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.
Now Nikon, Too, Denies Samsung Purchase Rumors
Well, Nikon and Samsung are virtually assured to be working together in some fashion, as it has come out that now Nikon is also denying rumors that the two companies have bought Samsung’s NX technology. This is one of the first times, possibly the first time ever, that Nikon has ever responded to a rumor directly.
This makes two denials, from both companies, so maybe it’s true and Nikon didn’t buy Samsung’s NX tech. But I find it hard to believe that nothing is going on here. Many rumors are now saying that maybe it’s just that Nikon has bought some FF mirrorless tech from Samsung, not the whole NX system.
Still several weeks from CES and that big Samsung announcement, though. Hopefully, we will know more then. In the meantime, this makes for some really good rumor discussions to close out the year.
Rumor Site ‘Confirms’ Olympus F/1.2 Lenses Incoming
I shared the rumor a while back that Olympus had some plans to release a new line of F/1.2 prime lenses for the M4/3 system in the upcoming year. Today, a new rumor report ‘confirms’ that rumor, saying that a roadmap of multiple F/1.2 primes will be announced in Spring of 2016.
As I said when this rumor first cropped up, I think this is great news for Olympus fans and fans of M4/3 altogether. While these would not be the fastest lenses available for the micro four thirds system, they would be brand name lenses, and optically (we assume) stellar compared to other third-party super fast lenses for the system.
I have been a big fan of using old Olympus OM F/1.2 primes on my Sony mirrorless, and I would be incredibly jealous of the micro four thirds shooters when they do get these newer versions of those lenses.
Lightroom Mobile On Android Is Now Free
The big news out of Adobe land over the last day is the news that Lightroom Mobile for Android is now free, no CC subscription required. This brings the Android version in line with the iOS version that has been free for some time now.
If you look into it though, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While you can now use Lightroom Mobile for free, you can’t actually sync it with your desktop Lightroom software unless you have that CC subscription. So, while you can use it for free, you can’t get its full benefit without that CC subscription.
That said, I think that this is good news all around. It’s good to have both major mobile platforms supported with free versions and on equal footing.
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!