Sony Set to Launch an APS-C G1 X Competitor?

Canon G1 X

Sony Alpha Rumors is pegging a compact Sony APS-C camera that will go head-to-head with the Canon G1 X.  Reportedly, the camera would use a pancake zoom lens to keep the size down.

I think Sony has a great thing going with the NEX line. So, I’m very interested to see what such a camera could add to Sony’s lineup.  If anything, I think a fixed-lens camera seems more accessible to a larger market.  This isn’t necessarily in terms of price (the Canon G1 X isn’t cheap), but rather in terms of perceived user experience. [Read more…]

Nikon D800 Dealer Pricing Revealed

Nikon Rumors uncovered an interesting little tidbit regarding the dealer pricing of the Nikon D800 in the US.

The D800 that your dealer sells to you for $3000 cost the dealer $2700, while the D800E sells for $3300 and cost the dealer $2970 – a markup of 11% and 10%, respectively.  Accessories, however, are a different ball game altogether…

[via Nikon Rumors]

PocketWizard Plus III Announced for $139

PocketWizard Plus III

PocketWizard Plus III transceivers are out now. The Plus III offers 32 channels, a more durable antenna, a crazy Long Range Mode and a Repeater Mode.  Long Range Mode sacrifices a little sync speed for a the sake of extended range.  Repeater Mode allows you to use additional Plus III’s as a repeated to extend the full range for each additional unit.

Retail is $139.  Check them out at B&H Photo here.

Lots more from David Hobby and PocketWizard.com.

New Canon 500mm & 600mm Lenses Available in May 2012

Canon 600mm f/4L IS II

Canon USA has issued an update on the availability of its 500mm f/4L IS II and 600mm f/4L IS II lenses, which were previously announced in February 2011.  Initially, the lenses were set to be available in May and June 2011; however, that was pushed back until December 2011 and ultimately listed as TBD for the availability of both models.

Now, Canon says that both lenses will be available in May 2012.  Currently, B&H lists the availability for each lens as April 25, 2012.  Check the following links.

Canon 500mm f/4L IS II @ B&H

Canon 600mm f/4L IS II @ B&H