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Canon EF-M Primes, Sony FE Lenses, & D810 Firmware Update {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 30th 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.

New Canon EF-M Primes Coming In Q1 2016?



Both Canon rumor sites picked up on similar buzz this morning surrounding Canon and its EF-M based mirrorless system. According to the report over on Canon Rumors, we will see two new prime lenses announced. They will be of higher build and optical quality than the usual EF-M lenses we have seen announced of late.

But this is where the Canon Rumors post stops; they don’t talk about possible focal lengths or anything like that. The Canon Watch post, however, talks about a new 35mm F/1.8 STM that will be announced at the beginning of the year. A quality 35mm lens makes a lot of sense for the EOS-M system, and when you factor in the crop factor, this lens would effectively be an 56mm lens.

More lenses for the EF-M mount is a good thing, but it will all be a moot point if Canon does not come out with a more attractive mirrorless camera offering. That camera simply has to have a built-in EVF, and really should also take advantage of Canon’s DPAF technology at the least. Honestly, something the size of their SL1, without the mirror would be perfect and could really set the Canon offering apart from other mirrorless systems.

I am very curious to see what Canon has in store for their mirrorless system in 2016, the new year can not get here soon enough…

Upcoming Sony FE Lens Announcements


PhotoPlus has come and gone, and we are still left with no new Sony FE lenses. The company could possibly announce a new FE lens roadmap this month, though one unofficially leaked recently.

We are expecting 8 new FE lenses within the next 3-5 months, several of which we think are coming before the end of this year. Possible announcements include a new 24-70mm GM FE lens, a new 85mm f/1.4 G FE lens, a telephoto lens, and a couple FE f/2.8 zooms.

This is the area where Sony really needs to put their manufacturing power, the cameras are impressive, but without proper lenses, adoption and conversions will be much slower than they should be. A quality stable of F/1.8  or better primes (ideally affordable) and F/2.8 or better zooms is a real must for most pros to consider making a full switch the A7 system.

I am really interested in what Sony has up their sleeves over the next several months!

D810 Firmware Update


Nikon has announced a new D810 firmware update that will interest you D810 filmmakers. The update, C 1.10, adds some special functionality for the HDMI output allowing recording to be started and stopped by an external recorder.

D810 owners looking to update can find the new firmware here. The full Nikon update text can be found below.


  • An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.
    Note: Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in theSETUP MENU.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Incorrect distances were shown in the camera playback info display for photographs taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual (GN) mode.
    • The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b4 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
    • Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.
    • In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
    • About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
    • The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.
    • Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).
    • Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
    • Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.
    • If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.
    • File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.
    • In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.
    • In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.
  • Some help text has been changed.

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. Kim Farrelly

    Can you imagine a mirrorless full frame Canon that can use any EF [or ef-s] lens with dual pixel AF & without being sluggish. Although Canon will probably cripple it so as not to cannibalise sales from it’s DSLRs’
    If Sony is ramping up it lens output [no more f4 zooms please or f2.8 primes] the clock is ticking faster for those who might switch…

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    • adam sanford

      There’s now a camp of nerdy forum-dwelling Canonites who seem convinced that a *full EF mount* FF mirrorless product (i.e. as thick front to back as a 5D3, but no adaptor is needed) is the way to go to unleash the entire EF portfolio in mirrorless on day one.

      There are two camps on this:

      1) Anyone shooting heavier/longer glass loves this idea, b/c the body will have to be chunky and grippable for such heavy glass anyway. These folks say: go big or go home with size in FF mirrorless.

      2) Anyone who values a smaller rig or lighter weight setup hates this idea. They want the A7 platform with Canon ergonomics, AF, glass, confidence, accessories, etc. but *before* the A7 brand got bigger and heavier. They really want a small/light rig.

      As much as I want a smaller/lighter FF setup than my 5D3, *physics is physics*. The glass will be as big as the aperture/FL requires and that’s that. A small/light platform in FF is only possible with f/4 zooms, f/2.8 primes and FLs under 100mm — which will not fly commercially. The sooner everyone gets that, the easier it will be to stomach a large FF mirrorless platform.

