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 To Produce DSLR With Canon or Nikon Mount?
I am going to file this one under ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’, but it’s very interesting, so I wanted to share it with you today. The word on the rumor mill today is that Sigma could be prepping to launch their own DSLR (something they have not done in many years).
The twist? According to the rumor report over on Sigma Rumors, this supposed DSLR would not be coming in Sigma’s proprietary SD mount. Instead, it would come in a Canon or Nikon mount (?!).
Now, at this point, it is not clear if the camera will come with the option of a Canon or Nikon mount, or if Sigma has yet to decide which mount to use. But, that is getting a little bit ahead of things. Just the fact that Sigma, according to this rumor, would be making a DSLR with a Canon or Nikon mount is a big deal.
To my knowledge, this would be the first third-party digital camera to use a Canon or Nikon mount. Actually, I take that back; Fuji did license the Nikon F mount a long while back on some digital bodies, but they were nothing to write home about (if I remember correctly).
Given Sigma’s success in the lens business, having a quality camera to go along with it seems like a no-brainer to me. That is especially the case if they were going to use a Canon or Nikon mount because that means Carrie Canon or Nick Nikon could consider the Sigma camera and not have to give up their Nikon/Canon lenses. This would be huge (assuming the camera was any good).
Another question here to ask, after this mount business is settled, is what sensor would the camera use? If they stuck one of their special Foveon sensors inside that could be a way to easily set their offering apart from the first-party cameras. If they wanted a more traditional sensor, though, they could license a Sony sensor, which may not mean much to Nikon shooters who already enjoy a Sony sensor (in some cases), but it could be a huge selling point for Canon shooters looking for better performance than the Canon sensors are currently producing.
Let me just wrap this up again by saying that I am really skeptical of this one. I just don’t see Canon or Nikon willingly licensing their mount (and associated technologies) to Sigma given the strong competition they have gotten from them in the lens arena. That said, you never know.
I will be VERY interested to see what Sigma announces at CP+ next month…
Fujifilm Announces 10% Price Hike For Film In US
I love shooting with film now and then; it really brings you back to the basics of photography and forces you to be very deliberate with your framing, settings, shots, etc. That said, I hardly ever shoot film anymore, and news like what Fuji announced today means it will likely be even more rare.
It was announced today that Fuji would be increasing the price of their film substantially worldwide. Here in the US, the price hike is expected to be around 10%.
“The demand for film products is continuously decreasing and the cost of production, such as raw materials stays at a high level and cost increase associated with lower volumes becomes much serious. Under such circumstances, despite our effort to maintain the production cost, Fujifilm is unable to absorb these costs during the production process and is forced to pass on price increases.”
So, if you have any Fuji film stocks that you like, I suggest trying to get your hands on them now before these price hikes take effect. B&H has a great selection of Fuji film in stock, here. You can also take a look over on Amazon.
ApuRture Launches New Array Trans
One of the coolest video products that we saw at PhotoPlus a while back was Apurture’s Array Trans, a wireless transmitter to send video from your camera to a field monitor or recorder. Very cool.
The unit has a range of 80 meters and utilizes a 60ghz RF signal with millimeter waves as opposed to a standard 5.4ghz RF signal. This allows for zero-latency transmission, uncompressed and lossless transfer of the video, and 1080p at a full 60HZ. The downside to utilizing this 60Ghz technology is that you basically have to have line of sight from the camera to the monitor/recorder, and you are limited to 80 meters.
That said, if those limitations are ok with you, the price (just $599!!!) and performance of this unit speaks for itself. If you would like to learn more about this new wireless transmitter from Apurture, you can get all of the details over on their site here.
Sony RX1R II Field Test with TCSTV
Now that the Sony RX1R II is back in production, and a new shipping date has been set, we can all go back to oohing and ahhing over the capability of this compact camera.The guys over at The Camera Store TV just posted their hands-on field test with the new Sony camera, take 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!