD. Their SR and SRII versions actually had both small and large pixels, so every shot contained sensitive and less sensitive pixel elements at essentially same photosite in the arrary. These were also this odd octogonal array with interstitial pixels they had been using for awhile, so there was always some interpolation involved.

      I suppose this didn’t prove a long-term advantage, as they dumped when they went to CMOS. Though they did file a patent last year for a completely different spin on arrays of different-sized pixels. So who knows, that may come back some day.

      I’m not sure about this Sony approach… skipping lines of pixels that way suggests some weird effects in the merged photo. But I suppose that’s also subject to how they do their color and now luma interpolation. It’s always interesting to me to read about different takes on sensor design, though most of the ideas seem to come from Fujifilm. Sony’s had a few in there, too… their old “Clearview” sensors for camcorders incorporated white (unfiltered) pixels to boost the sensitivity of the sensor, at the expense of some chroma loss. But given that in consumer camcorders, you’re always going to have 4:2:0 color decimation for MPEG encoding anyway, maybe not such a loss.

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  4. robert s

    3.5 seconds for such a weak flash? GN of 43 and it needs that long?
    3.5 seconds is forever when shooting weddings. looks like a flash made by fisher price.

    shanny/yongnuo/godox -no need to pay so much for an excellent flagship flash. those days are over.

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    • J D

      I agree. Since I bought into the Yongnuo flash system, I have *knock on wood* had no issues and my Canon 430exII just lives on my gear storage shelf at home.

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    • robert s

      the best part is knowing if the flash ever falls from a light stand, I can just buy another for $100. full power at 2 second recycle shanny SN600SN. 1/3 stop less. awesome flash. yongnuo RT flashes are also wonderful.

      $300/$550 for an OEM flash and your pocket will also hurt with the repair.

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