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 Pouring R&D into MF System
FF; MF; there have been a lot of rumors over the last several years regarding Fuji and what they plan to do beyond their APS-C based X-Series system. A new rumor this morning seems to indicate that they have found that direction.
According to a new report over on Fuji Rumors, they have received word that Fuji is pouring a lot of R&D dollars into a new, interchangeable lens, medium format system. I don’t need to tell you, but if this is true, this is pretty big news.
Sadly, though, the rumor stops there. We don’t have any camera rumors about this new system, no specs, or pricing. Still, if this rumor is true, and Fuji enters the medium format market with a camera that sits somewhere between Pentax’s 645D and 645Z offerings, then we could have a really attractive option for pros looking to break the full frame mold and take that step into medium format.
I will be watching this one closely myself. It looks like it is still a ways off if it is happening, but stay tuned.
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Evidence
We have all been patiently waiting for Sony to start announcing all of the new lenses that they promised; none probably more than the rumored 24-70mm F/2.8. Given the less than ideal performance of Sony’s Zeiss 24-70mm F/4, it has led many pros to hold off on buying more into the Sony system until more pro level F/2.8 glass is available.
Our first clue that a 24-70mm f/2.8 is, in fact, coming just surfaced online. According to the report coming out of Sony Alpha Rumors, the 24-70mm F/2.8 has been listed on an internal ‘Sony Employee Only’ website where it was screen captured and sent to the rumor site.
There was no image or detailed spec list for the lens on that internal website, but this almost assuredly confirms that a 24-70mm F/2.8 will be announced in this next wave of lenses from Sony.
Beyond this 24-70mm f/2.8, what other lenses are you hoping to see Sony release in the next month or two?
30% Nikon Price Increases Coming To Europe
We have some upsetting news coming out of Europe for you Nikon fans out there. According to a new report out of Nikon Rumors, Europeans can expect a price increase of up to 30% on some Nikon lenses starting on January 1st, 2016.
NR posted an entire list, which I will not repost here, but here’s a highlight of a few notable increases: Nikon’s 50mm F/1.4G will be increasing from 289 euros to 374 euros, a change of about 29%. Nikon’s 24-70mm F/2.8G will be increasing from 1295 euros to 1495 euros, a change of 15%.
What does this all mean, and what is the purpose of the price increases? For now, that is unknown, but it seems pretty clear that if you live in Europe and have been eyeing some new Nikon lenses, you may want to hop on and grab them before January 1st or be forced to pay some significant price increases.
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!