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Nikon D5 Specs Surface, Canon 70-200mm L Rumors, Leica SL Rumor Update {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on September 30th 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.

Nikon D5 Rumored Specs Surface


Nikon’s flagship D4s could be in line for an upgrade early next year, and some rumored specs that cropped up recently could indicate the direction Nikon will take. According to the new Nikon Rumors report, the Nikon D5 may feature a brand new 20MP sensor and the following specs:

  • New focusing module with larger coverage and 107 or 173 autofocus points
  • Native high ISO of 102,400
  • 15 fps
  • Body design similar to the D4s
  • 4K video 60/30fps
  • Full HD slow motion

Based on this, it seems Nikon is sticking to their game plan with DSLRs. The body will remain a giant hunk of metal alloy and weather sealed gaskets, not slimming down at all (even though that is the direction the market seems to be pointing). 4K video is a nice addition, and if true, it would leave Canon as the last big player to leave 4K out of their DSLR lineup.

15FPS is epic and will make some sport/wildlife junkies drool. I am also curious to see how much more coverage this new AF system will feature. But overall, this seems like a fairly rudimentary upgrade over a D4s.

Canon 70-200mm L Rumor


Canonites rejoice, a rumor has surfaced regarding the development of a possible new 70-200mm L lens. The 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II is probably one of Canon’s most popular and well-used lenses on the market, so you know people are going to be excited about this one.

Though, it’s worth noting that this rumor does not indicate if the lens being worked on is a replacement for the 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II or the 70-200mm F/4L. Both lenses are getting rather dated, with the F/4 variant being the older of the two. So, we could be talking about an F/4 replacement here, but either way, a new 70-200mm is a good thing.

If this is an F/2.8 variant, I will be interested to see where Canon comes in on its pricing. If their 35mm announcement is any indication, it seems unlikely that Canon will lower their brand tax, but maybe they will have a change of heart.

No specs or announcement timeframe was indicated in this rumor, so at this point all we know is that a new 70-200mm lens is being worked on. What lens would you like to see updated?

Leica SL Lenses Leaked


We shared the upcoming Leica SL rumors a few days back, and today, we are back with another update, courtesy of mirrorless rumors. So far, we knew that a full frame mirrorless ‘SL’ camera was on the way with some new lenses.

Now we know what the lenses are, and it sounds pretty exciting. According to the report, the SL will be announced in late October with the following lenses:

  • Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8-4 / 24-90 mm ASPH.
  • Leica Apo-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8-4 / 90-280 mm
  • Leica Summilux-SL 1: 1.4 / 50 mm ASPH.

These new SL lenses are rumored to be AF lenses, which will be really exciting; especially that 50mm Summilux, already a legendary lens on its own, but adding AF. I am sure some minds will be blown if this rumor pans out.

Are you excited for this upcoming Leica announcement, or will the assuredly high price temper your enthusiasm?

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. Rafael Steffen

    I can´t wait to see the first images and reviews of this mega monster!

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  2. Derek Schwartz

    I own and love the Canon 70-200 f4 IS. Yes, there are times that 2.8 would be nice (especially on my 7D Classic), but it’s a terrific lens that costs and weighs half of what the 2.8 IS II does. That said, if the new lens is an improved version of my beloved lens, then maybe I’d find a way to start a new love affair…

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  3. Greg Geis

    I’m not in the D5 market but that sounds like a pretty respectable update. What would constitute a non-rudimentary update?

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  4. robert garfinkle

    I think Nikon will blow out the D4 and D3x, keep the D4s at 5999.00 (non-sale price), introduce the D5 @ 20mp / 15fps, with 18fps in Dx mode, @ $6999.00

    I cannot contest / speculate specs to what Matt speaks of. but, I passed along an idea to Nikon that if done right, can keep mirrored product lines (general design the same) while offering a mirrorless like experience on DX / FX.

    Here is the idea. allow the user to install an mSata card ( it’s a bit smaller than a CF card) to act as a combo buffer / first-storage*… I also suggested that they employ electronic front curtain shutter a bit differently, where instead of a single shot after mirror up, they should keep the mirror up and allow for sustained multiple shots using the electronic front curtain shutter. This would give a near-mirrorless experience, provide a venue for higher fps on 24mp (or higher) DX / FX systems alike.

    The mSata (SSD) could not only act as a buffering system, but also act as a first-storage tank too. The user could partition the mSata how they like, dedicating x amount of space to buffer or what I’m calling first storage*.

    mSata is fast, acts like ram, and comes in abundant sizes (i.e. 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB) – the user would open a compartment, screw it down (just like they’d do in a PC), format it, then dedicate (allocate) what they need for buffer and / or first-storage*

    * first-storage – a camera would use this storage area first before writing it to a card, therefore eliminating (reducing) the buffer limits. Yes, I’m suggesting a camera still have UHS2 capable card slots, and when the camera goes into idle (when it’s not shooting) it offloads the images to the cards.

    With usage of the mSata, in combination with the eFCS changes, reducing bottlenecks, can afford to introduce advanced sensors, and other performance gains without the loss of design, appealing to both mirrored and mirrorless markets, keep lenses and customers…

    my worthless two cents

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  5. Sedric Beasley

    I tell you what. I would love to have something that even shoots 10 or more frames a second and can hand high iso and with 4k video with slow motion. This can be overkill but; I feel I can shoot all types of gigs from sports to weddings and not be as limited. I hope to get the type of gigs where this camera would shine.

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  6. Paul Empson

    D5 could mean a drop in second hand prices of the already excellent D4s.. now one of those would be nice.. can’t justify £5k on a D5..

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    • Rafael Steffen

      You must be shooting high end weddings to justify investing on a 5K camera. This camera is going to be just amazing, but the gigs must live up to the camera prices.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      I am really looking forward to see the D5 AF improvements and low light capability. I hope it regains the title of the best low light camera in the world. Let´s see if they are doing to use 2 CF card slots rather than the crazy expensive XQD card.

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  7. Kyle Stauffer

    Looking toward the future of Nikon autofocus and the inevitable trickle-down from the D5……. Please oh please don’t do a gazillion focus points with the useable low-light one’s stacked in the middle! I would rather have 51 all cross-type points over a proposed larger area than 107 (or even 173) with the most sensitive and accurate all in the center.

    If they do like the 5d m3, only with 107 points, I’m all for it!

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    • Rafael Steffen

      This is true. I am sure they are going to improve the AF in darker conditions which is going to make it a wedding beast camera!

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    • Matthew Saville

      There is a very good chance that if they put 173 AF points into a camera, they’ll most likely be used in some sort of group configuration 99-100% of the time.

      If you look closely at what Nikon has put energy into over the generations WRT autofocus technology, it seems this is the direction they are pushing.

      First they “mastered” 3D tracking, and by now on the D750 / D810 it is downright magical to see how well a single AF point can track a subject around a viewfinder.

      Now with the latest generation (D4s, D750, D810) they’ve also introduced a new method of group AF point use, and it seems to be getting rave reviews in both AF-C and AF-S environments.

      So, fear not. I suspect that what we’ll see with a 173 AF point camera is, highly usable AF point clusters that extend to at least the rule-of-thirds areas, and are as good as or better than any single cross-type AF point has ever been.

      One can hope!

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