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.

Samsung Discontinues NX1 in Europe?

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It seems that while all the talk of Samsung pulling out of the camera business was incorrect and overblown, some interesting things are happening with Samsung after all.

In this excerpt from a report over on EOSHD, Samsung reps had this to say about the NX1 leaving Europe. “We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of NX1 cameras for now since there is already much better and upgraded cameras. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging Camera categories.”

The particularly interesting piece here is the part where they say that “there is already much better and upgraded cameras.” It is really rare for a company to come out and bluntly say their product is inferior to the competition. To be honest, I don’t think the NX1 is that inferior to the competition at all, if not for lesser lens selection and a few quirks. So it is interesting to hear a Samsung rep say this.

I am also unaware of any cameras available in Europe that are not available here in the US that eclipse the NX1 in any way. So the question for me becomes, if it is inferior in Europe, what makes it less inferior here in the states? It seems to me that this is just a case of no one buying the camera in Europe, so they are cutting their losses.

It is notable that this comes from a source that says a Samsung rep told them this, so there is some salt/wiggle room needed here as there is no written or online proof of this that I have seen. Still, a disturbing development for Samsung fans if it turns out to be true.

No Tilt Screen On the X-Pro 2

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Some new information has leaked saying that the upcoming Fuij X-Pro 2 will not feature a tilt-screen. This is an interesting development because these screens have become almost standard on mirrorless cameras of the recent generation.

While it is most likely not a dealbreaker for most, it does seem like a rather interesting choice to omit a tilt-screen. The only reason, from an engineering standpoint, that I can think of, is maybe they are trying to slim down the body even more and that means no room for tilt hinges.

The X-Pro line already being so small though, I would wonder about making it much smaller and what benefits could possibly be gained from doing so. It is also possible they have just done research and decided that not enough people use the tilt-screen to warrant its inclusion.

What are your thoughts on this? If this turns out to be true, is this a dealbreaker for you on the X-Pro 2?

New Pentax FA 645 35mm f/3.5 AL IF Lens Leaks

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Pentax apparently has some new glass coming down the pipe for their 645 system cameras; the new 645 35mm F/3.5 lens leaked online this morning.

The upcoming lens sports a F/3.5 aperture, 9 aperture blades, and an optical design featuring 10 elements in 7 groups. The outside of the lens is pretty standard Pentax 645 affair with a black body with silver linings.

Leaked Specs

  • New lens design with high-performance aspherical lens, optimized for digital
  • Lens design: 10 elements in 7 groups
  • 35mm equivalent: 27.5mm equivalent (645d/z), 21.5mm equivalent (film 645)
  • High refraction and low dispersion glass, hybrid aspheric lens, high-performance glass mold aspherical lens, HD coating
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.3m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.25x
  • The diaphragm blades: 9 circular diaphragm blades
  • Inner focus
  • Image circle covers the 645 film SLR
  • SP coating on the front of the lens
  • Filter size: 82mm
  • Equipped with a window for PL filter on the hood
  • Maximum diameter: 88mm
  • Total length: 90mm
  • Weight: 570 grams (610 grams inclusive hood)
  • Suggested retail price in Japan: ¥270,000 (tax included)

The lens is expected to be announced on November 12th with availability coming in early December.

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!