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Whats Coming Next From Nikon? Eyefi Buys OKDOTHIS! What Makes A Good Phone Camera? {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 13th 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.

What To Expect From Nikon Over the Next Couple Months

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Things have been fairly quiet from team yellow over the last half year or so. We have not had many announcements to speak of, and no real rumors of anything super exciting either.

Just on cue, though, the guys over at Nikon Rumors have compiled a nice list of things they expect to be coming up over the next little while from Nikon. Topping that list is the new D5, expected in January or February.

There is also mention here of a D400, the long-fabled and long awaited D300 successor. This is the equivalent to a unicorn in the Nikon world, so I’ll believe it when I see it. That said, if Nikon does finally pull their heads out of their nether regions and produce a D400, there will be cheers in the streets from Nikon shooters across the globe.

Other notable mentions are a new V1 camera and some new V1 lenses. Not super exciting for any of us serious photographers, but notable because it seems Nikon is sticking with their current mirrorless strategy.

X-E2 Firmware Update May Be Coming Mid-January

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X-E2 owners rejoice, it looks as if your long awaited firmware update could be coming as soon as mid-January. This comes from an official Fuji facebook comment. Initially, the thoughts were that this upcoming firmware would hit the market before the end of 2015, but if this new information is correct, then it appears to have been slightly delayed.

This firmware is expected to bring the X-E2 up to par with the rest of the Fuji lineup. This is partly why so many have been interested in when this firmware update would come.

So there you have it, straight from Fuji Hong Kong – mark your calendars for mid-January.

Eyefi Acquires OKDOTHIS, Jeremy Cowart’s Photo Inspiration App

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Eyefi has been on the photography scene for a while now with their WiFi-enabled SD memory cards. But in an age where more and more cameras are being released with WiFi built in, the market for their primary product has started to shrink.

In an effort to diversify and expand their influence, Eyefi has just announced that they have acquired OKDOTHIS. You may remember the OKDOTHIS app from when it was launched back in 2012 by Jeremy Cowart and Aloompa. The app has since grown in popularity and has been a useful tool for many looking for a little inspiration.

The terms of the deal (aka, how much was spent) were not disclosed, but Eyefi is saying that it is excited about “engaging directly with photographers to inspire creativity and the exchange of ideas.”

For now, Eyefi has not made their plans for the app and community public, but it will be interesting to see how this turns out. So many of these types of acquisitions can go either way.

Meyer-Optik Görlitz Announces New Trimagon 95mm

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It looks as if Meyer Optik Gorlitz has another lens coming out in 2016. This is coming on the heels of their widely successful campaign to bring back the Trioplan 100mm.

The new lens, this Trimagon 95mm, is made up of a classic triplet optical design featuring 3 elements in 3 groupings, a 52mm front filter thread, and a maximum aperture of F/2.6 (and goes up to F/22). It will also be made available in virtually every camera mount, including: Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, SonyE, MFT, M42 and Leica M.

So far, we don’t have any pricing on this lens, but it is said the lens should be available early summer of 2016. So it’s not too far off. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on any pre-order information that comes to our attention.

Smartphone Camera Quality Explained

As photographers, we think we have a fairly good understanding of how cameras work and what makes a good camera a good camera. But what about smartphone cameras? Obviously the basic concepts are the same, but what technologies make one phone camera better than the other?

Youtube Tech sensation MKBHD just released a new video talking about this in fairly good detail. So if you find yourself on the fence about two phones, take a look at this video, and you may have an easier time figuring out which has the better camera!

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. robert garfinkle

    Hey Anthony, this is a tad “off topic”, but still having to do with products.

    Has anyone here looked into the Microsoft Surface book? What draws me to it are three aspects. 1. It uses an nVidia graphics engine, 2. has been tagged as the most accurate color gamut on the market today, and 3. the aspect ratio is “perfect” for images 3:2 (3000 x 2000). I think it’s worth looking into as I feel it has the potential to be an on-the-go device which can be used to show a portfolio let alone have enough computing power to work remotely etc.

    I have been hunting for a device just like it (now, here it is…), and not really seen too many people in the photography forums talk about it having “just the right” mix of features a photographer might want.

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  2. Tom Blair

    I want my D400,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      I just sold off all of my Fuji gear and am shooting more film now (a challenge for a photojournalist) and only have one digital camera which is a D300. It’s still a great camera.

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  3. Kyle Stauffer

    I guessed the D400 on the last article regarding Nikon camera rumors. Makes sense as the 7d MKII is the only Canon DSLR that Nikon doesn’t have a close alternative for. A D400 paired with Nikons latest wildlife lens offerings was/is very needed IMHO.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    So, another ~6 months we can look forward to Nikon keeping quiet about any hint of a DX or FX mirrorless ILC.

