The Lumia 1020 is on the path to become a legend among mobiles (and by the looks of it, a milestone in mobile imaging too). The official unveiling date is set for July the 11th, but the spec leaks have been on a steady roll since early April. . . . read more
Yes people, things seems to be heating up a bit on the 7D MkII front. The list is claimed to originate from a 'trusted source':
24.1mp APS-C Sensor
Dual DIGIC V
Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
61 AF Points (I wonder if we’ll get red focus points in AIS?) . . . read more
Good news for the few among you daring enough to buy into Canon's half-baked mirrorless proposal. News from Canon Rumors:
"We’re told new firmware for the EOS M will be coming “soon”. Possibly in the next two weeks. The firmware will address various things in the camera, the biggest being improving AF performance. Do not expect miracles about how much it can be improved, but the camera should “hunt a lot less” in lower contrast situations. We’ll also see an improvement in AF tracking."
Lens first: Everything appears unchanged, except for the new ZERO coating (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating), same as the one that adorns many of Olympus Prime Lenses. Availability set to March 2013. The lens is also slightly redesigned, it looks a bit less like a designer flower-vase now and more like a proper lens.
As for the XZ-10, it is a smaller, lighter and cheaper successor to the similarly looking XZ-2, with little else in common. The lens is now a 5x optical zoom of 26-130mm F1.8-2.7, and the sensor is very sadly a smaller 1/2.3" 12 Megapixel story, that kinda puts this cam out of the 'prosumer' range we're covering at Estiasis. If this digicam is still of any interest to you, grab your Google transgorbler and head over to Digicame.info for the rest of the spec list. . . . read more
Too bad it will be a dark f/4.8-6.7 lens again. Something must be done to get the message to Olympus, its users screaming about the need of fast zooms. 43rumors has the story:
I finally got some bits about the next Olympus announcement that will be made right before the CP+ show start in Yokohama (January 31th). The discontinued Olympus 75-300mm MFT lens will be replaced by the new 75-300mm II F4.8-6.7 ED lens. And there will be a a new Olympus XZ-10 that is smaller and lighter than the current XZ-2. It has a f/1,8-2,7 lens and will be cheaper than the current XZ-2 model (here on eBay).
As a reminder, we'll repeat that both Canon, Panasonic and Fujifilm have applied for several similar patents each., and as usual, where there's smoke, there's fire. There are two major problems with the current, Foveon implementation of such a sensor. First, the high iso noise is atrocious comparable to that of CMOS sensors almost a decade old, and second, the readout speed is not high enough to obtain HD video at a satisfactory bitrate. For all you techies, here is the pdf documents of Sony's latest 3 layer sensor patent application. . . . read more
Story first uncovered by ePrice in Taiwan, and initially picked up by 43 Rumors and Mirrorless Rumors, but we'll change/add to their wording a bit. First, neither Kodak, NOR JK Imaging are capable of manufacturing anything, this will be a crappy (or semi-decent, depending on your Point of View) OEM story, similar to the 'Polaroid' interchangeable lens cameras.
Second, JK Imaging (boasting of maintaining sales offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, China, Dubai, and Jordan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela) is a company that literally came out of nowhere, represented by a single guy, and probably being just a front for JAACX distributors, a retailer with a presence mainly in Latin America. . . . read more
Probably ahead of Sony's forthcoming full frame NEX camera, and who knows whose else. It will be interesting to see if they have figured out a way to make their cropped lenses work on a full frame mirrorless body, without a crop mode like Nikon does on their ff Dslr bodies. Photo Rumors has the story:
"Samsung will announce their new NX-R mirrorless camera in March, 2013. There is no date yet for the Samsung NX30 release (replacement of the NX20), but the camera is in development right now. I received some unconfirmed information that the new NX-R (or NX Pro) could have a full frame sensor inside. No details were provided on the lens mount or other . . . read more
A Nikkor 16-35mm f/2.8 VR lens has been on Nikonias wish list for, well, for ever. As always, Egami has dug up the patent, and as always, we can't read Japanese. Actually this is Nikon's second patent for such a lens, but patent number 2012-68303 seemed a little haphazardly put together.
