Canon launches three bull heads next year, Sigma will launch L-mount APS-C lenses
This article is from Seying Wuji
In mid-September, in terms of new products, Sony released a small full-frame mirrorless A7C and a cap FE 28-60mm F4-5.6, and Nikon launched a cloth Z14-24mm f /2.8S, Z50mm f/1.2 S two high-end lenses, Senyang released AF 35mm f/1.8 FE lens, and GoPro Hero 9 also officially unveiled. In terms of rumors, Canon, Sigma, Tamron, etc. all have news. As the rumors have mixed good and bad news, true and false, Mr. Wuji will select a few hot rumors from them, and see which one is of interest to you?
1. Bull’s head frequently! Canon will launch three premium RF lenses in 2021
Canon plans to launch three RF lenses in 2021. These three lenses may become the widely acclaimed EOS R like RF 50mm f/1.2L. System “boutique” lens
canonwatch got the relevant Canon in 2021 Released a series of tips for RF fixed focus lenses.
The source said that Canon will release three RF mount lenses in 2021, as follows:
RF 70-135mm f / 2L
RF 250mm f / 2L
RF 500mm f / 2.8L
These three lenses are at least reasonable. We hope to learn more soon.
It is rumored that Canon will launch other RF mount lenses in 2021:
RF 18-45mm IS STM
RF 24mm Macro IS
RF 100-400mm IS USM
2. New mirrors continue! Sigma will launch 105mm f/2.8 ART FE and L-mount APS-C lens
[rumor 1] There are new rumors that Sigma will release at least one new Sony E around September 30 Bayonet lens, the lens should be the new 105mm f/2.8 ART FE. There is still not much information about 70-200mm F2.8 FE, but there should be more news about it on the 30th.
[rumor 2] Recently, Imaging Resource conducted an interview with Sigma CEO Yamaki Very interesting interview. Here are some interesting points:
Therefore, we will continue to develop sensors, but we cannot promise when the product will be released. There are two problems. The first is that there are some design errors in manufacturing the full-frame Foveon sensor. We already have several generations of full-frame Foveon sensor prototypes. But due to design errors, none of them can work properly. Therefore, we must correct design errors. The second problem is the manufacturing challenge.
From the beginning of this project, we began to cooperate with new sensor suppliers. Yes, there is a new manufacturing plant in the United States. Their headquarters is located in a small city in Roseville, California, near San Francisco. They are a subsidiary of the Japanese company NEC.
[Editor’s note: TF Semiconductor Solutions, formerly TSI Semiconductor and Renesas Electronics America. As Yamaki-san said, the manufacturing plant was originally built by NEC in 1998. The above is just a guess, based on Google search]
We are doing very well in Japan. The sales here are very good. But in other markets, sales have fallen short of our expectations.
We still cannot meet the market demand. Since the price is only half of Sony’s and it is also one of the highest performance lenses in this category, it is suitable for Sony E-mount and L-mount f/2.8 standard zoom lenses. I believe it is the best performer, but to be fair, [I should say] it is one of the best performers. But the price is only half of Sony’s 24-70mm.
APS-C L-mount lens:
We may develop a new lens for Leica L-mount APS-C camera.
Sigma APS-C camera:
There is currently no plan to make an APS-C L mount camera. If we continue to use the concept of fp, we may maintain full frame. But this is just an assumption. We currently have no such plans. However, just as a future assumption, if the sensor has a high pixel count of 50 million, 60 million, 75 million pixels, you can use the APS-C crop mode to shoot very, very good images. Therefore, in this case, you can use a very compact lens.
The future of the market:
I think even if we do not encounter the new crown epidemic, the market will continue to shrink in 2020. The new crown virus epidemic may exacerbate this problem. If there is no new crown epidemic, I think the market will shrink, but it may be before the end of this year to next year. I hope it will bottom out and then stabilize.
Last year, the sales of interchangeable lens system cameras on the market were 8.5 million units. But in fact, the historical peak was 17 million units. So last year about half. But before digital cameras, the sales of film SLR cameras were about 4 to 5 million units. Therefore, this was initially a small market. Therefore, I think it was a period of vigorous development from mid-2000 to early 2010, and then it fell back to normal levels.
I think about five to six million units are a stable number. With smart phones, more people are interested in better photo shooting, and some of them want to buy high-end cameras. Therefore, I probably think that the market size of digital interchangeable lens system cameras will be larger than that of film SLR cameras. In addition, because compared with film cameras, the learning cost is very low.
3. You can see it! Tamron 70-300mm Di III lens real machine picture exposed
It is reported that the Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens was announced earlier this year in development, and it is currently in foreign e-commerce platforms The above is listed as being available for reservation soon. The appearance of the real machine has also been exposed, and it seems that it is not too far from the official release.
4. a joke? Leica had considered developing a medium format film camera
There was news on April 1 this year that Leica would release a fixed lens medium format film camera. Although this is an April Fool’s joke, it turns out that Leica In fact, the senior management of the company actually considered the development of a medium format film camera system. As early as May 2000, Hans Peter Cohen, then Leica CEO, announced that Leica would consider developing this camera! This is also based on the Xpan body introduced by Hasselblad at that time.
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