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Samsung Leaving the Camera Business? Metabones Adds E-M1 and A7R II Support, DIY Diffusion | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on September 19th 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.

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.

DIY Diffusion

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!

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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.

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  1. Rony Bhuiyan

    canon is the best

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  2. Dave Haynie

    I have wondered about Samsung’s comittment to mirrorless. For a long while, they were barely known outside Korea as a camera maker, and I kind of wondered if these were just a means of getting their camera sensor business going — Samsung is, after all, the second largest chip company on the planet, and Sony’s sensor business may be looking goid at this point.

    Like Sony, you’d think Samsung big enough to keep the camera line going, even as kind of a “hobby”, as Sony did until they had that hit with the A7 series. But I do suspect Samsung got so dependent on smartphone sales — like Sony is with gaming — that if that one segment is rockin’ and rollin’, they have time for a hobby. And when it’s not, they start to look at who else there is to blame for low profits.

    Though of course the smartphone business gives Samsung a platform for small sensor development, but they did some interesting big sensors, too. The chip in the NX1 was the first shipping BSI large sensor, and judged one of the best APS sensors so far, even though it was, at 28Mpixels, the highest resolution as well.

    I was pretty sure, on the other hand, being the first out of the gate with HEVC in-canera encoding was a bad idea. That’s not something that most video NLEs support yet, and not a small burden for today’s video workstations. Going to 4K means 4x the decoding work over 1080p, but with HEVC that moves to 8-12x, maybe more. And in a prosumer-ish body, it’s goingvto lots of people who have no idea what they’re getting into… those who do are buying GH4s if they need 4K.

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  3. Ben Perrin

    Thanks for the metabones update. Just wished I had seen the update before I did my shoot yesterday.

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  4. Martin von Elm

    i have bought the NX1 and several lenses in November 2014. Its a really wonderfull camera, despite what some haters say about Samsung cameras, its a really stunning camera. The sensor is top class, the lenses are mostly really good for what they cost and the UI is sooo nice. Touch screen and buttons are functioning brilliantly and very intuitively. You can always find at least three different ways to do what you want. I basically never needed a manual for this cam.
    It would be very sad for me to see my investment loosing value so rapidly. After all in the camera market one does not just buy a body, one is investing in a system. In order to do so one must be able to trust the company to continue and develop the system in a consistent longterm way. In the end it is that which makes the difference between a “professional” camera company and a consumer goods company.
    Samsung has started to gain some ground. Slower and more painfull financially as they probably thought in 2012 , but they did start to built up some reputation with the NX1..
    Now they must decide, are they a jumpy and unreliable consumer market producer or actually dedicated to become a professional camera company.
    I think the signs are rather negative, apart of the rumour, it became evident in the last months that Samsung camera products disappeared from the shelves of the stores, lenses which were announced a long time ago dont seem to come out and there is nothing like a lens roadmap or anything else showing where the way might lead.
    On the other hand they did produce Firmware updates consistently. I think it would be unwise and a shame for Samsung to abandon the market to Sony. What they would have to do, to really gain increasing shares in the market is evident. Instill trust !!! Bring out a lens roadmap and at least one new lens which you can really buy soon. An official statement that Samsung has still great plans and is hanging in.
    And they would need to invest even more and also develop a full frame line to be able to compete with Sony on equal terms. And they would need to get at least one or two thirdpary lens manufacturers in the boat.
    And they would need to continue to press into the professional videomaker market, where they really made an impact. Until today the NX1 delivers the best 4K film quality for a camera under 5000 bucks… better then the GH4 and on par or slightly better then even the 7ARII and S….
    And they would need to keep their programs up working with professional photographers on a more serious way.. paradoxically a less marketing oriented and more support oriented approach in the professional market would be the better markting in the long run.

    Anyway.. if they really withdraw i would feel rather betrayed. Of course i still got a very good system to take pictures with, but if in a few years the body would break down or become technologically obsolete my lenses are worth nothing any more. So, now the ball is in Samsungs field and i would like to warn Samsung.. if they continue like that, abandoning non profitable fields easily instead of trying harder (as they did with their notebook line) they might get a rather bad reputation. In the phone market where people buy a new phone every other year anyway that might not be a problem, but for other areas with more long term use oriented goods it will.

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  5. Mark Henry Dela Torre

    Na, Samsung leaving will not happen. They need the customers trust and they shouldn’t just leave them hanging after buying their cameras. They have the resources and technology to beat the competition. For me after 2 years of them making cameras, they will be at the top of the market. They always lead in innovation on electronics and that is scary.

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  6. Holger Foysi

    I don’t believe it yet. But in case it would be true, I would buy the technology if I were Nikon.

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  7. Austin Swenson

    If the Samsung rumor is true, that would be sad, because sometimes companies start to hit their stride right before they realize they have been heading to far downhill too fast and they have to call it quits. I hope they can get back on the horse before it’s too late.

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  8. Andrew Leinonen

    This is too bad. The Samsung NX system is actually really quite good. Their lens selection is stronger than either of Sony’s mirrorless systems (APS-C or FF), and much more affordable. In fact, their lenses are among the best bang-for-buck in any system.

    The main problem with the NX500 was the lack of an EVF. And the NX1 was the size of a DSLR. I think something with a rangefinder form-factor that slotted in between would have done better.

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  9. Chace Strickland

    for vid guys, the NX1 with 4K and 120FPS HD was genius…clips encoded in H265 was not. It’s a shame, I was looking forward to their next move.

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  10. Bill Bentley

    They are a huge company, that make many, many decent products. But sometimes many becomes just too much. I think most people saw this coming.

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