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!


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Quick Look: Vanguard Quovio 44

At Photo Plus Expo 2012, I was introduced to a new photography backpack  the Quovio 44 from Vanguard. Why it’s named that, I don’t know. I do know that this this backpack can handle a decent amount of gear, amongst other things. If you are a ultra active photographer, or always on the go, be it on a nature hikes or long photo walks in the city, the Quovio 44 may interest you.

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First Impressions: Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CB Tripod With BBH-200 Ballhead

I took a quick stop to see what our friends at Vanguard had this year and long and behind  they come out with a  new carbon fiber tripod with with ballhead. Vanguard makes some really cool backpacks, bags as well as monopods and tripods  I’ve never had the chance to see what their tripods look and feel like until now.

Let’s take a quick look.

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Using the Canon 1D X and the 24-70mm f2.8 L II To Shoot Former Top Chef Winners

This past week at Photo Plus 2012, Canon invited journalists out to a special event. They gathered two former Top Chef winners and had them compete against one another in a cook-off. Journalists were free to wander the facilities and also were treated to prints of one of their images. Different cameras and lenses were available. Since I’m currently reviewing the new 24-70mm f2.8 USM II L, I decided to put that on the 1D X and also use my 580 EX II despite there already being quite a bit of light available.

In general, I kept the ISOs down to ISO 400, and had the flash pointed in different directions for various creative lighting techniques. The lens was also usually kept somewhere between f2.8 to f5.6.


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First Impressions: CRU DataPort ToughTech Duo 3SR

We all know have crucial our work is to us. Especially in the digital world we live in today. Having reliable backups and storage is something you have to invest into as much as any lens, or body. It should not be overlooked. I had a few moments to visit CRU DataPort a company that has been in the business for a while and known famously for their tough military spec. products.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the things CRU had on display.


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First Impressions: Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM and 35mm f1.4 DG HSM

At Photo Plus 2012, we had the opportunity to sit down with Sigma and take a look at their brand new lenses announced at Photokina. In particular, the 120-300mm f2.8 OS DG HSM and the 35mm f1.4 DG HSM wowed us. With that said though, we were only able to handle prototypes in the Sigma SD mount, and we weren’t allowed to put a card in the camera to take a look at the image quality.

Nonetheless though, the lenses were incredibly impressive and represent a total re-branding and re-envisioning with the company. Sigma lenses have been under a lot of heat for years (admittedly so even from us.) But put any one of their prime lenses from the last five years onto your camera, and you’ll be stunned at not only the quality, but just how overall great they are. Around Photokina, the company also announced new quality control measures as well as marketing strategies for the lenses. And of any lenses the company has put out before, these are two of what I consider to be some of the most important lenses in the company’s history as they are not only the first to be subject to the re-branding, but also the new QC efforts. They may seriously and potentially change what forum readers have been saying for years.


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