News Round Up: More Photokina 2012 Announcements, Canon EOS 6D, Leica Range Refresh and more

The news continues to flow fast and furious out of Photokina 2012. Lets not waste time and jump right in.

Canon

A slightly better kept secret than the Nikon D600, Canon’s new EOS 6D is also aimed as an affordable entry into full frame photography. Features include a 20.2mp sensor with a DIGIC 5+ image processor that allows you to shoot at 4.5fps, offers in camera HDR and 1080p video capture at 30fps. ISO range is from 100 to 102,400 when extended. The autofocus system is claimed to work in light levels as low as EV-3. It looks to be a fantastic machine and sports built in Wi-Fi.

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Guest Post: The lens hood is $200?!!?!?! by Scott Hutchison

Article by Scott Hutchison

Tristan Hall asked me last week if I would like to give my thoughts and feelings on the Leica M9. He told me that I would have free reign on length, but that I should write an article – and include some pictures – that I would be interested in reading.

“Wonderful!” I thought. “A chance to have my feelings about the pinnacle of German consumer photographic technology be read by the fine fans of PhotoComment.net and by people all around the planet!” Little did Tristan know that he had just requested work by an illiterate Canadian massage therapist/photographer who likes to shoot Sony DSLRs, film rangefinders, iPhones, and has a tendency to have his sentences run on and on… So don’t be surprised if car crashes, explosions, and full-frontal nudity find their way into my Leica M9 camera review, or – at the very least – some spelling and grammatical errors. And “review” might also be too strong of a word… Perhaps a word such as “confession” would be better suited.

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New Leica M9-P and 21mm f3.4 Super-Elmar

I like rangefinder cameras, I really do, but I am not so sure that I get so excited about the announcement of new Leica’s these days like the new M9-P. I mean, sure its slightly smaller than the other M9 (which will continue and is not discontinued) and sure it lack the Leica Red Dot logo and I like that its aimed at being more discreet but I just cannot swallow the price that competes with my car.

In addition to the new M9-P Leica have announced a new Super-Elmar M lens in the form of the 21mm f/3.4. Full press release after the break.

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News: LEICA OSKAR BARNACK AWARD 2011

The renowned photographic competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will be announced for the 32nd time in the year 2011. Entries (professional photographers only) for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011 will be accepted as online submissions between 15 January and 1 March 2011. Entries for the Leica Oskar Barnack NEWCOMER Award are open to all (prospective) photographers who are aged 25 years and under.

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News: LEICA V Lux 2 in South Africa

TudorTech, the South African Distributors for Leica, have announced the V Lux 2 is available in South Africa. This camera was released at Photokina and features a 24x optical zoom or rather a DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens. The effective range is 25-600mm. There is 14mp CMOS Sensor which also allows the camera to capture AVCHD Videos and frame rates of 11fps at the full 14mp resolution through to 60fps at 2.8mp resolution.

Full press release after the break.

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