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.
Leica Announces Three New Lenses
It is always a good day when you get notifications regarding lens announcements. Well, today is a good day, thanks to our friends over at Leica, who have officially announced three new M lenses.
The Leica M Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH, Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH and Leica Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH were announced this morning and each feature improvements and a new optical design over their predecessors.
Additional improvements to the lenses include a more robust construction, now featuring a full metal rectangular lens hood with thread mount, and a threaded protection ring for the front of the lens when the hood is not attached. The lens cap is now also made of metal.
As far as pricing goes, as you would expect from Leica, these do not come cheap. You can get your hands on the Leica Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH for as cheap as $2,195. The Leica M Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH follows at $2,795, with the Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH coming it at $3,995.
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on any one of these, enjoy it, I am sure they will be magical.
Things Looking Bleak Over At GoPro
Some have the opinion that the reason GoPro is struggling this year is no new flagship camera. The company did release the Hero4 Session, but that has failed to really catch on in the market.
“GoPro‘s headcount has grown by more than 50 percent annually, to more than 1,500 employees at the end of 2015,” the company stated in a letter to investors explaining the layoffs. This sounds to me like they simply outgrew their own pants and needed to cut some of the fat.
I always hate to hear about layoffs, but hopefully this allows the company to move forward and get themselves out of the rut they are currently in.
Canon EOS-M Announcements Coming at CP+?
We have some rumor rumbling coming in this morning that there is a possibility that Canon will have some key mirrorless announcements coming at the CP+ show in Japan next month.
According to the report over on Canon Rumors, it sounds as if a new EOS-M body may be announced and that if it is, it will most likely be the rumored prosumer model that we have been hearing about. Unfortunately, there were no specs or even capabilities shared about the possible camera.
What was shared, though, is that we will almost definitely see some new EOS-M lenses announced. No specifics on possible focal lengths or apertures, though.
The word on the street is that Canon is aiming to make a big splash at this show. A Prosumer EOS-M and a stable of similarly prosumer lenses, along with an EOS-1D tease/announcement, would certainly do that.
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!