Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (30 June)

Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (30 June)

This week has been a real potpourri of news in the camera world. As usual we've got lots of leaks and rumors about new and upcoming kit, including a very exciting patent from Canon about a new teleconverter / lens combo. 

Apple also looks to be joining the revolution with a triple-camera array on the upcoming iPhone 11. Could it regain its crown as the king of camera phones, now that Huawei has been banished from the kingdom? 

Speaking of crowns, we also have two members of photographic royalty in the news this week: The Duchess of Cambridge and Magnum Photos' Martin Parr

1) Canon's switchable 1.4x / 2x teleconverter

(Image credit: Japan Patent Office)

Canon has developed an intriguing new switchable teleconverter, which can toggle between 1.4x and 2x magnification without unmounting the body or master lens. 

Destined for the RF mount (due to the back focus distance that makes it too tight a squeeze for EF), it's possible that this will be the supposed “new and unique feature” for the rumored 300mm f/2.8L lens.

That would give you an RF 300mm lens that becomes a 420mm lens with one flick of a switch, and a 600mm lens with another flick. Which would just so happen to be perfect for pros shooting the Tokyo Olympics next year…

Read more: Canon switchable teleconverter goes from 1.4x to 2x – will feature in the RF 300mm?

2) Fujifilm X-Pro3 will have tilting screen

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

We're big fans of the Fujifilm X-Pro2, and we've been eagerly awaiting the X-Pro3 – which, according to reports we've covered previously, looks due to arrive later this year.

The latest rumor, though, is that the camera will feature a tilting touchscreen – which would be quite a departure for Fujifilm's design ethos when it comes to its rangefinder cameras, but definitely a welcome one.

On top of that, word is that the X-Pro3 will release in either September or October, meaning that we might just have found the first thing to put on our Christmas list. 

Read more: Fujifilm X-Pro3 to feature a tilt screen and debut in September / October?

3) Martin Parr takes over Digital Camera mag

Digital Camera 218 newsstand image

(Image credit: Future)

Iconic Magnum Photos impresario Martin Parr takes over the new issue of Digital Camera magazine, serving as guest editor to present a special issue with a focus on street photography.

The issue will offer some highlights from ‘The Art of Street Photography’ – the debut course from new online learning portal, Magnum Learn. Inside, Martin takes us behind the scenes of some of his favorite images in his Beach Therapy book, and interviews emerging art photographer Robin Friend about the intriguing landscapes featured in Robin’s Bastard Countryside book.

To commemorate the occasion, there will be four limited edition alternate covers of the magazine featuring some of Parr's iconic images. A must for any Magnum fan!

Read more: Martin Parr guest edits Digital Camera street photography special!

4) Canon user Kate Middleton becomes RPS Patron

(Image credit: Royal Photographic Society / Chris Jackson)

The Royal Photographic Society has enjoyed royal patronage dating back to 1853, and the reign of Queen Victoria.

Now The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has become the new Patron if the RPS, succeeding Her Majesty The Queen whose patronage began in 1952.

While patronages tend to be more ceremonial than anything, Kate is a passionate photographer who made headlines when her photographs of Borneo and her Royal Princes were published – all of which were shot on her Canon PowerShot and EOS 5D cameras. 

Read more: Canon user Kate Middleton becomes new patron of the Royal Photographic Society

5) iPhone 11 will feature triple-camera array

(Image credit: Concept Creator)

Having lost so much ground in recent years to the Huaweis and Googles and Samsungs of this world, Apple needs to do something exciting if its camera phones are to claw things back.

According to the latest information from industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo, the company looks to be doing just that: the iPhone 11 will arrive in a trio of options, with a pair of premium models boasting a triple-camera array.

The direct successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max will feature a dedicated primary, telephoto and ultra-wide camera, retaining the all-screen front design with a notch for the selfie camera. 

Read more: Premium iPhone 11 will feature a triple-camera array (report)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.