This week, Nikon released a 3.0 firmware release for their Z series mirrorless cameras. The first impressions have been very positive.
According to sonyalpharumors.com, a new high-end Sony APS-C sensor camera will be available by Christmas 2018.
The rumor states that this camera would be sort of a “mini a9,” which makes me think this may be released as the first body in a new alpha 9000 (a9000) pro-level APS-C series.
We may see an a9000 first, before Christmas, followed up in early 2019 with a more prosumer-oriented a7000.
The naming conventions are mere speculation at this point, but it would make sense to mirror the a7 and a9 full-frame series with smaller-sensor cameras of similar capabilities.
Reports that Nikon has patented two ultra-fast mirrorless lenses has certainly lended credence to their claim that they are working on a “serious” mirrorless camera system.
The Nikon 1 series of mirrorless camera was first announced in September of 2011, and it would appear that Nikon is signalling that it’s the end of the line for their current plans around mirrorless cameras using the so-called 1″-type CX sensor.
Ever since Nikon announced a “serious” mirrorless camera system was in production to be slotted in a market segment above the current Nikon 1 lineup, there has been a good deal of speculation as to the sensor size that will be used. Many believed that Nikon would opt to standardize on either an APS-C or full-frame sensor size for their new cameras.
While Nikon has had a mirrorless offering for several years now, most photography professionals have shied away from the system due to its small sensor size (and corresponding limitations), as well as incompatibility with their current lens lineup from the DSLR side.
According to the Japanese blog hi-lows-note, Sigma will soon be releasing a 12mm f/1.4 lens in their ART line for Micro Four Thirds.
The diagram from the patent filed with the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT):
According to 43rumors.com, Olympus plans to release two new f/1.2 PRO lenses later this year, joining their existing 25mm f/1.2 PRO.
According to their sources, the new lenses will be 17mm and 45mm, and at least one of them will be released autumn 2017. We are excited to see these new primes join the Olympus lineup!