Nikon still is playing down the importance of the mirrorless market  saying DSLR still for advantages for PRO. I guess one day Nikon manager will wake up and notice that it will be too late for them to compete against all other mirrorless camera makers!

Here are some of the key points of the interview released by Nikon manager Jaspers at Amateur Photographer:

- You shouldn’t underestimate the Nikon 1 system…

- Nikon has not been able to fulfil demand for the Nikon 1 V3

- mirrorless is  on a very small scale [in relation] to the size of the [overall] market.

- DSLR offer advantages over CSCs, in terms of AF speed, tracking and ‘reliability of the life cycle’.

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Sleep Nikon sleep.....

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  • September 23, 2014 07:43, tecnoworld said:

    Well, Samsung just presented the nx1, which is the biggest mirrorless camera to date, yet it's gathering a lot of interest for the specs on paper. Nikon could actually create a camera smaller than d600/610, way lighter, yet compatible with its exi...

  • September 23, 2014 06:21, rjbell said:

    What would be the point?

    Video maybe but most people want mirrorless for the size reduction. If nikon removed the mirror, the gap would still need to be there. The register distance can't change, and nor could the camera size significantly....

  • September 23, 2014 02:48, Wally in Austin said:

    So true!

Kazuto Yamaki CEO from Sigma talked to Focus Numerique (translation by SigmaRumors).

Well first of all Sigma confirmed again they are not developing an interchangeable mirrorless camera yet. Pity, would love to see a Sigma Foveon system camera.

On the lens front they will keep making APS-C or MFT lenses for mirrorless system but they have no plan to make lenses for the Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras.

Overall Sigma confirms that their main focus is still creating optics for the DSLR market. But I am pretty sure the day will come they will make more of those nice ART lenses for mirrorles systems including the superb 50mm ART.

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  • September 23, 2014 00:42, Anthony Lam said:

    if sigma join mft with its foveon sensor, would be interesting

  • September 22, 2014 14:08, iudex said:

    It´s a wise decision not to make CSC camera, because nobody would buy it. Their Foveon sensor is unique, but it´s a niche product, not suited for everyday shooting (it´s like Caterham Super Seven among cars: very fast and fun to drive, but only in...

  • September 22, 2014 12:56, Vince Pack said:

    I just really wish they'd start producing X mount lenses! Fuji is doing well filling out their map, but there will be numerous gaps for a long time - especially fast longer telephotos.

It's hard to write an article about a google translated Japanese interview :) But if I got it right DC.watch reports that Canon is investigating the possibility to launch a new kind of system camera with new mount. I guess they are talking about a mirrorless Full Frame mount. Canon says they recognize the value of having a compact system camera.

Translated form Japanese culture to Western culture: They are finally recgnizing that they did a mistake not taking mirrorless seriously :)

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  • September 22, 2014 13:49, tecnoworld said:

    A7 is not rangefinder. A6000 is!

  • September 22, 2014 12:04, Joe said:

    Wrong, my APS-C Sony NEX-3n, full frame Sony NEX-VG900 and Sony full frame A7r all have the exact same E mount and I use E mount lenses like my FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS on all three .

  • September 22, 2014 11:29, never Cat said:

    First Nex never was a system E-mount is.
    Second Sony is developping many new lenses for the E-mount right now. They showed that there will be 20 FF lenses at the end of 2015. All these leses will work perfectly on any E-mount camera, Full Frame...

The Leica D-Lux LX100 clone

Panasonic and Leica announced the extension of their partnership within the digital camera market:

Panasonic Corporation and Leica Camera AG today announced they have extended their partnership agreement and agreed to expand and strengthen their technological cooperation in the digital camera field.

