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Olympus Going Full Frame? Fuji X-Pro2 Hands-On & A6100 Expected Soon! {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on January 18th 2016

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 Full Frame Rumors


Rumors are starting to fly that Olympus may be considering a move into the full frame marketplace. The reports started coming in after it was discovered that Olympus had recently patented a new 28mm F/2 lens designed for full frame sensors.

As you all know, Olympus is a micro four thirds manufacturer. They currently have no reason (in relation to any of their products) to produce, let alone develop, a full frame lens. This has led many to speculate that the Japanese firm may be considering a move into full frame.

The question here is (assuming they are going FF, which is a bit premature), will OIympus be doing this move into full frame on their own, or will they be partnering with another brand and sharing a mount like they currently do in micro four thirds with Panasonic. Maybe they will team up with Fuji, or license the E-Mount from Sony?

Unless they come up with something special, it seems like an odd time to join the full frame market. The only thing that makes sense is some sort of full frame mirrorless, something to compete against the Sony A7 series. No one else is doing that yet; being the first to challenge Sony’s full frame mirrorless monopoly could be very valuable to Olympus.

Time will tell…This was one of the more interesting rumors that I have come across in a while.

TCSTV Fuji X-Pro2 Review

Fuji, as expected, made some waves last week when they announced their first camera to feature a new sensor in several years. This next generation of Fuji‘s X-Trans technology will be sure to be a hot topic over the coming months as the camera is released and its image quality is compared to its competitors.

The guys over at The Camera Store TV managed to get their hands on the X-Pro2 before the announcements, and while it was a pre-production unit, they were kind enough to put together this great overview/hands-on video with Fuji‘s new flagship camera.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this camera for review. I am a huge fan of Fuji‘s cameras; quite honestly the only real reason I moved to Sony was the full frame sensor and better video capabilities. If I did not want/need those things, then I would still be a Fuji owner today.

What intrigues you most about this new X-Pro2 from Fuji? Have you pre-ordered yours yet?  You can grab them over on B&H right now and be one of the first to have it.

Sony A6100 & Other Announcements Coming Soon


CES came and went without any significant announcements from Sony. The next big show for the camera industry is CP+ in February, and it is expected that Sony will be making several announcements between now and then  – likely sooner than later.

According to the latest report out of Sony Alpha Rumors, the A6100 is expected to be announced ‘soon.’ Sadly that is as accurate as they can get right now – which may mean it’s currently a fluid situation.

In addition to the A6100, a new HX400 camcorder is also expected to possibly be announced. This is just a piece of the report over on SAR. Their report goes on to say that a yet-unnamed third camera could be announced. It is possible that this could be the long-rumored A9 – or it could be something else entirely.

All I know is that my Sony contacts are staying mum, and while that is nothing new, I did get the vibe that something is coming – something that will be worth noting. I am curious to see what it will be.

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. Dave Haynie

    Well, naturally, after the rumors that Fujifilm might be looking at full-or-higher sensor cameras, one has to think the same about Olympus. Personally, I think Olympus has their hands full enough doing m43, and they seem to finally be heading in the right direction, profitability-wise. Going full frame would be a huge resource drain with questionable results.

    It’s also possible that Olympus was doing a lens design for someone else. There’s quite a bit of back and fourth between companies, in optics, in electronics, in systems like IBIS, etc.

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  2. Duy-Khang Hoang

    Sigma also makes full frame lenses, but doesn’t actually make full frame cameras. They also designed the 75 1.8 for Olympus, yet don’t make m43 cameras either. Olympus may just be thinking of making lenses for the Sony alpha range. Or they could be looking far into the future. At this stage, there is little need for them to compete with Sony in the same game since m43 USP is the smaller lenses that make them fantastic travel cameras that punch well above their weight. Few people cross shop m43 and sony mirrorless FF (there are some of course), there are might be more people who buy both than those that pick one over the other, which might make sense for Olympus to provide that upgrade path?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Sigma is not a major camera brand like Olympus is. While you are correct, and it is possible they are looking to produce lenses for other systems, this would be really odd of them. The more likely option, in my opinion, is that they are considering or were considering, a FF camera of their own.

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