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Fuji X-Pro 2 & Pentax Full Frame in Early 2016, Serious Canon Mirrorless Soon? 5Ds and A7R II Duel| Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on September 18th 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.

Pentax Full Frame Coming In Spring 2016

Pentax has released an official teaser for their upcoming full frame DSLR announcement. The image, which shows part of the lens mount and the Pentax logo, is featured on a web page that indicates the new camera is coming in Spring of 2016.

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There is a lot of speculation and rumor at this point, but the common thought right now is that the camera will feature a Sony sensor – likely the same one in the a7R II, but it could also be the 36MP sensor from the original A7R. Other than that, it seems likely that the camera will feature in-body stabilization like most of the APS-C Pentax offerings, as well as the exceptionally tough build quality that Pentax is known for.

One still has to wonder though if Pentax is too little, too late with this development. It is pretty clear almost every other company is turning their eyes towards mirrorless (yes, even Canon and Nikon though their latest offerings don’t indicate that). One has to wonder how much demand there will be for a full frame Pentax DSLR.

But who knows, maybe this is the release Pentax needs to start and reclaim its role as one of the big three. Time will tell…

Canon Imaging Chief Says ‘Mirrorless You Will Like’ Coming Soon

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It has been fairly obvious that Canon, at least publically, has not taken mirrorless cameras seriously. Their offerings – the EOS M line – has been well behind its competition in almost every way from day one. Its lens lineup has seen tons of refreshes of the same 4 or 5 lenses, meaning after years, we still only have a handful of amateur slow zoom lenses. But this will all change soon if the head of Canon’s imaging is to be believed.

Masaya Maeda, Canon’s Imaging Head (basically the guy in charge of all their camera business), recently did an interview with Imaging Resource, in which he let it drop that Canon is going to be putting more effort into mirrorless, with a ‘camera you will really like coming very soon’.

This is really interesting, given that the EOS M3 only just became available in the USA recently. If Mr. Maeda’s statements are accurate, then it would seem likely that a new M4 (or maybe a different line altogether) of mirrorless camera is right around the corner. But it seems apparent that whatever this next mirrorless camera is, it will be more aimed at the enthusiast/professional segment, rather than the more amateur/enthusiast segment that the current EOS M bodies have targeted.

Who knows what ‘very Soon’ could mean, though. If this were Sony, I would think that could mean some sort of announcement around or at PhotoPlus in October, but given how slow Canon moves, ‘very soon’ could mean at some point next year. It will be interesting to see how this boils down.

If you are interested, you can read the full interview with Mr. Maeda over on Imaging Resource here.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Coming In January 2016

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According to a Fuji Rumors ‘reliable source’ (someone who was correct in the past), Fujifilm will announce/release their new X-Pro 2 in January of 2016. We don’t have any specs or rumors along those lines, just that it will be coming out in January of 2016.

Many are hoping that the X-Pro 2 features a new X-trans sensor, or possibly that organic sensor. All signs seem to point that direction as well, but who knows what Fuji will do; they are good at giving their customers what they want, so chances are good in my mind that their next camera will feature some sort of new or upgraded sensor technology.

What would you like to see in the new X-Pro 2 camera? Make sure and leave a comment below and let us know!

Canon 5DS vs. Sony a7R II Showdown on DigitalRev

Kai and the team at Digital Rev are back with another video, this time featuring a hands-on review (or comparison is more like it), of the Canon 5DS and a7R II. Conventional wisdom says that the Sony should wipe the floor with the 5DS in this comparison in every way except resolution, but let’s see how this turns out…

So, there you have it folks, which team are you on #TeamCanon or #TeamSony? Which is the more impressive offering? Leave a comment below and let us know where you stand.

