Equipment

 

Leica Debuts Four More Cameras at Photokina, Charges $300 Extra for Rebranded LX100

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Today has been all Leica at Photokina, and we’re not even done yet. Beyond the new big guns in the S-series, the LCD-less digital rangefinder and the all-mechanical M-A film rangefinder, Leica also improved its compact camera lineup with a number of new additions.

Specifically, they announced the Leica X, Leica X-E, Leica D-LUX and Leica V-LUX. Read more…

Rumor: Photo of a Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens Pops Up Online

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A photo of a previously-patented ultra-wide angle zoom lens leaked online earlier today, and it has the Canon faithful all atwitter in the hopes that the leaked image is indeed the real thing and not just some hoax playing on their hopes and dreams. Read more…

Polaroid Shows Off Instagram Logo Lookalike ‘Socialmatic’ Camera at Photokina

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The long-awaited Polaroid ‘Socialmatic’ — a square camera that looks like the Instagram app logo (which was, of course, inspired by a Polaroid camera in the first place) — is one step closer to an official release. And now that Polaroid brought some prototypes with them to Photokina, the unwieldy digital instant camera is starting to look more and more like a potential flop. Read more…

Leica Releases 4K-Capable CMOS and ‘Entry-Level’ CCD S-Series Medium Format Cameras

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Looking to make its medium format S-series lineup a bit more robust, Leica unveiled two new S-series camera bodies and a new S-series lens at Photokina this morning. The two cameras are the ‘entry-level’ CCD-sensor Leica S-E (Type 006) and the ‘top-end’ 4K-capable CMOS-sensor Leica S (Type 007), and they’re joined by the Summicron-S 100mm f/2 lens. Read more…

Olympus Jumps On Lens Camera Bandwagon with ‘Open Platform’ Project

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It looks like Sony started something with its QX-series lens cameras. Olympus, with some help from MIT, is jumping on the bandwagon at Photokina where they’ve debuted a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens module that is meant to connect up with your smartphone and tablet and be used much the same way the QX cameras are. Read more…

Leica Unveils the All-New, All-Mechanical M-A Film Rangefinder

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If removing the LCD from a digital rangefinder just isn’t retro enough for you, Leica has something that even the most adamant of purists won’t be able to dog. Dubbed the Leica M-A (Typ 127), this all-new film rangefinder is 100% mechanical: no built-in light meter, no electronic control, this beauty doesn’t even take batteries.

Forget the Nikon Df, THIS is ‘pure photography.’ Read more…

The M Edition 60: Leica Celebrates 60 Years of the M-Series with LCD-Less Rangefinder

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60 years ago, in 1954, the very first M-Series rangefinder made its debut, and Leica has decided to celebrate this occasion by releasing a digital rangefinder that is as close to that original M3 as possible. So say goodbye to the LCD screen and embark on a journey back to the ‘essence of photography’ with the Leica M Edition 60. Read more…

Canon Pushes the Bridge Camera Envelope with 65x Superzoom, Also Debuts Sharing-Friendly N2

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Whether you’re looking for ridiculous reach or social-friendly, strangely-shaped cameras, Canon’s got you covered today with the last of its camera announcements from Photokina. Not as exciting as the Sony-competitor G7 X or the long-awaited 7D Mark II, the two other point-and-shoots Canon debuted are nevertheless interesting additions to the family. Read more…

Sony Adds 16-35mm f/4 OSS to Its Full-Frame E-Mount Lineup, Teases Fast Primes

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one of the major downsides of the exceptional Sony A7, A7r and A7s full-frame mirrorless cameras is the lack of native lenses, but Sony and ZEISS are working hard to remedy that.

Just last week ZEISS debuted the Loxia line of FE lenses, and today Sony introduced a brand new wide-angle lens and teased several primes at Photokina. Read more…

Olympus Woos the Pros with Silver E-M1, Major Firmware Update, and New 40-150mm f/2.8 Lens

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Olympus wants pros to seriously consider the company’s flagship OM-D E-M1 as their primary shooter, and the new silver version of the powerful camera, the major firmware version 2.0 that shipped with it, and the brand new 40-150mm f/2.8 lens make that abundantly clear. Read more…