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Sigma 85mm F/1.4 Art Rumblings, Olympus Interface Upgrades, and Canon 5DSR Review | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 31st 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.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Rumblings


If there is one lens that Sigma needs to make, just so people shut up, it is the 85mm F/1.4 Art. Demand is so high for that lens, they really can’t ignore it, and the longer they wait, the more irritable the Sigma converts will be.

It is no surprise then that there are some new 85mm F/1.4 rumor rumblings, pointing to an announcement later on this year. The rumors stipulates that the lens would be announced late this year, and then actually released in 2016. There has also been mention of a possible ultrawide announcement.

We will see…

Olympus To Change Up Interface Menu via Upcoming Firmware?


It’s not very often that manufacturers change up their menu and navigation systems. Users get used to things a certain way, and when you shake that up, people can get irritated – even if the system you have in place is lacking.

Well, it seems that Olympus may be taking this risk soon in a firmware update to their current cameras. According to the rumor, an upcoming firmware update will change the interface design of current Olympus cameras – presumably for the better.

More wait and see with this rumor, but I am sure that current Olympus shooters who are not happy with the current menu system will be excited for this to happen.

Canon 5dSR & XC10 Review/Impressions

Canon’s 5DSR is the latest and greatest in terms of 35mm sensor resolution, but beyond that, not much separates this offering from Canon’s current 5D Mark III model. In this video review, CSTV compares recommended lenses vs. non-recommended lenses and pits the camera up against the Pentax 645Z to see if this camera has what it takes to take on Medium Format. Have a look…

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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    No one will mourn the loss of the current Olympus menu system. With so many better ones to steal from, er, rather, to be inspired by, there’s really no excuse for not fixing this long ago.

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  2. Mark Clarisse

    Alexander, I’m hearing you. I invested in the 35 art over the L because it made my images look just that much sweeter. However, I’ve since ditched all of my Canon gear as my loyalty to the brand meant that I missed out on features that I could get from other brands and systems.
    The release of th 5Ds/r is proof that they are 3 years behind the market in their own little bubble…an 85 1.4 Art would complete the Art series for most shooters, an 85 gets much more use than a 135.

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  3. Kurk Rouse

    Waiting patently for the 85 f1.4 art

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  4. Alexander Europa

    Ever since testing out (and subsequently buying) the Sigma 35 1.4 Art, the Art series has been driving me crazy. On one hand, I desperately want the Canon 50 and 85 1.2 lenses; on the other hand, the Sigma lenses are amazing AND an incredible value. Literally the only things going for the Canon lenses is the slightly better light transmission and the weather sealing-both of which are extremely important to me-but the image quality isn’t even on the same planet as the Art lenses.

    I’ve been a Canon shooter since I bought my first DSLR in 2007 and don’t plan to go anywhere, but they really need to get their act together (across the board!) and start innovating. It seems like they are stuck in the old model of trickling out new features in their bodies and lenses in order to stay relevant for longer as a lower cost to the company. But that model is no longer effective in the current market. Although I’m not holding my breath, I am really hoping that Canon’s August 14th announcement brings us something really special or I fear that even more people will move on.

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  5. Michael Young

    Honestly, I don’t even want a Sigma 85/1.4 ART, I was actually hoping they’d release a 135/1.8 first

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  6. Colin Woods

    I home Nikon and Canon are nervous about Sigma and Tamron, because they should be.

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  7. Brandon Dewey

    *i don’t know why i type cannon i meant sigma.

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  8. Brandon Dewey

    I would love if cannon would make a 85mm 1/4 art lens.

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