Shoten announced the RF version of the SPEEDMASTER 50mm F0.95 III. The lens is currently available in Nikon Z and Sony E-mount versions. The RF version will be available in April. Follow the link to Shoten’s product page (in Japanese).
AS CP+ is underway in Japan, scoops, rumors, and product teases are everywhere. Here’s a brief summary of what’s getting attention:
Nikon Rumors reports on a new Nikon Z camera coming for the consumer market. Additionally, Nikon demonstrated improved eye autofocus coming in a future firmware upgrade for Nikon Z cameras. Check the video below.
Also on display: New Nikon lenses and Techart showed off the new TZE Nikon Z-mount to Sony E-mount adapter.
Meanwhile, News Shooter published more info on the Nikon Z 58mm F/0.95 S Noct lens. See the video below for more info.
Finally, in the L-mount arena, check out this video about the Leica, Sigma, Panasonic partnership:
Nikon announced that its Z camera system and the COOLPIX 1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight received the iF Design Award for 2019. According to the announcement, the “iF Design Award is a globally prestigious award sponsored by IF International Forum Design GMBH since 1953.” Read Nikon’s announcement here.
Nikon announced the newest lens in the Nikon Z lineup. The 24-70mm zoom range is a staple in many pro shooters’ bags. This iteration of the lens features the all new ARNEO coating, Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon’s new Multi-focus system. Read Nikon’s Press Release here.
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.
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.
Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.
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.
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 is also offering trade in deals on working digital interchangeable lens cameras valued at up to $400. Check here for more info.
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.
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 M10-P Safari Edition to be released with a matching Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. — Leica Rumors
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.
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.
Photo Rumors published a comprehensive 2019 prediction entitled “What’s next?”– read it here.
As we previously reported, Canon is developing an 8K EOS R camera.
Mike Amos published an article on Photo Basecamp summarizing his tour of the Leica Factory and his conversations there. The article features many photos and offers insight into Leica’s future product plans. Read the article here.
Nikon Rumors published predictions for 2019 that include the D6, D760, and an additional compact camera. The article also mentions a new macro lens, and a pair of 400mm and 600mm PF lenses.
Additionally, the discussion around Z cameras centers on the recent demonstration of Prograde Digital’s CFexpress demo at CES and the new Z6 Filmmaker’s kit with. Nikon Rumors also reports Nikon will be the first manufacturer to offer ProRes RAW 4k in mirrorless cameras.
Additionally, Chinese manufacturer Kipon released their ELEGANT series of lenses for Nikon Z and Canon R mount cameras. The series includes 24, 35, 50, 75, and 90mm lenses. Read the official announcement here.
Panasonic teases the LUMIX S. The teaser add, sent to selected people on a distribution list according to Photo Rumors, is “Full-Frame Without Compromise.” Read the Photo Rumors article and view the teaser here.
Prograde digital demonstrated the capabilities of their 1.0 (1TB Capacity) CFexpress memory cards at CES in Las Vegas. CFexpress cards share the XQD form factor, but require a firmware update to function with Nikon cameras with XQD card slots. It is unclear whether Nikon will also release a firmware update for their XQD equipped DSLRs. Notably, CFexpress cards offer a 1,400MB/s read speed and can write at 1000MB/S. Read the associated press release from Prograde Digital here.
News Shooter published an article today detailing the advantages and functions for Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras that Nikon announced yesterday. The article describes the PRORES Raw functionality and dives into the features of the Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit. Additionally, Nikon’s announcement outlined upcoming eye focus for Z6 and Z7 cameras. Additionally, Nikon will add CFExpress functionality to both cameras. Whether or not Nikon will add CFExpress functionality to D810 and D5 cameras is unclear.