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Upcoming Rangefinder Mirrorless? Astro Exposure Stacking Tutorial! {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 2nd 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.

Three Upcoming Rangefinder-Style Cameras


In the smaller form factor market, there is a pretty clear bias towards rangefinder or similar style cameras, and if this rumor from Mirrorless rumors is correct, more are on the way.

According to the report, Sony, Fuji and Olympus all have rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras coming down the hatch within the next six months or so. The first camera to expect (though I am not so sure), is the Sony A6100. This camera is expected to be announced in the next 2-4 weeks, but given that this is the third time now that I have seen rumored release dates for this camera…I’ll believe it when I see it.

Next on the list, according to rumored release, is the Fuji X-Pro 2. Yes, the original mirrorless rangefinder knockoff (Leica aside, of course) is getting an upgrade. According to the latest reports, not only is the X-Pro 2 getting some nice design and spec upgrades, but this could also reveal Fuji‘s next generation X-Trans sensor – something I have been waiting to see before jumping back into the Fuji system.

Third, according to the report, will be a newly designed Olympus PEN camera. This new take on the PEN line will feature a built-in EVF, rangefinder styling, and is expected to be announced in early Spring.

If you are a fan of the rangefinder style, it seems that you will soon have some pretty compelling options to add to your shopping list. Which model above are you most curious to see launched?

Best Sony A7 Series Mod Ever?


The above image cropped up this morning of a really awesome A7R modification coming out of Asia. As you can clearly see, the A7R above has been modified and had the Sony logo on the EVF replaced with a Contax logo.

I would be too paranoid of causing damage to do this to my a7R II, but wowzers! That is one sexy camera modification. Oh, and in case you were wondering, that Contax lens on the front of the camera is the Hexanon 50/1.2, a sweet lens that will set you back $2-3,000.

Personally, I love the mod above, but I am curious what a you all think? This modification aside, would you ever consider modding your camera and ‘making it your own’ so to speak? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Milky Way Exposure Stacking with Lonely Speck

Ian Norman, from the Lonely Speck, is back with another awesome astro-landscape tutorial. This time, Ian tackles the issue of exposure stacking when the Photoshop auto-align feature fails to accurately stack your images.

It is a bit of a longer video, running just over 24 minutes, but if you are looking for a way to improve your astro-landscapes, it is well worth the time. I also highly suggest checking out his other videos, which we have featured in the past, if you are serious about jumping into astrophotography.

Exposure stacking is a great way to improve the image quality of your Milky Way imagery without having to upgrade to an expensive full frame rig. I mean heck, the camera he used in this image was an RX100 Mark III, hardly an ideal astro camera – but it proves the point that this is a technique that can be employed by anyone to take some amazing astro imagery.

What are you doing tonight?…

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. Colin Woods

    As a note on Ian’s stacking video, the Median stacking is available on CS5 Extended as well, not just CS6/CC.

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  2. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Antony, what are your expectations from the X-Pro2 that would make you get back into the Fuji system?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I’ve been wanting to get back into the Fuji system since getting my A7 II. I love the Fuji glass, the cameras are a joy to use. What I have been waiting for is to see what their next generation sensors look like and how they perform. So, it’s less about the X-Pro 2 for me and more about the sensor inside it.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault


      I think a lot of people are turned off by the 16mp sensor. I’m assuming it’s one of your reasons?
      Since Noise and Color are already very good on their current sensor, I think the only “major” change we’ll see is in the MP department, 24 maybe?

      But if Fuji manages to get noticeably better ISO, which is already very good, and a 24mp sensor, then we’ll have a very serious camera that will finally convince many to switch or get into.
      Also, being a fixed lens rangefinder, the X-Pro2 is perfect for someone already in another system to get into the Fuji world as a second camera.

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  3. Palitos Chinos

    Well, If fuji had a FF body that would be nice. In the other hand, menus and mode dial on Sony/Contax are pushing me away from it. Sony need a dedicated shutter speed dial like fuji, leica or even panasonic lx100 and cleaner menus.

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  4. Joseph Prusa

    Great video

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  5. adam sanford

    Anthony: are these rangefinders in *spirit* or in *reality*? Will any pack an OVF like the original X-Pro 1, or are these just style-throwbacks with an offset EVF?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Adam, who knows at this point. My guess is just an offset EVF is more likely. Though the X-Pro 2 may keep an OVF… maybe.

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    great video

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