Rumor Roundup

After a week with a few significant announcements, the rumor front remains fairly quiet.

Canon

Canon’s announcement of the EOS RP mirrorless camera and the future release of six new RF lenses dominated this week’s Canon coverage. However, additional info surfaced about future plans to release R series cameras with in-body image stabilization. The system will work in tandem with the IS functions of Canon’s lenses to provide All Optical Image Stabilization.

Canon also published the PDF version of the EOS RP’s Manual. And, in Japan, you’ll be able to buy the camera in a gold finish.

Imaging Resource also published an interview with Canon execs about the RP camera. A very interesting tidbit is the brief discussion of the upcoming 85mm f1.2 DS lens. Canon will apparently use coatings rather than an internal filter to smooth bokeh. The interview is extensive. Read it here.

Panasonic

Leica’s big news this week was the ASC 100 camera announcement. However, Leica Rumors published the “possible specifications” of the Lumix FZ1000 Mark II camera.

43Rumors.com also published additional info on the FZ1000 Mark II and TZ95 cameras.

Canon Launches Print For Action Initiative

Canon Logo

According to Canon, a survey by Canon USA found that 47 percent of Americans “Would Feel Sad in a World Without Print.” Thus, Canon’s new initiative seeks to “highlight the power of print’s versatility by coupling Canon’s deep heritage…with [statistics] to educate and help empower future business leaders.”

The study’s results found that 48% of millennials still read books, 51% of millennials gave someone a printed card in 2018, and 43% of millennials use printed calendars.

Read Canon’s Announcement here.

Canon Announces EOS RP Camera and Development of Six RF Mount Lenses

Canon EOS RP

The Camera

Canon announced the second RF-mount camera body, the EOS RP — a 26.2 MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP retails for approximately $1300 and is available in kits that include an EF mount adapter and a small grip extension.

The camera itself looks similar to the EOS R but is smaller. It has a buil-in 2.36MP electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle touchscreen that should please vloggers. Video capabilities include 40K 24P and 1080 60P. Mobile workflows, bluetooth, and built-in wifi make it pair well with canon’s Digital Photo Professional Express App.

Canon released an intro video about the camera as well.

The Lenses

In addition to the camera body announcement. Canon also announced six new RF lenses that they are developing and expect to release later in 2019. The six lenses are as follows:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

The 85mm F1.2L USM DS is interesting. Its defocus smoothing feature should yield very nice results coupled with a lens with a maximum f1.2 aperture. However, the difference between it and the standard 85mm F1.2L USM will have to be remarkable for both to have a place in the market.

Canon’s Press Release on the lenses is here. The folks over at DP Review already have a first look of the camera body. Check it out here.

Rumor Roundup, February 7th 2019

Canon

Canon Watch, Canon Rumors, and Camera News are all reporting new information on the expected Canon RP mirrorless body. Read more here.

Also on Canon Rumors, somewhere between five and eight new RF-mount lenses could be announced next week. The lenses rumored are as follows:

  • Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
  • Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

If the rumor proves true, Can will have a very robust lineup of lenses for its mirrorless system including very fast primes in the 50 f1.2 and 85f1.2, the EF mouth version of which have been very popular for many years.

Leica

Leica Product Photo of the Leica Q

Leica Rumors reports that the next iteration of the Leica Q and Leica Q-P, dubbed the Leica Q2 (model 4889) should be announced in “the next few months.” Read the article here.

Product Photo of the Leica SL

The New Camera also reports that a replacement for the Leica SL is imminent. The next generation SL is expected to have a 47.3MP sensor. Read the article here.

Nikon

According to Nikon Rumors the next Z-mount lens announcement is the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens. This will expand the Z line to include a medium, fast aperture zoom. The current F-mount 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens is a staple in many shooters’ bags and combined with the 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED lens rounds out a very common professional set-up.

Olympus

According to 43rumors, Olympus will announce a new 12-200mm lens on the 13th of February. Read the article here.

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.

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.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this weekend — January 18th 2019

What to Read

A Photographer Plunked a Photo Booth Outside BIW and Made Shipbuilder Portraits. She Learned A Lot About Them — Bangor Daily News

Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife Through Sixty Years of Marriage — The New Yorker. Let this story inspire you to take more pictures of your family.

Flickr celebrated 11 years of The Commons on January 16th. Since its inception and early partnership with the Library of Congress, the commons has grown to 115 participating institutions. The commons now consists of over 33,000 photographs and has over 70K followers. Check out the story and some great historical imagery here.

The Future is Bleak: Why Nikon and Canon’s New Mirrorless Lenses are the Wrong Direction. This is an opinion piece published on FStoppers. At The Photo Beat we imagine it will create a wide variety of responses–all with extreme agreement or disagreement in typical Internet form. But, read it for yourself and see what you think.

I Stopped Posting to Instagram for 90 Days and This is What Happened is also a decent read on FStoppers this week.

There’s More

And in a third decent installment from the folks at FStoppers, check out Instagram Freebooting is Out of Control and the Company is Letting it Happen. The debate about copyright and permissions is at the heart of this article, but let’s be honest, does anyone have a reasonable expectation that they can maintain control of their intellectual property after posting it on social media? Should they? Is it okay to hypocritically allow reposts from fans, but then threaten legal action when the repost is from a brand or small company? All food for thought.

However, if you’re curious about what you could do, check out: Quick Tip: How To Deal with and Image Thief on PDN.

Also on PDN, With Foreign Bureaus Slashed, Freelancers are Filling the Void — At Their Own Risk

Ralph Gibson: The Life and Work of a Legend — Leica Camera Blog. This is a great article about Ralph Gibson’s work and features some of his most iconic images.

Why A Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years — Wired. In a follow up to the story above, this one is about Ralph Gibson’s transition to digital. He also discusses this in his TED Talk, Finding a Visual Identity in the Digital Age (video below).

What to Watch

And Then There’s This

An Egg Has Poached the Most Liked Instagram Post Title from Kylie Jenner — Esquire. Not much to say about this one, but if you’re using likes as a benchmark or indication of the quality or veracity of your work, you may want to recalibrate your sensors.

Rumor Roundup — January 17, 2019

Canon

Canon rumors reports on patent filings for 500mm f/4 DO IS and 600mm f/4 DO IS lenses. Read the post here. Additionally, a suspected shakeup in Canon’s APS-C lineup may be in the works. Read about it here.

Leica

Leica M10-P Safari Edition to be released with a matching Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. — Leica Rumors

Nikon

According to Nikon Rumors, there are four registered but unannounced Nikon cameras on the way. See the story here. However, according to The New Camera, there is a fifth unannounced body in the works, currently being referred to as the Z9. Read the story here.

Olympus

The third teaser video for the Olympus E-1MX camera is now online. 43Rumors also reports on the expected video specs of the E-1MX. Additionally, a new Olympus flash system is also on the way. The system consists of the FL-700WR flash, FR-WR receiver and FC-WR commander.