    1″ sensors are for compact / superzoom P&S cameras like the Sony RX10 / RX100, Nikon. Anybody dedicated to photography enough to want an ILC is going to want APS-C as a bare minimum for image quality, IMO.

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    • robert garfinkle

      interesting, not that Nikon Service Center would know anything specific (although they could). I recently (two weeks ago) got my camera cleaned at APS (Authorized Photo Service) they ONLY service Nikon here in the Midwest. The chief technician’s sentiments were that Nikon was not too quick (or worried) to get pro mirrorless products out to market. As a matter of fact that technician was not really impressed with the concept altogether… did not seem to WOW him per se.

      Personally, I like what I have. I need to get better as a photographer, first priority anyway…

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    • Matthew Saville

      In my experience, camera techs, (and for that matter many of the folks working in the brick-and-mortar photo-related industry, period) …all seem to get more bitter about anything new, with each decade they’re around the camera industry. So as a general rule, have a grain of salt ready when listening to what most of those folks say. Unless it’s “the new guy” who is just 22 or something, then you need a whole DIFFERENT grain of salt ready, lol.

      Either way, I can indeed understand a sentiment that Nikon does have more time “left on the clock” than internet hype makes it seem. They don’t need to rush, and it could be very bad for them if they did.

      If anything, they need to just focus on service in general, (repair parts are rumored to be out of stock for months in some cases) …and in doing things right the first time, something Nikon has always seemed to do well. Slow and steady wins the race.

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    • Paul Nguyen

      Truth is, Nikon have a very reasonable lineup now, 3 levels of DX cameras and 3 levels of FX cameras + one pro body. There’s something in there for everyone and I think they’ve reached a stable point. They’ve been pushing hard to get people onto FX ever since the D3 came out back in 2007.

      Nikon can release a mirrorless at any time, put an F-mount on it and it’ll be great and use all of the lenses they already have. But IMO, what’s the point? The A7RII is a 650g beast and is only 100g less than the Nikon Df and 150g less than the D750.

      There’s hardly any weight benefit in going mirrorless anymore, realistically with these increasingly large full frame mirrorless bodies.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I wouldn’t call Nikon’s D3 the beginning of the “people push” to FX, since it was a $5K camera body, but the $3K D700 that followed 1 year later was definitely an incredibly ground-breaking camera in that it offered flagship features that neither the Canon 5D nor 5D mk2 offered. And from then on, it has been (almost) nothing but smash-hit camera bodies from Nikon, aside from AF woes on the early D800’s, and oily sensors on the D600’s.

      So, I would agree that Nikon is in a very “stable” place right now with regard to their DSLR lineup. If it were a matter of sheer superiority on paper, Nikon would have surpassed Canon as the market leader; Canon is only still in the lead market-wise because they used to be for so long, and because their cameras are indeed still “good enough” for most folks.

      However, mirrorless technology is bigger than the dashed hopes and dreams of a feather-light, full-frame, pro-grade flagship system. It is indeed so much more complicated than that. APS-C mirrorless systems have proven to be FAR smaller and lighter than equivalent APS-C DSLR systems, for one, because the decrease in sensor size allows for more corners to be cut when removing the mirror compared to removing the mirror from a full-frame ILC.

      True, things like IBIS and 4K video could easily be implemented in a traditional DSLR. However it is also more complicated than even that. Simply put, it is about two things: cost-cutting, plus a clump of various features associated with having an EVF instead of just using live view on a DSLR.

      1.) Cost-cutting is becoming critical for profit margins in this day and age where everybody has a phone, and the cameras in them are pretty darn good. Mirrorless ILC’s allow factories to make the “same” camera for much cheaper, plain and simple. It goes far beyond simply removing the one part, the mirror. A mirrorless ILC requires much less optical precision; really the only thing that matters is the sensor itself. Whereas a DSLR has three or more points of optical precision, including the sensor, the mirror, the phase-detect AF module, and the viewfinder prism.

      2.) By going from an OVF to an EVF, photographers gain access to eye-level shooting benefits of live view, such as focus peaking and realtime white balance, and exposure / dynamic range settings. I’ve shot two whole weddings with the A7R II, and I can say without a doubt that an EVF will definitely decrease my post-production time dramatically. My images will get better and better in-camera, I’ll miss fewer moments second-guessing both my exposure and focus. and so on and so forth.

      So, yes it is in Nikon/Canon’s best interest to get their flagship performance into a mirrorless ILC, ASAP. Even if traditional DSLRs aren’t going to die off completely any time soon, the mirrorless market is going to prove mission-critical to Nikon & Canon’s survival within 3-5 camera generations. So they’d better get crackin’ within the next 1-3 camera generations!

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    • Dave Haynie

      Matthew… you have IBIS in a DSLR. Konica-Minolta did it way back in the CCD days (the Maxim 7D for example… they called their system “anti-shake”), developed primarily to get around the OIS patents out there, since they were kind of late to the stabilization game. Olympus had it in a number of the E-series Four-thirds DSLRs, before going to mirrorless. Pentax is still delivering DSLRs with IBIS, and there’s a good reason to believe their forthcoming full-frame DSLR will have IBIS.

