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EOS-1DX Mark II Specs Leak, Nikon D500 Impressions, & Handy Tech Under $50 {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on January 17th 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.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Specs Leak


Now that Nikon’s flagship D5 is out in the open, all rumor attention is now focused squarely on what Canon will do to respond with their upcoming EOS-1D X Mark II. Well, we may have our first glimpse of that today with some rumors that hit the web.

According to the specs, posted over on Canon Rumors, the EOS-1D X Mark II is set to feature a 22MP sensor, 1 CFast and 1 CF card for memory, and a rear LCD with ‘some’ touch functionality. You can read the full rumored specs list below:

  • Resolution: 22mp
  • Media: 1 CFast / 1 CompactFlash
  • LCD: Some touchscreen functionality
  • Video: 4K at 60fps (other video specifications unknown)
  • Feature: GPS
  • Feature: Intervalometer
  • Price: $5999 USD (could fluctuate slightly)
  • Announcement: First week of February 2016
  • Shipping: April 2016

Will this be enough to impress when pitted up against the likes of the Nikon D5? Hard to say with the limited specs that were revealed, but I would say that this certainly sounds like it has potential.

One thing to note, Canon going with split memory (1CFast and 1CF) vs. dual slots of the same memory type like Nikon is doing. Personally, I never understood why these camera makers put two different memory card types in a camera; it forces you to buy twice the memory (maybe this is partly their reasoning), and in my opinion, provides no benefit over dual cards of the same type. Also interesting to note, Canon going with CFast over XQD.

What are your thoughts on these rumored specs? Leave a comment below and let us know what sticks out to you, and what you would like to see.

Handy Tech Under $50, Camera Edition

Photographers and Videographers know all too well what it costs for the gear and tech that we love to shoot with. It is, in a word, expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be that way!

Despite the fancy newest gear costing thousands, there are still some great things you can pick up on the cheap that are sure to help make your life as a photographer or videographer easier. In the video above, Brandon from Linus Tech Tips on YouTube, shares some of his favorite accessories that he uses on a daily basis – all of which can be found for under $50.

I am planning on picking up one of those Helios lenses for my a7R II. For that price and being a fan of manual focus, it is pretty much a no-brainer.

What are some handy, yet inexpensive items that you use on a daily basis? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Initial Nikon D500 Thoughts


This last week was Mystic Seminars in Portland, Oregon and as an attendee, I was lucky enough to be able to get some hands-on time (no shooting, sadly) with Nikon’s new D500.

While I was not able to shoot any images, or even put a lens on the body, I did get a chance to play with the menus, and get a good overall feel for the body itself. Today, I just wanted to share some initial impressions after having had that opportunity.

The specs alone make it unquestionably one of the top – if not THE top – APS-C cameras currently on the market. But the question that many have been wondering about is the build quality; the feel of the camera. That was one of the many complaints about the D7000 series from D300s shooters; it just did not have a pro-optimized layout or build quality.

Let me put this issue to rest once and for all, the D500 is unquestionably built as well as any of Pro Nikon body I have ever used. It feels solid like it could take a beating on some dirty, rocky mountainside in the middle of nowhere, or getting dropped on the pavement as you avoid getting taken out on the sideline of a sporting match.

The buttons and dials all seemed to be in good locations, nothing really stood out as being oddly placed. Though, I will hold judgment on this until after I have actually been able to use the camera for an extended period of time.

Overall, the D500 seems like everything we have been waiting for in a D300s successor. I can’t wait to get my hands on one for an official review.

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!

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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. Chuck Eggen

    D5 on order and looking forward to reviews of the D500. Anxiously awaiting the rumors about the D810 successor too. Good things from Nikon and I’m glad to see Canon is getting an upgrade. Both are great brands I’m just partial to Nikon.

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    • J D

      I agree, both are great brands. This whole Nikon vs Canon thing is ridiculous. I’ve had clients tell me that they didn’t book with me because I didn’t use a professional camera like a Nikon and that if I wanted people to take me seriously as a photographer, I should make the switch. When I asked why, they just told me they didn’t know and they saw online that Nikon was a more professional camera. I just laughed and walked away.

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    • Andres Garcia

      You’re probably better off without those clients who think the camera gear makes the photographer.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Once you have a Full Camera body you should only focus on your photographing skills and forget about the gear.

