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.
Two New Samyang Xeen Lenses, Teases a Third
Samyang has announced a pair of new lenses to be included in their Xeen line of cinema lenses. The new 14mm T/3.1 and 35mm T/1.5 join the rest of the Xeen lineup which includes 24mm T/1.5, 50mm T/1.5, and 85mm T/1.5.
The Xeen lineup, as you can see, has quickly filled out the popular primes one might be interested in as a videographer looking for quality, but affordable cinema lenses.
We don’t have pricing on the new lenses yet, but the current lenses are around the $2,000 mark each, or you can get a significant discount of $1200 if you buy three or more.
Reports are coming in of international delays in regards to the Fuji X-Pro2 and when stores are expecting to have them available. Originally, the X-Pro2 was slated for a late February launch; that has now changed in some international markets.
For what it is worth, U.S. stores like B&H (which still have the X-Pro2 available for pre-order) still list the X-Pro2‘s availability as February 25th. This could be a case of the U.S. taking priority over international markets, or this could be a case of the U.S. stores just being slower to update their pages. My money in on the former.
Regardless, you can still get your pre-orders in if you are interested in grabbing the new X-Pro2. I know I am very, very tempted to pick one up myself. Just waiting to see what I can expect in return from the tax man this year…
Nikon D500 Also Delayed?
Reports are also coming that the Nikon has delayed the D500, citing (similar to Fuji) more demand than they have supply. So instead of launching when initially announced, they will be holding off the D500 shipments until they can fulfill all of the orders.
This seems to be a troubling pattern in recent years with the camera industry. Zeiss can’t keep their Batis lenses in stock anywhere, Fuji delaying the X-Pro2, and Nikon now delaying the D500. Companies are purposefully creating shortages to drive up demand for their products because you can’t tell me these companies are not capable of forecasting effectively.
Apple pioneered this strategy with their product launches, and now camera manufacturers are playing copycat. I, for one, say it needs to stop. Quit playing games with us. If you actually create good products the demand will be there regardless of these stupid supply/demand games.
Those of you who are interested, the new estimated release timeframe is LATE APRIL. Yes, Nikon has pushed it back an entire month.
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