Pentax has decided that it is about time to become more appealing to fashionistas. The company offers ruggedized cameras for tough people, but they might also want a stylish camera. For them, Pentax has just introduced the White version of the WG-3, which packs the same features as the original versions.
Sigma will release a pair of lenses on May 31. On one hand there is the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, which will become available for Sony and Pentax cameras, while on the other hand there is the 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM optic, which will be pushed to the market for Nikon DSLRs with constant aperture throughout the zoom range.
Pentax has some surprises for its fans, as the company will announced a professional APS-C camera soon, alongside a full frame shooter. Managing Director and General Manager, Tomoyoshi Shibata, has confirmed that the company is currently working on the two shooters and that more information will be revealed before long.
Pentax has admitted to its mistakes and has released a pair of new firmware updates to fix what has been broken. The Q mirrorless and K-5 II / K-5 IIs DSLR cameras have received a pair of firmware updates. They will fix a couple of bugs introduced in the shooters’ previous upgrades that caused some annoying problems.
We have heard through the grapevine that Pentax will finally announce a new full frame DSLR camera under the name K-3. Allegedly, the announcement is scheduled to take place on March 27. The Japanese company will announce its FF DSLR along with a new image sensor and a novel processing engine among many others.
Pentax will extend its camera offerings in the following weeks. The company is rumored to reveal up to five new DSLR shooters and a APS-C format camera very soon. Inside sources claim that it is very likely that Pentax and Ricoh will hold a product announcement event by the end of March 2013, in order to unveil the new cameras.
Pentax received heavy criticism after the company released a firmware update which broke what it was supposed to fix. However, the company released a new software version, 1.03, in order to finally fix the bug which caused the contrast autofocus system to stop working, while recording videos with a variety of lenses.
Pentax has decided to give Q10 users a special treat on Valentine’s Day, by releasing the 1.01 firmware update for the mirrorless camera. Although it is just a minor update, it will improve the performance of the Pentax Q10 compact system camera, allowing the users to focus faster when taking photos.
Three new ruggedized cameras have been officially introduced by Pentax. One of the three rugged Pentax compact cameras does not need any kind of cable as it supports Eye-Fi cards and cutting-edge Qi wireless charging, alongside a built-in GPS and an altimeter.
Pentax launched a new digital compact camera for entry-level users called Efina, a shooter which will have serious competition as Sony, Olympus, Samsung, and Panasonic unveiled their line of point-and-shooters at CES 2013. The digital imaging company also announced the availability of firmware update 1.01 for its DSLR cameras, the K-II and K-IIs.
Ricoh has decided to bring the Pentax brand to the enthusiast compact camera market with the MX-1. This shooter has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 with a 12-megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom lens, and a retro design inspired by vintage film cameras.
We can finally set aside the doubts that Fujifilm is working on a medium format camera. The device is real, is digital, and is coming to a store near you in early 2017. Fujifilm GFX 50S is its name and it has been confirmed at the Photokina 2016 event along with six G-mount medium format lenses.
Sigma has patented yet another lens. This time, the Japan-based company has patented a telephoto zoom lens. It consists of a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS HSM optic, which will be added to the Sports or Contemporary series. In addition, the telephoto zoom lens will probably replace the existing 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro optic.
Photographers using full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Pentax have one more manual-focus-only lens at their disposal. It consists of the new Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens, which is a wide-angle prime that delivers superior image quality along with innovative technologies and a high resistance to extreme environments.
Officially, Sony is saying that it remains committed to the A-mount line-up and it will continue to support it. However, its action from the past couple of years are contradicting the company and the rumor mill proves this. The latest gossip talks are stating that the replacement to the A99 camera have been postponed again.
The medium format rumors have returned! Fujifilm is once again in the spotlight, as the Japanese company is allegedly developing an interchangeable lens camera with a medium format sensor. A source has also revealed who will make the sensor along with the timeframe for the device’s release date.
Nikon will finally reveal its line-up of premium compact cameras that will compete against similar models from Canon and Sony. The company will drop the Coolpix branding from these shooters, which will be called DL24-85, DL18-50, and DL24-500. All three units will become official within a few days alongside four other compacts.
The rumor mill is back with more information about the Fujifilm X-Pro2. There are high hopes that the mirrorless camera will be unveiled soon, while the shooter will offer improved ergonomics for the users. Additionally, the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens could be launched alongside the X-Pro2 in early 2016!
While the whole world is waiting for the 1D X Mark II, 5D Mark IV, and 6D Mark II to arrive, it seems like Canon has other plans for the time being. According to a trusted source, the Canon G17 and S130 PowerShot compact cameras will replace the G16 and S120 sometime by the end of October 2015.