Canon’s Highly Rumored 6D Surfaces to Challenge Nikon’s D600

And here it is: the Canon 6D DSLR designed for those of you who believe the 5D Mk III to be out of reach. Rumors have been circulating for some time now and the camera that has been designed to rival the D600 will have some interesting features. First off, this is essentially a full frame sensor in an APS-C camera body. But because of this, there are some physical limitations to the new camera: like shutter sync speed.

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Editor’s Note: Available for Preorder

B&H Photo: Body Only / Kit

Amazon: Body Only / Kit

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Canon Updates The Top Tier of Their PowerShot Line: G15, S110, and SX50HS

Along with the Canon 6D, the company also decided to bring some extra guns to the party in the form of some small sidearms. Joining the new entry-level Full Frame DSLR are the new Powershot G15, S110, and SX50HS point and shoots. Traditionally, these have been Canon’s top end of the bunch with the exception of the G1X.

So what do these new cameras have to bring to the table?

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Fujifilm Touts Its New XF1 as “Head-Turning”; We Fail to See What Makes It Special

Fujifilm today announces the XF1, a compact point-and-shoot camera that expands the X-system to the lower, consumer end. Coming in October for US-$ 499.95, the XF1 sports a 25-100 mm (equivalent) 4x retractable zoom lens with a fast initial aperture of f1.8 at the wide end. The sensor is the same 2/3″ 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor they already put in the X10, so this package promises great image quality. Additionally, the XF1 shoots RAW as well as 1080/30p video. However, what it seems to lack are any features that set it apart from the competition.

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Phottix Officially Announces New Odin TTL Triggers for Sony DSLRs, Ships This Week

The Phottix Odin TTL wireless radio triggers for Sony had been rumored for a while now, but today they’ve been officially announced and the company also states that they’ll ship this week.

Here’s the interesting news though: they used the Minolta hot shoe. Why is that weird? Because a camera like the new Sony A99 uses a standard hot shoe. Users of that camera are the market base most likely to purchase these triggers. In order to use them though, they’ll need an adapter for standard hot shoes to Minolta.

We reviewed the triggers for Canon DSLRs before, and we’re a huge fan. Specs and more after the jump. No word on official pricing yet, but we can expect them to be fairly affordable for everything that they’re capable of doing.

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Samyang’s New Prototype 10mm Lens May Have the BMCC In Mind

Samyang/Rokinon fans rejoice: your troubles are over if you are in the market for a ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens. Coming in at 10mm and with a max aperture of f/2.8 ,here is a possible promising option. All we know now is this lens in prototype form and will be at Samyang’s booth at Photokina. It was designed specifically for APS-C based cameras. It has an ultra short focus length with an angle of view of 110 degrees (107 for you Canon users). So, for Nikon/Sony users on a 35mm equivalent that comes out to 15mm and for Canon you are looking at a 16mm.

Don’t be surprised if Samyang/Rokinon comes out with a cine version of this lens as well. Any and all details about this lens will be available at a later date. With suposed shipping of the lens happening near the end of this year or early 2013.

For those who may have purchased the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with the Canon mount, here is a wider prime than Samyang’s current 14 mm f2.8. Which is at the time of this post is the widest prime you can purchase on the market right now.  This will give you a 35mm equivalent of 23mm.

If you are one of the lucky few who get to see all the photo madness at Photokina this year, check out Samyang’s stand. They will be in hall 2.1 and stand number A025.


Sekonic’s New Light Meters Are Sexier Than That Piece of Crap iPhone 5 Announced Yesterday

Sekonic today announced two beautiful new light meters: the Litemaster Pro L-478D and the L-478DR. Now, people don’t usually get excited over light meters, but these are very Apple-esque in design and look. They include a touchscreen interface and allow you to control all the variables that standard light meters let you (aperture, ISO, shutter speed). Additionally, there are a bunch of different ways to meter: ambient, corded, not corded, multiple flash, etc. The two flashes are nearly identical with the exception of the L-478DR being able to wirelessly set off flashes, providing they are connected to your PocketWizard units.

Plus, they can be used for cinema metering (T-Stops) and reflected light.

