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Photoflex Acquired, 6D Mark II Rumors, and Tamron’s 15-30mm Reviewed| Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 5th 2015

Welcome to our new 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.

Promark Buys PhotoFlex

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It was a pretty big deal earlier this year when it was announced that popular and long-time American lighting company Photoflex would be shuttering its doors. It was news that shocked photographers everywhere and rocked the industry, but luckily it was short lived, as only two weeks later, we learned that the company would be ‘resurrected’; though at the time we did not know how, or in what form.

Now it has been officially announced that Promark has acquired Photoflex and will be adding the company to its vast networks of photography brands. Other brands that you may recognize that are owned by Promark include DLC, Speedotron, Radiopopper,  Cool-Lux, and Quantum among others. So, it seems that life will go on at Photoflex, as in the official release they say that operations will “continue as usual.” You can get the full skinny over on the Photoflex website, here.

Will The Canon 6D Mark II Have a 24MP or 28MP Sensor?

Canon6D.jpgThe rumors are pretty clear about one thing: the Canon 6D Mark II will be announced some time before Q1 of 2016. What they can’t agree upon, however, is how many megapixels the sensor will have.

Conflicting rumors have surfaced over the last several months pointing to either a 24MP or 28MP sensor, and earlier today, news broke that Canon may have two models of the 6D MkII out right now; one testing a 24MP sensor and another testing a 28MP sensor.

Personally, I would would be fine with 24 or 28 megapixels on the 6D Mk II. It’s the dynamic range and low light performance that I am concerned about with Canon. That said, I am curious what you all think – would you prefer a 6D Mk II with 24MP or 28MP?

What sensor would you prefer on the 6D Mark II?

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Camera Store TV Reviews The Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 VC

While Sigma is off making a name for itself with the superb image quality of their Art series lenses, Tamron has taken a different approach; adding image stabilization to most of their latest zoom lenses.

This has led them to be the first, and at this point only, company offering a 24-70mm F/2.8 lens with stabilization. They followed that up by announcing their 15-30mm F/2.8, also featuring image stabilization. The Camera Store TV recently released their hands-on/review of the Tamron 15-30mm, and you can check it out below.

Our own Matthew Saville has also had the opportunity to test out and share some thoughts on this lens. If you are interested, head on over to his unboxing and initial thoughts post on the Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 VC. You can find that here.

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.

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  1. Fred Erunkulu

    I will love more autofocus points on the 6Dll .. Cool with 24mega pixel and more dynamic range and I will definitely drool. Lol!

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  2. Michael Burnham

    I’m cool with either 24 or 28 mp but I think that 24 would actually be better because the individual photo-sites would be a little larger giving the sensor better low-light/long exposure performance. Plus we have long passed the more megapixels = better threshold. Have you seen all the Apple iPhone billboards up all over the country with photos take by 8 mp iPhone cameras? Remember 2004 when high-end pro photographers were taking shot for billboards and two-page magazine spreads with the latest 6-8 mp pro bodies? Lets work more on dynamic range and color for a while.

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  3. Dave Haynie

    I agree that they’d be nuts driving up the price of a 6D in an industry in which every other FF is coming down in price. But it could certainly use an update, though I’m pretty happy with mine. Thing is, the main reason for low cost FF isn’t so much a zillion extra features, IMHO, but top notch low-light performance for a reasonable price. To that end, scaling up the 6D sensor isn’t necessarily the right move. But if Canon somehow managed to make a new backside illuminated sensor (BSI) for the 6D, then I’m pretty good with either 24Mpixel or 28Mpixels, since that’s going to matter less than the big increase in pixel fill you get with BSI.

    I think their one motivation for going to 28Mpixel is the fairly silly idea that there’s still a megapixel race. With the consumer line at 24Mpixel, and the 6D having a toe in both professional and prosumer markets, it could be strictly a marketing move. Hope not. But bottom line — if the Mark II doesn’t outperform the original 6D in low light OR do some miracle in the DR department, I’m not going to even drool a little.

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  4. Amazing Mostoverusedword

    Aquired? I left this comment, hoping for a response….and a correction.

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  5. adam sanford

    There are a lot of rumors of the 6D moving upmarket to a pricier/better feature set. Canon seems to be clinging to the hope that all FF rigs will cost north of $2k, and that’s not the market today. Further, if they jam too many pixels / fps in the 6D, it will overlap and undercut their pricier models.

    It would make a lot more sense to follow Nikon and Sony’s three price point market strategy — stripped down plastic entry level around $1250-1500, tasty mid-level porridge at $2000-2300, and the highest pixel (or highest burst) rigs around $3k. That gameplan would make sense, include everyone, and clearly delineate (feature-wise) good/better/best for pricing and performance.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I’m not sure I agree with the rumors of the 6D going up market. I think that it is more likely that the camera is just getting a load of feature upgrade to make it more competitive with other cameras in that $1500-$2000 price bracket.

      I Think Canon would be nuts to announce their ‘budget’ FF rig at anymore than $1800.

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    • adam sanford

      Anthony, some folks really bristle at the thought of a 7D2 costing more than ANY full frame rig. Those folks would argue the pricing of Canon rigs should always be in this order (highest to lowest):

      1D line / 5D line / 6D line / 7D line / XXD line / XXXD line (Rebels) / XXXXD line

      …but I also think those folks are full of it. :-P

      A good 10-20% of 7D2 owners are packing a big white or two and are *very* serious/demanding photographers, whereas the 6D — a very nice rig — lacks a ton of pro creature comforts that the 7D2 offers (a comprehensive AF system, 1/8000 shutter, solid build quality, etc). So I think the 7D2 costing more than the 6D is more than justified.

      I would hazard a guess that there are more wildlife/sports/birding professionals using the 7D2 than there are professionals (of any sort) using a 6D, but I may be mistaken on that front.

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  6. John Nucifora

    I’d like to see the build quality worked on more than anything.

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