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. Branko Sreckovic

    Hmmm…what would I like X Pro 2 to be? The XT 2… At least to get finder like in X100T.
    I believe that Fuji is the ONLY company in the business, these days, willing to acknowledge steadily rising dissatisfaction or even silent anger of many loyal buyers of photography equipment. As I can see they are trying hard to respond. It is true that DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are not covering the same fields with equal success…today. I have no doubts that mirrorless will catch up in terms of speed and battery life very soon. OVF or EVF regarding the ‘getting in the way’? I believe that in general regarding priciples there are no difference.
    Big players, particularly Nikon, pretty much lost their directions these days.
    Recently I went into few shops to choose ‘modern’ lens(es). Targets were 16-35/4VR, 35/1.8 ‘N’ and 28/1.8 ‘N’.
    Testing equipment was D7000 (deliberately, being inferior to present cameras) and 35/1.8G DX and 28/2.8 Ai. Test was designed to be rude, sharpness-elimination test, hence DX body.
    In short, 16-35 could hold its own. Other two plastic dog plops were clearly inferior comparing to 35/1.8DX and 28/2.8 Ai. And we talk of FX lenses on DX body. Anybody else around to explain the Emperor(s) of their ‘new cloth’?
    Didn’t even try to compare these with fine crafted Fuji lenses, manufactured of fine materials too.
    This is funny world, difficult to understand, where 3rd party lenses are more expensive and sometimes even better than Emperor’s lenses.
    Cheers

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  2. Rony Bhuiyan

    cannot wait for mirror less version

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  3. Austin Swenson

    It’s interesting to speculate what canon would do with mirrorless, because they are the biggest seller of entry level DSLR’s right now. I think that they have kind of tried to experiment with size before when they made the SL1 which seemed moderately successful, but I think that is they are going to try to get into mirrorless, they need to take the Rebel name with them. Call it a “Rebel S7i” (or some ridiculous codename) and maybe slim it down but still have the EF-S lens setup, which would make it bulky on the lens mount, but you know hey, still smaller everywhere else to try and say they are competing.

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  4. Colin Woods

    I would be happy to see Pentax return to being a big name. I used them for many years, the LX was superb, and my trusty K1000 had the great advantage of being unbreakable. In a rucksack with ice screws and crampons, banged and smashed about, it just kept firing. For me, Pentax lost their grip with their AF cameras. I wanted to go to a pro level AF camera and everything was gimmicky modes and things to impress at first glance. I reluctantly dumped all my Pentax kit to go with the mighty Nikon F4. Now that was a camera.

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  5. John Cavan

    Well, Pentax was late for me, I dropped out to go to Nikon for full frame, but that’s not the reason you gave. :) I think they’ll do a mighty fine job of it, I still love the feel of a Pentax camera in my hands, I haven’t found any others that match it.

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  6. Paddy McDougall

    As commenters have said canon isn’t going to canabalise its rebel series, however if they could put something in the 70d bracket then it might sell. they still make the same money but the customer makes the decision on form factor, battery life etc. To be honest I would prefer canon to stop chasing Mp, mirror less and develop sensors that deal with noise better and have better DR. We are only just seeing 4k screens (8mp) and 99% of people never print there pics that large to justify it, so what’s the point

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Agree 100% with the MP chase. I like the research for the future and to better improve what they have now. But honestly, most pictures will never be more than something on the web. And those few great photos you get a year will still only be wall hangings that look amazing at from 25MP.

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  7. Dave Haynie

    That’s an interesting statement, “a mirrorless that you will like”… kind of acknowledges the EOS M’s role in the world so far. And so closely on the heels of the M3, this has to be something different. The real question: is this just the an upscale EOS M mount camera, or something fundamentally different? Like the one I want… an EF-mount hybrid mirrorless/DSLR. Ok, maybe I’m dreaming, but so far, Canon hasn’t done anything to suggest they think EOS M is anything but a consumer curiosity. And honestly, with all the fantastic mirrorless systems on the planet right now, I think they’re too late to do anything competitive with EOS M.

    For one, Canon always has a problem in that they worry about competing with Canon more than anyone else. So if this is EOS M and not EOS EF, they’re not going to make a camera that competes too strongly with EOS XD cameras, at the very least. Which also means they’re not competing with the Sony A7 line. They can’t overnight match the range of the Fujifilm X series, much less the wealth of lens options plus the excellent cameras on Micro Four-thirds. All of these, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm, they’ve been challenging the DSLR, not just each other. I can’t see Canon actually going there — challenging the DSLR, and thus themselves, unless is basically IS their DSLR, eg, an EF-mount camera.

    On the other hand, like many of us here, I’m a camera geek… not the target for EOS M. And could be, they’re just looking to make that an option for the masses — something better, something small, etc. But so close to the M3, this has to be something very different. Which is of course what makes it newsworth :-)

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  8. Steven Pellegrino

    I’m excited to see what the X-Pro 2 will bring. This year I made the commitment to move 100% to Fuji having been switching back and forth between Fuji & Nikon. Advantages and disadvantages to both systems, but I’ve yet to run into a situation that the Fuji’s couldn’t handle. That being said I’m a couple of years behind with my cameras, shooting two X-E1s. Most of what I do is photojournalism and need two cameras ready to go so I have an 18-55mm on one and a slow (but sharp) 50-230mm on the other.

