Thursday, 26 May 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma and Sony

In this week's summary:
  • Canon - Finally some news about the 5d Mark IV, and a new lens is coming
  • Fuji - More news on the X-T2, a teleconverter, a new Instax SP-2 printer and a new lens
  • Nikon - The D500 gets DPReviw's highest award
  • Olympus - A new action camera and more rumours on the new 30mm macro lens.
  • Sigma - The long anticipated 85mm f/1.4 ART is rumoured to be coming soon.
  • Sony - The Voigtlander 10mm FE lens is now in stock

The existing Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is reportedly out of production.


Most Canon users are awaiting new about the 5d Mark IV, and it is reported to being tested by photographers.

The only news so far is about video: internal 4K and 120fps @ 1080p.

Also confirmed to be coming soon is a new Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.


The Fuji XT-2 is rumoured to be announced in the first-half of July. There are also reports that Fuji is working on a 50mm f/2 lens - but this may not amount to an actual product release.

In actual news, Fuji has a released a weather resistant 2x teleconverter to use with their XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6R LM OIS WR lenses.

And, in what may interest users of all systems, there is reported a new Fujifilm Instax SP-2 Printer coming soon. The new features will be: rechargeable battery, higher resolution prints (320dpi) and faster prints.

Hopefully they can also do something about the size to compete with the Polaroid ZIP alternative.


The D500 has been getting positive reviews everywhere, and DPReview is no exception. They've given the D500 their Gold Award (91%).
The D500 is among the best DSLRs we've ever tested. Its strengths are its superlative autofocus combined with the ability to keep shooting at 10 frames per second. There are other APS-C cameras that offer similarly excellent image quality but none that offer the speed, ergonomics and dependability of the D500.
They've said it is great for sports or wildlife shooters, but not so good for landscape photographers or those looking for video.


Olympus have announced their new action camera, the TG-Tracker.  The tracker is named after its built-in GPS, barometric pressure sensor, temperature sensor, compass and an accelerometer.

Meanwhile, Amazon China had leaked the new Olympus 30mm macro lensspecifications.
  • 1.25X image magnification
  • 7 lens elements in 6 groups
  • Closest focus distance is 0.095 meters
  • 40 degree angle of view
  • Aperture range f3.5 to f22
You can also see a sample image over at 43 rumors.


Many people have been asking when, and it seems it is finally on its way: the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART.

After reports of the existing 85mm f/1.4 being discontinued, Photo Rumors has confirmed the new ART lens is coming, probably at Photokina in September.

Presumably able to work like a native lens on Sony bodies with the Sigma MC-11 adapter - it will be interesting to see how this compares with Sony's own 85mm f/1.4 G-Master lens.


The Voigtlander 10mm FE lens is now in stock at BHPhoto.

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