A round up of what’s going on around the planet in gear

by planetMitch

Hey y'all – thought I'd throw several stories at you all at once today just to see what your reaction is…

I tried this a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday and didn't get any feedback but wasn't sure if anyone liked it or not…

Canon EOS 5D Mark III finished?

CanonRumors has this to say:

We’re told that some retailers are seeing “ETL” (End of the line) warnings on ordering systems in various parts of the world. In a few places, the estimated arrival time of new Canon EOS 5D Mark III retailer orders has gone from 2 to 5 days and at least one retailer has seen “unknown” for arrival time. Stock levels for the camera have been fine for years, so this change is noticeable. via Production of the EOS 5D Mark III Finished? [CR2]

Canadian Canon Prices Going UP:

Also from canonrumors:

We posted a few weeks ago that Canon Canada would be increasing prices in Canada in the next little while, we now have confirmation of the increase.

It looks like the price adjustment will happen officially on April 1, 2016. There’s no mention of how much of an increase we’ll see, we were told that some items could see as much as a 20% increase.

via Canon Canada Price Increases Confirmed



Sony Sticks with A Mount:

Sony-a-mount

In a recent interview with focus-numerique, Sony confirmed (again) their commitment to their own A mount:

Q: Sony appears to really push the E and FE mount with a very large range of cases and optics, including the Master G range. What is the future of the mount A?

A: We have two reasons to keep the frame A. The first is that the frame A has certain advantages over the E mount and, for now, we can not have all the same functionality between the frame A and E. The second reason is that we also have a large fleet of a and optical many customers that we can not give up. It is a promise to our customers.

via Sony still comitted to the A mount

New SD card speed class:

The SD Association has revealed their fastest speed class called Video Speed Class, which also delivers real-time multi-file recording (4K, 8K, 3D and 360 degree video recordings). Additional information:

The new Video Speed Class maintains the tradition of ensuring guaranteed minimum performance levels as the familiar Speed Class and UHS Speed Class systems do today. Minimum speeds will range from 6MB to 90 MB per second. The fastest options, V60 and V90, support 8K resolution, while V6, V10 and V30 capture high-definition and 4K resolution. All speed classes guarantee minimum video recording speeds to ensure smooth video playback, so actual recording performance may be even faster.

via SD Association revealed “Video Speed Class” with support for 8k and multi-file video recording

Canon Mirrorless? Why nothing yet?

This is from PhotoRumors, which is a snippet of a much larger interview on DPReview – which has plenty of very interesting content!

In an interview with dpreview, Canon's executives Mr. Go Tokura explains why Canon still doesn't have a professional mirrorless camera:

Q: Dual Pixel AF is a technology which has huge potential for mirrorless cameras. A lot of our readers are still very hopeful for future Canon enthusiast mirrorless models. Is there anything that you would like to say to them?

A: Obviously I can’t be particularly concrete when talking about our future product planning, but this is something that we are looking at. Something that is under consideration. There are some features, such as AF, which have not yet caught up with DSLRs, so given the current state of affairs it would be a little unrealistic to say that we will suddenly start offering a professional mirrorless camera. There’s still a performance gap that needs to be addressed.

via Canon explains why they still don’t have a professional mirrorless camera

Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens:

We now know that Tamron’s new stabilized 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens retails for $749 and will be available by the end of this month for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. A Sony A-mount option is also coming along shortly but won’t feature the internal image stabilization since A-mount cameras offer sensor-based stabilization. via Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Priced at $749

We now know that Tamron’s new stabilized 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens retails for $749 and will be available by the end of this month for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. A Sony A-mount option is also coming along shortly but won’t feature the internal image stabilization since A-mount cameras offer sensor-based stabilization. via Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Priced at $749

 Nikon D750 Shutter malfunctions?

Last summer, Nikon issued a service advisory for the D750 as a result of a shutter malfunction that it said only some units manufactured between October and November 2014. Now, Nikon is updating that service advisory for cameras manufactured through June 2015, which was just before it issued the original service advisory.

In the updated service advisory, Nikon apologizes for the problem and provides instructions and a tool to check your serial number to see if it is an affected camera. If so, you can send your D750 into Nikon for free inspection and repair to correct the issue even if the warranty has expired.

via Nikon Recalls Even More D750 Cameras for Shutter Shading Problem

(cover photo credit: snap from Sony)

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