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Canon EOS-1DX II Sensor, & Another Zeiss Otus On the Way| Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 28th 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 EOS-1D X Mark II Sensor Rumor


It appears to be set, at least, the rumors have settled on what they believe the next Canon flagship EOS-1DX camera will feature as far as the sensor is concerned. If the latest rumors are correct, the upcoming Canon flagship DSLR will feature a 24MP sensor.

24MP is not a high megapixel count at all, but it’s not a low one either. Personally, I feel like that is right about where the camera should be. 24MP is plenty of resolution for anyone. Though, having half the resolution of its 50 MP 5D Brethren will be odd.

What are your thoughts about this sensor size?

Another Zeiss Otus On the Way?


Zeiss 50mm and 85mm Otus lenses are the epitome of their focal lengths in terms of image quality. It seems Zeiss will announce another Otus-branded lens later this year, but this lens will be of the wider variety.

According to the new rumor report, Zeiss will announce a 25mm F/1.4 some time around September. This would give Zeiss a holy trinity of sorts for prime lens shooters. Expensive, yes, but the absolutely best your money can buy, with no doubt.

What other focal lengths would you like to see Zeiss tackle with an Otus branded lens?

Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Update To Add AF Update


Fuji shooters everywhere drooled at the X-T10 and its new and improved AF features. The X-T1 received its update to get the new firmware, but until now, it looked as if the rest of the Fuji ecosystem would be left wanting.

According to the latest report, XE-2 users can expect a firmware update later this year that will also bring those new and improved AF features to that camera as well. Fuji continues to amaze us with their support for older camera models, and this is no exception – assuming the rumor is legit.

Olympus E-M10 II Coming In August


The latest rumors out of Olympus’s camp is that the new E-M10 II should be announced at some point in August. But don’t get too excited, from what we hear, do not expect anything revolutionary (for that wait for the new E-M1 next year).

Still, I would think we will see many of the features from the new E-M5 II trickle down to the E-M10 II as well. So far, specs are unknown, but those should leak any time now if the announcement really is next month.

What would you like to see from this upcoming E-M10 II?

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. Rafael Steffen

    24 MP is the sweet spot for Full Frame cameras to keep up with good dynamic range and low levels of noise at higher ISO. I hope the Nikon D5 has a 24mp sensor since Canon is pushing 24 MP, but Nikon is also increasing from 11fps to 15 fps on the new Flagship and probably 2 tops of high ISO performance.

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  2. Liam Doran

    24 sounds about right to me…but not sure If I will make the upgrade as the 1DX is serving me quite well!

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  3. John Cavan

    The frame rate is comparable to the 5ds if they handle 10 frames per second in the 1DX II, assuming that the limitation is now about sheer amount of data that can be moved across the bus in that amount of time.

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  4. norman tesch

    i think untill canon can get 50mp to shoot 12 frames per second it will stay away from the current 1dx shooters and sports events..its almost like canon is building cameras for spific jobs like choosing your lens for the job at hand

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    • Fraser King

      I would be flabbergasted if any manufacturer got close to 12fps from a 50mp sensor anytime soon!

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  5. Colin Woods

    My 12MP D300 made superbly sharp prints at up to 20 x 12 inches. I even have a print from it that was used as the roadside poster for an exhibition that is 10 x 6 feet, and its amazingly good, Sure, its fuzzy close up, but seen from a few yards away its excellent. my new gorgeous D750 is full frame 24MP and i wouldn’t want to go higher, its more than enough detail. I personally, while in awe of 50MP, have no need of all those pixels. 24MP is great.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I agree. Mid 20’s seems to be the sweet spot. I’d love for them to keep improving sensors but keep the MP in this range and start making Dynamic Range the main focus.

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    • Colin Woods

      Quite so, improving dynamic range and high ISO noise is far more important to me than MP count. The dynamic range on the D750 is astounding, but you can always do with more. I’d also love to see very low ISO to save having to carry ND filters. The D750 has a base ISO of 100 with a low setting of a stop under that. Why not have a trick low mode of 2,3,4 and 5, even 10 stops under that? Is there an physical limitation in the sensor?

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    • Fraser King

      I agree, and more to the point 50mp sensors are likely to be far less forgiving of less than perfect glass than the 16-24 range. Better AF, AF flexibility, and DR are much more important to me.

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  6. Trevor Dayley

    I wonder if 1D-X buyers will feel a little short-changed on that sensor.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      a large chunk 1D-X buyers are sports and wildlife people, so 24MP and lots of FPS makes them happy I would think.

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