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.

‘Entry Level’ EOS-M Leaks

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We shared the rumor a short while back about Canon announcing a new entry-level mirrorless camera in their EOS-M line. Well, those rumors appeared to be confirmed through a series of leaks regarding upcoming Canon announcements, including an image of what appears to be the new EOS-M camera.

In the leaked image (which you can see above), the new camera appears to feature a new kit lens with a 15-45mm focal range; a move away from the usual Canon kit standard of 18-55mm. This is a move that makes a lot of sense for an APS-C based camera and one that should help differentiate the EF-M line lenses from their EF-S brethren.

As far as the camera body itself goes, it is hard to see what features are included. To me, it looks like a cross between the original EOS-M and the G7X, a nice combination if you ask me. But the other thing that this seems to indicate is, yet again, no EVF. We could be wrong – it is possible Canon is including some sort of pop-up EVF like on the Sony RX100 series cameras – but I think that is doubtful.

I will be curious to see where this new EOS-M sits on the pricing scale, and what its final specs are. If this really is meant to be an entry-level option, I am not expecting much…but that leaves a lot of room to impress.

Canon G5X and G9X Also Leaked

It appears that Canon will be making a lot of small, compact camera announcements ahead of Photo Plus this year with more leaks, all but confirming the G5X and G9X rumors.

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The G5X, pictured above, looks rather interesting. It is different from any Canon design that I have seen recently with some odd front dial and a decidedly boxy film-SLR look. It is almost Olympus-esqe in design undertones that lean towards film-SLRs while maintaining a very modern look.

I am not sure I like it, but then again, I am not its target consumer, so maybe I am just not meant to. Regardless, its rumored specs look interesting.

G5X Specs

  • Sensor: 20.2 MP 1 inch back-illuminated (made by Sony)
  • Lens: 8.8-36.8mm F1.8-2.8 (equivalent 24-100mm F1.8-2.8)
  • Size: 112mm x 76mm x 44mm
  • Weight: 337g
  • LCD Monitor: 3 inches. 1.04 million dot

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The G9X on the other hand, clearly takes its design cues from the G7X. The leaked images reveal an interesting styling choice, one that I hope is just an option in addition to a more standard dark/black theme.

Unfortunately, contrary to what the name would imply, this camera appears to be, in almost every way, a downgrade from the G7X. It has a slower lens with less zoom range, and still no EVF. It will be interesting to see where this sits on the price list next to the G7X, because it is already really clear that it will not compete with the likes of the RX100 cameras – at least based on what we know now.

G9X Specs

  • Sensor: 20.2 MP 1 inch back-illuminated (made by Sony)
  • Lens: 10.2-30.6mm F2.0-4.9 (equivalent 28-85mm F2.0-4.9)
  • Size: 98mm x 58mm x 31mm
  • Weight: 209g
  • LCD Monitor: 3 inches. 1.04 million dot

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I am looking forward to seeing what else Canon has up their sleeves for Photo Plus, because a budget EOS-M and gimped compact cameras are not going to be much of a draw – unless we are missing something.

Zeiss Discontinues 9 ZF/ZF.2 DSLR Lenses

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Well, this was bound to happen, but it was announced that a good chunk of Zeiss’s older ZF/ZF.2 lenses are being discontinued. According to the Cosina Japan press release, the following 9 lenses will be affected:

  • Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18 ZF
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25 ZF
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28 ZF
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZF.2, ZF
  • Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF
  • Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2, ZF
  • Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF
  • Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF.2, ZF

But don’t fear, most of these lenses are already being replaced by Zeiss’s newer Milvus DSLR lens line. Zeiss just had too much going on, so as any good company should do, they cut out the old to make room for the new.

Maybe we will get lucky, and this will help them increase their production capacity for their newer lenses like the Batis lenses.

Metabones Releases Another Firmware Update That Improves EF Lens Performance on a7R II

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The performance was already fairly good from what I have experienced, but Metabones has announced another firmware update for their EF-E Smart Adapter, which looks to clean things up on the Sony a7R II and A7S II even more.

The new update can be downloaded directly from Metabones here, and looks to improve or address the following:

  • a7RII PDAF speed improvement for some wide angle, normal and medium telephoto lenses on a7RII
  • Fixed an intermittent overexposure issue on a7RII
  • Fixed an intermittent start-up issue on A7S
  • Stability improvement

I am looking forward to grabbing one of the Mark IV adapters so that I can give this a shot and see if the improvement is worth noting. Metabones is the most well known Canon-Sony adapter, but in the past performance has shown that it was much more cost effective to go with budget adapters that perform as well as the Metabones for a quarter of the cost.

It will be interesting to see if that holds true or if the Metabones performance can set itself apart on the newer Sony bodies with this updated firmware.
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!