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What’s Next From Sigma? Sony to Buy Toshiba Sensor Business? {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 25th 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 Sigma in 2016

Sigma Logo

The latest from Sigma – their 20mm F/1.4 ART lens – was recently announced, but what is coming next for everyone’s favorite third party lens maker? Canon Rumors has posted a great update regarding what is rumored/expected to come in 2016, and it looks pretty exciting.

2016 is a Photokina year, and that is usually when camera companies bring their A game in terms of product releases. According to the CR post, Sigma has some aces up their sleeves…

If I had done an official poll regarding the most requested Sigma lenses from photographers, those three would be in the top 5 for sure. So if this rumor is legit, and Sigma is really aggressive with their announcements next year, we could all be in for some really great treats.

What are your thoughts on these rumored lenses? Are they what you would like to see from Sigma next year, or would you like to see something else? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

This Is The Pentax Full Frame

PhotoPlus has come and gone, and one of the most interesting things that we were able to see at the show was a first-hand look at the prototype of the upcoming Pentax Full Frame DSLR.

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I am really excited about this camera. Although I am firmly invested in the Sony A7 system now with my a7R II, I have always been a fan from afar with a lot of what Pentax has offered. I am also a fan of good competition, and if Pentax really knocks it out of the park here, then that only benefits us all.

I will be curious to see how this camera evolves between now and when they officially announce/release it.

What are your thoughts on this upcoming Pentax Full Frame camera? Is it too little, too late, or could Pentax still have something good here with a full frame DSLR?

Toshiba To Sell Sensor Business To Sony?

Sony RX10 ii Exmor RS Sensor Design

Unless you have been living under a rock the last several years, then you know that Sony has absolutely been killing it in the sensor market. Alone, they are responsible for something like 40% of the sensors made, and they have been looking for ways to increase their capacity.

Well, if this latest buzz is correct, Toshiba may be looking to sell their sensor business to Sony.  A move like this would almost definitely increase Sony’s production capability and capacity by quite a bit.

One has to wonder what companies like Samsung and Canon, who currently make their own sensors, can do going forward to fight off Sony. I am a big fan of competition, so one company dominating the sensor market worries me a bit – even if Sony is doing good things for the time being.

I’ll be curious to see how this pans out, and how it affects the camera market over the next couple of years.

Sony to Announce New A68 Next Month


A-Mount lovers rejoice, a new A-mount camera is coming next month, and it will be called the A68. Unfortunately, it is going to be a more budget, entry level camera in the $600 range, so those of you with higher-end A-mount cameras may be waiting a while yet for an upgrade.

Rumored A68 Specs

  • 24-megapixel sensor
  • 79 AF points
  • 19 AF Cross points.
  • Price around $600

Personally, I still think Sony is nuts for running two camera systems, three if you split the crop sensor E-mounts from the full frame ones. That said, I know I would be pissed if I was an A-mount shooter and I was left out in the cold, so Sony is in a tough spot here.

I will be curious to see how this all turns out and how much the A-mount system really features in Sony’s plans going forward.

Canon EOS-M 3, How Does It Really Stack Up?

You know by now that I am a huge fan of CSTV and their hands-on camera reviews. You should also know that I was/am a huge fan of the original EOS-M despite its many flaws. So I was intrigued this morning when I saw that they had recently released their EOS-M3 review.

Color me also surprised that the majority of the review was fairly positive, with one overlying theme: On its own the EOS-M3 is a good camera, but when compared to the competition, it is just a bit behind in several areas, and ultimately its price is just too high for what you get. Check out the review below:

What are your thoughts on the EOS-M3 after taking a look at this review? What does Canon have to do to take the EOS-M system to the next level and actually compete with the competition?

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. David Blanchard

    Toshiba has a sensor business? Who knew?

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  2. Marcus Ruiz

    Does Leica produce their own sensors?

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  3. Greg Geis

    I’ve been holding out in hopes of a new Sigma 70-200. I’m guessing optical quality will be there, pricing will be under but uncomfortably close to the Nikon/Canon variants. I think the swing factor for me will be focus accuracy/consistency. Really hoping the price/performance is there. Those are three staples for them and they know it. Pressure is on to deliver.

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    • Paul Empson

      excellent point Greg.. I’ve the old Sigma 50 f/1.4 and in slow paced / controlled photography it was a joy to use and – I was a huge fan – of both the lens and quality images it produced, however I could not trust the Sigma to find focus quickly and reliably.. away from the central focal points.. so never used it for weddings, unlike my much older trusty Nikon f/1.8 that I also use..

      Guess the benefit of OEM kit is they bundle the algorithms of their lens back catalogue into the bodies of their cameras.. making for better performance.. at least that’s’ what my guestimate is..

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  4. Kenny Van

    Hopefully Sigma steps up to release E mount lenses, especially fast lenses.

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  5. Not A Troll

    Some variation of the phrase “I am a huge fan of…” is used no fewer than five times in this article. Impressive.

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  6. Justin Haugen

    135 F2 please

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  7. Ben Perrin

    Wow that Pentax is ugly!

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    • adam sanford

      Not as ugly as the Leica SL.

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    • Ben Perrin

      I don’t know… my vote goes to the Pentax! :)

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    • adam sanford

      It’s ugly, but it’s loaded full of goodies, see here:

      Pentax makes very good products, so I welcome their entry to the FF market.

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    • Matthew Saville

      The back of the camera is rather ugly, the articulating LCD housing looks as clunky and modern as a 90’s gaming console. However, the front is classy and in my opinion downright sexy in a timeless, traditional sense.

      You can have your curvy Zeiss Milvus lines, they just don’t do it for me. Curves belong on women; cameras are mechanical tools that deserve to look as svelte or burly as they wish.

      TLDR; The Pentax full frame is Darth Vader approved.

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  8. Paul Empson

    24-70 is my wedding workhorse.. has to be resistant to elements..

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  9. Paul Empson

    the Sigma art range get great reviews.. however they are not weather sealed which has always seemed a ridiculous oversight.. not kit I could trust on location..

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    • Lauchlan Toal

      Yeah, I’m not sure why they opted to only seal the sports line. So the 70-200 should be sealed, but not the 24-70? However, I’m excited to hear that they may be releasing a 70-200. If they can keep the price below the Nikon/Canon versions while delivering a better lens than the Tamron, they’ll have a seriously tempting offer.

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