The Litemaster Pro L-478D is selling for $389.00 while the L-478DR goes for $469.00. Both are available for purchase at B&H Photo right now.

New Products Coming from Vanguard


Vanguard has just announced three new products that will be available soon. Two new bags in the Quovio series (The 41 and the 44) and a new Carbon-Fiber tripod (The ABEO Plus 323CT). The company is also offering up to a $100 dollar mail-in-rebate for their various products.


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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Lens Coming Soon

Another lens expected to arrive this year from Tamron is a new 70-200mm f2.8 lens. The lens will have a different type of stabilization (VC) than the previous version which will bring the size down. Tamron actually claims that this 70-200mm will be the smallest in its class. The lens now features a XLD (xtra low dispersion) element as well as four low-dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and provide high contrast / high resolution images. This lens as well as the 90mm mentioned in a previous post both include moisture resistant construction. This lens will have a 77mm filter size with a minimum focus of 51.2 inches.

This lens will be available at the end of this year and the pricing has yet to be announced. Full specs can be found on the Tamron site here.

New 90mm f2.8 Macro From Tamron

Everyone is getting in on the Photokina product launch game. Tamron has announced a replacement for their version one 90mm macro f2.8 lens. The new version is actually quite an upgrade from the original and adds quite a few features like vibration control and their Ultrasonic Silent Drive with Internal Focus instead of the old noisy motor. The IF feature doesn’t have moving front lens elements which help keep the distance between the subject and lens the same regardless of focus distance. The lens also adds moisture resistant construction which is said to help weather proofing the lens a bit.

This lens is actually well known for being an excellent sharp 1:1 macro lens and these upgrades are very welcome. This lens is set to launch late this year and the price has yet to be announced, full specs and press release can be found here.

UPDATED: The Amazing Miyazaki-san Did It Again: Here Comes the MS-Optical Sonnetar 50/1.1 for Leica M

Image credit: Bellamy Hunt / Japan Camera Hunter

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, we stated that Miyazaki-san was from Tokyo. This is of course wrong — he actually lives and works in Honcho, Chiba. We apologize for the mistake.

A few days ago, the Leica world went abuzz when details of a new superfast 50mm lens made by the legendary Miyazaki-san from Chiba, Japan surfaced. After the supersmall 35mm f3.5 and 28mm f4 Perar lenses, this is his third M-mount lens creation which he — as always — designed and manufactured all on his own in his little workshop in Tokyo.

The 50mm f1.1 Sonnetar, technically a 51.7mm f1.163 lens, is based on the famous Sonnar design invented by Zeiss in the mid-twenties. Based on the basic Sonnar design, Miyazaki-san created a completely new lens design that not only features a superfast f1.1 initial aperture, but is also hardly larger than a contemporary Leica Summicron-M 35mm f2 lens.

The lens features multi-coated tantalum glass, a circular German-made 14-blade aperture mechanism and weighs in at only 190 grams (6.7 oz.) Additionally, the apeture ring turns stepless, offering extremely precise apeture control.  According to Bellamy Hunt, the lens has a speed-vs-sharpness sweet spot at around f1.6, being rather soft at f1.1 and getting gradually sharper from f2 onwards.

The first batch of this lens has alread sold out, but more are going to be made. The price will be around USD 1k. For more information, please visit If you can’t wait for the next batch of Sonnetar’s to be made, you can still get the equally fast and equally priced Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f1.1.

UPDATE: Dirk Rösler from Japan Exposures brought it to our attention that only the first batch of pre-orders from Japan Camera Hunter has sold out. He did not mention whether the lens will be available from Japan Exposures as well, but considering his good relations to Mr Miyazaki, we assume so. Make sure to check out his website for more information.

