Oct 282015
Latest Rumors 2015 October

This Photography rumors below cannot be checked how accurate they are, so think about it as ‘may be’ or as a grain of salt. This is a collection of different rumors circulating over the past periods.

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Sony 85mm f/1.2 G SSM II

According to rumors the new Sony 85mm portrait lens will be announced soon. There are also rumors about 7 (!) new Sony lenses including a 135mm f/1.8 and a 85mm f/1.4 lenses.

Canon can give up producing small sensors ?

latest rumors 2015 oktober
According to the Rumor Canon may be won’t produce sensors smaller than the Aps-C format if the market trends go similarly as goes lately. This can happen in 1-2 years time if the trend is not changing (smartphones gets the profit of the compact cameras). Canon already used Sony sensor in some of it’s compact cameras. If Canon does what the rumor says, Canon compact cameras can have Sony sensors in the future. Up to know this was not realistic, but we will see what happen in the future.

Canon mirrorless camera development

Canon’s Masaya Maeda said in an interview with imaging resource to develop a Mirrorless camera, which “you would really like ” and that the company will put more efforts in it’s mirrorless lines of cameras. He also he talks about new Ef-M lenses will be developed for the Canon mirror less system.

Thought about the camera that we really like, the following things come to my mind
– 50.6 Full frame sensor or
– 24 MP Full frame sensor
– really fast autofocus with EF, Ef-s, and Ef-m lenses
– included adapter for EF lenses
– articulated screen
– hybrid viewfinder
– 4k and 120 fps video
– wide dynamic range
– silent electronic shutter
– Dual pixel af
– good battery life
– focus peaking
– comfortable grip just to start the discussion.

There are also rumors about a new Full frame mirrorless camera as well.

New Sigma Art lenses

Sigma 1.4 Art
Seems the next Sigma Art lens after the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 (click on the pics to see the article) will be the 85mm f/1.4. It is one of the most useful for portrait photographers. The other rumored Sigma Art line lens is the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art Os lens, which is also a most popular focal length among professionals.

250 MP Canon sensor

Canon announced to develop an Aps-H sized 250 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The resolution of the new sensor is 19,580 x 12,600 pixel.

Canon next generation connect station do wireless charging and 4K video

Canon CS100 connect station was announced in January. The new version reported to have the following features:

-Wireless charging with next generation Canon cameras
-Immediate upload of images to cloud
-Wireless file transfer
-Internal 1TB HD
-HDMI out to TV
-Support 4K playback
-Tablet control via Android or iOS

New improved Canon flash system

There is a rumor about a new improved Canon Speedlight flash system.

Canon M10 and EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 lens

The new “selfie” Canon M10 will have an 18 MP Aps-C sensor with a 15-45mm retractable lens. The LCD tilts above the camera for selfie shooting. The camera record HD video at 24 and 30 fps frame rates. The wider lens seems more interesting, which can be separately purchased for 300 USD. The camera has a 3″ 1.04 M Points LCD touch screen. The initial price of the camera is 600 USD (with lens included).

Full frame Pentax

latest rumors FF Pentax
There are many rumors about the new upcoming Pentax Full frame Dslr. Beyond the rumors several lenses also been announced for Full frame format such as the new Pentax 70-200mm f/2.8 and the Pentax 150-450mmlenses. The new Pentax will have a tilt LCD screen, and perhaps get the newest 42 MP Sony sensor. According to rumors it will be available in 2016 Spring.

Nikon D810S

There is a rumor about a bettered version of the Nikon d810, perhaps with less noise in higher sensitivities, and some other refinements.

Full frame Mirroless Nikon

There is a rumor about a Full frame mirrorless Nikon camera under field test period. There is also a Nikon patent for a mirrorless 28-80mm lens. The camera said to have a standard Nikon F mount. The camera size said to be small, like a Micro 4/3 camera, without a newfinder, only with a back-LCD panel. But the release of the camera is not sure, as such happened in the past, that a tested camera wasn’t released.

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Latest News
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art

The newest Sigma wide angle come in November. read more about the Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art here

Zeiss 28mm f/1.4

Zeiss release a new 28mm f/1.4. read more about the Zeiss Otus 28mm 1.4 here

Leica SL FF camera

A new FF camera comes from Leica.

Nikon 200-500mm

Nikon release a relatively cheaper super telephoto lens. read more about the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E Ed Vr here

Nikon 600mm f/4 fl ed vr

A new Fluorite glass telephoto with less weight. read more about the Nikon 600mm f4E Fl ed vr here

Nikon 500mm f/4 fl ed vr

A new Fluorite glass telephoto with less weight. read more about the Nikon 500mm f4E Fl ed vr here

Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4

A more bright version of the popular Dx lens. read more about the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4 here

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art

World First f/2 zoom with excellent performance for Full frame. read more about the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art here

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Oct 162015
Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art

Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art
According to our informations a new Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art wide angle lens is coming in the near future. The field of view is 94.5° on Full frame cameras.

This focal length is very interesting. The lens has 9 aperture blades. With the bright f/1.4 aperture it is not a light lens, the weight of the lens is 950g (2.09 lbs.)

The optical design is 15 lens elements in 11 groups which means it is not a simple lens. If Sigma can keep the quality of it’s latest lenses like the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art , Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art or the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art it will be a HOT SELLER.