      It’s curious but not surprising that Sony, one of the pioneers and leaders in OIS, went to IBIS in the A7-series…. it’s evolved to the state where it’s just better than OIS, at least until you get to very long focal lengths. And actually before that, Sony had gone to “hybrid” digital/OIS system in some of their camcorders, since OIS can’t deal with rotation about the axis of the lens. Nikon and Canon may be resisting it over patent issues, to sell more expensive lenses, etc.. but there’s no technical reason they couldn’t implement similar systems.

      As far as sensor size goes, I think much of it’s the target of the system as much as the sensor size. Lots of people left Canon to shoot 4K on Panasonic and aren’t coming back. I’m using my Olympus OM-D E-M5 mk II more than my 6D these days (though the 6D is still the low-light-on-a-tripod choice). For most of what I shoot, the quality is close enough with good glass on both systems. For perfectly still subjects, the Olympus’s 8-shot “hires” hack delivers a demonstrably better shot than the 6D (and actually, sometimes better than most any Bayer camera).

      About 1/4-1/2 of what I shoot is going to be composited, too… so while the quality of an individual shot matters, there are other things about the camera that matter more… speed, in-viewfinder information, etc. Mirrorless hit me in unexpected ways, honestly. I still hope to see Canon adopt some aspects of mirrorless but without leaving the EF mount or the option of true DSLR operation.

      Panasonic and Olympus have shot for a segment of the serious camera user market with their m43 systems. Nikon intentionally aimed the Nikon 1 series at …. well… someone else. My best guess is “people upgrading from iPhones”, since they seem to have some of the same ideas about design over features, etc. as does Apple. And they sold an obviously lower-spec camera system at a premium price… originally, anyway, a Nikon 1 system cost more than a consumer APS DSLR from either Canon or Nikon.

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    • Matthew Saville

      @Dave,

      Yes, I know IBIS is possible in DSLRs, I’ve been trying to point this out to mirrorless fanboys for a while now but few will listen because the chance of Canon or Nikon doing it in a DSLR is nill, though they may / must do it in a mirrorless camera IMO.

      My main point is that mirrorless, both ILC and P&S, is going to play a crucial role in maintaining healthy profits for all manufacturers within the next ~5 years, and Nikon / Canon need to stop whining about being slow-to-turn battleships and just put stuff out there. I do appreciate that Nikon takes its time and “does it right the first time” a little bit more than Canon, but even by those standards we should have at least heard hints of a Canon FF mirrorless and a Nikon DX mirrorless. That’s all I’m saying. It’s getting down to the wire.

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    • Dave Haynie

      @Matthew… thing is, they have to figure out how to answer the mirrorless question. EOS M and Nikon 1 are only “hobby” products at best. They’re both aimed away from where the DSLRs go.

      I’m not sure if mirrorless hits critical mass in the industry as a whole, but it’s already where the action is — which is why it’s been top-of-the-news even before there were any substantial sales. The DSLR guys look old, slow, and tired at least half the time.

      But if/when Nikon and Canon decide to offer a mainstream mirrorless, they have a problem: their big advantage is their exhaustive lens line — Nikon’s going back to 1960 with compatibility. If they go to Yet Another Mount, they’re immediately behind everyone else in the mirrorless world. Sure, there are adapters… but those already work on other mirrorless cameras. Ok, Leica seems to make up a new lens mount every other month these days, but Leica users seem happy if they have the option of three different lenses. I can’t help but think doing this just makes Sony, Fujifilm, and m43 look all that much better.

      I claim what they need to do is make a hybrid that takes the current F or EF lenses. Put a transparent OLED display in at the viewfinder’s focus point. So you can have the same kind of graphics overlays you get in a mirrorless, only over live video. Though switch it off and you still get your 1000 shots per battery. Or lock up the mirror and that becomes the display… full mirrorless operation for video or times when an EVF makes more sense. This would be something more acceptable to those still using DSLRs, probably those thinking of leaving for Sony at least (where you’re not really saving much on size), etc. I’d ask for IBIS at the same time, but yeah, I think Canon and Nikon make too much cash on OIS lenses to follow with IBIS. Probably not a dealbreaker… unless you’ve become familiar with modern IBIS on a Sony, Olympus, or Pentax.

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  5. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Anyone know the purchase price of OKDOTHIS? Looked around a bit/couldn’t find it.

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  6. robert garfinkle

    Well, So much for the D820!!!

    But, having said that. the D4 and the D3X have been archived, off the pro list…

    Which makes me think that they are making room for not just the D5, but maybe one more (wishful thinking I suppose….). Or, they could be taking a slowdown. simply.

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