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Why Fuji Can’t Add IBIS To X Series, Canon Drops 1DX Mark II Kit Price, DIY Honeycomb Grid Tutorial {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 8th 2016

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.

Why Fuji Can’t or Won’t Add IBIS To The X-Series

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Sony has been adding IBIS or In Body Image Stabilization on their full frame mirrorless cameras, and it has everyone wondering when other companies will follow suit and add IBIS to their cameras. Well, it appears in the case of Fujifilm, that it will never happen – but they have a good reason.

According to an interview over on FujiLove, Fuji says that their biggest reason is that the X-Mount won’t allow for it without them being willing to sacrifice image quality on the edges of the frame.

IBIS has both advantages and disadvantages. IBIS moves the sensor in the mount to stabilize the image. To secure the amount of light at any position, the diameter of mount must cover the wider image circle considering the margin of sensor movement.” Say Takashi Ueno and Shusuke Kozaki, Fuji Managers. “The diameter of our mount was designed for the image circle without IBIS. It means the amount of light at the corners is reduced when the sensor is shifted. We could correct it digitally, but we don’t want to do it: we don’t want to compromise our image quality.”

So, in the case of Fuji, it seems that they have a fairly good reason for not implementing some sort of IBIS technology into their cameras. It’s good to see a company come out and explain their thought process like this.

Canon Drops Price on 1DX Mark II ‘Premium Kit’

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Canon may have gotten ahead of themselves when they priced their premium kit option ahead of their EOS 1D X Mark II announcement a short while ago. Evidence of this? Well, they just dropped the price on the kit.

How much do you say? A significant bit in my opinion. A full $300 to be exact, which brings the price down to just below $6,000. Some of you are probably wondering ‘if you are spending that kind of money on a camera, what difference does $300 make?’ To that, I say ‘fair point’, but I would never turn away a discount – no matter how insignificant.

I am curious what the reasoning behind the price drop is. It is unlikely it had to do with other announcements, as the only cameras announced lately are not in that tier of quality, those that are (the D5 for example) were announced before the 1DX Mark II, so Canon could have adjusted pricing before that.

My guess is that pre-orders on the premium kit are not going as well as they would like, and this is Canon trying to encourage a few more pre-orders.

Make Your own DIY Honeycomb Grip For Your Speedlight

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I love me a good DIY project, especially one that is photography related and saves me some money on brand name gear. (though it is easy to spend more on your DIY project sometimes than you would have paid for the real thing, so be careful). Today, we wanted to highlight this awesome DIY tutorial from the guys over at DIY Photography.

In this tutorial, the guys show you how to build your own DIY Honeycomb grid for your speedlight. It is a pretty sweet project, and it doesn’t look half bad either, which helps if you wanted to use it on jobs.

To get started you will need the following items:

  • a sheet of plastic corrugated black cardboard
  • some black straws
  • transparent glue for plastic materials
  • 5 cm high gaffer tape
  • a cutter
  • something to measure lengths

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Now first thing’s first, you have got to cut your straws. According to the tutorial, a good length is 2-3cm. For the rest of the instructions, head on over to DIY Photography and make your own honeycomb grid!

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. Andrew Leinonen

    While I believe that Fuji is being truthful in their explanation, I’m not sure it holds water for users.

    The Sony E-Mount is too small to be ideal for full-frame. Sigma has publicly stated as much in interviews as to why they haven’t made FE lenses, and it’s also why you’ll find so many FE lenses are DSLR sized with what looks like a short spacer at the rear – they are likely similar in overall design, despite not necessarily needing to be retrofocus to clear the mirror box, but instead in order to get good optical quality with a smaller mount…

    …and yet, Sony has introduced IBIS in their FF bodies, despite accommodating a sensor that is 1/3 larger in each dimension, with a mount that is only 5% larger in diameter than the Fuji X Mount.

    From a practical point of view, no one that I know has complained about vignetting caused by IBIS on A7 cameras. Sure, maybe it’s corrected digitally, but to suggest that they’re concerned about (say) ~1/2 EV of additional falloff in the corners when IBIS can potentially give your fast prime lenses 3-4 EV of additional light in certain circumstances?

    It sounds to me like it’s a true answer, but the real answer is “IBIS is really hard to do well.” Given that Panasonic, with all their electronic might, has not yet managed to match Olympus’ IBIS after 3 years and 2 camera generations of working at the problem is a testament to that. Sony has cubic dollars to throw at the challenge, and already had significant experience from Minolta A-mount DSLRs. Pentax has been working on IBIS for 10 years now, and also isn’t at the same level as Olympus.

    It’s a tough nut to crack.

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  2. Jean-Francois Perreault

    That IBIS explanation is raising quite a bit of a stir on forums.
    I personally don’t have the need for IBIS. The lenses I would need it for are already stabilized and the other ones are fast enough for me not to require IBIS.
    Fuji has the entire focal range covered by stabilized lenses. I don’t really see how IBIS would greatly improve anything other than being a nice-to-have.

    If IQ is the real reason why they won’t implement it, then I’m fine with it.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree with you completely. If IQ is their actual reasoning, I am fine with that based on the fact that their stabilized lenses cover a good portion of the focal range.

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    • Federico Voges

      IBIS would be a VERY nice to have. It’d also mean that fuji can make cheaper lenses (no need to add the cost and complexity of OIS to any new lenses). But it’s not the end of the world.

      I’d rather have better dynamic range than IBIS.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      I agree with the VERY nice to have :)
      As for cheaper lenses, I’m not so sure. Sony’s new GM 24-70 isn’t stabilized and is still 2200$ — 1000$ more than Fuji’s “equivalent” lens!.

      Also, their 70-200 GM is stabilized so I’m guessing not all lenses can rely entirely on IBIS. Telephoto lenses probably need stabilization anyway.

      A lot of people call BS on Fuji’s explanation. I’m not sure where I stand actually. They are usually pretty straightforward and honest but then again, they are a company in the business of making money. So….

      I would actually love to have IBIS. Just not at the cost of IQ (if Fuji isn’t BS’ing us).

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    • Dave Haynie

      Get your lens long enough and it will benefit from OIS in addition to IBIS. Olympus recently did the math on it for their systems.. the new 300mm f/4 lens (600mm FF equivalent) added OIS, but it works in concert with IBIS. OIS for that long lens is going to work better for X and Y correction, but you still like OIS for Z correction, which can’t be done by an OIS system.

      I have the 40-150 (80-300 FF equivalent) and really have not had an IBIS failure. Though this is also not a lens I’m likely to use in low-light without a tripod.

      Sony also has to consider that they’ve got a few high-end models out there without OIS. So they probably set their threshold lower.

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    • Dave Haynie

      That seems a reasonable explanation. Still, IBIS works better than OIS at anything but extreme focal lengths. Sure is nice to hand-hold at 1sec and not have any shake (on a good day, anyway).

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