Rumor Roundup

Canon

Multiple sites report a new Canon R series body for mid-2019. Canon Rumors’ article claims that the body has not begun production and will feature dual card slots, thought not for the same memory format, and that the camera will feature a traditional joystick controller instead of the touch bar.

In Canon video news, the site reports that the XA40 and XA45 camcorders should appear at NAB 2019 this coming April.

Additionally, a Canon RF mount 50mm f1.8 IS USM lens will join the lineup next to the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 USM lens this year.

Leica

Leica Rumors updated their list of expected Leica cameras and lenses. As of this writing the Safari Edition of the M10-P was announced, the remainder of the extensive list includes a Summilux-M 90mm lens with expected f/1.5 max aperture. Additionally, speculation includes a new Noctilux-M 35mm lens which would join the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.2 lenses in the Noctilux lineup. Additionally, a silver version of the Summilux-M 28mm f1/4 lens is apparently on the way.

The article goes on to say that Leica will continue to develop vintage lenses including a 135mm M mount lens.

In another article, Leica Rumors published an article describing Alexander Hude’s hack of the M8, M9, and M240 cameras’ firmware.

Nikon

Nikon rumors reports on a new Hoodman Hoodeye Eyecup for Nikon Z cameras. Additionally, and a new round of Nikon lens rebates.

Panasonic

Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.

Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Applications Are Open

Nikon announced the second year of The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship. The scholarship awards $10K US to ten winners. The dates of the competition are as follows:

The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Key Dates (2019-2020)

  • Application Open: January 29, 2019
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Recommendation Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Open: March 18, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Notification of Selection Results: June 2019
  • Funds Disbursed: August 2019

For more information on the contest, click here.

Leica Announces Limited Edition M10-P “Safari” in Olive Green with Matching Leica Summicron-M 50 f/2

Leica Product Photo of M10-P and Summicron-M 50mm f/2 “Safari”

Leica officially announced the rumored “Safari” Edition of the Leica M10-P rangefinder camera. While the camera is a limited edition, the pricing is not as extraordinary as typical with other limited editions, at approximately $500 more than a standard black or chrome M10-P. You can read Leica’s press release here.

Canon Expects Interchangeable Lens Camera Market to Contract Another 50 Percent

This is an interesting look at what senior players at camera manufacturers are faced with when confronting a changing photography landscape. In an interview reported by both DPReview and Canon Rumors, but officially published by Nikkei (originally in Japanese, but translated), Fujio Matarai, Canon’s CEO, provided insights on the camera market. It is important to note that this discussion is about all interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), not just the typical mirrorless vs. DSLRs.

The market has declined 10% year-over-year. This trend will continue for the next several years. Mirrorless cameras are a replacement for DSLRs, but do not drive up total units sold.

What we’re most curious about given a contracting market segment is what it will do to prices of professional-level gear. Costs, even if adjusted for inflation, of flagship systems are already well above where they were ten years ago. Given the smaller market, what will the price of a flagship system camera be in 2025?

Photography & Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Weekend, January 26th 2019

What to Read

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now — British Journal of Photography. An article about the Guggenheim’s year-long exhibit of Mapplethorpe’s work. The exhibit coincides with the 30th anniversary of Mapplethorpe’s death.

A World Silent — The Photographic Journal. A photo essay composed of mostly nude self portraits by half-deaf photographer Jesuuna. The images are an exploration of two months spent in Sweden, in a house that was “quiet and [she] felt completely free”

Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac — FStoppers. Amusing, if nothing else.

Are You a Photographer or a FOMOgrapher: Part 1 — FStoppers. Interesting reading, especially if you find yourself following a lot of other photographers on social media.

The Great 400mm Teardown Comparison. Part II — The Sony 400mm f2.8G — LensRentals Blog. If you enjoyed Part I, the teardown of the Canon 400mm, you’ll probably like this.

