World’s First Full-Frame Compact Camera – Sony RX1

Photokina 2012: Sony announces the world’s first full-frame compact camera. The 24.3mp Sony RX1 with a Carl Zeiss 35/2 Sonnar is a pro-level compact camera weighs about 17 ounces and packs a full-frame sensor capable of ISO 25600 at 5 fps.

The Zeiss Sonnar is designed with 8 elements in 7 groups and contains 3 aspherical elements with a dedicated aperture ring and a leaf shutter for silent operation. The lens focuses to a close 24cm from the lens front. Slightly closer focus can be achieved by moving a ring around the lens to give a closer focus of 20cm from the sensor plane.

Many accessories will be available for the RX1, including an optical viewfinder (FDA-V1K), electronic viewfinder (FDA-EV1MK) and a thumb grip (TGA-1). All of the finder and grip accessories slide into the camera’s hotshoe. A metal lens hood (LHP-1) will also be available.

The current list price for the RX-1 is $2800.

Founder and CEO of Camera West Sean Cranor is in Cologne, Germany bringing you the latest news, updates and photos from Photokina 2012. Watch for these updated daily reports here on the Camera West Blog.

New Schneider-Kreuznach DSLR lenses

Photokina 2012: Schneider-Kreuznach Optics announces four newly reformulated lenses for DSLRs.

The Makro-Symmar 85/2.4, Xenon 35/1.4 and Xenon 50/1.4 are all reformulated for the increasing demands resulting from a continuous decrease in pixel size. They are optimized for the best performance with the latest sensors and provide outstanding imaging performance. They are available in bayonet mounts for Canon EOS, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K.

A new tilt-shift lens accompanies the new lenses. The 28/4.5 Super-Angulon Aspheric is designed specifically for architectural photography and features a lateral shift of 12mm with a tilt angle of 8 degrees.

Founder and CEO of Camera West Sean Cranor is in Cologne, Germany bringing you the latest news, updates and photos from Photokina 2012. Watch for these updated daily reports here on the Camera West Blog.

Leica D-LUX 6 with a Manual Aperture Ring

The Leica D-LUX 6 features a newly developed 1/1.7” 10MP CMOS sensor, which is paired with an updated image processor and a high ISO range of up to ISO 12800. A newly designed Leica DC-Vario-Summilux lens has also been incorporated featuring a 3.5x optical zoom range. This 4.7-17.7mm f/1.4-2.3 ASPH lens (equivalent to 24-90mm in 35mm format) is almost one stop faster than the D-LUX 5 making this an ideal tool for existing-light photography in almost any situation. The increased speed from the reformulated image processor also boosts the HD video performance and enables the D-LUX 6 to record Full HD 1080p movies in both AVCHD and Internet-friendly MP4 codecs.

Also new is a manual aperture ring for physical control of your f-stop and an integrated neutral density filter that can reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor by three stops, providing even greater control of selective focus and exposure lengths. Monitoring and review of your images can be done on the high resolution 3-inch 960K-dot LCD, or via the optional EVF 3 viewfinder, with an effective resolution of 1.4 million-dots and the ability to tilt upwards 90° for better low-level viewing.

New Hasselblad Lunar

New Hasselblad Lunar at Photokina

From Photokina 2012: Hasselblad will be launching a new interchangable lens, mirrorless camera which utilizes the Sony E-Mount. The “ultimate luxury” Hasselblad Lunar will be a 24.3mp CMOS sensor with a 3″ OLED electronic viewfinder and ISO range of 100-16000.

25 auto-focus points, one-touch HD video recording and a large set of built-in picture effects, scene selections and creative styles, as well as uniquely designed grips and the ability to handle both E-Mount and A-Mount lenses rounds out the features of the new Lunar.

Design elements and materials for the new Hasselblad Lunar

Unique materials such as carbon fiber, titanium, wood, leather and precious metals, including gold are all utilized in the design and construction of the new Lunar, which offers unparalleled ergonomics.

The Lunar will launch in the first quarter of 2013.

Founder and CEO of Camera West Sean Cranor is in Cologne, Germany bringing you the latest news, updates and photos from Photokina 2012. Watch for these updated daily reports here on the Camera West Blog.

Leica V-Lux 4 : 25-600mm f2.8 lens


Leica’s new V-Lux 4 superzoom camera features a 24X, 25-600 millimeter (35 millimeter equivalent) lens with an impressive maximum aperture of f2.8 across its entire zoom range. With an ISO sensitivity that tops out around 6400 and a new 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, it could be the perfect choice for a light-weight travel camera.

In addition to a three-inch LCD display on the back packing 460,000 pixels, a new electronic viewfinder provides 100 percent coverage and an incredibly sharp image with a resolution of 1.4 megapixels. The viewfinder even has its own zoom capabilities for magnifying the subject and fine tuning the focus. At full resolution the camera is capable of snapping frames at a rate of 12 per second. It also has a full HD video mode capturing 1920×1080 clips at up to 60 frames per second.