Sony have announced the release of the their all new Sony Alpha a6000, slated to start shipping in April.  Although the a6000 has a very ‘NEX’ look and feel, it is actually meant to be the replacement to one of our favorite cameras of the last year, the Sony NEX 6 (in our minds, the best of the NEX cameras), and is the next step in Sony’s efforts to phase out the NEX line while shifting everything under their ‘Alpha’ brand.  But does the new a6000 represent enough of an upgrade to make you forget about your favorite NEX? What’s [More]
2014 is barely 5 weeks old, yet we’ve already seen a flood of Pro level mirrorless camera systems hit the market over the last few months.  For instance, the full frame Sony A7, Sony A7R, Panasonic Lumix GX7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  Now, Fujifilm are stepping up to the plate with their latest and possibly best X-series offering to date, the Fujifilm X-T1.  But have Fuji hit a home run with the newest X-cam?  Judging by the schlew of 5-Star reviews that have been steadily popping up across the photoverse, the answer seems to be an emphatic yes!  (video [More]
After a preliminary unveiling at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Panasonic are announcing the release of their newest flagship micro 4/3 camera – the Lumix GH4. Like it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH3 (which will remain available), the GH4 is designed as a “Hybrid Camera” that is ideal for shooting both top quality still photos and stunning HD video files, this time with 4k capability.  Panasonic have really upped their game in the video department with the GH4, and this is no small feat considering that video is an area where they are already at or near the top of the [More]
With the advent of cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 and the new OM-D E-M1, we have finally witnessed the realization of professional level mirrorless camera systems, complete with weather sealing.  But as MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.PRO) will tell you, “weather resistant” does not mean “weather proof.”  In the video above, Coach Crockett explains some easy and inexpensive ways to protect your camera gear, even in the harshest of Polar Vortexes. Will Writes… The Lumix GH3 is promoted as a “weather sealed” camera and includes a few of the lenses [More]
MC Editor in Chief Scott Giorgini interviews Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett about his latest projects in the world of Hybrid Photography, his upcoming appearance at the PMA Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 5th 2014, and what is coming in the future for Hybrid Photographers. The topic of Will’s presentation at the show will be “The Profitable eProduct” – and he’s got some really great stuff in the works!  Best of all, you don’t have to be at the show to see the presentation.  Just go to >>  HybridLIVE.pro << on Sunday, January 14th 2014 at 6pm EST [More]
A new year is upon us, so it’s time to look back at the year that was and compile our list of the Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2013. Make no mistake, 2013 was a spectacular year in the mirrorless camera world, with Sony releasing the world’s first full frame interchangeable lens cameras in the Sony A7 and Sony A7R, as well as the follow up to the RX100 fixed lens compact (Sony RX100M II) and updated Sony NEX 5T.  Olympus started the year with it’s newest PEN model, the all new Olympus PEN E-P5, and later in the year, they [More]
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere, it’s hard to deny that more and more photographers are branching into Hybrid – the skillful blending of still photos, video, audio, etc. to create a new art form.  As I’ve stated many times in this space (and others), one of the most important yet commonly overlooked pieces of the Hybrid Puzzle is Audio.  Frankly, a lot of those taking their first steps into Hybrid Photography are a bit perplexed by the video aspect of it, and don’t even want to consider good quality audio, but quality audio is the key component [More]
Marc Hauser is one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, and he has a history of being on top of, if not leading, trends in the industry.  Prime example…  Marc was one of the first photographers to move away from film and embrace digital imaging, but he is also not one to sacrifice quality for the sake of being trendy.  He just recognizes when better technology emerges that allows him to more efficiently product the breathtaking images for which he’s famous. In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.pro) takes us on a [More]
Master Portrait Photographer Marc Hauser has been a professional portrait photographer for more than 34 years and is a legend in the world of photography  Marc is renowned the world over for his work, which has literally stopped traffic – His portrait of Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, used for a Bigsby & Kruthers ad on a building overlooking Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway, caused traffic jams as drivers slowed to gawk at the larger-than-life Rodman. At age 14 he was an apprentice to renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. As a teenager, Hauser produced hundreds of album covers in collaboration with Album [More]
OK…  Let me say this right out of the gate.  The Sony A7 and Sony A7R are FANTASTIC Cameras!  If you’re a pro or advanced enthusiast photographer who demands the very best in image quality, and you have advanced photography/videography skills, then these full frame darlings may be just what you’re looking for.  They offer great value for the money and match up very well when compared to their DSLR counterparts (and we’re talking the very top end DSLRs), and if you pick one up, I’m very confident that you’re going to love it (if you want to know more [More]
When Sony released the RX1 Fixed Lens Full Frame System a year ago, we wondered out loud how long it would be before there was an interchangeable lens mirrorless system to go along with it.  Our query has now been answered, as Sony have now released their all new interchangeable lens system cameras, the Sony A7 and Sony A7R. But just what is the difference between these two cameras, and do they live up to the standards that most people associate with the term “Full Frame?” Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from The Camera Store got their hands on both [More]
