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Olympus Flagship To Feature Sony Sensor? Sony A-Mount Camera Announcement Incoming? {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 20th 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.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 II To Feature 20MP Sony MFT Sensor?


Some interesting news, or rumors I should say, have cropped up regarding the upcoming Olympus OM-D E-M1 II. According to the 4/3rds rumor report, the upcoming Olympus flagship is slated for a Quarter 4 2016 release (likely at Photokina), though an earlier release is also possible depending on what competitors are announced between now and then.

Beyond that, the real relevation is that the new Olympus flagship could feature a new 20MP Sony-made MFT sensor. This would be huge news for the MFT world, and could likely make the OM-D E-M1 II the camera to beat in that market.

The question is, what, if any, Sony technologies would be featured in this sensor. For example, would it feature the BSI technology the we see in the a7R II or the stacked sensor tech from the RX100 and RX10 II.

This could be a very interesting camera for the Olympus crowd. Let’s hope we get to have a look at it a little sooner than Photokina next year.

New Sony A Mount Sensor Coming Next Month?


According to the latest rumors, we may see a new Sony A-mount camera announced here in early November. If this turns out to be a legitimate rumor, then this is huge news for A-mount enthusiasts who have felt slighted by all of the attention placed on the newer mirrorless E-mount system.

Right now, we don’t really have an idea of what the camera will be, or where it will fit into the A-Mount lineup. But rejoice A-Mount shooters, a new camera option is coming. This is a good sign from Sony since there has been little movement on the A-mount system in quite some time.

I understand why Sony has to keep up with the A-mount system; they have many loyal users who are invested in that system. But that the same time, it is pretty clear that the E-Mount system is where the money is for Sony right now. I see no advantage to Sony, other than avoiding bad PR, by up keeping both systems.

But alas, Sony is doing the right thing by their customers and continuing to support the system. Guess there is a reason why I am not a decision maker at a big corporation.

Mitakon’s 135mm F/1.4 Speedmaster Will Cost $3000


We shared the rumors, and yesterday it was made official. Mitakon’s 135mm F/1.4 Speedmaster lens will be a spendy proposition. According to the release, under 100 of them will be made, so not only are you paying for expensive glass, but you are paying for having an incredibly rare lens.

While I would probably shy away from buying one of these, I feel like I really want to experience it. Other than being incredibly heavy, the lens looks to be a pretty solid performer optically.

Mitakon 135mm F/1.4

  • Focal length: 135mm
  • Max. Aperture: f/1.4
  • Min. focusing distance: 1.6m
  • Optical Structure: 11 elements in 5 groups (with 3pcs large ED elements)
  • Aperture blades: 11pcs
  • Clickless aperture ring
  • Filter thread: 105mm
  • Weight: 3kg (6.6lbs)

The lens is expected to be made available in early 2016, and as I mentioned above, less than 100 are expected to be made. So if this interests you, start saving now.

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. Paul Empson

    Three kg.. no need to go to the gym then.. and only 100 made.. guess they really will be hard to pick up..

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    • adam sanford

      The production of 100 lenses is clearly just a ploy to tent up the price. If that sells out, there will be more made, surely.

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  2. adam sanford

    And that Mitakon looks similar to strapping an 85mm f/1.2L lens on to an EOS-M. It’s as ergonomically well thought through as playing the bagpipe.

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  3. adam sanford

    Sony, put down the A mount like the dying animal it is. What seems like a simple concession — i.e. slapping that 42 MP hotness into something resembling the A99 — is tantamount to a dog licking its privates *because it can*.

    Keeping the A mount alive does you no good:

    1) You are slowly but surely engineering the demise of the mirror. Why try to court competitive SLR sales with an inferior SLR product? You cannot compete in the SLR universe against such massive competitors. Commit all resources to mirrorless like you should.

    2) Keeping the A mount alive to pacify a very very very small portion of your business will only have those same folks expect new A mount glass. Cut your losses and move on. Focus on natively optimized-for-size E mount lenses that your burgeoning mirrorless hordes are demanding. (An f/2.8 zoom, perhaps?)

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    • Paul Nguyen

      I completely agree. I don’t understand why Sony doesn’t do the common sense thing, which is to work on A-mount compatibility with E-mount cameras so that the next generation of A7 cameras will focus and act like an A-mount camera would, but make sure the adapter actually works properly and not be half-baked like their first adapters were.

      That just seems like the common sense thing to do – you give E-mount users access to a genuinely very broad range of lenses in the A-mount system, A-mount users will be happy that they have an upgrade path to a wide variety of cameras (i.e. they can choose the A7, A7S, A7R models as they please).

      Alternatively, they can do what Canon did when it moved from FD mount to EOS. Just trash A-mount and get with the times.

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    • Stan Rogers

      They’ve already done that once, Paul (for certain values of “they”). Remember that the Sony A mount is actually the Minolta A mount, and they dropped the MC/MD mount for the A before Canon dropped the FD/FD-N for the EF (and went to a better hot shoe design that nobody liked and had no real 3rd-party support for at the same time). Let’s just say that it didn’t go over well at the time, which is why Konica then Sony found themselves with a semi-orphaned camera lineup that should have been head-to-head with Canon and Nikon. There are 30 years worth of lenses for the A mount out there, some of them unique and quite spectacular. Tell your loyal customers “it’s my way or the highway” is likely to set most of them on the highway.

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    • Sean Goebel


      “…then this is huge news for A-mount enthusiasts who have felt slighted by all of the attention placed on the newer mirrorless E-mount system.”
      All seven of them?

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  4. Brian Stricker

    I have a couple Olympus cameras now, one of them a E-M1 and would love to see some of those Sony items hit. The problem is that if is not until Q4 2016 Oly will be hugely behind. Many think they are lagging now after Panasonic came out with some very interesting and reasonably priced options this year. With Oly’s poor video (hopefully fixed with firmware 4.0 ) and lack of some other features people are starting to look else where.

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    • Paul Nguyen

      As somebody who owns an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and a Panasonic G7, I must say I tentatively agree – the Olympus is still ahead of most Panasonic cameras in some regards, the biggest of which is sensor stabilisation, which is a big deal. Most of Panasonic’s cameras don’t have sensor stabilsation and are thus very difficult to use with longer unstabilised lenses, e.g. the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8.

      The Olympus cameras are very well built, the E-M1 is extremely solid, more solid than the GH4, in my opinion and the E-M5 II is more solid than its closest competitor, the Panasonic G7.

      That said, Panasonic does have a leg up on Olympus with regards to features and that’s 4K video. Truth is though, the E-M1 is a great camera, it’s fast, responsive, extremely tough, doesn’t weigh a tonne and has sensible, useful features.

      Sure, my Panasonic G7 is lighter, shoots 4K video and is arguably faster at focusing, but I love shooting with my E-M1 and that’s what matters at the end of the day.

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