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!