The story, I guess will be about how sharp the corners are, and the huge vignetting, which is expected for such a lens, but Sigma included 2 FLD and 5 SLD (!) glass in the optical design to make things happen. For those who has no information about the newest Sigma Art lenses, these lenses put Canon, Nikon lenses to shame even wide open. See my reviews at above links about these lenses, very few lenses out there to compete with these quality. Pin sharp f/1.4 performance, which is simply not existed before. For example at 50mm no other product can be even close to Sigma.

But this 20mm has very strong rivals namely the Wonderful Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and the new Canon 11-24mm f/4. Sigma’s big benefit is the price, because both of these lenses play in the more expensive region. The Sigma costs 899 USD, while the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G is 1997 USD, the new Canon 11-24mm f/4 is 3000 USD.

The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.

Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art price

The initial price of the new lens is 899 USD. Regarding construction quality this lens looks similar as the aforementioned lenses. Excellent build with new TSC (Thermally stable composite first used by Sigma Art line) material used.

Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art release date

The lens will be available from November 2015 according to our information.

Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art specs
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA mounts
Filter thread:
Lens elements / groups:
15 elements / 11 groups
Exotic Lens elements:
2 FLD and 5 SLD elements
(2.07 lbs) 950g
3.57 x 5.11″ (90.7 x 129.8 mm)
Close focus distance:
27.69 cm (10.9″)
yes, HSM ultrasonic motor
Front element rotates:
Moving barrel elements during focusing:
Focus preset modes:
Not likely
Lens mount material
Full frame
0.14 x
Reproduction ratio:
1 : 7.1
Aperture blades:
9 rounded diaphragm blades
Distance scale:
Manual focus override:
Focal length:
20 mm
Max Aperture:
Min Aperture:
Angle of view:
94.5 on FF
Focus limiter:
Tripod mount ring:
Lens hood:
Tilt / shift:

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Oct 152015
Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens

Zeiss 28mm 1.4 release date
The new lens is marketed as “The World’s best wide angle lens”. There is a Zeiss 55mm and a Zeiss 85mm lens in this same lens family as well. The lens design is quite complex: 16 lens elements in 13 groups, including floating elements as well, which is usually used in Macro lenses to improve close focus performance.

This is a wide angle manual focus lens for Canon and Nikon FF cameras. The Canon EF mount version has ZE, the Nikon F mount version has a ZF.2 moniker.

The weight of the lens is 1.35 and 1.39 kg respectively, so it is not a mirrorless wonder, but a heavy beast. It is partly because of the quite bright f/1.4 aperture. This bright aperture makes the lens much more interesting: night photos, urban landscapes can benefit from this feature.

The other reason is the metal construction, this a metal lens, with a very precise focusing ring.

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The price of the lens is not yet known, but the two other brother costs around 4000 and 4500 USD respectively. The lens is expected to be available in 2016.

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens construction

Zeiss 28mm 1.4 release date 2

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 specs

See the specs below.

Focal length 28 mm
Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
Focusing range 0,30 m (11.81”) – ∞
Number of elements/groups 16 / 13
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 75° / 65° / 46°
Coverage at close range 225 x 150 mm (8.89 x 5.91″)
Filter thread M95 x 1,00
Dimensions (with caps) ZF.2: 152,0 mm (5.98‘‘)
ZE: 154,0 mm (6.06‘‘)
Weight ZF.2: 1350 g (47.62 oz)
ZE: 1390 g (49.03 oz) 
Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
EF Mount (ZE)
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Oct 142015
Sony Rx1R II Full frame camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 lens

Sony RX1R II release date

A new Full frame palm-sized camera coming from Sony (a new toy). The camera has a Full frame 42 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and a fixed Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens with a macro-shift ring. The minimum focusing distance is 30cm (1′) and app 20cm (7.87″) in macro mode (14cm from the front of the lens). The lens has 8 elements in 7 groups with several aspherical elements.

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This is the first camera which has a variable low-pass filter. This system allows the user to concentrate on sharper images, surpress moire effects or find a compromise between the two. The ISO sensitivity can be regulated between 50-102,400 (100-25,600 native range). The camera has an uncompressed 14 bit Raw output as well.

Videos can be recorded at HD (1920*1080) 60fps format. The camera has 3″ sized, 1.229 dots LCD which can now tilt upwards 109° and downwards 41° for working in a variety of different positions and angles.

Sony RX1R II 2
Looks really cool, but I would prefer a 24mm or something like a 24-105mm lens, but there are many 35mm fans there as well as I guess.

Sony Rx1R II specs

Sensor size: 36x24mm back illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Low pass filter: variable first in the World

Image processor

Image processor: Bionz X, said to 3.5x faster than the original version

ISO sensitivity

ISO can be adjusted between 50-102,400 values.

Camera weight

1 lb 0.9 oz (480 g)/ 1 lb 1.9 oz (507g) (With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo™)

Camera dimensions

4.46″ x 2.57″ x 2.83″ (113.3 x 65.4 x 72.0 mm)


Lens mount: None
Lens: fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss Sonnar T*
Minimum focusing distance: 14cm

LCD monitor

Tilting 3″ sized 1.229k dot monitor, brightness can be adjusted in 5 steps

Electronic viewfinder

0.39″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
Viewfinder magnification: 0.74x (4 lens system)
Viewfinder mode of operation: Pop-up

AF system

Number of focus points: 399 Phase detect and 25 contrast detect Hybrid af system covering 45% of the image area
Continuous shooting: 5 frames per second


Connectivity: Built in Wifi connectivity with NFC

Sony Rx1R II release date

The camera planned to be available from November 2015.

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Sony Rx1R II price

The initial price of the Sony RXR II is 3300 USD.

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