Samyang, the South Korean company whose lenses are sold under the Rokinon brand name in the US, have recently teased a new product announcement for April 28th. Thanks to a video report from the Photo & Imaging Show that has been held in Seoul over Easter, we now have a pretty good idea of what is going to be announced that day.
Besides two new cine lenses, Samyang will very likely announce a new 35mm f1.4 for Canon EF-mount which, for the first time, will sport electronic contacts that allow the use of auto-exposure modes such as program and shutter priority mode. The two other lenses that Samyang is said to announce are a cine version of the 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds, sporting a T3.8 speed rating, as well as a cine version of the recently announced 12mm f2 lens for APS-C mirrorless systems.
Unfortunately, despite many customers asking for it, Samyang will not introduce any autofocus lenses soon, according to an interview with the website DicaHub. This is mainly due to licensing issues, but also the amount of information available on each camera system’s AF. Our guess is that the major player such as Canon and Nikon won’t just give away for free all the secrets of how their respective AF systems work.
Considering the lenses mentioned above have been shown off at the P&I show recently, it is safe to assume that they’ll be officially announced soon. Whether or not one or all of these will be announced next Monday, April the 28th, remains to be seen. Stay tuned!
Via Canon Watch
Canon has recently patented a new lens for its EOS M mirrorless system, and it’s a rather unspectacular 22-46mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens. With a focal length equivalent of 35-74mm and a short zoom factor of only 2.1x, it makes us wonder if Canon might be working on a small power-zoom lens with a pancake size factor. We’ve already seen such lenses for other mirrorless systems in the past: Micro Four Thirds has two lenses of this kind, one from Panasonic and one from Olympus, while there is also one for Sony E-mount and one for Nikon’s 1 system each.
A small, pancake-sized power-zoom lens makes the most sens on a small camera, together with which it makes for a truly pocketable setup. Seeing that the current EOS M cameras though relatively small for an APS-C system aren’t really pocketable, this furthermore makes us wonder if Canon could also be working on a smaller EOS M camera with a slimmer profile? In order to make its EOS M system more competitive, Canon will eventually have to diversify no only the lenses available but also the cameras.
An even smaller EOS M model might actually work with the entry-level crowd, and could make the system more popular. As to whether we’ll ever see more advanced EOS M cameras and lenses, we have our doubts as these would surely eat into Canon’s DSLR sales. But on the other hand, other mirrorless system are already doing that, anyway. So it would only logical for Canon to claim a piece of that cake. Only time will tell whether we’re ever going to see any of this.
Via Canon Watch
Sony Alpha Rumors has shared a set of slides out of a presentation by Sony South Korea, which indicate that the company is focusing on the high-end A-mount and E-mount segments right now. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Sony has been focusing more on the entry-level and mid-range segments in the recent past. The A99 (our review here) is about to reach the end of a typical digital camera life cycle, and the A7 (our review here) and A7R (our review here) were quite obviously only the beginning of a series of full-frame E-mount cameras.
It is very likely, thus, that the near future will not only see a replacement for the ageing A99 and A77 (our review here) translucent mirror cameras, but also additions to the full-frame E-mount range. Per our own judgement, the single-digit Alpha range has room for at least a more high-end-model (possibly an A9) as well as a lower-end model aimed more at the consumer (possibly an A5 or A3.) In any case, there are many things about the A7 and A7R that can and should be improved.
The slides also mention some other interesting things. For one, they indicate that mirrorless cameras have gained hugely over DSLRs in 2013, though it is unclear whether the figures relate to Sony products or to the overall camera market. On the mirrorless market, Sony claims to have had a 53% share in 2013, which is pretty impressive. Also, Sony is hard on the heels of Canon when it comes to market share in interchangeable lens cameras. The goal for 2014 is to overtake Canon, at least in South Korea.
In the pantheon of cameras that were, are, and will be, it is rare that a point-and-shoot will turn heads. That’s not to say that there haven’t been any, but so many compromises are made with cheaper cameras that it’s easy to forget about them altogether. Enter the Sony RX10, a point-and-shoot camera with an impressive lens and a DSLR aesthetic in the Cyber-shot line. It’s a bridge camera, and in Sony’s case, the halfway-point between its Cyber-shot and Alpha lines. Consider it a Cyber-alpha, really. Throughout the monthlong review period, I often forgot that I was working with a point-and-shoot, but I never completely forgot.
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Samsung seems like the company that totally would try to get into the itty bitty camera game. So when we saw the new NX Mini camera that they’re announcing tonight, it really just made a lot of sense. But this isn’t your typical NX camera. In fact, it has a brand new mount under the moniker of the NX-M. With the new mount comes a smaller 1 inch sensor at the camera’s core.
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When my Editor-in-Chief asked if I’d like to review the Fujifilm X-T1, I responded with an emphatic, “YES.” Having worked with the X-E2 for several months and the X-A1 and X20 before that, I’ve become the Fuji lover both on staff and around my friends. The X-T1 has something of a traditional SLR design with the the viewfinder in the middle, as opposed to the left side, and all manner of dials along the top. It’s only slight larger than the X-E2, but it’s far more satisfying to use. While the core elements of the X-T1 are the same as the X-E2, there are several important factors that keep it comfortably above the rest of the crop.
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