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Taylor Swift Revises Contract, & Canon’s Next L Zoom In Today’s Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 22nd 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.

Canon L Zoom Lens Coming Soon?


The rumors are pretty confident in their reporting of the 35mm F/1.4L II being Canon’s next L prime lens to be announced, but what about a zoom lens? What lens should we be expecting?

According to a new report, the next Canon L zoom lens could be a 16-35mm F/2.8L replacement, or possibly the long rumored 24-70mm F/2.8L IS. Both of these lenses have a following of people who would be happy to see them released though the 24-70 is definitely the more widely appealing lens.

What are your thoughts, would you prefer to see the 16-35mm F/2.8 or 24-70mm updated?

Taylor Swift Revises Contract After Photographer/Media Backlash

Well, it seems that this whole Taylor Swift contract ordeal has come to a good conclusion. In case you are not up to speed, Taylor Swift recently found herself in hot water after she confronted Apple about being fair to artists, when it was revealed that her own contract was less than ideal for the photographers/media required to sign it.


Fast forward several weeks, and it appears that Swift and her team have come around. According to Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, after weeks of working with representatives from the media and professional associations, the two sides had come to what they think is a revised contract more fair to both sides.

After taking the time to hear our concerns regarding her world tour photography guidelines agreement, the news and professional associations and Taylor’s team are very pleased to have been able to work together for a revised agreement that is fair to everyone involved,” Osterreicher said.

This is great news for photographers and hopefully, we will see more music artists follow suit and revise their contracts to be less restrictive. Everyone is a winner here, not something you can say very often.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Firmware Update Coming?

According to another rumor coming out of M4/3 land, a firmware update could be on the way soon for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. It is unclear how many features, updates, and fixes we will be in store for, but we do have one clue.


Citing information given to them from an Olympus service rep, this rumor points to at least one feature update, regarding Olympus’s unique high-resolution shooting mode. According to the rumor, the new firmware update would allow for speeds of up to 1/80th of a second in this mode.

I’d presumed that when he said “1/80 shutter speed for the high-res” that he meant the whole process of taking the complete photo would take 1/80 sec. Maybe he meant each of the 8 photos/sensor moves would take 1/80 sec… which gives ~1/10 of a second to take a photo.”

This multi-shot high-resolution mode completing an image in 1/10th of a second would be impressive for sure. It will be interesting to see what, if any, other features make their way into the upcoming firmware update.

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. Alexander Europa

    Maybe I have a superb copy of the 16-35 f/2.8 II, but I used it last weekend (on a 7D2) at an outdoors festival/concert, and was repeatedly blown away by the sharpness of the images; nearly all of which were shot wide open. This lens has quickly become a staple in my bullpen, and I get excited every time I’m presented with an opportunity to let it work its magic.

    As for the prospective L zoom update, as Adam pointed out, the 24-105 has been selling at around a 40% discount for several months. Part of that is due to its use as a “kit” lens on some of the higher end Canons but I also think that Canon is trying to pair down its supply of the Mk 1 version before announcing an update. Not to mention the fact that the 24-105 is, hands down, the softest lens in the L lineup…as the Canon sensors continue to improve, that softness is only going to become more apparent.

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  2. Samuel Sandoval

    Thanks for the information.

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  3. Joram J

    The EF24-105 could use an update as well. Or a nice travel lens to accompany the 6D. !?

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  4. Matthew Saville

    Canon’s 16-35 2.8 needs to be replaced / updated much more desperately than its 24-70 2.8 mk2 “needs” IS.

    The 16-35 2.8 mk2 is abysmally soft 90% of the time, and will look like even worse trash on a 5DsR. The 24-70 2.8 mk2 is jaw-droppingly sharp, and will probably resolve 52 MP quite nicely.

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    • adam sanford

      Yep. It’ll be a 16-35 f/2.8L III or possibly an update to the ubiquitous but underwhelming 24-105 f/4L IS (being sold somewhere for half of Canon’s absurd asking price in twenty places right now). Both are relatively ordinary lenses with ample room for improvement.

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  5. Stan Rogers

    I’m pretty sure that the 1/80s is actually referring to the sync speed in multi-shot mode, which is currently 1/20s. Obviously, you’d need to set a significant delay between shots to allow your flash(es) to recycle (or at least for the trigger circuit to reset).

    And yes, 1/80 is still a low sync speed for you kids out there; most 35mm SLRs before the autofocus era would sync at 1/60 or (if you were lucky) 1/90, but if you grew up in the “1/200??? That sucks!” era, let me assure you that it’s quite usable in studio. 1/20, though, means that you need to work in hazard-level darkness. Since the EM-5 II is really a pretty good product-shot camera (hi-res, large DoF, no moiré), getting the sync speed up on the electronic shutter is a pretty big deal.

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    thanks for the info

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