Sigma CEO Suggests In 3 Years There Will Be More MILCs Than DSLRs

Sigma

Lensvid  interview the CEO of Sigma, Mr. Kazuto Yamaki, at Photokina 2018.

The interview is about the new alliance that Sigma formed with Panasonic and Leica, about new photographic technologies, the future development in the industry and the new Sigma products.

The interview in the video above discusses the following topics:

  • Sigma was working on their own mirrorless full frame camera for several years (with their own mount). However around 2015-2016 Panasonic suggested to Sigma to join forces and create a joint full frame alliance which was joined by Leica (when exactly Leica Joined is unclear) and the Leica L-mount (used on the SL cameras) was chosen for this new partnership.
  • Sigma will make both lenses and cameras with this mount (and will develop new FF Foveon sensor) for their camera which will be available sometime in 2019.
  • Panasonic, Sigma and Leica do not exchange information about future products but they do work on improve the L-mount and make sure future products will be compatible across the system.
  • The new system is currently only for the three companies (this isn’t an open system like micro 4/3 for example), but Mr. Kazuto Yamaki stated that he is not ruling out adding more companies in the future.
  • The new 60-600mm lens uses a lot of exotic materials to reduce the weight (which is still quite high – around 2.7kg) including CFRP (which stands for Carbon fiber reinforced polymer), an expensive material that helped Sigma keep the weight at the same level of the 150-600mm Sports (although in terms of absolute performance Mr. Kazuto Yamaki still thinks that the 150-600mm Sports is a better choice).
  • Some Sigma users asked the company for tilt-shift lenses for mirrorless cameras but this is not a priority for Sigma at the moment (as this is a niche area and the company has a lot of more urgent things on its plate).
  • Sigma always tries to make its lenses smaller and lighter but at least in the art series, it prefers optical performance over size/weight as opposed to the contemporary series which is more balanced.
  • Next year Sigma will start making dedicated mirrorless lenses (we are assuming the intention here is full frame lenses since Sigma already has a very nice APS-C dedicated FF mirrorless line).
  • These new lenses will be smaller but not by much. Mr. Kazuto Yamaki gives an example of Sony’s 35mm FF lens vs. their own DSLR lens with an adaptor and explains that making the lenses significantly smaller might not always be possible even if they are designed for mirrorless cameras from the ground up.
  • Sigma is interested in Phase Fresnel but this doesn’t mean that we will see any lens based on this technology (which Nikon and to some extent Canon) employed.
  • Sigma will keep an eye on the new Z-mount and RF mounts and see if it is something it will want to expend its lens line into or keep making Nikon F and Canon EF lenses and relay on Canon and Nikon’s own adaptors.
  • Mr. Kazuto Yamaki agrees that we are at the start of a new area in Photography, one that signifies the move from DSLR to mirrorless cameras. He also mentioned that he believes this is part of a process of change that has been going on for a long time and has been happening every 20-30 years. The last time was the move from analog to digital, before that we had the move from manual focus to autofocus and even before that the move from rangefinder to DSLR cameras.
  • Mr. Kazuto Yamaki predicts that we will see more mirrorless sales than DSLRs in about 3 years. However, DSLR lens sales will probably still be higher (as there will still be many more DSLRs around compared to mirrorless cameras).
[via Lensvid via Mirrorless Rumors]

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Canon And Nikon

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Sony Says They Do Not Care About Competitors And Well Knew About Canon and Nikon’s Agenda

Sony A7R III

DPReview published an interview with Mr. Kenji Tanaka, VP and Senior General Manager of Sony’s Business Unit 1, Digital Imaging Group. The interview was taken at Photokina 2018.

Sony appears to be rather fond of their role in the industry.

Q: What is Sony doing that’s unique?

A: We are the world’s largest manufacturer of image sensors, and have developed many unique sensors. Looking at the Alpha 9, the stacked CMOS sensor is a good example of both a unique and innovative product. These kinds of things are a strength compared to our competitors.

How does Sony stand to the competition?

Q: How do new competitive full-frame mirrorless cameras affect your planning?

A: I welcome the shift in the market. Our vision is not to move the customer [from DSLR to mirrorless], it is to expand the market.

I don’t know what the impact of [Canon and Nikon entering the full-frame mirrrorless market] will be but we remain focused on creating new customers. That is our priority. Honestly speaking, I don’t care about competitors, I care about the customers. If customers need more functionality, or more quality, we’ll try to do it.

Later on in the interview Mr. Kenji Tanaka reminds how he always knew about Canon and Nikon’s entry in the full frame mirrorless arena.

You can read the interview here.

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Vello

Vello Flexible TTL Rod at a glance:

  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Holds Speedlight
  • Flexible Gooseneck Design
  • Ideal for Macro Photography
  • Length: 13.5″
  • Locking Foot

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This is how a disassembled Canon EOS R camera looks like

Canon Eos R

All images © lensrentals.com, used with permission.

Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals tore apart another piece of photographic gear. This time its the Canon EOS R’s turn to get disassembled.

Roger Cicala says:

It was rather a boring disassembly, really, about what we should expect for Canon doing a Canon 6D Mark II quality mirrorless camera. It’s neatly laid out and nicely engineered inside. One thing that struck me is that it’s not very crowded inside there, or as we like to say ‘they left a lot of air inside’.

This view that I haven’t shown you yet, kind of illustrates that; there’s a pretty big gap between the circuit boards and the image sensor. If you look back at the Sony A7R III teardown […] you’ll notice there’s not that much space inside; it’s taken up by the IBIS system which is big and thick.

There is an interesting statement by Mr. Cicala about future Canon EOS R models eventually having IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation). He doesn’t think there will ever be an EOS R with IBIS:

Canon has been very clear that they think lens stabilization is superior. The space [the ‘air inside’ mentioned above, editor’s note] is probably just a matter of ergonomics and perhaps heat diffusion. But there’s certainly room for it.

The Canon EOS R teardown comes with a huge set of images, documenting any stage of the disassembly process along with descriptions. See the whole teardown at Lens Rentals Blog.

Canon EOS R world-wide order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
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France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
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USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
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Two New Canon EOS R Cameras Coming in 2019 (entry-level and professional)?

Canon Eos R

Is Canon set to announce two Canon EOS R cameras in 2019? It’s likely.

We already reported a rumor we got, stating Canon will announce a high resolution EOS R camera, i.e. a EOS R body with a sensor resolution around 50MP. This rumor was indirectly confirmed by a Canon exec in an interview.

The rumor that surfaced a few days ago differs somewhat from what we have been told. It’s suggested Canon will announce a more entry-level oriented EOS R camera, positioned below the actual Canon EOS R, and then a more professional EOS R body that’s close to the EOS-1D X Mark II. The former should be announced first, the latter will be build for speed and video. However, the more “professional” EOS R might also be the high resolution model we told you about.

Rumors about Canon’s plans with the EOS R lineup abound on the web, This rumor comes from the more reliable spots on the Internet. We think there is high probability it’s going to happen. Both an entry-level and a professional EOS R body are also what we expect Canon to deliver in the next year(s).

[via CR]

The Canon EOS R is in stock and ready to ship at major retailers in the USA

Canon EOS R at a glance:

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

Please use the links below to put your order (international shipping available).

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Order the Canon RF mount lenses in the USA: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Availability should be given also at major retailers in Europe and around the world (you have to check for your country). Please use the links below.

Canon EOS R world-wide order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA