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NEW from Phase One: the IQ2 digital back

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Phase One announced, today, the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13 f-stops of dynamic range, plus new options to meet specific photographic goals. Building on the IQ digital back platform, the technical advances in the Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic go beyond delivering ultra-high megapixel resolution to introduce greater mobility and workflow flexibility for professional photographers.

All IQ2 camera backs feature full-frame 645 format sensors designed collaboratively by Phase One and Teledyne Dalsa to deliver the world’s best image quality. In addition, Phase One IQ2 camera backs deliver a full 13 f-stops of dynamic range, which combined with meticulous calibration and careful hardware and software optimization ensures that the image quality is matched by no other camera.

The 80 megapixel IQ280 puts Wi-Fi in a new perspective, enabling remote image capture and viewing of huge 80 megapixel images on an iPad running Phase One’s Capture Pilot App. It represents the pinnacle of image quality. With an ISO as low as 35, no other camera or digital back can get better silk-like images.

The 60 megapixel IQ260 offers unparalleled capture versatility, with exposure ranges from 1/10000s to one hour with virtually noise-free images. The 60 megapixel sensor at the heart of the IQ260 is a unique 645 format full-frame device found only in this digital back. It offers the widest exposure range opportunities on the market coupled with phenomenal image quality. And both the IQ280 and IQ260 capture raw images at 16-bitcolour depth per channel, enabling reproduction of scenes with ultra-smooth transitions.

The Phase One IQ260 Achromatic is a dedicated image capture device designed to deliver the highest-quality pure black and white images. It fully shares the IQ2 series’ unplugged assets. At the core of this system is a 60-megapixel sensor with no colour filter array mounted, which means that no interpolation is necessary. Each and every pixel of the sensor is focused purely on capturing the finest details of an image. This digital back comes with no mounted IR cut-off filter, and the IQ260 Achromatic is capable of capturing image in three light spectrums: infrared, visible and ultraviolet  – permitting photographers to experiment with a wide range of their choice of filters to create unique images for artistic and scientific purposes.

Whether you are into 80 megapixel captures, one hour long exposures or pure black and white imagery, there is an IQ2 for you. Each IQ2 model features a large 3.2 inch high-resolution touch screen display, fast wired and wireless connectivity and and an extremely durable aluminum design.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 80 megapixel captures
  • 13 f-stops dynamic range
  • Long exposures – up to one hour
  • Wireless remote control
  • Wirelessly check, and enrich images
  • Pure black and white sensor
  • Full-frame 645 format sensors
  • High resolution touch display
  • USB3 and FireWire 800 connections

 
>> Read the press release
 

Available June 2013; MSRP starting at $39,990 USD
 

SEE THE IQ2 IN ACTION:

Fashion photographer, Frederico Martins, on Fuerteventura shooting an editorial for Elle with the new IQ2 digital back.

 
Landscape photographer, Joe Cornish, visits Iceland to give the new Phase One IQ260 digital back a test drive.

 
Fine art photographer, Bernd Radtke, visits the old olympic village in Berlin to shoot black and white images with the new Phase One IQ260 Achromatic digital back.

 

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NEW from Leica: the D-Lux 6, V-Lux 4, M and M-E

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Leica has just  launched four exciting new cameras and a host of new lenses and accompanying accessories.

With its newly developed Summilux zoom lens, the D-Lux 6 takes a top spot in the compact camera segment. This camera is epitomized by speed and optical quality. The D-Lux 6 which fits into a shirt pocket is ideal for available light photography and a variety of creative options.

LEICA D-LUX 6 KEY FEATURES:

  • Newly developed Leica DC-Vario-Summilux zoom lens 4.7-17.7mm f/1.4 -2.3 ASPH. (24-90 mm equivalent)
  • Newly developed 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 10 Megapixels
  • High-resolution optional EVF 3 viewfinder with 1.4 million pixels
  • Manual aperture ring for greater creative freedom
  • New high-resolution display with 960,000 pixels
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Full HD 1080p AVCHD and MP4 video capture
  • Faster burst shooting speed of 12 fps
  • Panorama and spirit level function

Available November 2012; MSRP: $799

The V-Lux 4 has the potential to become the star within the Leica compact camera portfolio. Its ultra fast 4.5-108mm f/2.8 zoom lens is a true optical masterpiece that makes the camera even more universal than its predecessor.

LEICA V-LUX 4 KEY FEATURES:

  • Newly developed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Super 24x zoom lens 4.5-108mm f/1:2.8 ASPH. (25-600 mm equivalent)
  • Newly developed 1/2.33″ CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 12 Megapixels
  • High-resolution integrated EVF with 1.3 million pixels
  • Tilt-and-rotate display
  • Full HD 1080p AVCHD and MP4 video capture
  • Panorama feature and high speed burst shooting
  • High-speed auto-focus and super fast camera start-up time (< 1 sec. )
  • Photos can be stored in JPEG or RAW format
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (download available on the Leica website)

Leica V-LUX 4

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Available November 2012; MSRP: $899

The Leica M is the first M camera to implement a newly designed and constructed CMOS image sensor and to feature additional focusing methods and functions like Live View and Full HD video capability.  It is the most versatile model ever in the history of Leica rangefinder cameras and sets entirely new standards.

LEICA M KEY FEATURES:

  • The smallest interchangeable lens full frame camera in the world
  • Best in class image quality
  • Brilliant viewfinder quality and precise focusing through the Leica rangefinder
  • Outstanding image quality thanks to newly developed LEICA MAX CMOS Sensor
  • Extended applications with Live View and electronic viewfinder
  • Simple, high-precision focusing thanks to Live View focus and focus peaking
  • Digital full frame for Leica R lenses, with the Leica R Adapter M
  • “Leica Look” videos with Full HD video capture
  • Many additional performance enhancements

Available early 2013; MSRP: $6950

Featuring the proven, high-resolution, 18 MP CCD sensor in full 35 mm format, the Leica M-E offers maximum imaging quality in combination with the distinct advantages of rangefinder photography. Its most distinctive feature is a minimized, purist, design statement.

LEICA M-E KEY FEATURES:

  • The smallest interchangeable lens full frame camera in the world
  • Unique Leica lenses deliver the best image quality
  • Brilliant viewfinder quality and precise focusing through the Leica rangefinder
  • The essence of rangefinder photography, reduced to the essential photographic features
  • Classic Leica M design with anthracite grey on top cover and easy grip leather
  • Ideal entry-level model at an attractive price

Available September 2012; MSRP: $5,450

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NEW from Canon: the EOS 6D

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Canon announced, today, it’s smallest and lightest full-frame digital SLR – the EOS 6D. Not only is it smaller in stature (20% lighter than the 5D Mark III), it will leave a smaller dent in your wallet with its suggested retail price of $2,099.99 (well over a grand less that the aforementioned.)

A newly designed 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS features, HDR and Multiple Exposure modes all pack a powerful punch.

Canon EOS 6D Key Features:

  • 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.0″ Clear View high resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ image processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Full HD 1080p with manual controls
  • 11-Point AF with centre cross-type point
  • 63-Zone dual layer metering sensor
  • Extended ISO range of 50-102400
  • Up to 4.5 full resolution FPS
  • Built-in HDR and Multiple Exposure modes

>> Read the press release

The Canon EOS 6D will be available December 2012; MSRP (body only) $2,099.99, (w/ EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM zoom lens) $2,899.99.

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SONY PRODUCT LAUNCH: Full-frame in your pocket and more!

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At a press event, Wednesday, Sony launched a slew of exciting new product, including four new cameras (the NEX-5R, NEX-6,  Alpha α99 and Cyber-shot RX1 ) as well as two new camcorders (the NEX-VG30 and NEX-VG900.)

NEW! CYBER-SHOT
A full-frame point-and-shoot, you say? That’s crazy talk. Well, not anymore! Sony’s newest member of the Cyber-shot family is a palm-sized, compact camera that boasts a full-frame 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor. Combined with a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens and Sony’s advanced BIONZ image processing engine, this is definitely the little camera that could!

 

Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Key Features:

  • Full-frame 24mp CMOS sensor
  • JPEG, 14-bit RAW image capture
  • 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens
  • Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24 or 60fps
  • High Speed AF as fast as 0.13 seconds
  • Dedicated focus, iris and macro rings
  • Full-frame 24MP bursts at up to 5fps
  • Hot shoe for external flash, viewfinder
  • Auto HDR protects highlight and shadow
  • Available December 2012; MSRP: $3,000

>> Download the DSC-RX1 brochure

>> Read the press release

NEW! ALPHA NEX CAMERAS
New to the NEX lineup of interchangeable lens cameras is the NEX-5R, with a 16.1mp APS HD CMOS sensor, and the NEX-6, with a 16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor. The NEX-5R features a fast hybrid AF, as does the NEX-6  – expanding upon that with an OLED viewfinder, enhanced control, expandability and Wi-Fi® capabilities.

