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Gear Rumors

Fuji X200, Pentax K1, Zenit Rumors {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 12th 2016

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.

Fuji X200 Coming Soon?

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So the cat is out of the bag about Fuji‘s new X-Trans III sensor, and now everyone is wondering when we will start seeing it in bodies not called the X-Pro2. Well, today we got word of some rumors that indicate its next destination could be in an X100 upgrade.

Rumored specs on this supposed ‘X200’ include the 24MP X-Trans III sensor, as well as:

  •  A new bright 28mm lens (also the Fujifilm X70 features a 28mm lens)
  • Enhanced hybrid VF with better EVF refresh rate
  • Digital converter 35/50
  • Tilt screen

Will we see an X200 this year? Probably. According to this rumor, the X200 would be announced sometime in the second half of 2016.

Pentax continues their comically long FF DSLR Teaser Campaign

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It is almost comical how long this teaser campaign for the full frame Pentax DSLR has been, but alas, it continues. Ricoh updated the teaser site with some more details, as well as some new images.

The following is from a leak, not the teaser, so take it with a grain of salt.

  • Number of pixels: effective 36.4MP
  • Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm
  • Continuous shooting: 6.5 frames / sec.
  • ISO range: 100-204,800
  • GPS built-in
  • Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Size: 136.5 x 110 x 85.5mm
  • Weight: 925g

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Zenit To Make A Comeback, Aims At Leica?

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The Russian camera brand, Zenit appears to be on course for a comeback, and they apparently set their sights on Leica as they aim to be a luxury brand going forward.

Russian media are reporting that the camera brand is being revived “to make it a luxury device, analogous to the Leica.” Currently, no timeline has been made public in regards to when we might see some of these new Zenit cameras on the market. I will be curious to see how they plan to take on Leica in that luxury camera maker market.

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. Stephen Glass

    Thanks for keeping us up on this stuff as always!

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  2. Korey Napier

    The X200 will be brilliant! I wish they would stick to the 23mm focal length though, maybe just update that lens so that it is a bit more sharp wide open. The announcement of the X200 just means I’ll be trading in my X100 for a discounted X100S or T when the time comes.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      I’m with you on the 23mm. I hope they keep it.
      I checked an X100T once thinking it would make a good second camera but I found it way too soft for my taste at F2 so I hope the next one will be better. At 700$ I wouldn’t have minded but not at 1300$

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    • Korey Napier

      Yeah. Suffice it to say that I keep it at 2.8 a majority of the time. It’s amazing the difference compared to f/2.

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  3. Colin Woods

    So cool to see the Zenith E – that was my very first camera ever. I learnt so much with it, it didn’t even have TTL metering, just that light meter above the lens.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    I hope the Pentax K-1 delivers the goods, at a price that competes well with the likes of the Nikon D810.

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