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EOS-1D X Mark II Specs, SunDisc Seeks Your Support, Westcott FlexLights Reviewed {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 24th 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.

Canon 1-DX Mark II Specs Hit The Web

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We have all been patiently awaiting Canon’s announcement of the next 5D series camera and their latest flagship EOS 1-D update. Best guess rumors are now indicating a Q1 2016 release for the EOS-1 D X Mark II.

But these latest rumors also brought with them some fun new specs to discuss in regards to the upcoming EOS-1D X Mark II. Featuring a 24MP sensor, 14+ stops of Dynamic Range, Dual CFast slots, and 15FPS, it looks to be quite a powerhouse.

  • 24mp full frame Canon sensor
  • 80+ AF Points
  • New processor technology
  • 14+ stops of dynamic range
  • Nearly 15fps
  • 4K video (max frame rate unknown)
  • Dual CFast
  • Slightly larger LCD

I like what I see here with this new spec list. The really interesting part will be the price and how it actually performs against tough competition from an upcoming Nikon D5 and Sony’s crop of mirrorless cameras.

SunDisc Is Both A Reflector and Softbox

An interesting new campaign has cropped up on Kickstarter for this new project called the SunDisc. Put simply, this new product is designed to act as both a reflector and a softbox, being whichever tool you need to complete your project for the day.

It is an interesting concept, and the device looks very similar to current 5-in-1 reflectors on the market – though smaller in size than most of the popular models. For a pledge of just $34 you can get one of these when (or IF, I should say) these go into production and hit the market.

So what is the SunDisc? In his own words, the project’s creator describes the device as “It’s a Bruce Lee approach to photography – small, fast, effective and deadly… eh, on second thought, ignore the last category. It´s a softbox and reflector in one, easy to carry, foldable, dual sided (daylight/warm light) tool.”

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If the project goes to plan and the Kickstarter is successfully funded, the SunDisc hopes to be shipping by March of 2016. This seems like to could be a really useful tool for photographers.

If you are interested in more information about the SunDisc, you can find the Kickstarter Campaign here.

A Look At The Westcott Flexlight

Ever since these Westcott Flexlight LED panels were announced, I have been really interested in them. The portability and ability to put these almost anywhere make them really appealing.

Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter recently took a look at these Flex Lights and showed us how he uses the lights in his everyday workflow. It is a great demo and review for those who have been on the fence about picking up one of these lights.

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.

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  1. Dave Haynie

    Pretty cool. If those numbers are credible and not just wishful thinking, there’s going to be a very interesting story on that new sensor.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, if that sensor is a Canon sensor, then that is a major improvement over their current tech.

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    • Korey Napier

      Absolutely agree. Nikon’s use of Sony sensors are a big part of why I jumped the Canon ship and now use Nikon. If that is an in-house sensor, then good for Canon for stepping up their game in that regard. Even if it isn’t an in-house sensor, I still give them credit for taking some action.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Actually, it’s big news either way. If Canon’s finally met or exceeded Sony’s DR numbers, that’s big news. If Canon’s NOT using a Canon sensor in their new flagship, equally big news. In fact, Canon going over to Sony would absolutely cement Sony as the Intel of the sensor chip world. Canon matching or beating Sony tells us there’s a pretty interesting horse race at hand. Or even this: what if it’s Canon working with someone else, like Samsung (the only other company who’s done a large chip BSI sensor).

      As I said, interesting story no matter what. I kind of hope it’s a Canon in-house chip and does challenge Sony…. I think that’s the most interesting possibility, and may have Nikon a little worried about being second on the list for Sony’s new hotness every cycle.

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  2. Korey Napier

    Wow. Those are impressive specs on the 1DX II, indeed. It will be interesting to see the specs on the 5D Mark IV. That’s where Canon really needs to nail it to more or less catch back up to Nikon, IMO.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I agree. The 1Dx II is my “bucket list” camera, much like the Chevy Corvette is my “bucket list” car in that I can afford neither right now. The specs are impressive.

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