 

NEX-5R Key Features:

  • 16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor
  • Full HD Movies
  • Wi-Fi® Sharing
  • 180-degree tiltable 3.0” Touch LCD
  • Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses
  • Sweep Panorama™ technology
  • Clear Imagezoom
  • Six Creative Style settings
  • Available October 2012; MSRP: (body only) $650, (w/18-55mm kit zoom lens) $750

>> Download the NEX-5R brochure

>> Read the press release

 

NEX-6 Key Features:

  • 16.1MP APS-C sensor
  • Up to 10 fps shooting
  • Fast Hybrid AF with phase detection
  • AVCHD™ 1080 60p/60i/24p HD movies
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®
  • Quick Navi controls
  • Built-in flash
  • Available November 2012; MSRP: (body only) $850, (w/SELP1650 power zoom lens) $1,000

>> Download the NEX-6 brochure

>> Read the press release

NEW!  ALPHA DSLRs
More full-frame image capture has also been added to the Alpha DSLR family, in the form of the Alpha α99 and its 24.3mp 35mm full-frame sensor. The new flagship Alpha α99 combines all of the benefits of full-frame imaging with the responsiveness and speed of Translucent Mirror Technology and Sony’s new dual phase-detect AF system.

 

Sony Alpha α99 Key Features:

  • 24.3MP 35mm full-frame sensor
  • 14-bit RAW output
  • Uncompressed Full 1080 HDMI® output in 24p/60p/60i
  • Up to 25600 ISO
  • Dual AF
  • Continuous AF in all modes
  • Up to 10 fps in Tele-zoom mode
  • 3″ tiltable LCD
  • Available October 2012; MSRP: (body only) $3,000

NEW!  NEX: CAMCORDERS
With its resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the NEX-VG30’s Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor assures outstanding image quality with the family of interchangeable E-mount lenses, while the NEX-VG900 is the first Handycam camcorder with a 35mm sensor to fully exploit the artistic potential of interchangeable lenses.

 

Sony NEX-VG30 Key Features:

  • 16.1MP Exmor® APS-C HD CMOS sensor
  • Direct power zoom w/ variable zoom speed control
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Quad Capsule Spatial Array Surround mic (5.1 channel)
  • Available November 2012; MSRP: (body only) $1,800

 

Sony NEX-VG900 Key Features:

  • 24.3MP full-frame 35mm Exmor™ HD CMOS sensor
  • Full HD 1080/60i/60p/24p
  • Quad Capsule Spatial Array Surround mic (5.1 channel)
  • A-mount lens compatible via included adapter
  • Available November 2012; MSRP: $3,300

 >> Download the NEX-VG30/NEX-VG900 brochure

>> Read the press release

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NEW from Nikon: the full-frame D600!

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As promised Nikon announced, today, the new D600 – a 24.3 mp full-frame DSLR in an incredibly lightweight & compact format.

Now the power of a pro-level Nikon FX-format camera—stunning full-frame images, cinema-quality 1080p videos, superior low-light performance, blazing fast framing and burst rates, built-in HDR, wireless photo sharing and much more—is attainable in a compact, lightweight HD-SLR.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 processor
  • 3.2″ LCD monitor
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • 100-6400 ISO – expandable to 50-25600
  • 5.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 39 wide-area AF focus points
  • Stereo mic & headphone inputs
  • i-TTL flash
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with optional adapter

>> Read the press release
 
Nikon D600 D-Movie

The Nikon D600 is available now for pre-order (shipping Sept. 18) at Vistek in five configurations:

Body only ($2,099.99)
Body + AF-S 24-85 VR II ($2,649.99)
• Body + AF-S 24-120 VR II ($3,348.99)
• Body + AF-S 28-300 VR II ($3,173.99)
Body + AF-S 24-70/2.8 ($3,778.99)

NB: prices are subject to change.

Nikon D600

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NEW from Canon: the EOS-1D C and C500 4K Cinema cameras

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If you’re headed to NAB this year, you’re going to want to check out these two new exciting releases from Canon. The EOS-1D C and C500 4K Cinema cameras, along with two new lenses were recently announced  – in advance of the annual Las Vegas trade show and convention.

The EOS-1D C has the same chassis and still-shooting features as the  EOS-1D X and captures 4096 x 2160 8-bit 4:2:2 video to a CF card at 24 fps. Targeting the motion picture, television and high-resolution production industries, the EOS-1D C features an 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600.

