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.
Sony A6100 Delayed Again
We are starting to get to the point of ‘The boy who cried wolf’ status with these Sony A6100 rumors. An announcement was rumored a few weeks back, and again, it did not come. Now we hear it may have been pushed back all the way to 2016.
What is the rumored reasoning for this delay? Supposedly, the demand for the a7R II is higher than Sony expected, so Sony must dedicate more production capacity to that camera before it can produce the new A6100. While this is a somewhat plausible reason for some sort of delay on the camera, I don’t buy it.
There was that rumor a short while back saying that Sony had decided to focus on the full frame option and do less with their APS-C offerings. If that rumor were true, then it would make much more sense if Sony delayed, or possibly even canceled altogether a high powered A6100 that would ‘take sales’ from their low-end full frame options.
Regardless, as we stand, the A6100 is still not announced and for now anyway, it looks as if we will have to wait until next year to see what it is.
Upcoming Fuji XF 35mm F/2 Rumors
Fuji‘s upcoming 35mm F/2, (if this latest rumor is to be believed), could be coming at a very attractive price point. According to this report over on Fuji rumors, the upcoming lens will be positioned at a price point UNDER that of the current Fuji 35mm F/1.4 ($599).
If this is true, the upcoming weather sealed 35mm F/2 could be a really nice ‘bang for the buck’ sort of lens. Many are expecting it to be available in November of this year, meaning the official announcement would likely happen at some point towards the end of October – possible at or around Photo Plus.
I don’t shoot Fuji anymore, but even I am excited to see where this lens falls. If it is really priced as nicely as this rumor suggests that it might be, then it will be a great addition to the X series, and likely a really popular lens.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to an official launch/announcement.
Sony a7R II Firmware Update, No 14bit RAW yet
Sony announced a new firmware update for their wildly popular a7R II but don’t get excited just yet – this is not the 14bit RAW update. This firmware update fixes a number of issues with the camera, namely improving a symptom where the camera would front focus in some situations, decreased chroma noise when long exposure NR is set off, and improved Hi continuous shooting speed when using with a Speedlight.
There is no word on when that 14bit RAW update that was announced last week will be coming, but it is assumed that it will be shortly. It would be odd though for a company to release firmware updates so close together, so it’s possible the 14bit RAW update for the a7R II may be further off than we think (or would like).
For me, I am not too concerned with it. I picked up an a7R II this last weekend, trading in my A7 II and some other unused equipment towards the camera. So far, I am very happy with the files out of the camera, so I am in no rush to get 14bit RAW. But will be excited to compare the files once it is released to see if I like the 14bit versions better.
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!