Rumors

 

Nikon May Be Working on a Modular Lens System with Mix and Match Pieces

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In the past several years, there have been quite a few mentions of modular camera designs that split sensors, screens, and bodies of cameras into separate, replaceable parts. Today is the first time we’ve heard of a completely modular lens system.

A recently published Nikon patent appears to show just that: a lens that is assembled by connecting a number of circular pieces to form a complete barrel.
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Lenny Kravitz Publishing a Photo Book and May Have a Special Edition Leica Named After Him

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It looks like musician Lenny Kravitz is going to have a busy 2015 in the world of photography. The Leica shooter has announced a new photo book containing images captured by Kravitz himself documenting life on the road as a rock star. What’s more, we may soon see a limited edition Leica M rangefinder named after him.
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Leaked Photos Offer a First Look at the Nikon D5500, 300mm f/4, and 55-200mm f/4-5.6

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The first leaked photographs have emerged showing the Nikon D5500 DSLR and two new lenses: the 300mm f/4 and the 55-200mm f/4-5.6.
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Yongnuo Will Unveil Cheaper Clones of Nikon Lenses Before the End of 2015

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One of the big stories in the world of camera gear this past year has been Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo’s expansion into cheap clones of Canon lenses. While Canon shooters are buzzing about their new budget glass options, Nikon photographers have been wondering if Yongnuo will ever offer clones of their favorite lenses.

We’ve got the scoop that answers that question: Yongnuo will offer cheaper clones of Nikon lenses by the end of 2015.
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Rumor: Nikon Will Soon Unveil a New 300mm f/4 VR Lightweight Telephoto Lens

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Planning to purchase a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D lens? You might want to hold off for now: Nikon is rumored to have a replacement to that lens ready for a near-future launch.
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High Megapixel Canon DSLR Will Arrive in 2015, Will Likely Cost Less Than $4,000

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Canon will be launching a new high megapixel DSLR sometime in 2015. The camera will reportedly offer a resolution of somewhere around 50 megapixels, and the body shape will not be of the EOS-1 style with a built-in vertical grip.
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Lens Patent Suggests Nikon May Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

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Ever since the Nikon 1 Series mirrorless cameras were announced with their 2.7x crop factor sensor, Nikon shooters have been waiting for a mirrorless camera with a larger sensor. The wait may soon be coming to an end.

A newly discovered Japanese patent shows that Nikon may be planning quite a jump in sensor size for its mirrorless cameras: from 2.7x crop to full frame.
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Olympus Showing Off New ‘Lens Camera’ Prototypes with a Rounded Design

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Back in September of this year, Olympus announced that it would be trying its hand at “lens cameras” with a new “Open Platform” project. The goal is to create a camera module that features a sensor, a lens mount, and wireless pairing with a smartphone.

Early illustrations showed a cube-like camera, but Olympus is now showing off a new rounded prototype that looks a lot more like a lens than it does a camera.
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Touchscreen LCDs Coming to Nikon DSLRs Starting with the D5500 in January 2015

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Canon and Nikon DSLRs have traditionally been neck and neck in terms of feature sets, but one thing that Canon has offered since the T4i in 2012 is a full-fledged touchscreen interface.

There’s good news for Nikon shooters, though: the gap is set to close in the very near future. Nikon’s new D5500 will reportedly be announced in January 2015, and the camera will feature a touchscreen LCD.
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Fujifilm Will Reportedly Launch Professional Services in the US Next Year

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If you’re a professional photographer using Fujifilm camera equipment and have been envious of Canon and Nikon’s professional service departments, take heart: you may soon have top tier support and services starting next year.
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