4K video is captured by an approximately APS-H-sized portion of the full image sensor, while Full HD video can be captured in the user’s choice of two different imaging formats: the standard Full HD setting, which  captures the full 36mm width of the CMOS sensor to achieve the largest possible angle of view for any compatible lens or an optional Super 35 crop setting which enables cinematographers to match the industry-standard imaging format and angle of view achieved by traditional motion picture cameras. This enables video footage from the EOS-1D C camera to more closely match the look of footage from other cameras in multi-camera shooting environments.

Key Features:

  • 4k movies
  • 1080p at 50/60fps; Canon Log Gamma
  • Uncompressed HDMI output
  • 18 MP Full Frame CMOS
  • Up to 12fps stills; 14fps mode
  • 61 point AF system
  • ISO range 100-25600
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ processors
  • Clear View II 8.1cm (3.2”) LCD
  • EF lens compatible

Available: by year-end 2012; MSRP: $15,000.

>> Read the press release

 

Canon EOS-1DC AND C500

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The Canon EOS C500 will offer raw 4K output and will be available with Canon’s EF mount and the industry-standard PL mount.  The camera will not only support 4K-resolution video but also outputs this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering. The cameras offer the additional versatility of being able to output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), full HD (1920 x 1080), and other imaging options.

If you happen to be in Las Vegas April 14 through 19, drop by Canon Booth #C4325  where they’ll have on display a prototype of the C500 at NAB 2012.

The Cinema EOS C500 simultaneously records in-camera a 50 Mbps HD proxy video to a CF card that is immediately available to support offline editing. Equipped with a newly developed Super 35mm-equivalent approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS sensor, the cameras will be compatible with Canon’s wide range of interchangeable EF Cinema and PL-mount lenses and EF lenses for Canon SLR cameras.

 
A 15.5-47mm T/2.8 and 30-105mm T/2.8 lens have also been announced as part of a development series of four EF Cinema zoom lenses.

>> Read the press release

 

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NEW from Canon: EOS 5D Mark III

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It’s here! The EOS 5D Mark III boasts a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light and next generation DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed.
  • New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8).
  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and colour information for optimizing exposure and image quality.
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds), selectable “All i-frame” or IPB compressions, embedded timecode, manual audio level control while recording, and headphone terminal.
  • Outstanding shooting performance: up to 6.0 fps continuous shooting using a UDMA CF card.
  • Magnesium-alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 150,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance, and updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system for improved vibration-based dust removal.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with superimposed LCD display with approximately 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 34.1°, and 0.71x magnification.
  • 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure modes expand creative possibilities.
  • Improved handling with the addition of new customizable controls, enhanced recording options with Dual Card Slots for CF and SD cards, Dual
  • Axis Electronic Level, and compatibility with optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS Receiver.

>> Read the Press Release.

Available: March 2012; MSRP: (body only)$3,799.99; (body w/EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens) $4,649.99

Available for pre-order NOW!

Announced along with the 5D Mark III were three new lenses: The EF 24-70mm F2.8 II USM, EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM and EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM.

Other accessories announced include:

  • Speedlite 600EX-RT (available March 2012; MSRP: $729.99)
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (available March 2012; MSRP: $389.99)
  • GP-E2 GPS Receiver (available April 2012; MSRP: $399.99)
  • Battery Grip BG-E11 (available April 2012; MSRP: $449.99)
  • Bracket AB-E1 (available April 2012; MSRP: $199.99)

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Leica M9: the world’s smallest full-frame system camera

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LeicaM9

Leica revealed, today, the M9 –  a full-frame digital rangefinder camera with a Kodak-developed CCD sensor.  The 24 x 36mm, 18 megapixel sensor features improved offset microlenses to optimize performance at the edges of the frame along with a sensor cover with improved filtering of infrared light so lens-mounted IR filters are no longer needed.

Featuring the Leica viewfinder / rangefinder system, the camera’s high-resolution, full-format image sensor fully exploits the performance of the complete Leica M system lenses. The one-piece full-metal housing is made of a high-strength magnesium alloy, combined with a solid brass top and bottom plate that provides perfect protection for the camera in all photographic situations.

Some of the camera’s cool new features include:

  • External (rather than accessed via a menu) ISO adjustment button
  • Microprocessor-controlled, particularly silent, metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter that enables shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds.
  • A simple, clearly laid-out and intuitive menu system that concentrates purely on the essentials

See it for yourself at Vistek Toronto, this Friday (Sept. 11) at 11am. The camera’s official unveiling will take place along with the launch of the Leica S2 at a special Vistek-only FREE seminar.

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