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A Most Unlikely Alliance: DJI & Hasselblad| X-Pro 2 Dual Card Slots? | 1D-X Mark II AF Rumors

By Anthony Thurston on November 5th 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.

Unlikely Alliance: DJI & Hasselblad Form ‘ Strategic Partnership’

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We reported on the rumor a while back that Hasselblad was in trouble, needed money, and was likely going to need an infusion of investors or would likely not make it through 2016 without being bought.

Well, it seems that Hasselblad found the money they needed, but from the unlikeliest of places, Chinese drone manufacturer, DJI. According to the new report, DJI and Hasselblad have formed a ‘strategic partnership’ as the result of DJI purchasing a minority stake in the company and earning them a spot on the Hasselblad board.

DJI has long been known for their excellent drones, and has more recently received some acclaim for their camera (for the drones) as well. But it seems that they are looking to take their camera know-how to the next level, thanks in part to this Hasselblad partnership.

I am really curious to see what fruit is born from this partnership, if any.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II AF Rumors

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According to a new report over on Canon Rumors, the upcoming Canon flagship EOS-1D X Mark II will feature some sort of brand new AF system. It is said that the new AF system will have more AF points than the current Canon EOS-1D X, but less than the rumored 100+ AF points on the upcoming Nikon D5.

It is also said that the new AF system on the 1D X Mark II will have a ‘slightly’ wider spread than the current model; likely not a7R II edge to edge spread, but still a wider array than the current EOS-1D X.

Also, all of the AF points are expected to be crosstype – but that is to be expected with a flagship build like the EOS-1D X Mark II.

Dual SD Slots Coming For Fuji X-Pro 2?

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Fuji rumors is reporting this morning that the upcoming X-Pro 2 will feature dual SD card slots. This is rather big news, considering that a common complaint from professional DSLR owners is that most mirrorless cameras do not feature dual card slots.

The rumor comes from an anonymous, and new, source. But this is the second time that he has received this rumor in the last year, so there might be some validity to it (just take it with a grain of salt, as usual). Personally, I am trying to figure out how Fuji would manage to fit two card slots in which will likely still be such a small body. Maybe if the slots are at different locations, unlike on DSLR bodies where they are usually side by side.

Regardless, this would be great news for Fuji shooters who are planning to upgrade to the X-Pro 2 when it is launched. It is expected to come sometime in January, so we still have a bit of a wait yet, but we will find out soon enough.

Sony Announces New A68, Advanced Amateur Camera

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Sony, as expected, announced today their latest A-mount camera, the A68. This new camera is slightly above entry-level and is aimed at ‘advanced amateurs’, which to me puts this in the same category as the 70D and D7200 or D5300.

Sony A68 Specs

  • 4D FOCUS for fast, accurate tracking autofocus with world’s highest number of 79 AF points
  • Translucent Mirror Technology™ delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fps continuous shooting
  • 24MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor delivers wide ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range
  • BIONZ X™ image processing engine enables the capture of high-quality images
  • Precise OLED Tru-Finder™, tiltable LCD monitor, top display panel and custom controls
  • SteadyShot™ INSIDE works with all 34 A-mount lenses
  • Full HD video with high bitrate 50Mbps XAVC S format

The new camera will enter the market at ~$700 for the body only or $100 more for the kit version. If you want one, you have a bit of a wait on your hands. According to the Sony release, the body will not be available until March of 2016.

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Image courtesy of Sony Alpha Rumors

We will keep an eye out for pre-order links and provide you with those as soon as they are available.

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!

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. Stephen Glass

    So much gear, so little time!

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Maybe the DJI & Hasselblad isn’t as weird as it sounds. That silly project of Hasselblad’s, making limited run Sony’s with the Hasselblad nameplate, a wooden handle, and a crazy-high price demonstrated that there are plenty of wealthy people, particularly in Asia, who are buying based on the name. This may also indicate that DJI is looking to move beyond drones. They’re definitely headed that way, their top of the line “Aerial Cameras”, the Zenmuse series, are micro four thirds capable of shooting in 4K, the top model in raw 4K, recording directly to an SSD. Pretty nice stuff: http://www.dji.com/product/zenmuse-x5s/x5r.

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  3. Steven Pellegrino

    I’m excited to see what’s coming with the X-Pro2. I am still shooting with two X-E1’s and have resisted upgrading until I see a bigger jump in features with their new releases. I worked with an X-Pro1 for about a week and didn’t notice much of a difference in handling between that and the X-E1. Image quality is identical.

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  4. adam sanford

    As my future 5D4 will inherit a good chunk of this 1DX II AF system, I’m far less concerned about the number of points as I am about the spread of those points.

    With the 5D3 or 1DX to shoot wide aperture + peripheral subjects (I mean wider than the rule of thirds) means using a tripod + LiveView or focus/recompose/stop-down, a.k.a. hit and hope. So a wider spread in the viewfinder would be greatly appreciated.

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