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    • Kim Farrelly

      I look at the size of my 35mm fin cameras & compared to the 5D3 they are small & even if an adaptor is needed surly all it needs to do is communicate with the lens. Yes an adaptor would make the lens bigger but not that much. If Canon is going to move into FF Mirrorless it would really make sense to program the camera so it can use their existing lenses to a similar standard as their DSLR. They have the tech/software already, their 70D live view AF is quick, accurate & three years old.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Yeah, Adam, that’s where I sit. Sorta.

      For one, I don’t see Canon, after dominating SLR and DSLR for 10+ years, entering a market they don’t dominate with a flagship product. EOS-M seems like a hobby, and maybe it’s a transitional form between PowerShot G and EOS xxxD. That works the right direction… I could start out on an M series camera, maybe with a lens or two, but buy some EF or EF-S lenses, use them today, and upgrade to a DSLR at some point.

      Going to EF-M or yet-another-mount (well, hell, Leica did it) means fleshing out a whole line of lenses, if they got serious. That’s up against Micro-Four Thirds, Fujifilm, Sony, etc… a really uphill battle. And it doesn’t bring any current EOS users along for the ride in any serious way… if you’re using adapters anyway, you don’t need Canon loyalty. About as smart as Microsoft was with Windows 8.

      So having established EF as the mount, what do they do? I think they need to deliver a hybrid. I’ve said this before. This is a mirrored DSLR with a transparent OLED viewfinder overlay. So you have all of the cool on-screen info you get in your mirrorless, but with an optical viewfinder. A DSLR version of what Fujifilm did on that X-series rangefinder-like camera.

      But there’s also a mirrorless mode. Push that button, your mirror locks up, and now you’re a pure EVF mirrorless. Sure, bigger, but for full frame, is that really any issue? A Sony FE lens isn’t actually any smaller than a Canon EF lens. In fact, for the same design, they’re actually longer, since they have to add a bit of lens barrel to make up for the shorter flange distance. Sure, my 6D is larger than an A7, but then again, A7s only get 270-300 shots per battery. I get over 1000… half of that’s the extra power draw of EVF, half is the fact that Sony used the same battery in the A7 as they did in all APS NEX models. Kind of like Canon putting the Rebel battery in a 5D or 6D. So keep the 1800mAh battery, and Canon has a 500 shot mirrorless that’s also a 1000 shot DSLR.

      Not suggesting this makes sense for everyone.. but for Canon, absolutely. I added a mirrorless system for size… I’ve been using Canon since the film days. My Olympus system is much smaller, both because of the smaller sensor, but also because that’s kind of Olympus’ thing… none of the mainstream DSLRs are the size of a full frame Olympus OM-series body. Panasonic’s m43 stuff isn’t much smaller than APS or the smaller FF models (yes, they have other goals).

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    An EF-M “red ring” lens? That would be interesting. Actually, I doubt that Canon would produce an L lens for the EOS-M. But as I mentioned in an earlier article, I don’t know if my wife would switch from a P&S camera to the EOS-M. But I’ll ask her when Canon fleshes out their EOS-M lineup.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Really not expecting a “red ring” lens for the EF-M line. After all, the best bodies they have are basically using the Rebel/xxxD parts kit. Canon’s sold mid and pro level EF-S bodies, and has yet to make an EF-S-L.

      Not that all good Canon lenses are L’s… in fact, I have several “approved” for the 5DS that aren’t L’s, like the 85mm f/1.8. There are some L’s not on that list. But making an EF-M-L would be making a statement that their current bodies can’t back up.

      Really, until they get a body that match Sony, Olympus, or Fujifilm high-end offerings, what’s the point of making that lens?

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  3. adam sanford

    Crop Canon SLR owners, ever wanted a nice, solid native EF-S nifty-fifty prime equivalent on your rig?

    Good news! Go buy an EOS-M to get one. :-P

    Oh, did you want that on your Rebel, 70D or 7D2? We don’t make super useful standard primes for EF-S because *that would be silly*.

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