Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – February 9, 2015


The big news this week was Canon’s announcement of the Canon EOS 5DS and the Canon EOS 5DS R, 50.6 megapixel DSLRs. Entering the marketplace in June, the ‘S’ will have a low-pass filter to avert moiré, while the ‘R’ will have its low-pass filter canceled out. As such, the ‘S’ is mainly aimed at fashion and architecture shooters, while ‘R’ is eyeing landscape shooters. The Canons will cost $3700 and $3900, respectively.

It was hard to get a real take on this camera, though.

The preview and hands-on impressions largely showed a camera that looks like the 5D Mark III and the few who were allowed to shoot with them, weren’t allowed to take the memory card out and see the images on a monitor or as prints.

The forums run hot and heavy about Canon telling DP Review that the dynamic range of the new cameras is similar to the 5D III, which lags behind the Sony 36mp sensors in the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R. People were also taken aback that the Canons’ high-ISO ability is limited to 12,800 iso.

For detailed specifications and to be notified of availability at B&H: EOS 5DS EOS 5DS R

Canon also announced a $3,000 11-24mm f/4 L wide angle lens.

The company also announced two new Rebels, the T6i and the T6s. Biggest difference between the two is that the ‘s’ features a top LCD panel, just like Canon’s higher-end models. Expected in April.

B&H: Rebel T6i body only, with 18-55mm, with 18-135mm; Rebel T6s body only, with 18-135mm

For all above models at Adorama: new Canon products

Finally, Canon announced the mirrorless M3 for the European and Asian markets. It seems to be quite a capable camera, with a 24.2mp APS-C sensor and plenty of improvements over the previous models, but still lacks a viewfinder. Price will be 770 euros. Available in April.


The second biggest news was Olympus rolling out the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, with many improvements over the first model, better video and a sensor-shift mode that allows for 40mp images of static scenes. We posted an overview of previews last week.

Olympus also announced the 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II lens, an improvement over the previous iteration and now dust- and splash proof. March availability at $600.

The company also announced the development of a 8mm f/1.8 PRO fish eye lens, to be sold this summer. No word, though, on availability and pricing of the 7-14mm 2.8 PRO and the 300mm f/4 PRO, both lenses that were announced a long time ago without specific launch dates.


Samsung announced the NX500, a mirrorless camera that features much of the flagship NX1 camera into a small body, including 4K video. In stores in March for $800: B&H Adorama


Pentax confirmed age-old rumors that it’s working on a full-frame DSLR, to be launched later this year. The company also announced two lenses that are ready for that camera, the 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6. More info at B&H (70-200, 150-450) and Adorama (70-200, 150-450). These lenses aren’t cheap, at $2300 and $2500, respectively.

Expect new Sony FE lenses to be announced this week.


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