From Google transgorbler we can gather the following:
Improved Vibration Reduction (VR III?), Improved lens coating, and of course, a constant f/2.8 aperture, just like the one them Canon shooters have been enjoying all this time :) Now for some auto-translator fun, courtesy of Google: . . . read more
From the low-res images we can see that the Fujifilm X20 closely matches the X10. Not much is known of its feature set, besides the Hybrid AF and the added body color option of course. Rumors include an updated sensor(x-trans), a higher resolution rear screen, AF speed improvements and a focus peaking feature.
"Fujifilm will announce 5 new FinePix cameras: 3 super zooms, one rugged model and 0ne "regular" compact camera. The top of the line superzoom (pictured above) is rumored to have a very fast AF. I still do not have reliable information about a potential X10 or X100 replacement, but those two cameras are still a possibility.
Olympus will probably announce 6 new point and shoot cameras: 3 rugged models and 3 super zoom cameras (with 24x- . . . read more
Canon once touted the Diffractive Optic lenses as a thing for the future, but only ever released two of them. . . . read more
Sony Alpha Rumors claim to have this information set in stone:
"In summary, in about one year the NEX world will expand into the High End Pro market. And this may be a bad news for the Leica M system! I know you have many questions about lenses, specs and so on. I am working on that and as you imagine it’s not easy to get specs about a camera which features are being tested and changed every couple of weeks. . . . read more
Ok, it's time for Google translate to
derp shine once more:
"Σ is the DP Merrill NEX , Myu4 / three for 19mm F2.8 and 30mm F2.8 have issued. This 50mm or 55mm if join (Rolleiflex in terms of focal length 50 mm / 55mm , 75mm / 80mm , 135mm (or Minolta CLE) 28mm , 40mm , 90mm near lineup) is completed ( Myu4 / 3 is the angle of view I is different). Antivibration It would also be useful in portrait photography with a flash I would be so easy if Handheld, because the lens shutter if DP. Anti-vibration with a telephoto lens in the NEX and I 50 mm F1.8 OSS, Myu4 / 3 macro it 45mm F2.8 Although OIS, Sigma 55mm F2.8 OS is show me what does the depiction or not."
Maybe this is the last chapter in Olympus saga of trying to make 4/3 lenses work properly 100% in micro 4/3 bodies, such as the E-M5 and the E-PL5. While the autofocus module is expected, the enclosed stabilizer is pretty baffling, but after trying to decipher the Google translated text we understand it has something to do with the built-in stabilizer unit of m4/3 bodies not being able to cope well with 4/3 lenses.
This in itself raises more questions, since it is well known that many 3rd party lenses, even really old ones, work quite well as stabilized in Olympus m4/3 cameras. In any case, Olympus spokespeople have time and again repeated the company's commitment to solve the 4/3-m4/3 lens compatibility issue, and this patent seems like a step in that direction. Perhaps it is time to snag up some excellent 4/3 glass, while it still can be found at bargain prices :) . . . read more
"Rocked by an accounting scandal over falsified financial statements and hidden investment losses, camera and endoscope maker Olympus needs cash to fix its finances. In the year to March 31 it booked a net loss of 49 billion yen.
In June its ratio of shareholders' equity to total assets fell to 2.2 percent, from 4.6 percent in March. The figure is a . . . read more
Well, they never left the optics business completely in the first place. they're still manufacturing a lot of oem and industry related stuff.
Olympus recently filed patents for 5 (!) different pancakes, 14mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm and 22mm, all at f2.8. There's a lot of redundancy there, and there's zero chance of all 5 lenses to see the light of the day.
