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Elinchrom, Phottix, and Sekonic Team Up, & Sigma Rumor Mill Update | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on August 11th 2015

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.

Elinchrom, Phottix, and Sekonic Team Up

It was announced today that three of the biggest names in lighting industry have teamed up to improve their upcoming product offerings. Elinchrom, Phottix, and Sekonic have combined forces to integrate their technologies into the products of their allies.

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The move will bring Phottix TTL technology to Elinchrom’s Skyport, Elinchrom’s mount will replace the Bowens ‘S’ mount on upcoming Phottix Indra strobes, and Sekonic will release two new light meters with built-in triggers for the Elinchrom and Phottix wireless trigger systems.

The move comes after MAC Group added Phottix to their distribution network after being dropped by PocketWizard. MAC Group also distributes both Elinchrom and Sekonic, so it would seem that MAC probably facilitated the communications between the three companies.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything else, comes from this partnership in the future. Elinchrom and Sekonic have been in the game for a while, and Phottix is an up and coming brand. This partnership is good for all three companies though it is sure to make things more confusing for consumers in the short term.

Canon EF 800mm F/5.6 DO IS In the Works

The latest buzz on the Canon rumor mill this morning is the development of a new 800mm F/5.6L lens featuring Canon’s DO technology. Such a lens would, in fact, be one of the most expensive lenses on the market, likely getting into the $15,000 to $20,000 range, and is an extremely low volume lens.

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That said, people do buy them; while I was at my local camera shop this last week, another customer came in and dropped $18,000 on a new Nikon 800mm F/5.6. It was one of those things that made you turn your head. A new Canon 800mm lens would likely be very interesting for the wildlife and surveillance crowd; it’s too long for just about any sport unless you are half a mile away.

It doesn’t sound like a release is imminent at all, but don’t be surprised if we hear about a new 800mm F/5.6L DO IS from Canon shortly.

Fuji X-T10 Firmware Improves Eye AF and Windows 10 Support

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Fuji has released a new firmware update for their new X-T10, which brings some improvements to the camera, as well as support for Windows 10. Among the improvements is an improved algorithm for their Eye-Detect AF technology when used with their 90mm lens.

Overall, not really the sort of update that we usually see from Fuji. This is more like your standard, “average,” camera firmware update. It fixes small issues, improves some things, and in this case, adds Windows 10 support. Other cameras in the Fuji lineup are expected to get a similar update throughout the rest of the year.

If you have an X-T10 and want to learn more, you can find all the details here.

Sigma Rumor Mill Update

It has been a little quiet on the Sigma rumor front since the announcement of the 24-35mm F/2. Lucky for us, it’s not all quiet, though, according to the rumor mill, we will see at least one more prime art lens released this year.

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According to this report, much to the disappointment of many, it seems Sigma is dragging their heels on a 24-70mm F/2.8 Art and 70-200mm F/2.8 Art in favor of more primes. The interesting thing to that is that they are running out of prime focal lengths to hit, they can only go a little wider, and then they have the 85, 135, and 200mm range on the long end.

The other interesting tidbit is that apparently Sigma is toying with the idea of officially supporting the use of third-party adapters with their lenses on the Sony A7 FE system. While that would be nice, I think that we can all agree that we would much rather have Sigma actually release these lenses in the FE mount.

Regardless, interesting things coming from Sigma in the coming months. I can’t wait to see what else they bring to the table this year.

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. Steve VanSickle

    The lighting news actually makes me a little bit sad- I really dislike the Elinchrom mount.

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    • Stan Rogers

      Really? It’s my favourite by a huge margin, particularly when the flash is mounted to the modifier (rather than vice-versa, as with the large indirect modifiers, Fresnel spots, and so forth).

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  2. Mac MacDonald

    It sounds like a 12-24mm may be released next year. I’ll buy that the moment it is available. The 12-24mm and the 200mm. These 2 lenses would pretty much complete my lens kit for quite some time. Well, until Gear Acquisition Syndrome hits me again. :)

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  3. adam sanford

    The next Sigma Art *has* to be an 85mm, doesn’t it? I love the feel of a 135mm, but surely an 85mm is in higher demand.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      If Sigma cared about higher demand then I think an 85mm would already be here, don’t you? :P

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Plus, 135 offers them a better opportunity to show up the big two once again. Canon and Nikon’s 85mm lenses are awesome, matching or beating them is possible, but likely not by a wide margin.

      However, Canon’s 135mm while legendary is quite old, and Nikon – well, their last 135mm lens is even older. Sigma could EASILY product a 135mm lens that blows both the Canon and Nikon offerings away. So, in my opinion it offers the better opportunity for Sigma to perpetuate the notion that they are on the up and up compared to Canon/Nikon glass.

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    • Alexander Europa

      It would be amazing to see a 135 f/1.8 Art lens hit the streets. Plus, they already have an 85 f/1.4 that is quite good (although not at the level of Art series). To be honest, I would be extremely happy with either offering, as long as the AF is better than Canon’s current offerings.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      Sigma’s 85mm is already pretty good, and Nikon already has an incredible and extremely cheap 85mm. Not to mention extremely light weight. I even think it’s better than Nikon 1.4 version.. so Sigma would have to produce a truly epic 85 1.4 in my opinion.

      As Anthony pointed out though, 135 is lacking. Canon’s is amazing still, but old, and when you compare either lens to more modern 135’s (take Zeiss’s for instance) and .. well .. they kinda suck. I honestly think the main reason 135 isn’t as popular as say 85mm is because frankly, there’s no modern option (Nikon’s was released in what.. 96? it’s loud, slow, the dc confuses some people, and the image quality aside from bokeh isn’t spectacular.) It’s really the last focal length left that hasn’t been mastered. Everything else is covered or nearly covered by Sigma, Canon or Nikon’s fantastic 1.8 series.. no one has a 135 worthy of mention except Zeiss which is manual only.

      200mm is even more exotic. Both from the big two are extraordinarily expensive, even if they are easily the best primes you’ll ever shoot.. few can afford it. A Sigma 200mm at half the price? I’d buy it.

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