The iconic Zeiss Ikon cameras could be making a comeback to the market by the end of 2014. The rumor mill is claiming that Sony is manufacturing a new model of this rangefinder-style series, which will not employ an optical viewfinder. The new Zeiss Ikon camera could be based on a retro design, if it becomes official later this year.
Canon could be working on an interesting project that will remind people of the Ricoh GXR compact camera. The device in question is described as a Canon modular DSLR camera, which will allow users to switch parts with other parts. The shooter could be built for videography purposes and it could be revealed next year.
After previewing this product at the Photokina 2014 event, Ricoh has finally announced it. The Pentax 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 weathersealed lens will be released for K-mount DSLR cameras by the end of November 2014. The optic will provide high image quality, which will be appreciated by landscape as well as portrait photographers.
DxO Labs has finally released a new version of the Optics Pro image-processing software. The DxO Optics Pro 10 version comes packed with new features, such as ClearView and Smart Lighting. Moreover, the PRIME denoising technology has been improved, becoming faster and better. The software is available for purchase right now!
Ricoh is expected to officially introduce the HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens on October 30. The company previewed the product at the Photokina 2014 event and the rumor mill is claiming that the K-mount lens is bound to become official soon. The claims are backed-up by a specs list and a press photo of the lens.
A couple of patents describing new Canon lenses have been leaked. The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM II lens patent is referring to the replacement for the existing 35mm f/1.4L USM lens for full-frame DSLRs, while the EF-M 55-250mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens could take the place of the current EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM optic.
Olympus has taken the wraps off of the replacement for the Stylus 1 premium compact camera. The new Olympus Stylus 1s is now official with only a couple of improvements over its predecessor. Users can now zoom much easier using the Stylus 1s and the autofocus system has also been enhanced in the process.
Olympus has allegedly begun testing the next-generation PEN-series cameras. One Olympus PEN camera prototype is said to be of particular interest as it comes packed with a sensor oriented in portrait mode. The shooter is said to have been inspired by the original PEN SLRs, capable of capturing portrait photos.
Sony will announce new products for sports and professional photographers. The company is allegedly working on FE-mount cameras that will appeal to higher-end users. These details come from Product Manager Kenta Honjo, who said that Sony E-mount professional sports cameras will be introduced to the market soon.
Ricoh has announced its follow-up to the Theta camera that records 360-degree panoramic photos. The brand new Ricoh Theta m15 comes with more color options and faster WiFi. However, the camera is now capable of capturing 360-degree videos for up to three minutes. Look for this camera in a store near you as of November 14.
Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has granted an interview to a Spanish publication called DSLR Magazine. In the interview, the company’s CEO has revealed a number of interesting details about the future of the Japanese manufacturer. Among other products, it appears that we will see new Sigma mirrorless lenses being launched in 2015.
Both Sony and Mamiya are rumored to announce medium format cameras in the near future. The shooters will be powered by a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor manufactured by Sony. The specs lists of the cameras will employ built-in viewfinders, while photographers are said to control the devices via four classic dials.
Canon has revealed its latest financial results for the third quarter of the year, which ended on September 20, 2014. The company has revealed a drop in both revenue and profit caused by decreasing digital camera sales. The Canon Q3 2014 financial report states that this drop is the effect of “economic stagnation” in Japan and Europe.
Nikon may be working on a modular camera system. A Nikon smartphone camera patent has been leaked, pointing towards a camera that would allow users to add a smartphone into the device’s body in order to control it. This is unlike Sony’s lens-style cameras, but more like a combo between Ricoh GXR and a Samsung concept.
Sony says that it will keep supporting its A-mount, although there is limited proof of that happening. However, the rumor mill is claiming the same thing and it appears that a tilt-shift Sony A-mount lens in in development. The company is said to be working on a couple of new optics, one of them being a lens for tilt-shift photography.