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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 1D X Hands on Review (6 of 8)

Canon will reportedly announce a new 46MP 1Ds X body at the Photo Plus in New York City this October according to a Fred Miranda forum user named Psychic1. Normally we would not even acknowledge such a unsubstantiated rumor from a forum user who could very well be trolling. However, the source also noted the pro body could cost between $8,000 and $9000.

Canon has been woefully sitting at the back of the pack in the megapixel race when Nikon and Sony have their respective 36.3MP shooters, the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R. A 46MP sensor would certainly put Canon back in front and in the headlines. However, if the rumor of the camera’s price were true, this camera would be prohibitively expensive even for many professional photographers who ultimately might not need that much resolution in the first place.

We’re also taking the this purported Photo Plus launch with an extremely large grain of salt. The Javits Center event has always been geared more towards companies introducing gear to the public and retailers rather than big news announcements. No matter what happens, The Phoblographer staff will be on the ground in full force to report the events from Photo Plus so stay tuned for more.

Via Canon Rumors

Phottix Odin TTL II

There are few products in the photo world that we don’t think need an update or an upgrade–and high up on that list was Phottix’s Odin II TTL flash transmitter. We reviewed the first one and awarded it an Editor’s Choice rating. To this day, we still use it and highly recommend it to anyone. But today at Photokina 2014, the company is announcing a brand new refresh to the transmitter. It now involves a new button layout, brighter green lights, and an overall more modern and sexy design.

So what’s new with the Odin II? For starters, you can control the manual power output from 1/1 to 1/256–which is amongst the lowest that we’ve seen. It also allows for modelling light control with the new Indra 500 monolight that the company announced yesterday. Users also can have give different lighting groups–which means that you can get more or less as complicated with your lighting as you want. You also get 32 radio channels that can control pretty much every single Phottix radio enabled flash or trigger product.

No word on pricing yet, but as far as lighting goes, Phottix seems to be stealing the show. They’ve announced the Canon and Nikon versions, and we’re sure that Sony will come later.

Tech specs are after the jump.

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Indra Side 2

With Profoto previously coming out their TTL B1 monolights, it was only a matter of time before another manufacturer released their own. With Phottix coming out with their line of Odin TTL transmitters and receivers, it makes complete sense that at Photokina 2014 the company is announcing a brand new TTL monolight. The new Indra 500 will work with Odin transmitters–the same ones that trigger the company’s Mitros+ flashes.

The Indra 500 TTL has TTL operation for both Canon and Nikon systems when using the Odin receiver. Additionally, the light can do high speed sync and is powered by a Li-Ion battery or AC adapter–which is great for location work.

This light was years in development, And the result is eight stops of power adjustment and when working with TTL transmission you can use +/-3 EV settings.

No word on pricing yet, but be sure that we’re super excited about what’s capable with this light. More tech specs and images are after the jump.

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julius motal the phoblographer HR_G7X_3Q_CL

Canon has three new PowerShot cameras on deck: the G7X, the SX60 HS and the N2.

The G7X, pictured above, is Canon’s first compact camera with a 1-inch sensor. It’s a premium compact camera with a 20.2 MP sensor, 4.2x optical zoom lens (24-100mm equivalent) with a variable aperture of f1.8-2.8 and an ISO range of 125-12,800. The G7X fits snugly between the S120 and G1X Mk II, and it has built-in wi-fi. It will be available in October 2014 for $699.99.

The SX60 HS is a superzoom camera with 65x optical zoom. That’s a 35mm-equivalent of 21-1365mm. Get your safari tickets now. It has a 16.1 MP CMOS sensor and full HD video with audio input available for you audiophiles. It sports an articulating LCD and an electronic viewfinder, both with 922K-dot resolution. Like the G7X, it has built-in wi-fi. It will be available in October for $549.99.

The N2 is a total square with 16.1 MP CMOS sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28-224mm. It has a 2.8-inch articulating touchscreen LCD and built-in wi-fi. It will be available in December for $299.99.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 3.2

The Canon 7D Mk II has been in development for many years now, and the company’s track record of staying conservative sticks true to this latest product. When the first 7D launched, it made waves in the APS-C world with its super fast FPS rate and its complementary features to the 5D Mk II. Canon’s choices to stick to the safe side and make modest improvements isn’t a bad one per se at all–but we’d be telling complete lies to say that we didn’t expect more.

As far as the feature set goes, Canon has a 20.2MP APS-C sensor at the heart of the camera that also shoots at 10fps, houses dual DIGIC 6 processors, 65 cross type AF points, a 100% viewfinder, a magnesium alloy camera body, dust and weather resistance that is said to be 4x better than the original, GPS integration, a CF and SD card slot, ISO ranges from 100-16,000, a custom movie servo mode and much more.

We took a look at the 7D Mk II earlier last month.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus product images review (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

DxOMark recently finished their evaluation of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus lens in the labs. And according to them, it’s the best performing 85mm lens that they’ve tested. Indeed, with a $4,490 price tag we would expect the same thing. According to them, the two Otus lenses perform just as well as the company’s 135mm f2 on Canon DSLRs. But when it comes to Nikon DSLRs, the 55mm Otus slightly edged out the 85mm. Additionally, it outperforms any other 85mm lens out there–which only makes sense given the high end audience that this lens was designed for.

The company’s finding reaffirm ours in our real world test of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus. We found the 55mm to be slightly sharper and also found the bokeh on the 135mm f2 to be better. Granted that’s a longer focal length.

Head on over to our full review of the Otus for more.