Canon PowerShot G15 Offers Bright Lens and Faster AF

Canon G15

The Canon PowerShot G15 picks up where the G12 left off and steps up the game for the serious compact camera line with a f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) and faster AF and shot-to-shot times.

The G15 sports a conservative 12.1MP CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 5 image processor, while offering max ISO speeds up to 12,800 and 1080p HD video capture.  The G15 continues the serious feature set of a hot shoe for Canon Speedlites and an optical viewfinder, as well as a 3-inch 922k-dot res LCD.

The Canon G15 should be available in October for $499.99. Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Canon G15 Key Features

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ LCD Monitor
  • 5x Optical Zoom 6.1-30.5mm Lens
  • 28-140mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 1080p HD Video Capture
  • 12800 ISO
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • 10fps Continuous Capture
  • RAW & JPEG Capture

Canon 6D Officially Unveiled

Canon 6D

Canon finally took the wraps off the long-awaited EOS 6D, which is the latest full frame DSLR in Canon’s EOS lineup. The 6D gets Canon’s lowest retail pricepoint for a full frame shooter at $2099, which just happens to be the same price of the new Nikon D600.

The Canon 6D features a new 20.2MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5+ processor.  Additionally, the Canon 6D sports an 11-point AF system, a 3-inch LCD and the ability to capture HD movies at 1080p in 24p/30p.  The 6D features a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600 (or ISO 50-102400 with expansion).

The Canon 6D eschews the CF format for memory – opting for SDXC cards instead (another first for a full frame Canon DSLR). Additionally, the 6D offers built-in GPS with image tagging and tracking modes available.

The Canon 6D should be available in December 2012 for $2099.  It is also available as a kit with the solid EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for $2899.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Sony Shipping This Week


The Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Sony will start to ship this week.  Here are the key features:

  • Wireless 2.4GHz. TTL and Manual Flash Triggering
  • Remote power control of groups in TTL with +/- EV adjustments (3 stops in 1/3 stop increments  – 18 different levels.)
  • Remote manual mode flash power control with 1/3 stop adjustments
  • Remote flash head zoom adjustments – auto or manual
  • Mix TTL and Manual flash – fire some groups in TTL, others as manual
  • Remote power control in A:B ratio modes with +/- EV adjustments
  • High speed sync – shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
  • Second curtain sync functions
  • Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in-1, Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Triggers and Phottix Atlas II Triggers
  • Upgradeable firmware via built-in USB port.

Now that they’ve made a TTL trigger with that ridiculous, backwards mount, Sony unloads the A99 and RX1 with a standard ISO hot shoe.  I talked to Phottix about this and was told that they are actively evaluating Sony’s new move and when update us once their R&D team has had time to assess the new Sony system.  In the mean, their are a whole lot of Sony Alpha shooters out their with the old Minolta mount that can make immediate use of these new triggers.

Check out the Phottix Online Store, Amazon or Adorama for Phottix products.

Canon 6D Detailed Specs

Detailed specs for the 20MP Canon 6D full frame DSLR have leaked.  Note that these specs provide for a 1/8000s max shutter speed, which is different from prior specs rumors that referenced 1/4000s max shutter speed.

The camera should be announced in the next few hours with a retail price of $2099, so we should know for certain in a little while.

Check out the full specs below. [Read more…]

Sekonic Introduces Touchscreen Light Meters: LITEMASTER PRO L-478D and L-478DR

Sekonic L-478DR

Ahead of Photokina 2012, Sekonic unveiled its new LITEMASTER PRO L-478 series light meters.  The LITEMASTER PRO L-478D and L-478DR.

The L-478DR has the ability to wirelessly control your flashes via PocketWizard ControlTL.  It can also trigger standard PocketWizard Plus or MultiMax transceivers, as well as other strobes with built-in PocketWizard control.

Both models feature metering modes for strobes and continuous lights – with options for frame rate and shutter angle available in cine mode.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Fuji XF1 Specs and Price Leak Out, RAW Capture Confirmed

Fuji XF1

The Fuji XF1 is the latest in the X-Series lineup and set to be announced later tonight (or early morning).  Most of the details on the new camera, however, have already leaked out via Samy’s Camera (although Samy’s appears to have removed those specs as of now).

The Fuji XF1 will feature a 12MP 2/3-inch CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization on its 4x zoom lens (25-100mm equivalent).  The lens offers a variable aperture of f/1.8-4.9 . . . so, very bright on the wide end.  Other features include full HD video capture and 360-degree panoramic images.

Some great news is that the XF1 will offer RAW capture.  Earlier spec leaks/rumors did not mention RAW capture, which cause some concern among enthusiasts.  So, kudos to Fuji for putting this important feature in this new X-Series shooter. [Read more…]