Photo Plus 2012 Ultimate Roundup

As you probably figured out by now, The Phoblographer team has been working around the clock for the past couple days to get you guys the juicy details from this year’s Photo Plus Expo in New York. To make your day a little easier, we’ve got a complete roundup of the entire event right here for your viewing pleasure. Head on past the break to see everything that went down this weekend!


New Product Announcements and Introductions: 

Joby has joined the camera strap market with their very first “Ultra Comfortable Camera Straps” that solve just about every problem you’ve come across with your pesky generic straps. Check that out right here.

Nikon just announced a 70-200mm f/4 lens that is both cheaper and lighter for the tight-budget photographer. The full details are here.

Nikon has also revealed their upgraded mirrorless V series with the V2, and frankly, we aren’t impressed. See why here.

LaCie and Porsche Design has a new edition of their sleek and sexy external hard drives for you check out right here.

The Tiffen Company introduced the new Lowel GL-1 Power LED that has a plethora of useful features and benefits. Full details are here.

Think Tank is famous for their high quality camera bags that works fantastically and fits everybody’s need. They’ve got a new brand for outdoor photographers and we’ve got the full scoop right here.

Samsung’s NX series welcomes two new lenses to the family. Full details on the 45mm f/1.8 and the 12-24mm f/4-5.6 are here.

Software and Firmware Updates:

Apple updates their RAW compatibility for OS X Mountain Lion to support a number of new cameras. The details can be found here.

Fujifilm has a firmware update for their X lens that improves the AF functions and more. Links to the updates and info are here.

First Impressions and Quick Looks: 

Panasonic’s latest GH3 is a great camera for film making and comes with a high expectation set by its older sibling, the GH2. See how we thought about it at first glance here and a quick video test here.

Canon’s 6D is packed with some exciting new technology including a WiFi and app control functionality. Check out how the personal fondling time went right here.

Olympus had their XZ-2 for us to take a look at and for being a compact camera, it has its perks. See what we thought about it here.

Tiffen’s Lowel GL-1 Power LED is one of the few portable lighting solutions that has a promising future and we give you the first impressions here.

Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 on Canon 5D Mk II

Zeiss showed off their 135mm f/2.0 lens this weekend and boy, were we excited. See what all the fuss is about here as we test it on a 5D Mk II.

Zeiss also had the 55mm f/1.4 Distagon lens for us to see. Let me just tell you now, you won’t be disappointed. Check out the full details here.

Guru Gear has the perfect photography bag for the outdoorsy/nature photographers with the very fittingly named Bataflae (Butterfly) bag. We give you our thoughts on how it performs here.

Photogenic’s ION is a simple solution to powering your studio lighting in an effective and portable package. See what it’s capable of here.

Domke has been around for practically ever now and has yet to disappoint. They reveal a whole lineup of bags including the Journalist, Adventurer, Visionary, and the Metropolitan bags. Check them all out here.

Nikon’s new V2 was ready for our enjoyment and we got a chance to see just what this mirrorless camera was capable of. As a bonus, we’ll include a quick look at the Nikon 70-200mm f/4.0 G ED VR glass. Both of them are awaiting you here.

Sigma gave us a chance to check out the 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM and the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM that they announced back at Photokina. See what we think about them here.

Vulture has a promising camera strap called the Vulture Equipment Works A4 that looks like it’ll withstand anything, even Hurricane Sandy. You’ll have to see it to believe it here.

CRU DataPort knows how important your backpack and storage is when it comes to your photography so they’re keeping you protected with some military grade products. See what I mean here.

Vanguard has a new carbon fiber tripod with ball-head out that looks promising from the short time we had with it. Check it out for yourself here.

Vanguard also has a new backpack for show. The Quovio 44 is a small and lightweight bag that would appeal to anyone looking to bring their setup with them on a hike or photo walks. The full details are here.

The Aviator travel jib is a carbon fiber travel jib that is both lightweight and sturdy. It gets the job done for a lot less cash and it’s easy to setup. More on that here.


As a reward for getting all the way to the bottom, our Editor In Chief has a special treat for all of you. Taken with the Canon 1DX equipped with the 24-70mm f/2.8 L II glass, here are some in action shots of former Top Chef winners.

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