Samyang Announces 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS

Samyang F2.8 ED AS NCS CS

Samyang announced the extra-wide angle manual focus 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens for APS-C cameras. The lens features 14 elements in 10 groups. Two of the elements are aspherical and one is low-dispersion glass. The combination will provide a 109.5 degree angle of view. The lens is available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, and Fujifilm X mounts. Price varies between $280 US And $399 US depending on the mount.

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.

Rumor Roundup December 11th, 2018

Olympus43rumors.com published alleged leaded images of Olympus’s new E-1MX. It appears to be a gripped, pro-body style camera with rumored specifications featuring an 18fps frame rate and a 20MP sensor in addition to improved autofocus features. 

Sony — According to an Amateur Photographer interview with Kenji Tanaka, Senior General Manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business, the lens mount diameter of a camera is not a significant factor in lens design. He touts the performance of Sony’s 400mm f2.8 as an example that superior performance can be achieved with a smaller diameter mount.  He goes on to assert that Sony could make an f1.0 lens, but that it makes little business sense. Read the full article here. 

Canon — According to Canon Rumors the next iteration of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras will feature five-axis in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS). There is no rumored release date for the next EOS R body. However, there is speculation that Canon is working on a 75MP EOS R body for release in the second half of 2019 with an additional entry-level body seeing the light of day in the first half of the year alongside a possible PowerShot release. 

NikonNikon Rumors reports Nikon will release a D760 and discontinue the D610 in the second half of 2019.  The new camera will allegedly feature 4K video and have minor control layout changes as well as improved image quality at higher ISO settings and an improved autofocus system.