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.

Upcoming Olympus PEN To Feature A Viewfinder?

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We have been hearing for quite a while now that this upcoming Spring, Olympus will reinvent their PEN lineup. Until now, most of what to expect has been held under a fairly tight lock and key over at Olympus, but today a bit has leaked.

According to the report over on 43 rumors, the 2016 Olympus PEN will feature a built-in viewfinder. One would assume it is an EVF of some kind, but there is always the possibility that Olympus goes to X-Pro 1 territory and does an optical viewfinder.

Regardless, for Olympus and PEN fans, this is a big leak. It shows the first of what are expected to be many changes to the PEN line as Olympus fights to remain relevant.

I am curious to see what other changes/advancements Olympus has up their sleeves for this line.

Canon Having Issues With Full Frame Mirrorless Mount?

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Hot on the heels of the initial rumors regarding Canon’s current quest to bring a full frame mirrorless camera to market over the last couple of weeks, we have our first bit of news – and it’s not good (for Canon).

According to a report, rated CW3, over on Canon Watch, Canon has reportedly delayed the full frame mirrorless camera further due to issues with ‘mount type’. Initially, reports have been that the camera would feature the EF-M mount, or some variation of that, with speculation of the team trying to work a full EF mount in there.

We don’t know what these ‘Mount Type’ issues are, but it appears that it has delayed whatever internal timeline the company has had for the upcoming full frame mirroless camera. The internal battle at Canon appears to be over what mount to use; the options are clear: EF-M, EF, or something new entirely.

I, for one, am very interested to see which option wins the day. On a side note, how awesome would it be for Canon to revive the FD mount (updated with AF & electric contacts, of course) for their full frame mirrorless line?!

Details On Upcoming Sony F/2.8 Zoom Lenses

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The other bit of news coming around the rumor mill today was an update on the upcoming Sony F/2.8 zooms that we have been hearing so much about. We still don’t know exactly what lenses are coming first and when they will be announced, but here is what we do ‘know’ –

  • Current FE zooms will get “updated” to be faster (f/2.8) and also of higher optical quality
  • One of those should be the 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens, also possibly the 24-70mm.
  • Announcement is likely to happen some time AFTER the Sony A68 announcement (rumored to be November 5th)

If we take a look at the current F/4 FE zooms, we have three lenses: the 70-200mm f/4, the 24-70mm F/4 (neither of which are much to write home about), and the 16-35mm F/4. The priorities here should obviously be the 70-200mm and 24-70mm; fast F/2.8 versions of these lenses with improved optics are what many pros have been waiting for to make their Sony conversion official.

Sony needs to hurry up and jump on these announcements if they want to get these out in time for the holiday season. Holiday shopping has already started for some, so getting these announced – with pre-order links – as soon as possible could go a long way towards getting these off on the right foot.

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!