Is Nikon Retiring From SLR Camera Development?

Nikon Z 8 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Nikon Rumors

That’s a weird news, not even a rumor. Nikon is said to withdraw from SLR camera development.

Reported by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, here are the main points (machine translated):

  • Nikon withdraws from development of single-lens reflex camera
  • Existing models will continue to be produced and sold for the time being
  • Introducing artificial intelligence (AI) and image processing technology and concentrating on the development of mirrorless cameras that are becoming mainstream in the market
  • Canon also plans to end the development of the flagship model of SLR cameras within a few years
  • Nikon directs development resources to mirrorless cameras, which are expected to grow
  • It is easy for mirrorless cameras to be equipped with digital technology, and there is a large margin for expansion of shooting functions.
  • Mirrorless cameras are cheaper than single-lens reflex cameras, which have the same functions as the price of less than 100,000 yen.
  • By improving the performance of image sensors and processing engines, it is becoming possible to use it like a single-lens reflex camera without any discomfort.

Uh, I do not know what to think here. But given that Canon seems also set to abandon SLR development, it might be plausible that Nikon will too. Any ideas? The future present is mirrorless, I guess.

[via asobinet]

These Are The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM And RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM (images & specs)

Canon RF 24mm F1.8

A day before the alleged announcement, images and specifications of two upcoming RF lenses have leaked: Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM and Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM are expected to get announced tomorrow, June 12, 2022. Images and specifications have already leaked on 5channel and imgur. Here they are.

RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

  • Lens configuration: 13 elements in 11 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.16m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.5x
  • Image stabilization: 5.5 steps, 7.0 steps when coordinated
  • Filter diameter: 67mm
  • Size: 76.6 x 88.4 mm
  • Weight: 390g

and the

RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM

  • Lens configuration: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.14m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.5x
  • Image stabilization: 5 steps, 6.5 steps when coordinated
  • Filter diameter: 52mm
  • Size: 74.4 x 63.1 mm
  • Weight: 270g

Announcement most likely tomorrow, June 12, 2022. Stay tuned.

[via asobinet]

Announcement Soon: Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM

Nab 2023 Canon Eos R5 Mark Ii Canon Eos R8 Mark Ii Canon EOS Rf 24-50mm R6 Mark Ii Rf Mount Eos R6 Mark Ii Rf 300mm Rf 35mm Canon Eos R100 Rf 24mm F/1.8 Rf-s Canon Eos R7 Eos R100 Canon High Resolution Eos R R10 Eos C5 Canon Eos R1 Eos R5c Canon Rf 16mm Rf 35mm F/1.2L EF Lenses Tilt-shift Lenses Rumor

It seems that two new Canon RF mount lenses might get announced very soon. Vendors appear to have them already added to listings.

According to the rumor, Canon might announce two new RF mount lenses very soon, the Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM. Images of both lenses allegedly in vendor listings appeared on Imgur. Here they are:

Both images above could be faked, but we believe they are real and that both lenses will get announced soon.

The complete list of upcoming Canon gear is this one:

  • Canon EOS R100
  • RF 15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM
    / EW-73E
    / E-67II
  • RF 24mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM
    / EW-65B
    / E-52II
    / LP1016
  • EW-73E
  • RF 135mm F1.8 L USM (expected 2022 Q4

Stay tuned.

[via asobinet]

Canon EOS C200 Mark II Set To Get Released In 2023 (with switchable EF/RF mount)?

Cinema EOS C200

Canon might release a replacement for the Canon EOS C200 soon, i.e. next year.

Latest murmurings have it that Canon might release the Canon EOS C200 Mark II in 2023. It seems the Canon EOS C200 Mark II will have “the ability to easily switch between EF and RF mounts. We’re told that the EF mount comes off to reveal the RF mount“. A first set of specifications also leaked:

  • Same image sensor as the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III
  • Same connection ports as the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III
  • Compatible with Cinema EOS C300 Mark III and Cinema EOS C500 Mark II accessories
  • Timecode
  • SDI Terminals
  • Easily interchangable EF and RF mount
  • Same frame rates and resolution as the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III

Unfortunately, this is a long running rumor so I’d take it with a grain of salt.

Stay tuned…

Source: Canon Rumors

Is The Canon EOS R10a Canon’s Next Mirrorless For Astrophotography (2023?)

Canon Eos Ra Astrophotography

Is Canon set to release a Canon EOS R10a camera for astrophotography? That’s suggested in a rumor we got.

The no longer available Canon EOS 60Da was the last astrophotography-dedicated camera with an APS-C sensor Canon released (in 2012). Then we got the little talked about Canon EOS Ra (released at the end of 2019 and also no longer available). It’s a mistery to me why the EOS Ra was so neglected by reviewers and users.

Is the next Canon camera for astrophotography on its way? Maybe it is. The rumor we are reporting comes from a known source but there is no clear indication of a release date and some things might have got lost in translation. We consider the rumor to have some likelihood to be reliable yet recommend you apply an appropriate amount of salt. The fact that the EOS Ra has already reached end of life might be a sign that the rumor is not just a fantasy.

As for the announcement, from the message we got we understand that it will not happen in 2022. Some indications in the message point to an announcement in Q1/Q2 2023. Time will tell.

Specifications-wise you might expect the same as in the EOS R10 with the exception of the removal of low pass filters on the imaging sensor and the usual tricks to get the right wavelengths for astronomy photography.

Stay tuned.