    I know some of the issues I have with the X-E1 has been improved in the newer models (slow auto focus for one), but when I upgrade I don’t want to see minor incremental changes, I want to see significant performance improvements, which is why I’ve been willing to wait before I upgrade.

    For a short time I did shoot with the X-Pro 1 and I couldn’t tell a difference (camera performance or image quality) between that and the X-E1, so I am going to be curious to see what the X-Pro 2 is going to bring.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Fujifilm’s been a really interesting company, even before the X-series… they just don’t do things the same way as everyone else. I’d love to seem them advance the sensor technology in a new and interesting way. Which seems likely at least… I can’t imagine something called the X-Pro 2 using the same old sensor, yet again.

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  9. Dalibor Tomic

    Great News!!

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  10. Kristopher Galuska

    I actually recently left mirrorless for a DSLR. I got tired of starring at a screen all the time. I started to realize that on all my adventures and vacations, I remembered the EVF and LCD version of the moment more than the actual moment. Even though EVF’s have become amazing, they still create a separation between me and the world. With an OVF it’s no more separation than putting on a pair of glasses. I understand the appeal, and some time I miss seeing my exposure with a reassuring histogram floating over the scene. But when your at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar starting across the strait at Africa, is a histogram really what you want to see?

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    • Dave Haynie

      While perhaps true, it’s also possible to just spend too much time behind the lens, no matter how that lens is conveying information to the brain. It’s actually possible that using an EVF keeps that more in mind. Looking through my lens is a VERY different experience than looking… it’s constrained to artificial limits my eye and brain don’t have, even with an OVF. Don’t regret the shot not taken, but also don’t regret the view not taken in.

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    • Kristopher Galuska

      Well said Dave! I totally understand the appeal of both. I would just be sad if the day comes along and we dont have the option.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I get that separation feeling too but the OVF isn’t enough. Like Dave said, the camera really gets in the way.

      I’ve gotten “photo drunk” at places like Bryce Canyon where everything can be a photograph. I stop thinking about taking a photo and just fire off snapshots of every single thing around me. The pictures are all great based off the subject matter but I end up with 300 pics in 30 minutes that don’t have any unique qualities.

      It’s best mentally and picturewise to stop and spend 30 minutes with the camera in the bag while you take it all in.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The last time I was in Bryce Canyon I was 16 years old, shooting Kodachrome 25 on my Olympus OM-1 and newly purchased Soligor 17mm f/3.5 ultra-wide lens. I shot about 26 rolls of 36 over that four-week vacation. And you needed discipline even then! Today, I’ve shot off 1000 photos in an evening.

      Particularly for a place like Bryce Canyon, you do have to develop a sense of what’s even worth shooting and what’s best just stored in the brain. These days, particularly for landscapes, I wind up with a handful or 30-60+ image composites rather than 1,000+ individual photos. But that’s better translating what I see with my eyes and mind to something that’s not a terrible disappointment afterwards.

      The other solution is to decide, up front, if you’re a touring photographer or a photo-shooting tourist when you go out for the day. If I’m there primarily to shoot, I’m setting my schedule based on where the sun is, going online to get advice about where I should travel and when, etc… it’s going to be worth the effort. And there will be several full 64GB cards when I go home for the day, in all likelihood. If I’m going primarily to tour the area, I’m looking for what most interesting and fun, I bring at least one camera of course, but not so much gear that it gets in the way of hiking or climbing or whatever. My Dad did it this way, and I took the advice to heart.

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  11. adam sanford

    EOS-M’s next variant will simply take the platform from ‘very basic’ to ‘bare minimum for enthusiasts’ — expect an EVF and hope for DPAF, and you might get a decent new EF-M lens or two. I’d keep your feet on the ground if you were waiting for an A7 platform killer — this will still be APS-C.

    Canon is not pulling the trigger on the billion dollar call that a migration to FF mirrorless would represent. Not yet.

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    • Dave Haynie

      It would be way more interesting if you’re wrong, but I pretty much agree. Canon’s too dedicated to not competing with themselves to launch something that’s a really good answer to everyone else’s mirrorless… at least if it’s an EOS M camera.

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