The agreement includes the extension of license agreement for use of Leica's trademark on Panasonic's digital camera products as well as expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation between the two companies. Based on this agreement, Panasonic will be able to commercialize digital camera products with Leica lenses over the next five years, from October 2014 to September 2019 while Leica will be able through the expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation to utilize Panasonic's digital technology in its own product development. The agreement will allow both companies to boost product competitiveness by combining Leica's optical technology and Panasonic's digital technology. The companies had signed a cooperative agreement for digital audiovisual equipment lenses in August 2000 and agreed to cooperate in the digital camera sector in July 2001. Since then, the companies have built up a cooperative relationship in optical technology and quality control, and brought high-performance and high-quality digital cameras to the market by fusing Leica's superior optical technology with Panasonic's digital technologies such as image processing. The technological cooperation newly agreed upon in this agreement will reinforce the partnership between the two companies, enabling them to accelerate the development of excellent digital camera products with enhanced appeal to the global camera market. Yoshiyuki Miyabe, President of AVC Networks Company, an internal company of Panasonic, stated: "It is a great honor to be able to strengthen our bonds with Leica as a strategic partner. Panasonic will continue to incorporate Leica's century-worth of optical technologies and camera traditions into the DNA of Panasonic's digital cameras to further expand our business." Alfred Schopf, Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera, said: "The signing of this agreement is significant for Leica as we seek further growth in the digital imaging sector. Strengthening our cooperative relationship with Panasonic is essential to Leica's continued growth."

Source Panasonic Japan. Found via Dicahub.

This may just be a cat and mouse game from Fuji but that's what they told to AP:

Oishi said Fuji plans to launch further X-series cameras, and that there is no current plan for a full-frame model. But he pointed out that Fuji is a camera developer, so it may be a possibility at some future date. For now at least, the company line is that there is no full-frame plan.

I am sure Fuji will go Full frame one day. The question is only when this will happen...

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  • September 22, 2014 09:53, Raz said:

    No they won't. Samsung has the same kind of mindset as Sony so it will probably be them.

  • September 22, 2014 09:50, Raz said:

    Ugh this again. Look they have a line of APS-C cameras with APS-C lenses that's taken several years to build and is still far from complete. This isn't Nikon or Canon with a long back catalogue of 35mm lenses their owners want to use at the 'right...

  • September 20, 2014 00:31, redherring said:

    marketing spinning? Fuji said it a zillion times in the past since the X100 that they don't have a plan to release a full-frame camera? all these are wishful thinking and speculation brought out time and again and stirred by people with no real ba...

Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

They kept it hidden for a couple of days but finally they are out! Schneider is showing their two new MFT lenses today. A new 14mm f/2.0 and 30mm f/2.4 fully autofocusing lens!

The price is "rumored" to be around 1000 Euro.

 

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  • September 19, 2014 23:04, Robert Spanjaard said:

    If Schneider is showing them, why don't you have a picture? The picture in the article is from the 2012 prototypes.

  • September 19, 2014 19:06, Matus Kalisky said:

    New high quality lenses is always a welcome addition, but as was already said - how much is there to improve over already excellent glass from Olympus?

  • September 18, 2014 14:04, Carlos Echenique said:

    The Schneider vapor coalesces! Now to see if they live up to the Schneider Kreuznach legend!

If you want to know what's going on at Photokina here are images and videos showing you all new mirrorless cameras, lenses and prototypes!

Sony:
First image samples taken with the Zeiss 16-35mm by Mark Gale and Sony Japan.
The two new 16-35mm and 28-135mm FE lenses in real size comparison at Camerasize.
Sony booth report by Photoclubalpha.
Hands-on by Admiringlight.
Hands-on by VeryBigLobo.
New FE prototype lenses in a hand of a lady (dpreview forum).

Fuji:
Hands-on by Admiringlight.
140-400mm mockup pics (Fujirumors)
16-55mm f/2.8 protoype hands-on at ePhotozine.

Olympus:
Lens camera prototype (43rumors)
Hands-on by Admiringlight.
First pictures of the Olympus 300mm f/4.0 and 7-14mm prototype lens (43rumors)

Panasonic:
Hands-on by Admiringlight.
Hands-on with the ultra-compact Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens (Imaging Resource).
Panasonic stand report by Dpreview.
CM1 hands-on in Spanish (Youtube)
Panasonic presentation at Photokina (Youtube) (it's part one and more parts will follow)
GM5 hands-on pics at ePhotozine.
LX100 hands-on pics at ePhotozine.

Samsung:
Hands-on by Admiringlight.
First look video on Youtube.
50-150mm hands-on at ePhotozine.
300mm protoype at ePhotozine.
stand report by dpreview.

Voigtlander:
Real world images of the Nokton 10,5mm (43rumors).
Hands-on pics at SystemKameraForum.

Leica:
Hands-on by dpreview.