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Canon Leaks & Zeiss Discontinues DSLR Lenses {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 8th 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.

‘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!

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. Joseph Prusa

    Never have done an update on an adapter before, this should be fun.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    The G9X looks like it could have something to do with my Fujifilm X-F1, style-wise. They didn’t go as far as Fujifilm in making it a manual zoom lens (which I think of as a feature, but apparently the average consumer considers a bug), and I’m still not sold on 20Mpixel for a 1″ sensor being a good idea (the 12Mpixel on the 2/3″ X-F1 sensor is definitely an issue, so going to 1″ (twice the area) doesn’t help much if you almost double the pixels. Though going BSI also helps here.

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  3. Dave Lyons

    new canon rumors everyday and yet none address the component that needs addressing the most ( i don’t even need to say what it is), just sweep it under the rug and it will go away canon… because obviously sony and everyone else has quit progressing theirs to wait for you to catch up (hah)… get on it microsof… i mean canon

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  4. Andrew Leinonen

    The important dimension on the G9X is the one that Sony has been ignoring (in fact, worsening) with each successive RX100 release, and that’s the thickness.

    The G9X is apparently only 31mm thick, so it might actually fit comfortably in a pocket – the RX100 III and IV are fully 10mm (0.4 inch!) thicker. That’s major on a pocket cam that’s already on the iffy side of fitting in a pair of jeans…

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  5. Ben Perrin

    Thanks for the update on the Metabones Anthony. Seems as if the only way I find out about these updates is through SLR Lounge.

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  6. Dustin Baugh

    Seems like everybody is trying to tap into the classic lines of an SLR camera. Nikon had the Df, Olympus has the OMDs, now Canon has this.

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  7. Stan Rogers

    The G9X might not have much of what camera wonks are after, but it’s right purty — and that’s probably the point. It looks like it could be invited to the same parties as a Leica special edition. I’d rather have a big brick with buttons and knobs for every finger, a nice viewfinder (no matter what it does to the lines) and all kinds of stuff hanging of it at various angles in various locations, but I can rarely be found in polite company where elegance matters. (And I don’t do snapshots. I seem to have become fundamentally incapable of it over the years.) I do know people, though, who would want to carry a camera that loks like that if they were to carry a camera at all. It remains to be seen whether enough of them *would* carry a camera at all, though, and that’s the bet it seems that Canon has made.

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  8. adam sanford

    The new EOS-M will be the budget play. Don’t expect an EVF. For enthusiasts, a fancy-pants EOS-M with an EVF, DPAF, chunkier grip, etc. is nowhere in sight.

    Glad to see the 15-45 call, though — that’s 24-72mm FF equivalent. I always shake my head at 18-55 crop zooms as they handcuff tourists who often can’t move their feet enough for some landscape shots. A 24mm FF equivalent makes a lot more sense to me.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree. We knew this EOS-M would be the budget play, its just annoying to see HOW budget it is going to be… I mean by most mirrorless standards, the current EOS-M3 IS budget/entry-level. Ha!

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