Samsung Leaving the Camera Business? Metabones Adds E-M1 and A7R II Support, DIY Diffusion | Daily Roundup
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 Leaving the Camera Business?
A sad (but not surprising) rumor has surfaced indicating that Samsung may soon pull out of the camera market completely. If you have followed Samsung’s camera systems over the years, the Korean company was never really able to gain a foothold and lost money year after year.
At the end of this last year, with the release of the NX1, it seemed as if Samsung finally had a body worth considering, but as with many mirrorless cameras, a lack of quality lenses really doomed that camera. Sales were lower than expected, and the buzz died off as Sony’s newer full frame A7 refreshes started being announced.
Their last announcement, the NX500, failed to really catch on either, after really trying to take on the A6000. The question that really needs to be asked here is what this is going to mean – if this rumor is true – for people who invested in the NX1.
What are your thoughts on this? Should Samsung hang in there and develop their NX system some more, or would they be right to call it quits?
Metabones Adds OMD E-M1 Support For EF-M4/3 Adapter
Rejoice Olympus OMD E-M1 owners, you can now use the Metabones Canon to M4/3 adapter with auto focus support! This same firmware update adds support for the A7R II for the EF-E version of the adapter as well.
But all is not perfect. There are some limitations to note, while shooting video, the adapter does not support any AF on the Olympus OMD E-M1. The release also notes that continuous mode may have some bad results, so their recommendation is to stick to single shot AF.
Still, this is great news for Olympus shooters who have been jealous of the Panasonic camera support from Metabones. If you are interested in learning more, you can read the full press release and grab the download links for the firmware update from the website, here.
Have you ever wondered how some photographers get such beautiful light outside without any additional lighting? In many cases, chances are they using some sort of diffusion material and apparatus to cut down and soften that harsh sunlight. In some cases, that additional light is added back in, but the key to the puzzle is diffusion.
You can spend lots of money on expensive diffusion setups, or you can also make one of your own. We have featured some great DIY diffusion setups in the past, and today we have another one for you. In the video below, the crew from Film Riot shows you how to use diffusion and how it compares to some expensive options.
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!