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    • Jason Markos

      Do you really think FF is such a crucial part of the toolkit? Don’t get me wrong – I do appreciate the that FF sensor alone is better… but as part of an ecosystem, there is a place for APS-C too, don’t you think?

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    • Matthew Saville

      No, even a full-frame body isn’t a “must-have” these days, depending on the style you shoot and the subject matter, of course.

      I could name at least a dozen types of high-end jobs that I’d feel perfectly comfortable shooting on a crop-sensor body, not just because I’m skilled enough to “make do” or “get by”, but because I consider the APS-C options out there to be fully capable of delivering the goods without me having to “stretch” the camera’s abilities.

      Most full-time Nikon shooters who have been around for any amount of time will have shot professionally using DX bodies already, by the way. Full-frame didn’t come to us until 2007, and it didn’t become affordable until 2008. I didn’t own a full-frame camera permanently (though I rented a D700 here and there) until 2011! Before that, I paid my bills with a D300, or a D200, or even a D70 back in the day. I might have even been working full-time as a wedding photographer back when I had a pair of D70’s, but I think it might have only been part-time then. Either way, my point is that I’ve never had a client complain about bokeh or noise or anything that a full-frame camera “advantage” offers. Even shooting in pitch-black conditions children’s theater for many years.

      TLDR; a “professional grade” camera is still a MUST-HAVE for a full-time shooter, because that’s simply the responsible thing to do if you’re getting paid money to take photos. You can’t have a camera fail on you mid-wedding, or have no backup whatsoever, etc. However, the title of “pro-grade camera” no longer necessitates that it be a full-frame camera, in fact IMO it never truly did. It’s all just a matter of personal standards and preference of shallow depth and image noise at this point.

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    • J D

      Oh I know. I just find it funny that people would base their decisions off 3rd hand information like that especially not even knowing why or what they are saying.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Can you imagine how amazing will it be to have a D810 with the same AF system as the D5 with 6 or 7fps.

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    • robert garfinkle

      Well, with the MBD12 I can rifle off 7fps now on my D810.

      I am thinking they will push 7fps / 9fps (with MBD12) and 10fps with MBD12 / XQD / MUP on the next model.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I’m not really that interested in 36 MP files at 6 or 7 FPS, to be honest. I’d MUCH rather see Nikon take the D810 body, add the D500’s physical improvements, (dedicated right-hand ISO button, etc.) …and throw in the D5 sensor. Or I’d settle for a D750 sensor. THAT would be an ultimate camera.

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  2. robert garfinkle

    The first feature, looking at the images of the product, well, was the “AF-ON” button. YIPPIE!!!!!!! This is a requirement, as it is second nature to me already – on the D800 / D810 etc…

    But, I am curious as to the image quality. I have seen some photos out on the web, they do look AWESOME. I suspect it is not greater than the D5, I suppose / guess, but hopefully the sensor dynamic range is great. And I cannot speculate without reports from DXO etc…

    Because all the other features “do-it” for me regarding this cam, well, with the exception of the 4k UHD, whilst that may really appeal to some. I suppose I am glad it’d be on the cam, but really, not too important of a feature – and I’d prefer that video capability be removed altogether. Not because of price, but the fact is, a. less to break, and b. I’d rather have better image / build quality as a trade off… can a camera be “just” a camera???

    Now, where does this leave me?

    It seems that this cam is evolutionary / revolutionary – where it, along with the D5, moves Nikon to the next level, sustaining the life of a DSLR (ILC – as one Nikon Rep now calls it.) but this is just AWESOME, because if Nikon can continually improve image quality, focusing, FPS, etc, in their current framework (the DSLR), then it’s perfect – “If you like your lens, you can keep your lens” – which has been a feature Nikon has kept bringing back from body to body, over the years… All ya gotta do is just buy the body, keep the lenses, and everyone is happy.

    D500 / D5 features – are just previews of what’s to come, with respect to the D810 / D750 replacements, and could set a precedent going forward…

    Imagine, and ISO of 64 (or 50) to 128k (or something like that), in the next D810 (D820? / D900?) – personally I think they will ether call it the D850 – and bring forth the focusing features of the D5, the video of the D500, on a 42mp 8/10fps system…

    Or, Imagine the D770, 28MP, 8fps, 4k UHD for 1 hour…


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