A digest of last week’s photo and video news – Week 21

A solution for the video overheating problem of the Sony a6000, one lens patent for a 28-560mm from Canon, news of a first Olympus mirrorless with 4K and a new 70-300mm lens from Canon for Summer are some of the news from last week.

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A digest of last week’s news is a selection of some of the news from week 20 from 2016 related to the worlds of photography and video, covering multiple topics, always rounded up with a reading suggestion.

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Canon: a 28-560mm zoom?

While the Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens, which I used for a while many years ago, is not a lens many are familiar with, the focal length range covered is surely something people envy. Well, Canon now as a patent, it seems, for something even closer to the dream of many: a  EF 28-560 f/2.8-5.6, which may be a L, IS, probably also USM, a true dream lens… if weight and size could be kept portable. This may be the problem for such an ambitious patent, but the information, available through the website Egami, is out.

Sony’s a6000 video overheating solution

If you dare to open your camera, the solution for Sony’s a6000 video recording overheating issues reported by different users may be in your hands. Or you camera may end if you do not follow the tutorial precisely. The solution is from fixedit Youtube channel, and was reported recently by Sony Rumors. The video shows two important aspects of video recording with the Sony a6000: resolving the overheating issue and the 30 minute limit removal tweak. Try at your own risk!


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Olympus E-M1 Mark II with 4K

In 2015 Olympus said that although they recognized users wanted 4K in their cameras, they could not guarantee that the sucessor of the E-M1 would have it, but added that “once the market is ready for it, we will make it”. Well, it seems the time is now, as there are mutiple indications that the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, which be announced at Photokina 2016, will have 4K.

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Renewing the EF 70-300mm

The venerable EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, from 2005, may well be about to end its career, as Canon is said to have a new lens that will fill its position. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is, still today, one of the best Canon lenses if you want a light optical system that, while not being L class, will offer you good results at what can be considered a budget price. This is the lens I always pointed people to, when they ask for good quality, less weight and a fair price: this lens costs around $450! This Summer Canon will have a substitute: the new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. I am curious to see if it is a NANO USM lens, because it would extend the options or video with DSLRs.


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40% on all books

Rocky Nook is moving, so they are clearing space before they go. The publisher has a special sale on all its paperbacks, valid until May 24. Users can save 40% with coupon MOVING. The catalog from Rocky Nook includes books on photography from multiple authors, covering a plethora of themes. Check their website, there may be a bargain for you.

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