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15mm Shift Lens for Micro Four Thirds to Be Shown on Photokina

As 43rumors reports, the product finder of the photokina website shows a 2D rendering of a 15mm shift lens for Micro Four Thirds which will be shown at the fair next week. Little is known about this lens as of yet, except that the manufacturer is a German company with the name Big Photo. But if you ask me, what this concept drawing looks like is a Voigländer 15mm f4.5 Super Wide-Heliar that has been retrofitted with a shift mechanism:

Either way, this looks like a very interesting addition to the Micro Four Thirds system. With its equivalent focal of length of 30mm, this lens could be a great tool for architectural photography. Why? By shifting the optical axis of the lens, converging lines — for example in buildings photographed from a low viewpoint — can be made to appear (almost) parallel in the resulting image. This Wikipedia article explains the physics behind this in detail.

While visiting the fair, we will try to get our hands on this!

Nikon’s D600 is Finally Here: Basically A Full Frame Sensor in a D7000 Body

First off you guys want to know the price. Amazon and B&H have the body only for around the same price (With B&H being a bit more expensive) for around $2,096. Or you can get it with a lens from Amazon or B&H for $2,696 approximately. And can be pre-ordered!

And now the news: holy crap Batman! Nikon did it! They’ve announced the feature packed D600 DSLR: the world’s first entry level full frame DSLR. All the specs that you care about are after the jump.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to All the Stuff that Sony’s Unicorn’s Vomitted Today

We know that today’s announcements can be a tad bit overwhelming. Heck, it was overwhelming on the news team to get all this stuff to you today. But we did the job, so here’s the skinny:

– Sony announced the new RX1 point and shoot camera with a full frame sensor and a 35mm f2 fixed lens made by Carl Zeiss. We’ve got a news post with all the specs that you care about, and I had some personal fondling time with the camera too.

– The Sony NEX 6 was also true. Indeed, it is a step in between the NEX 7 and NEX 5R. So if you want something in between and if Sony’s menu system drives you bonkers, this may be the one for you. We’ve got all the news and our first impressions ready for you.

– We didn’t really think it was possible, but the Sony VG900 camcorder is the world’s first E-Mount camcorder with a full frame sensor. In fact, when you put a full frame lens on there, there is no cropping at all. We’ve got a news post explaining the technology and our first impressions too.

Sony’s A99 has been much anticipated. And today, the company is announcing their challenger to the Canon 5D Mk III and Nikon D800. The new camera features a 24.3MP full frame sensor and is smaller than all the direct competition. We’ve got a news post and our first impressions/thoughts.

– Not to be outdone in the lighting department, but the company also announced a new flash, and it seems very nice.

From the viewpoint of a technology journalist that has been in the industry and seen it change over the years, 2012 has to be the most exciting year that I’ve seen so far in the world of photography. Last year, we had earthquakes and other natural disasters cause a ton of havoc. And this year, we’re starting to see companies like Sony come in and innovate. Though we will hold our judgements for the final reviews, it goes without saying that the world is looking at Sony now and that the era of the big two may be over sooner or later.

Announcing The Sony A99, The First Full-Frame SLT Camera

The long awaited successor to the A900 is here,the Sony A99. Full-frame cameras have a long life cycle and this camera has been in development for four years. This incorporates the latest and best technology from Sony and is the first full-frame camera to offer articulating display, EVF, 60p as well as SLT.

Sony’s first priority for the A99 was to achieve exceptional image quality and with this in mind they developed brand new 24.3 mp sensor. The pixel count may remain the same as the A900 but everything has changed about this sensor all the down to the silicon is different. The sensor isn’t the only thing new about this camera, there are many new features coming to the A99 including a dual AF system, display, video features and more. Continue reading…

Sony Expands the NEX Series With the NEX-6 and Three Lenses

Sony today announces the latest additions to their NEX mirrorless system: the NEX-6 camera body, the SEL 10-18mm f4 lens, the SEL 35mm f1.8 lens and the SEL PZ 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens. While the NEX-6, as its name suggests, occupies the slot between the medium-level NEX-5R and higher-end NEX-7 models, the SEL 10-18mm f4 is the first super wide angle zoom lens to be introduced to the NEX system, with a focal length of 15-27mm equivalent to 35mm full-frame. The SEL 35mm f1.8 with its 52.5mm-equivalent focal length takes the place of a fast normal lens in the NEX system, and finally the new 16-50mm power zoom lens is an almost pancake lens sized new kit zoom, with a focal length of 24-75mm-equivalent.


