Reports Cite a Full Frame Canon EOS M Camera at Photokina

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Canon hasn’t really made a big splash when it comes to the mirrorless camera world; but if Canon Rumors is to be believed then we’ve got something to really look forward to. According to their report, there’s a chance that Photokina 2016 may give us an EOS M camera with a full frame 35mm 24MP. The same report also states that it could take Canon EF lenses, but that doesn’t really make sense.

This camera is supposed to be a prosumer type of camera and may have lots of appeal to those with lots of Canon lenses already in their kit–which are a lot of people!

If Canon does this just right, they could end up dominating the market almost immediately overnight.

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How Likely is Fujifilm to Get Into Medium Format?

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Photokina 2016 is going to be a very big time for the photo industry if what we’ve seen so far for this year is any hint of what’s to come. One thing that’s been on the mind of Fujifilm camera owners is if a full frame mirrorless camera or a medium format camera would be on the way at all. For years, Fujifilm was well known for its very good medium format film cameras; and in some ways it would make a lot of sense if an X Trans sensor found itself stuffed into a medium format rangefinder style camera or even a proper 645 DSLR.

But how likely is this to really happen?

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The Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Finally Becomes Official

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Pentax/Ricoh just announced a whole slew of products that folks have surely been waiting for for years. The big one is the new Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR. Retailing for $1799.95, this camera sports a 36.4MP full frame sensor at the heart, can each ISO 204,800, have five axis shake reduction, is capable of shooting at 4.4 fps, has 33 AF points, build in GPS, Wifi/Geolocation capabilities, and is fully weather sealed. More specs are after the jump.

They’re also announcing the new Pentax D HD FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens and the Pentax D HD FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens.

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Lensbaby Releases New Edge 50 Optic

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Though it’s already been available with the Composer Pro II. Lensbaby is now retailing the Edge 50 Optic by itself. It’s a 50mm f3.5 aperture optic with 9 aperture blades. The 50 can focus as closely as 8” from the front of the lens and its design incorporates 8 multi-coated glass elements in 6 groups.

The Edge 50 Optic offers full frame 35mm coverage, so you can mount it onto a Sony FE mount camera and get full coverage of the scene. Wide open, it’s also much sharper than much of Lensbaby’s previous optics. When stopped down, it can pretty much hold its own with other modern lenses.

They’re available now for $224 when sold individually. They’re quite a bit more with the Composer Pro II. You can check out the review to see if it’s something worthwhile for you.

Sample images (from my review) are after the jump.

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It’s Time to Stop Using the Term “Full Frame”

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Full Frame has been a term in heavy use in the photography community for years now since the first digital full frame 35mm sensors were formed. Then medium format came about, and they had their own full frame format. Instead of having a sensor with full 645 field coverage, some sensors were slightly smaller than that–therefore not providing a true 645 format coverage.

This was one of the problems with digital initially–the cameras were designed to take lenses created to cover a 35mm film plane/sensor but the only options available for many years were APS-C film/sensor cameras. But then why was there no full frame APS-C moniker if 35mm and 645 have their own? And to that end, why wasn’t it called full frame APS?

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The New Leica SL Will Cost You Way Too Much Money

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There were rumors, and more rumors, and even more rumors about a new Leica SL mirrorless full frame 35mm sensor camera. Today, those rumors are shattered because it turns out that the new camera is actually a thing.

It has a weather sealed aluminum body, a 24MP CMOS sensor, can shoot at 11fps, has an ISO range of 50-50,000, uses contrast AF, can shoot 4k video at 24p (which is more important honestly than 60p), WiFi and NFC, a touch screen, and uses a new Leica L mount for brand new lenses. However, it’s going to cost you well over $7,000.

More details and specs are after the jump.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Sony Full Frame E Mount (FE Mount) Lenses

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Though it’s one of the newest lens mounts to exist, Sony has been hard at work creating new lenses for their brand new FE mount, which accommodates its full-frame 35mm-sized sensor. They’ve also worked closely with third parties to create lenses for the system and brought out at least one camera that everyone can enjoy. At the publication of this post, the system has been alive and present for only a couple of years, but they’ve managed to crank out a large number of lenses so far.

And as we’ve seen, these lenses are some of the best of our time. We’ve spent many hours and days testing these lenses and today, we’re presenting our findings for each in a single, large guide that isn’t sponsored by Sony. With that said, we have full editorial authority over what’s said in this guide.

So if you’re interested in investing in the Sony FE lens mount lineup of cameras, then here’s your guide to help you out.

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Prototype for Mitakon 25mm f0.95 MFT Pancake Lens Appears

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We knew that it was possible for a 25mm f0.95 lens to be created for the Micro Four Thirds system, but we had no idea that it was possible for it to be done in a pancake lens. Yes, you heard that right. According to 43Rumors, a prototype is floating around. There isn’t much information out there, but Mitakon says that it’s going to cost as much as the Voigtlander version–so over $1,000 for a manual focus, pancake lens that can shoot as wide open at f0.95. Considering the 2x crop factor, that means that wide open it will have the equivalent depth of field and field of view of a 50mm f1.9 lens on a full frame camera.

Crazy, huh?

The sample images published so far as also quite nice.

If this indeed is something that comes to the market, it’s going to be a big deal. A Mitakon 25mm f0.95 pancake lens for the micro four thirds system that is also capable of shooting at f0.95? That’s incredible. Yes, lots of people love to autofocus, but you don’t really need to if you just get used to working with manual focusing. In fact, it’s pretty fun and for street photography (the market that would totally pick this lens up) it’s pretty much perfect.

At the same time though, Fujifilm has been eating into the street photography market, so if something like this could be made for an APS-C sensor, that would be even more incredible. Unfortunately, we doubt that that’s going to happen.