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 Looking To Aquire Imaging Companies, Rejected By Sigma

The buzz on the rumor mill lately has to do with Canon and their plans to acquire more imaging companies. Specifically the report mentions Sigma (who rejected a bid from Canon), and Hasselblad (who Canon walked away from after looking at the books) as two companies that have been looked at in the past for acquisition.

We don’t have any clear indication of any current companies that may be targeted by Canon for acquisition. It appears that Canon does not think it can innovate in the photography space on their own, and must acquire another imaging company in order to further their photography standing.

This is what I have always liked to call “Microsoft Syndrome;” once a company gets too big for their own good, they stop risking money on innovation and instead focuses on the evolution of current products. The only way these companies innovate is by acquisition – purchasing smaller companies who have already proven their innovation is valuable or has good potential.

This saves the larger company from risking money on R&D, and instead puts a set amount of money on technology they can see and know has a good value proposition. It will be interesting to see who Canon targets for acquisition, and who gets folded into Team Red.

Samsung Dropping Out of European Markets Like Flies

Samsung Ditch Box

Since we initially reported that Samsung would be shuttering its camera business in Germany, things for European Samsung fans have gotten progressively worse. The company has started shuttering its camera business in many European companies, most notably in the UK.

In a statement received by Amateur Photographer, Samsung UK is quoted saying it would stop selling their digital cameras and camcorders due to “a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras, camcorders, and related accessories.

Nothing here about how their products are inferior, as was referenced in the German release. It seems Samsung has taken a good long look at the camera business and decided it’s not worth the money to try and get to the top of what looks like a dying market. Can’t say that I blame them; yet, the timing is still terrible.

Just when Samsung finally has a camera mostly worth being excited about, the NX1, they pull the plug. It’s worth noting, that as of this moment, Samsung is still selling their cameras here in the US, and there is no indication that is changing imminently. But, with the rest of the world seemingly dropping Samsung cameras, how long can we expect the company to keep up appearances in the US?

The Ultimate 30 Min Crash Course On Night Timelapse

We have all seen those amazing night timelapses that make your eyes widen and your imaginations soar. I (like I am sure many of you) have always enjoyed learning what goes into projects like this.

Photographer Mark Gee has uploaded this amazing 30-minute tutorial/crash course on YouTube about this very topic. It also happens to be notated with time links, so you can easily skip to a section that interests you the most. So, take 30 minutes this morning and learn something new!

In the field:
0:49 – Location Scouting – Mobile Apps | Composition
3:03 – Camera Setup – Image Quality | Shutter | Aperture | ISO | Focus
4:33 – How to avoid star trailing
5:27 – Setup the Genie – Rec Time | Interval | Play Time
6:29 – How the interval works
7:43 – Setup the movement – Movement length | Ease in / out

Post Production:
8:20 – Introduction and workflow setup
10:32 – Color adjustments and neutralizing the image
11:32 – Lens Correction
12:20 – Set black and white points
13:20 – Color adjustment – Clarity | Tone Curve
16:30 – Local Sky Adjustments – Graduated Ramp
19:37 – Technical Clean-up – Noise Reduction | Artifact clean up
22:47 – Sync color adjustments to all images
24:22 – Export all images to LR Timelapse
26:08 – Export out a movie from LR Timelapse – Codec | Output size

Gear Used:
Canon 6D
Canon 14mm Lens L Series
Syrp Ballhead
Syrp Magic Carpet Slider
Syrp Genie – Motion Control Device

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!