Thursday, 16 June 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Phottix Sony, Adobe, Affinity, Instagram and VSCO

Apologies that there was no update last week; I was away. One thing I did notice looking back on the last two weeks is how much more random posts the mirrorless rumour sites seem to make compared to the main Canon and Nikon rumour sites. But, for you gentle reader, that's no problem as you can come here to miss all that nonsense and just find out the summarised, core news.

The biggest news I can report, which I haven't seen on any other news or rumour site, is that Phottix is finally shipping the new Sony Odin II! For another surprise from Phottix to Sony users, read below!

Other news in this two week summary:
  • Canon - Canon rumors reveal the current Canon roadmap, and a reported Canon 5D Mark IV sighting.
  • Fuji - More info on the upcoming Fuji X-T1 Mark 2.
  • Nikon - The DL series of compact cameras is finally expected to ship at the end of this month (June 30).
  • Panasonic - A new, expensive, 12mm f1.4 Panasonic-Leica badged lens has been announced.
  • Pentax - A new APS-C DSLR and zoom lens are announced.
  • Phottix - The Sony Odin II is finally shipping, with Indra support for Sony Odin!
  • Sony - A new FE fast prime is rumoured to come this year.
  • Adobe - New versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw are available.
  • Affinity - A version of Affinity Photo for iPad is being developed.
  • Instagram - The dreaded, and unpopular, curated feeds are being rolled out to all users.
  • VSCO - A new app for Anfroid and iOS is coming soon.

43 Rumors have released this leaked image of the Olympus E-PL8.


Canon rumors have a roadmap of photography products expected from Canon in 2016. This includes the Canon 5D Mark IV, and lenses EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS II USM, and EF 24-105 f/4L IS II USM.

There's also a reported sighting of the Canon 5D Mark IV in the wild, but don't get too excited by the details revealed.


Fuji rumours have revealed new features about the Fuji X-T1 Mark 2: 11 fps continuous shooting and the EVF will support 100 fps refresh rate.


The Nikon DL cameras are expected to ship on June 30. Hopefully rhis is a sign that the Sony factories affected by the recent earthquakes are on the road to recovery.


The most recent news from Panasonic is the rumoured 12mm Leica branded lens has been announced, but at a hefty price of $1,299 USD! DPReview have got one on hand. It weighs in at a hefty (for Micro 43s) 335g, but it is weather resistant.

DPReview have also released their review of the Panasonic GX85/GX80, giving it their silver award (82%).
The GX85 is a sound choice for those seeking a lightweight interchangeable lens camera offering excellent stills and video quality, good ergonomics and solid autofocus. It is also jam packed with useful features like 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization, 4K video capture, a tilting touchscreen, dual control dials and easy-to-use Wi-Fi connectivity.
Their biggest complaint about the camera seems to be the EVF.

However, Camera Store TV also reviewed the camera (see above), and although they liked the camera - they saw it primarily as a stills camera, and not the video camera many other reviewers make it out to be. Their main complaints about the video are the lack of microphone and headphone jacks, and the lack of any flat colour profiles.

In other news, the GH5 is confirmed to have the same sensor as the GX80, ableit with better performance.


Pentax have released the K-70, an APS-C DSLR with Hybrid AF and Pixel Shift. They also announced an affordable 55-300mm f/4.6-6.3 lens.


As mentioned above, the ODIN II for Sony is finally shipping! In, perhaps more suprising news, a new firmware for Indra lights have been announced which support both ODIN I and II for Sony. Firmware for Mitros+ in all three variants (Canon, Nikon and Sony) are also available.

Now, I just wish Phottix could get Sony to send the signal to activate the AF beam for PDAF enabled cameras!


A leaked image (see at top) of the E-PL8 has been released. For me, it highly resembles the Panasonic GF7.


Sony is rumoured to be releasing another FE fast prime in 2016. No other details are available, but an online poll at Sony Alpha Rumors showed a 135mm f/1.8 was the most wanted addition.

Meanwhile, Camera Store TV reviewed the Sony RX10 III, and, from their review, it seems the RX10 II might be the better buy for most users. The primary differences are bigger and longer lens, and the improved stacked sensor. Although they liked the newer sensor, they actually preferred the constant aperture of the older lens to the longer reach of the newer - particularly for video.


A new version of Lightroom and Camera Raw are available.


The Windows version has yet to be released, but seems Affinity is also working on an iPad version of their photo editing software.


It seems Instagram is in the final phase of rolling out their curated feeds. I think this is a great pity as their chronological feed was something I really liked about their platform.


Not yet available, but VSCO is also working on a new app for Android and iOS.

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