Photokina 2012 in Cologne Germany wrapped up a few weeks ago. Better late than never…

Here are some standouts:

D600

D600

 

  • Canon EOS 6D (around $2k)  20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to L: 50, H1: 51200, and H2: 102400, for incredible image quality even in low light, and a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor delivers enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed. A new 11-point AF including a high-precision center cross-type AF point with EV -3 sensitivity allows focusing in extreme low-light conditions, and with continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps. Click here for more info

    Canon EOS 6d

Canon 6D vs Nikon D600? Haven’t tested yet but….Nikon looks a little more interesting with built in flash, more MP, higher frame rate (5.5fps vs 4.5fps).

 

  • Next up is the Panasonic GH3 LUMIX® 16 Megapixel Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic Lumix GH3

I currently have a GH2 and have found it to be a great HD SLR video camera (still are ok too), this new camera looks very promising. Click here for more info  Looks like better construction, reduced noise, etc.

 

  •  Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135  Carl Zeiss is presenting the new Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 during Photokina Visitors to the world’s leading trade fair for imaging technology can experience Carl Zeiss’ longest medium telephoto lens in the range of high-quality SLR lenses. With the Apo Sonnar T* 2/135, the company is substantially extending the creative possibilities available in the medium tele range. Photographers and HD video cinematographers now have a total of thirteen SLR lenses to choose, with focal lengths of 15 to 135 millimeters. -from zeiss website  click here for more info

Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 135mm f/2

 

 

  • Zeiss Distagon T* 55mm f/1.4  (EUR 3,000…ouch)  from zeiss press release, “Due to the high performance required, we were looking for a fresh approach. It is true that the Distagon type is predominantly found in wide-angle lenses. This is because wide-angle lenses also require additional design effort in terms of number and arrangement of lenses. Since we were aiming for the best possible imaging performance for the new family of lenses, we decided to manufacture the 1.4/55 as a Distagon. Due to the number and arrangement of lenses, this lens unit is slightly larger in size and weight but uncompromising in its performance.”

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4

 

This looks like the start of a new super high end lens line for 35mm DSLR’s. Arrival is expected in Fall 2013.  click here for more info

 

 

And now for something not so cool…

Hasselblad Lunar Launch

Hasselblad Lunar

I love Hasselblad, my favorite film cameras might be the 500c/m, 501 and SWC Superwide cameras…simple, reliable, no batteries, great lenses, etc. A well made system. This Lunar looks hokey. Instead of filling a void in the market with something like a digital Xpan (maybe a 24mm x 50+mm sensor) or somehow create a full frame 6x6cm digital back for all of those old Hassy bodies collecting dust. But, wow fancy grips?