How to Get Your Feature Film Streaming on Netflix — Videomaker

The Winners of Flickr’s Best Shot Competion — Flickr

What to Watch

Developing 4×5 at Home with B’s 4×5 Reel — Dave Rollans Films on Youtube. For the large format curious.
Street Photography: Documentary | Joel Meyerowitz 1981

If you want to travel back in time and see what street photography was like in 1981, check out the video above.

And Then There’s This

Fortnite Player Discovers Game Changing Heavy Shotgun Bug — Digital Trends

Rumor Roundup — January 25th, 2019

Canon

According to Canon Rumors, Canon filed patents for multiple non-L zoom lenses in RF mount. The lenses include 70-300, 100-400, and 50-250mm focal lengths with max apertures from f/4-5.6. Read Canon Rumors article here.

Additionally, Canon Rumors reports filings for a 24-80mm f/4 L IS lens and a 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. Both lenses are for the new RF mount. Read the article here.

On the Cinema EOS front, the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II replacement is rumored to have 8K capability . Further, Canon will release PL mount versions of their CN-E Primes later this year.

Leica

Techart released a new adapter ring that enables autofocus on Nikon Z cameras with Leica M lenses. The adapter ring enables a Sony Alpha adapter to mount on Nikon cameras. Effectively, you have two adapters between your lens and the Nikon Z body. Read Leica Rumors’ article here.

Also on Leica Rumors: Mega Shootout (best of the best): Sony, Leica, and Phase One comparison. This is an extensive article and if you’re into pixel peeping at still life of tic tacs and stuffed animals, it’s right up your alley.

Nikon

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight
Nikon Product Photo of COOLPIX P1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight

The Nikon DF-M1 Dot Sight for the COOLPIX P1000 camera is now available for purchase. The sight enables more accurate acquisition of distant subject, particularly with the P1000’s 3000mm lens.

Nikon is also offering trade in deals on working digital interchangeable lens cameras valued at up to $400. Check here for more info.

Panasonic

L-Rumors reports that Panasonic will announce the S1-S1R on January 31, 2019. The rumored camera specifications include 4K60P video and a 47MP sensor. Read the full article here.

SONY

According to Photo Rumors, a silver version of the recently announced Sony a6400 was spotted in Japan and is listed for sale in that country’s Amazon pages. Read the article here.

Olympus Announced OM-D E-M1X along with FL-700WR Flash, Wireless Commander, and 1000mm (equivalent) Lens

Olympus OM-D E-M1X with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO Lens
Olympus OM-D E-M1X (back) Product Photo

Olympus announced the OM-D E-M1X mirrorless camera. The camera targets professional photographers. It features two TruePic VIII processors and Olympus claims “vastly improved AF with new subject detection autofocus technology.” Furthermore, the camera features a massive 7.5 stops of image stabilization.

Additionally, it features dual UHS-II card slots, shoots 4K video in OM-Log, and can achieve a 15fps frame rate, and a weather-sealed body.

The camera is listed for sale on Amazon at a price of $2,999 US today (body only). Click through for configurations including various lenses and prices ranging up to $5500.

To read more about this new camera, check out Olympus’ press release and their product page.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro
Olympus Product Photo of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro Lens

In addition to the new camera body, Olympus announced development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro. This lens has an equivalent focal length of 300-800mm that reaches 375-1000mm with the built-in teleconverter. Read DPreview’s article here.

Olympus Product Photo of FL-700WR Flash Unit
Olympus Product Photo of FL-700WR Flash Unit

There’ More: Today’s announcement included a weather-resistant flash unit, the FL-700WR. It’s also available on Amazon today for just under $400. It’s dust, freeze, and splash proof and occupies the spot between the brand’s FL-600R and FL-900R. Read DPreview’s article here.

To complement the new flash, Olympus also announced the FC-WR Wireless Radiowave Flash Commander. It’s also already listed on Amazon and sells for $350.

But that’s not all, Olympus also announced a new 2x teleconverter and updated their Micro Four Third roadmap. More on both here.