The leaky boat that Sony is, has once again started to spill its secrets. Known so far, is a 24 mp sensor, 100-25.600 iso sensitivity, and the desire by the folks at Sony City in Minato to beat the **** out of the D800 and the 5D Mark III:
"Until know we know that the prototype has a new kind of 24 Megapixel FF sensor with base sensitivity of 100-25.600 ISO that can be . . . read more
Makes sense if the want to honor the full Minolta heritage, since they've been in this business since the 1057 Minolta Autocord TLS series
Sony Alpha Romors has the story:
"According to two different sources Sony has a working prototype which one of my sources told me is called “A1S“. The real incredible news is that it has a Full Frame square sensor. Don’t know if it is 36mm x 36mm or a bit smaller. The source said that “will change the . . . read more
The pressure cooker just blew the lid and here's what flew out of it. Some quick notes: Lockable mode dial, and moved on-off switch, about time! So, is this a 'mini 1D X'? Well, yes, and no. And there's still the nagging question about a studio/landscape EOS tailored for the professional market. Canon always enjoyed the megapixel lead until recently, so it is kind of hard to accept that the only pro body available will be the 18 mpixel 1D X. . . . read more
Canon 1DX? Bah. Nikon D800/D4? Meh. Olympus OM-D? no thanks. All these cameras did get the attention of photographers worldwide, when they spinned in the rumor mill. However, all of them combined cannot compare to the buzz the 5D Mark III is creating whenever the slightest tidbit about it surfaces on the interwebs. Not much is revealed, except for the name (bye bye mythical EOS 5DX), and the fact that it looks like a...Canon DSLR. . . . read more
Canon may slowly lose its edge, market share, brand luster etc, but there's one thing that hasn't changed, and is highly characteristic of the company: it doesn't leak. At least, not uncontrollably, as opposed to all of its major rivals who lately seem to have lost the ball. We've got raw files from Nikon's latest and 'bestest' circulating in the wild, all the while there's a supposed NDA in place to disallow just that, we found out almost everything about Olympus E-M5 before it was officially announced, and so on. . . . read more
Ok, promise, last rumor and pic roundup before this thing goes officialy live within 20 hours. Gobbled together from a variety of sources:
The trio consists of the EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM, EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM, and the Duke Nukem Forever of lenses, the elusive EF 24-70 f/2.8L II.
No other accurate info what so ever about specs, what you see in the photos is what you can figure out. Whoever dislikes a new EF 24-70 f/2.8L without image stabilization, can go with the newly announced Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD. I bet it will turn out to be a very descent piece of optical engineering. This leak served to us by the Japanese leak outlet, Digicame-Info.com.
Dials! Dials everywhere, OM-D=Oh My Dials? Olympus really means business with this one. No fancy designer needed here, just the best example of retrography this editor has ever seen, and yes, i include all the recent Fujifilms, and the Panasonic GX1. . . . read more
Ladies and Gentlemen, we live in the glory days of great leaks. The entire imaging industry is like a giant Japanese nuclear reactor right now...except for Canon of course, those guys really keep it tight. Poor Canon Rumors, the have to do with patent findings and hundreds of wacky rumors about upcoming Canon products. (hey cr, i have a dude who's girlfriends dad works for someone that knows this guy who claims that the new 5D Mark III will have 50 megapixls and a built-in lens washer!?! totally legit.). Nikon Rumors on the other hand, is rained upon with frequent, and
mostly sometimes accurate leaks: . . . read more
Today, we got something that *could* be the brochure or an ad, eve though the text in it appears written by someone too enthusiastic about the E-M5, in a too simplistic tone. However, there HAVE been Olympus ads in the past written in a not too formal English. The text reads:
Wild=The Hungarian blog MLZphoto. Not very much to see here, except for the photos and the identity of the designer. While Pentax used the services (and for some reason, paid for them too) of designer Marc Newson for their K-01, the Olympus E-5M bears the unmistakable design traits of Darth Vader. As a matter of fact, we're 100% positive the E-M5 is just a Tie-Fighter instrument reworked into a camera. This goes a long way to explain the sometimes outlandish claims in the rumoured E-M5 spec list. Now we can just replace the 'best this', tweaked that' and 'revolutionary these' with a simple 'bestest camera ever'. . . . read more