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Sony’s RX-1 is the World’s First Full Frame Digital Point and Shoot Camera

At this point in the game, we’re very positive that the internet can’t keep it’s big mouth shut. And with that said, all the leaks were true. The new Sony RX1 is the world’s first full frame point and shoot camera with a fixed 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss Lens. We’ve got a full hands on post, but if you want to sit here and look at pretty pictures and specs, hit the jump.

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E-Mount Goes Full-Frame With The New VG900

I had no idea that this was up Sony’s sleeve all along, the mount was made with the intention one day to go full-frame. E-mount has come a long way, we have had two NEX-VG cameras already as well as the FS100 and FS700. Today the Sony E-mount stretched it’s arms and legs and came out with the Nex-VG900.

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Hasselblad’s H5D Medium Format DSLR and 24mm f4.8 Lens Will Require A Fair and Even Trade of Both Kidneys And Maybe Your Good Eye

Today, Hasselblad announced the H5D Medium Format DSLR and a brand new 24mm f4.8 (that equates to around 17mm on a 35mm sized sensor. We’ve used the H4D before, and it was a pretty awesome camera. Sticking to what works, the H5D seems to have some modest upgrades internally but a brand spankin’ new look on the outside. The camera features the new True Focus II system, but there aren’t too many details on it just yet. But for those of you who love to focus and recompose, the True Focus system is for you. The company also claims that they have the largest and brightest viewfinder on the market in addition to better weather sealing and a new sensor unit safety lock.

To boot, you’ll also get the camera with both Adobe Lightroom 4 and Phocus 2.7. To be honest, I hate the Phocus software, and anyone buying this camera bad already better have Lightroom 4 or Capture One Pro.

Finally, the other big feature seems to be the fact that the camera can deliver, “Print-Ready JPEGS” which to me just sounds like fine tuning on the Adobe RGB profile. On a personal level, I hope that it can shoot Adobe RGB JPEGs and SRBG RAWs. That would be awesome.

The H5D Series will be available as models with 40, 50 and 60 megapixels as well as 50 and 200 megapixel Multi-Shot versions and will start shipping in December 2012. We will try to call in a review unit.

The IMPOSSIBLE Project Makes Another Impossible Project Possible

Quite a while ago, some fans of the then-deceased Polaroid instant films announced that thy were going to re-develop and re-introduce these films for all those out there who weren’t quite ready to give up their beloved instant cameras yet. In the meantime, the IMPOSSIBLE project has been made possible, and a number of new instant film emulations have been marketed — black-and-white as well as color — that can be fed to various of the no longer made Polaroid instant cameras.

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Announcing The Pentax K-5 II and IIs Without The AA Filter

Here it is ladies and gents, well at least those of you who are loyal to Pentax, your new king is here. Pentax has now announced their newest flagship camera, the Pentax K-5 II and IIs. As Nikon did with the D800 and D800E the only difference with the two new Pentax cameras is that the IIs doesn’t have an anti-aliasing filter.
The company has also developed a new AF, LCD screen and a high quality CMOS sensor for the the K-5. The camera also has the expected awesome features that Pentax cameras usually have like Shake Reduction and weather resistance (which is understating the ability as seen in videos online). More on the camera and additional details will follow. Continue reading…

Lens Announcement: HD Pentax D FA 645 Macro 90mm f2.8 ED AW SR … Whoa, That’s a LONG Name!

Together with a bunch of other new lenses, ranging from the teeny-tiny 06 Telephoto Zoom lens for the Q system via an all-purpose zoom lens for K-mount and a super-telephoto for the same, Pentax also announces the latest addition to its 645 medium format system, a 90mm f2.8 macro lens. As with all of Pentax’ 645 lenses, this one can be used on film as well as digital bodies. On the former it renders an image with an angle-of-view of 42.5°, while on the latter it produces a 34° a-o-v, comparable to that of a 71mm lens on 35mm full-frame. It is the third lens expicitly developed for the digital 645D medium format camera, after the 55mm f2.8 normal lens and the 25mm f4 wide angle lens.

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