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.
Big Samsung News Coming Soon?
All of the Samsung news we have been hearing lately centers around the company pulling out of the camera business. They have already officially pulled out of several European countries, including Germany and the UK, and appear to be leaving Canada as well. But over the last couple of days we have been hearing some new rumors that some big and disruptive news is coming… from Samsung.
Now, this seems really odd. Why would a company that is pulling out of the camera business be making a big ‘disruptive’ announcement regarding the camera business? More details are expected soon, but for now, the rumors seem to indicate that the announcement has something to do with Nikon and Sony, but how it relates to those companies I couldn’t say.
Maybe Nikon is buying Samsung’s mirrorless business and switching from Sony sensor to Samsung sensors? That would be pretty huge news to say the least. That would make a lot of sense for Nikon as well, removing their reliance on Sony and get a nice bump in their mirrorless tech being able to jump into an already established APS-C mirrorless system ready to kick it into high gear.
I don’t know about you, but I am really curious to see what all this is about. The NX1 was honestly one of my favorite cameras of 2014/2015, and it would be a shame to see such a promising system die.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Pentax’s Full Frame Camera Will Debut in Spring 2016
We have known that the new Pentax full frame DSLR would be coming in early 2016, and now we have that narrowed down to Spring 2016 (I know, not much better). But we do have an update for those of you looking for more details on this upcoming Pentax launch.
The company has just launched a new marketing site for the upcoming full frame DSLR, and you can check it out to get some details. Probably the biggest detail is an image on the top of the page which gives us our best ‘front view’ look at the camera yet – and I have to say, it looks really awesome.
Beyond that, details on the site are mostly pretty vague. The company goes into details on the history of the Pentax brand with their 35mm SLR cameras and give some hints and clues as to what to expect from the upcoming full frame DSLR launch.
If you want to check it out, you can find the new special site here.
Capture One Pro 9
For those of you have not been happy with the performance of Lightroom lately, Capture One Pro has always been a great alternative, and they just released a new version which may be worth looking into.
Some of the new or notable features in Capture One Pro 9 include:
- An extra activation
- Capture One Colors for DNG
- Color Editor Interface
- Camera Battery Status Indicator
- Contrast Engine
- Export Originals as EIP (Catalog)
- Flow and Airbrush Masking
- Keyword and Libraries Tool
- Local Adjustment Curves
- Luma Curves (Scalable)
- Rescaling Engine
- Straight Line Brushing
- Effective and easy masking for product and other objects with straight edges.
I have tried to move from LR to Capture One a couple of times, and each time I found myself frustrated with the slight differences in how the two programs work. I have never given Capture One much of a shot, usually giving up after a short time to go back and finish my work on Lightroom. But I like what I have been seeing with Capture One Pro 9, and I may just give it another shot…for real this time.
Those of you looking for more details or wanting to grab a free trial of Capture One Pro 9 can find all the information over on their website, here.
Special B&H Deal Zone Express
During the holiday shopping season, B&H has been running a special version of their Deal Zone called Deal Zone Express. While a normal Deal Zone deal would run for 24 hours, with Deal Zone Express, they feature multiple deals throughout the day but only for several hours each. It is a great way to get some savings, and I have a line on today’s upcoming deals.
- The Spyder 5PRO Elite will be on special from 9 AM – 11:59 AM. (EST)
- Aura 3 point light kit (Fluorescent) from 3 PM – 5:59 PM (EST)
- Vello Fusion Flash Triggers – 6 PM – 8:59 PM (EST)
- JPEGmini Pro – 9 PM – 11:59 PM (EST)
If you are interested in getting in on any of the deals above, you can find them over on B&H via their Deal Zone Express page, here.
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!