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Fuji X-T2 Rumors Surface, Pentax 70-200mm Delayed Again, Grum Allows Browser Instagram Uploads {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 14th 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.

Fuji X-T2 Coming Mid-2016?

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We have all been seeing the rumors circulating the last week or two regarding the X-Pro 2, Fuji‘s new sensor, and the likelihood of that camera/sensor being announced in early 2016. Now we are getting our first tidbits of information regarding the next iteration of the popular X-T series, the X-T2.

According to a new report over on Fuji rumors, the upcoming X-T2 will be announced in mid-2016 and should be available by the summer shortly after (July would be a solid guess here). We also have some preliminary spec/feature leaks, though this far out, I’m going to say it is unlikely these are more than educated guesses.

Rumored X-T2 Specs/Features

  • 4K video
  • 1080 @ 120fps
  • Improved continuous autofocus
  • 10 FPS continuous

It is also assumed that the X-T2 will also feature whatever new sensor (and accompanying technology) is revealed earlier in the year with the X-Pro 2 announcement/launch. I am really interested to see how this pans out; the X-T2 could be my next camera purchase if Fuji plays this right…

HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm Delayed Again

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Ricoh has announced that the Pentax HD 70-200mm lens that was originally announced way back in February of this year has been delayed again. The company did not specify any reasoning for the delay, and they did also not update us with any information about when the lens may actually see the light of day.

According to B&H, the new expected release for the lens is February 25th, which would mean this lens will have taken an entire year to come to market after being announced. Not unheard of, but not a very good thing for the PR departments of Pentax/Ricoh.

We will keep you updated on this if anything further develops.

‘Grum’ Allows Instagram Posting From Your Browser

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If there is one thing that annoys photographers to no end, it is the limitation on Instagram of having to post from your phone. The one social network that seems tailor-made for photographers to show off their stunning work is also the most annoying for them to post to.

Grum is hoping to change that by allowing you to post to your Instagram from your browser. Technically, Instagram does not support uploads from third-party apps, but Grum thinks it has found a way around that limitation in the Instagram terms of use. They say by having the user initiate the upload, they are breaking none of Instagram’s usage terms.

Time will tell if Instagram shuts them down as they have other browser upload services, but in the meantime, if you would like to upload your work to your Instagram from your computer, you should head on over to Grum and give it a try. The service costs $3.95 per account you want to access, but that is a small price to pay to save some valuable time getting your images from your computer to your phone.

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. Christoph Schwinghammer

    A better battery life, or just a larger battery would be awesome for the Fuji X-T2. I’m looking forward to it.

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    • Dave Haynie

      I think the battery size is going to be a continuing issue for mirrorless. Pretty much every mirrorless camera company bet on smaller batteries to keep the size/weight down, in a system that’s inherently more power hungry. Maybe a tweaked battery formulation could add a little more capacity, but they’re screwed otherwise. Leaving the same size battery is basically asking improvements in technology to at least offset larger sensors, larger EVFs, faster memory cards, 4K video, etc. That’s quite a bit to ask. Growing the battery gets everyone bent out of shape over having different battery sizes between their multiple bodies. Adding the ubiquitous battery grip makes the mirrorless more the size of a DSLR. Just no way to win :-(

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  2. Andrew Leinonen

    If Fuji is adding 4K video, hopefully it means they’re abandoning the X-Trans CFA. Their nice lenses would be far better served with a conventional 24MP Bayer sensor…

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    • Dave Haynie

      No reason they couldn’t keep X-Trans, but they will need a new, faster sensor to manage 4K. The raw to AVC conversion is happening regardless, the format of the raw image doesn’t matter as long as their image processor is designed to keep up with it at video speeds.

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  3. David Faulkner

    Why do we need Grum? I can upload high-quality photos to Instagram via Latergramme. I use the free version, which allows me to post 30 a month, so I more or less do one a day.

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  4. Martin Pernecký

    OMG, grum, how is that a paid service. To reverse engineer Instagram API and build a simple site around it and charge 4USD.

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  5. Kevin Cucci

    why in the world would Fuji focus on video at this point!? Those specs need a large container of salt to go with. That would be ridiculous. Give me 2 card slots, better battery life, better buffer, slightly better AF, and a native flash system to go with it all and ill sell all my canon gear the day it comes out.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I don’t think the rumor is saying anything about Fuji focusing on those features… just that those features would be included. In my mind, those features almost have to be present for the camera to spec well against other cameras likely coming out around that time.

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    • Dave Haynie

      I rather wondered why Olympus bothered with all sorts of video improvements on the OM-D E-M5II, after basically ignoring more than “bullet point” video for years. I figure some of it’s a “because we can” thing. But it actually does make some sense, since coupled with their IBIS system, it’s either the OM-D or my 6D or even a real camera on my Glidecam, if I want smooth, stable video. Useless if you have is 1080/60i, but adding the extra modes made it an option.

      I’ve also noticed that the mirrorless companies are all just plain hungrier than the DSLR people. They’re implementing things because they can, not avoiding possible features just because there’s a more expensive model that does that. They’re offering substantial software upgrades: Panasonic and Fujifilm already this year, Olympus’s coming Real Soon Now. Not just bug fixes, but feature upgrades. I know Canon did that at least once (adding 24p shooting in the EOS 5D mk II), but that’s more the exception. Panasonic sells a ton of hardware based on 4K modes, and that’s going just about everywhere, not just the GH4. Sony’s starting to put 4K in many new cameras. I doubt anyone’s buying a Fujifilm (or Olympus) with video as the primary target, but if you offer competitive features — usually no real additional system cost, either, it’s “just a simple matter of software” — you eliminate a possible reason for buyers to go elsewhere.

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