Rumors from others (dreaming of a digital medium format mirrorless camera)

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Let’s start with the most unlikely but also more fascinating rumor: Canon and Samsung are planning to enter the medium format market. Time to dream a digital mirrorless Mamiya 7? (Mirrorlessrumors / Canonrumors)

Pentax will release a mirrorless camera at Photokina (Mirrorlessrumors).

Nikon new mirrorless camera patent but no camera at Photokina? (Mirrorlessrumors / Nikonrumors).

No new Sony NEX camera at Photokina (SonyAlphaRumors)

New Samsung NX100 leaked (Photorumors)

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  • G. Tom

    This could be interesting. The main problem I see for most users (aside from price) is that medium format cameras are almost always exclusively for studio condition. Most of the digital back seem to be optimized for ISO 50 or 100. At 400, it starts getting pretty noisy. The other thing against it, is that it shoots a maximum of 1-2 frames per second in “burst” mode.

    However, if they include video function I’m sure the movie guys are going to be all over it like they were for the 5D2!

  • Mk

    do want: 17mm format sensor or IBIS APS-C EVIL or EVIL Foveon

    none of these exist (yet) come on sigma, pentax, and nikon! i hear ashton kutcher and maria sharapova are going to manufacture large format cameras with their bare hands by founding a company called CoolPowerpixShot. they will also have many children and sell them once they get too old to be cute.

  • Jim H.

    This isn’t so far fetched, at least in theory. To briefly leap-frog past Medium Format to Large Format, like M43, LF view cameras are mirrorless. For all their inconvenience, they still are the pinnacle of image quality and have a distinct mirrorless, single frame advantage: they’re able to tilt/shift not only the lens but the film plane too. Burdened by roll film and usually a mirror, even MF and 35mm cameras can’t do this. But I don’t see why digital mirrorless, maybe even M43, couldn’t tilt/shift the “film” plane, after all, what else is a sensor but a reusable piece of film.

  • Alfons

    Pentax has a shifting sensor in a way… But that’s just used to finetune composition.

  • lorenzo

    Well, the Mamiya 7 was and incredible camera for landscape and travel photography. 6×7 cm of Velvia 120 film were an experience unequaled in modern photo times. I am still waiting for anything similar in digital…

    • Atto

      Mamiya 7 was not an incredible camera… stil it is. Mamiya continue producing it nowadays the M7ii, and rocks.
      I wish a FF mirrorless, could be great. I do not care about +ISO800, give me perfect iso 50.

      • http://www.ericwestpheling.com eric

        I sold mine a few years back but dream of a digital version, it was such an amazing camera, amazing 24×36″ prints, and that 43mm wide was something I’ve never seen since.

  • Mark

    I have a Phase One with a 16MP (square format) sensor. It is great but it is big and heavy. I would love to have something on scale with my Mamiya 6. If something came out that is not square then the 1:1 ratio should be offer as an option in the camera like my new Panasonic G2 camera.

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