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 Actively Testing Third Party Sensor Options?
This hardly comes as a surprise to me, but in a post over on Canon Rumors today, it was revealed that Canon could be currently testing a third part full frame sensor. The 1D and 5D series are both due for an upgrade in the next year, so this sensor testing could be part of that development process.
According to the CR post, Canon is testing two variations of this upcoming camera. One with a third-party full frame sensor and one with a Canon made full frame sensor. It would seem likely that the non-Canon sensor is a Sony sensor, but I suppose it could also be Toshiba or Samsung, or if you want to get way out there, Sigma/Foveon.
It would also seem likely that Canon will test the two sensors and whichever performs best in the new camera, while meeting Canon’s quality and cost metrics, will be the sensor chosen to feature in the new camera.
The chances are that Canon sticks with their own sensor, they have spent a lot of time and money building their sensor production capabilities, and they would have to be pretty enamored with the third party sensor to choose it over their in-house options.
16-35mm F/2.8L Replacement To Feature BR Technolgy?
The Canon rumors are strong this morning, with another rumor indicating that an upcoming lens announcement will feature Canon’s BR (Blue Spectrum Refractive) technology.
According to the CR post, the only lens currently rumored to be coming soon that fits the bill is the upcoming 16-35mm F/2.8L IS II. The lens is extremely popular with event photographers and given the 1D and 5D upgrades coming in 2016, it makes sense that this lens could be the next BR lens for Canon to release.
But who knows, it is also entirely possible that Canon could be coming out with something completely new, or some other lens that we are as of yet unaware of will feature the BR technology.
PocketWizard Takes a Page from Chinese Trigger with New PlusIV’s
PocketWizard announced their new Plus IV triggers last week, and the new design takes a page from their Chinese competition, featuring their first real horizontally mounted trigger in the PW system (miniTT triggers notwithstanding).
The biggest reason for the horizontal mounting, rather than vertical as all other PW triggers, is the new inclusion of a hot shoe, allowing for an on-camera flash to still be mounted. This is something that other trigger makers have been doing for some time, but that PW has resisted in their standard trigger lineup.
These new triggers will also be TTL compatible with Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and (probably) Fuji and Olympus. That is impressive in its own right, though curious that Sony is not on that list. You would think that Sony, given all the buzz and people switching to that system, would be higher on the list than Fuji or Olympus. But regardless, the TTL compatibility of this unit is a huge selling point for the Plus IV.
According to PW, the new Plus IV units will be available in January 2016 and will retail around $150. Still quite a bit more than most other third party options, but given the quality and features of this unit, I think it is a price that many pros will be ok with.
We will keep you update on availability and pre-orders once they are made available.
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