Leica says: “optical finders will get less and less important”

Mr. Stefan Daniel (Director Product Management at Leica Camera AG) had an interview with Leica Blog (Via Megapixel). And there are first small hints about the future Leica mirrorless system with electronic viewfinder:
1) “The experience with the very successful Leica X1 leads us to the opinion that a Leica with an interchangeable lens should have at least an APS-sized sensor.
2) “I think that the quality of the 1.4MP finders is already very good, and sometimes even more accurate than an optical finder, think of white balance or exposure. Over time, as technology is improving, optical finders will get less and less important. The X100 finder is a very nice concept and well executed.
3) “Offering additional functions such as video and live view would extend the usability of the M camera significantly. CMOS is a prerequisite for it, therefore it will be the technology of the future.

Now that sounds intriguing. Stefan praises the Fuji X100 finder concept. So will they try to use a hybrid viewfinder on their cameras? Would be amazing!

Samsung lens roadmap

Photorumors found that screenshot showing the Samsung NX lens roadmap for 2012! Two lenses will be announced within the first 6 months of 2012 and the other three by end of the year.

12-24mm f/4 ED iFn VCM (Voice Coil Motor)
24mm f/1.8 ED SSA iFn
55mm f/1.8 iFn pancake
80-400mm f/4-5.6 OIS SSA iFn
135mm f/2.0 OIS SSA iFn

Sounds Like a very intriguing roadmap. The 24mm and 55mm lenses are definitely on top of my wish-list!

 

Confirmed. The new Fuji system is a “premium” system and not Micro Four Thirds.

It is certainly nto a surprise anymore but at leats now it is official. Fuji’s new interchangeable system will not become part of the Micro Four Thirds system This will be “premium” cameras! That is what the Fujiguys tweeted today (Click here / found via Noisycamera).

My guess is that the sensor is larger than APS-C but not as large as Fullframe sensors. But that’s just a guess for now…

New rumors about the upcoming second Pentax mirrorless system.

There is a new rumor about the second Pentax mirrorless system. It’s coming via tmcnet.com:

Ricoh Co. is considering fully entering the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera market in a bid to boost its digital camera operations, informed sources told Jiji Press Saturday.
A new mirrorless camera will be developed by Pentax Imaging Systems Co., which the Japanese office equipment maker will acquire on Oct. 1 to take over the Pentax brand, the sources said.
Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, which are smaller and lighter than conventional single-lens reflex cameras, attract a wide range of consumers including young women.
A super compact mirrorless camera was rolled out under the Pentax brand in late August. But it was rather designed for beginners with a small image sensor, which converts light captured through lens into an electronic signal.
Equipped with a larger sensor, the new model will allow for a wide variety of photo styles, such as making out-of-focus areas in a shot much more blurry, the sources said.
Among other Japanese makers, Panasonic Corp. and Olympus Corp. are already offering mirrorless cameras featuring large sensors.
Ricoh will offer characteristic compact cameras under its own label, while trying to bring the Pentax brand on par with Nikon Corp. and Canon Inc. in interchangeable-lens cameras, Ricoh President Shiro Kondo said.

Don’t know how much sense it makes for Ricoh to develop and maintain three different mirrorless systems! Let’s see if the rumor will become true…

New Nikon patent discloses a 10-100mm mirrorless lens.

The japanese blog Egami found a new Nikon patent that descirbes the characteristics of a new 10-100m f/4.5-5.6 lens for mirrorless cameras whcih on the new 2,7 or 2,8 crop sensor will become a 28-280mm lens in 35mm terms. Egami summed the rumored lenses + patent description and those could be the lenses coming from Nikon:

P.S.: There are only ten days to go until the REAL Nikon mirrorless system announcement! :)