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Canon Full Frame Mirrorless In 2016? Sony 90mm Tops DxO Charts! | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on September 5th 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 Full Frame Mirrorless In 2016?

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Sony’s domination over the full frame mirrorless market is only going to last so long; eventually the other manufacturers will come out with competing products. If this latest rumor out of CW has any legitimacy, that time could come as soon as next year.

According to the rumor, Canon will launch a full frame mirrorless camera in 2016, and there are already prototypes in Canon’s lab. We don’t have any possible specs, nor information on if this system would have an EOS mount, or something new.

Canon just launched the EOS M3 here in the US last week, a decision a long time coming, possibly signaling a change in Canon’s mirrorless strategy going forward. This could point to them gearing up to push more into the mirrorless market, and launching a new FF mirrorless would surely catch everyone’s attention.

I rate this rumor in the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it‘ category. Canon has had their head in the sand so long with their mirrorless strategy it’s really hard for me to believe that they will all of a sudden just decide to launch a FF mirrorless line. I would love to be wrong, but I just don’t see it. Not in 2016 anyway.

What do you all think? Would you like a see a Canon FF mirrorless offering to challenge the Sony’s in 2016?

Sony to Unveil New 4K e-Mount Camcorder with A7s Sensor?

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An interesting rumor has cropped up in regards to an upcoming Sony announcement at IBC on September 11th. If the rumor is to be believed, Sony will announce a new 4K E-Mount camcorder, and it is thought that it could feature a modified A7S sensor.

I don’t have to tell you how awesome this would be for people that prefer the look and feel to a camcorder to that of a stills camera. This would allow its users to shoot in 4K at the same (or possibly better) crazy high ISOs that the A7s can.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any other possible specs for this rumored camcorder. But this nugget alone is pretty big news if you ask me. The A7s sensor is a favorite amongst video shooters, so getting that, plus the full frame size in a camcorder form factor would be big.

There was also another rumor a while back that Sony may change up the A7S line and turn that into a more camcorder-like camera going forward. If that rumor is correct, then it could be possible that this upcoming E-mount camcorder is, in fact, the A7S II. That would blow some minds, I am sure.

What are your thoughts on the A7s being turned into a camcorder? Good move or bad from Sony if this turns out to be legit?

Sony 90mm Macro Now Highest Tested Lens on DxO

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Whether if you love DxO, or you hate it, you have to at least agree that its ratings are a great discussion point when comparing lenses. If you are a Sony shooter, then apparently you need to get your hands on the 90mm macro, which has recently been crowned the sharpest lens ever tested by DxO.

Yes, according to this DxO chart, the 90mm macro is the highest tested lens for sharpness on the site; more so than the Zeiss Otus line. That is pretty impressive if you ask me. Even if you disagree with DxO methods, the fact that this result happened is quite bizarre.

This makes two really big hits in the lens department for Sony. The FE 55 mm F/1.8 and now this 90mm macro have really been stellar performers. This test only confirms that and adds a feather into Sony’s hat. Their lenses may be more expensive than others, but as we are seeing, the quality of what you are getting justifies the cost.

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. John Williams

    I like Sony, but i have been burned by them before. Their mirror less line may be the leader for now,but certainly not the best IMHO. Too many issues especially for video which is what I would purchase their FF line for. W/o the video the camera not worth the money. The price of a new A7r plus the meta-bones adapter for canon glass,one can by a GH4 plus recorder combo and a d750 which can cover your stills and video needs minus overheating. I said this on many sites, blogs etc. Most of the photographers who are making the switch to using Sony csc are Canon shooters, who forgot how groundbreaking the 5dmk3 was because so many cameras on paper has surpassed it. Yes the weight savings and the fact that you can use the e-mount glass from Ziess, but I don’t see any professional application beyond portraiture. I wonder what will happen if Canon release the 5DMK whatever with crazy stats includng 4k

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  2. Marco Gaspar

    Canon make the best mirrorless camera you want/can! But please: include a viewfinder. I hate to look at the screen when taking photos.
    Thank you :)

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  3. Dave Haynie

    The A7s sensor makes perfect sense in a camcorder body. And Sony’s done those in the past, but nothing really pro oriented. I originally got into Micro Four-thirds due to the camcorder option (Panasonic and, later, JVC and Blackmagic Design)… there are workflows that are fine for DSLR, and those that really demand a real camcoder.

    The availability of the Cinema EOS line sells video folks with less of a budget on the Canon line. That same thing could happen with Sony. But they really need to back it with a line of cinema lenses, as Canon and others have for the EF and m43 mounts.

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  4. Holger Foysi

    The lenses the 90mm Sony macro are compared with (Otus, 135 Apo, etc.) are measured on the D800, which has an AA filter. If you use the D810 as body you find the 55+85 Otus and 135 APO, for example, to be sharper. But imho sharpness is not everything.

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  5. Kevin Cucci

    Between the 55mm 1.8 and now this 90mm macro thats a pretty solid combo for Sony.. Double the battery life and card slots and I’ll consider making the switch.

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    • Austin Swenson

      Big fat AGREED. Except I’m already there… haha I think they seriously can put more life into these batteries though. I mean My LG phone has 3000 mAh, we can do at least that good for a camera battery.

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  6. Dalibor Tomic

    Again: Too late Canon. Sony and DXO: I just want to know how much they pay them for all **** stuff they review!

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    • Dalibor Tomic

      Better than Zeiss Otus? Come on

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    • Austin Swenson

      I think that DXO likes sony better as far as sensors go because of their dynamic range, but some canon and nikon cameras perform better in shadow recovery like the 7D2, but I would say it does seem like they favor them a little.

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