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Panasonic, Fuji, and Toshiba Teaming Up? New Tamron Primes Incoming? | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on August 28th 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.

Panasonic-Toshiba-Fuji Joint Announcement Coming Next Month

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The rumor mill is abuzz with the interesting news that next month Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fuji will be making some sort of joint announcement. At this point, though, we have no details about WHAT the trio of companies will be announcing.

The prevailing theory is that it will be some kind of new sensor announcement, possibly even the end result of that Fuji-Panasonic Organic Sensor project that was announced over two years ago. But in reality, we have no idea what the announcement could be, and if it is the organic sensor, how Toshiba now fits into the partnership that had been Fuji-Panasonic only to our best knowledge.

The announcement is set to be made before mid-September, so if that holds to be true, the announcement will come sometime in the next two weeks. I am pretty interested to see what this could be, sensor or not, it’s not often that big companies team up like this.

What do you think this joint announcement will be? Is it a sensor? Is it something new? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think. 

Tamron to Announce New Primes?

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The other big buzz on the rumor mill today is the rumor that Tamron will be announcing two new fast primes within in the next few weeks. According to the rumor, the lenses will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts as well as a Sony mount (likely A-mount), which has been the standard release protocol for Tamron of late.

As for the lenses themselves, the rumors are pointing to a 35mm F/1.8 and a 45mm F/1.8; both lenses are also expected to include Tamron’s VC image stabilization technology. It will be interesting to see if this rumor pans out and how these new primes match up against some of the other popular fast primes on the market.

I am most interested about the 45mm lens. I mean 35mm is a standard focal length and makes perfect sense to me, but the 45mm seems like an odd choice. If the rumor is correct, and it is a 45mm lens, one has to wonder why not just make it a 50mm; a well loved and standard focal length.

What do you think about this new Tamron rumor? Would you like to see Tamron be a bigger player in the prime lens arena? What are your thoughts on the rumored focal lengths?

Canon Working On Expandable LCD  For Future Cameras?

This has got to be one of the oddest patents that I have seen surface out of Canon in quite a while. According to the patent information discovered by Egami, Canon appears to be developing (or at least was looking into it) an ‘expandable LCD display’. This appears to work by sliding or rotating the usual button and dial control wheel area around to the side of the camera.

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  • Patent Publication No. 2015-154223
    • Published 2015.8.24
    • Filing date 2014.2.14
  • Canon patents
    • Rotatable operation unit
    • The first state is a rear LCD expands and contracts, the operating face of the operating unit faces behind
    • The second state, the rear LCD is extended, the operation surface of the operation portion faces to the right

This would allow you to have a larger viewing area when you need it. I am skeptical that this would be a useful feature on a camera – DSLR or mirrorless. This is one case where I hope the technology stays in the patent office as I see little to no benefit to a feature like this. Maybe one of you can enlighten me.

Yongnuo Releases Images of New YN622-C II Triggers

Yongnuo‘s YN622 TTL enabled triggers have been a popular option for photographers looking for a solid TTL triggering option on a budget. Their upcoming YN622 II triggers aim to improve on their features and performance.

Yongnuo has finally released some images of the upcoming Canon version of their triggers, and unsurprisingly, they look almost identical to the previous YN622 design with a few notable changes: a USB connection for firmware updates, a sliding hot shoe lock, and toggle to switch between TTL and Manual modes.

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These new triggers are certainly not going to win any design awards, but the improvements should definitely improve the experience for photographers who use these compared to the older model. The sliding lock, in particular, compared to the wheel lock, is a big improvement.

Pricing and availability for these new triggers have yet to be released, but I would expect they will likely fall into the same price range as the current model considering the upgrades appear to be minimal. Who is interested in grabbing a few of these?

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!

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. Dalibor Tomic

    This is a great news from Panasonic and Fuji.

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  2. Dave Haynie

    The story of the Panasonic/Fujifilm sensor goes back to at least 2013. Fujifilm is responsible for the photosenstive organic polymer film, which is said to replace the usual photodiode, as shown in the drawing. This looks to give a very high pixel sell fill percentage, like a backside illuminated sensor, which is one thing. And they’re claiming an 88dB SNR from the sensor, which is a bit over what you can grab with a 14-bit ADC. Of course, we’ll have to see this for real.

    Could be they’re bringing Toshiba in as another source of these chips-to-be. To take on Sony in sensor sales, rather than just for in-house cameras from Fujifilm and Panasonic, they’ll need state of the art process and the ability to scale in volume.

    Or maybe it’s something else.

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  3. John Cavan

    I’m so happy to see Sigma and Tamron producing very good lenses at great prices. The body makers have had far too easy a run at high prices for too long now.

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  4. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Interested in what Fuji-Panasonic-Toshiba will announce!
    That organic sensor, in theory, seems like a pretty nice step forward. If that’s what they’ll announce and if it works as expected, they could become a new reference.
    If so, then hopefully they’ll make it in APS-C size and not just for some other format like Medium.

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  5. Colin Woods

    Like Sigma, the latest few Tamrons have been excellent. I have the 15-30mm, its superb. I can’t see Tamron going head to head with sigma and bringing out something inferior, so I expect they will be superb. All in all, great news for us buyers as the fire under Nikon and Canon’s collective backside gets hotter and hotter.

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