Straight from Japan - Experience CP+ 2012


What's Cool at CP+ 2012

What's Cool at CP+

CP+ isn't just about the big brands, smaller companies also show and sometimes you'll find something interesting straight out of the blue. We could tell you about them but it'd be much easier just to show you.

Pentax's new rugged Option WG-2 camera looks like it was made by Klingons. Waterproof, shockproof, cold proof and crushproof, it even has six LED lights around the lens.

Behind the glass was a pink Pentax Q with a Loewe bag. Be still, my fashionista heart.

The wee little Pentax Q - it's the world's smallest interchangeable-lens camera at only 98 x 57 x 31mm and 200g - is coming out in limited edition silver.

Just because you can do a thing, does that mean you should do that thing? That's a small Sony NEX-7 at the end of a large 70-400m G lens and mount adaptor.

You could try any of Sigma's lenses at the booth, and the helpful booth girls would both help you with the lenses and help you test them by posing for you!

Sigma loves bringing their gigantic 200-500mm f/2.8 and 400-1000mm f/5.6 lenses to CP+ every year and we love looking at them. The huge submarine-like lenses make even a full-frame DSLR camera look small.

Borg Oasis Studio (no resemblance to the ones from Star Trek) makes these telescopes which attach to cameras for very long-ranging shots.

Available in Japan since November 2011, Epson's Moverio projects a 3D movie onto these glasses, so you can watch a movie while still keeping in touch with your surroundings. We can't imagine watching Avatar with these goggles on the train to work, but it's an interesting gadget worth experiencing.

Cokin had a whole host of filters which you could just pick up and try. This one produced a dreamy effect (see below).

One of our favorite booths was the Digital King booth where lots of cute and quirky gadgets could be found. This cat-shaped camera is based on a video game character.

Little cameras not much bigger than a name-card. Why not?

This Bonzart Ampel is a new invention with two lenses. The red lens shoots a normal digital image, the green lens produces a miniature-like looking image.

The booth also sold lots of lens convertors for the iPhone.

Retro isn't dead, it's just expensive. Admiring the beauty of Carl Zeiss lenses on Zeiss Ikon rangefinder cameras.

Also on display is the delicious Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds. The price tag says 118,000 yen which is a cool US$1528.

And finally, it's historical displays like this which make us appreciate how far cameras have come. Imagine if you had to sit for this if you wanted a portrait done of yourself!