‘Tis the season folks.  We’re barely into our Thanksgiving leftovers and Christmas is looming large.  The shopping season is in full swing, and as luck would have it, there are some PHENOMENAL DEALS to be had on some equally phenomenal cameras – even some of the newest releases.  Some of the things that factored into our picks were Image Quality, Video Quality, Build Quality, Handling, Ease of Use and whether or not the camera is equipped with Wi-Fi, which we believe is becoming a “must have” feature on the Hybrid Camera of today.  With that in mind… Here are Our [More]
Over the last several months (which of course, have been leading up to the Holiday Buying Season), we have seen the release of several remarkable cameras from all the big mirrorless camera companies, including Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic – the latter two, being the developers of micro 4/3 cameras and technology.  The M43 top dogs have not disappointed, as their latest releases represent long awaited upgrades of some of their most popular cameras. In the case of Olympus, the new OM-D E-M1 chimes in as the successor to the highly popular, and highly acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5 – which [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
One of the most frequently asked questions from our MC readers over the last year has been about the successor to Panasonic’s popular, albeit underrated compact Micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix GX1.  The GX1 is a dynamite little camera, performance wise, and it’s small size, pocketability (especially with a lens such a Panasonic’s stellar 20mm 1.7 pancake) and high quality images made it a favorite for M43 shooters.  But the GX1 came out years ago and let’s face it…  it was getting long in the tooth.  It also seems that there have been rumors about it’s successor, which everyone assumed [More]
When Fujifilm released the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 in 2012, the photography world stood up and took notice.  The first generation Fuji X-Trans sensors and processing technology were really something special, and though the sensors aren’t “full frame”, they produce some of the tastiest files you’ll ever get from any camera, and the image quality is nothing short of spectacular.  But what these cameras brought in IQ, they also lacked in Autofocus speed. MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett is no stranger to the Fuji Cams – and the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 were two of his favorite [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr pits the brand new Olympus flagship camera, the PEN E-P5 in a shot for shot, clip for clip, side by side shoot-out comparison to find out how far ahead the new EP5 has strode past the camera it replaces, the PEN EP-3. The new PEN E-P5 is loaded up with the same sensor and image processor as Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5 – a 16mp chip vs the 12mp chip found in the E-P3, and Blunty’s comparison is a testament to just how far mirrorless technology has progressed in the last couple of years.  Not only [More]
You can now get your hands on 2 of the best cameras of the last year at a significant discount.  Fujifilm have slashed the prices of their X-Series cameras by $200, so you can now get the Fuji X-Pro 1 Body for only $1,199 USD, and the Fuji X-E1 Body is now selling for only $799 USD on Amazon.  These cameras are a still shooters dream and Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors produce some of the best image quality in the business. Buy the Fuji X-Pro 1 Body or the Fuji X-E1 Body on Amazon Here (camera comparison above courtesy of PhotoNewsReviews)
A while back, sigma announced that they were revamping their lens lineup for micro 4/3 and Sony NEX cameras.  At the time, they offered 2 of the best budget lenses for either of these mirrorless systems – namely, their 19mm 2.8 and 30mm 2.8 lenses.  Now, the reboot is complete and the new versions of these lenses are hitting the market as part of Sigma’s new “Art” lens collection, and they’ll be joined by a 60mm 2.8 lens as well.  Will these new lenses be a worthy addition to your lens collections and do they warrant an upgrade over the [More]
In the video above, Protog David Hobby takes us on an in depth feature by feature walkthrough of the Fuji X100s premium fixed lens compact camera.  The X100s features a second generation X-Trans II Sensor and EXRII Processing Technology that take the already excellent performance of Fuji’s X-Series cameras to new heights.  Indeed, the X100s is turning a lot of heads and is finding it’s way into the camera bags of many highly renowned photo pros. Buy the Fuji X100s on Amazon Here
Fuji has released a new firmware update for the Fujifilm X100S fixed lens compact camera. Firmware update v 1.03 knocks out a bug that can sometimes cause, as Fuji puts it, “a grainy image like TV fuzz” to appear on the rear screen while in live view mode. You can download the firmware update below. >>CLICK HERE<< to access Fuji X100s firmware update v 1.03 Buy the Fuji X100s on Amazon Here   (Review and test above courtesy of LearningCameras.com on Youtube)
Images of Kodak’s soon to be released micro 4/3 camera – the Kodak S1 – have hit the web on DCFever (Google Translated Version Here). The Kodak S1 is slated to be released later this year and the camera is equipped with a tilt LCD screen, hot shoe adapter, a dedicated video recording button, customizable function buttons, and a built-in WiFi and APP system that will allow control of your camera via your mobile devices. According to DCFever… The Kodak S1 is the first camera in a cooperative venture between Kodak and JK Imaging.   Because the S1 is a [More]
3rd party lens manufacturer Samyang/Rokinon are releasing a new 300mm f/6.3 lens for Sony NEX, Panasonic and Olympus micro 4/3, and Samsung NX mirrorless camera systems.  The new lens will come in black or silver and retail for $299 USD.  Look for the lens to be launched in July of this year (2013).  Check out more on their Facebook Page. (via MirrorlessRumors)
Chris Niccolls and Chris Tait of theCameraStore pit the Ricoh GR against the Nikon Coolpix A – mono a mono – to see which is the better performer.  Will the GR take the crown or will the Coolpix A emerge victorious? TCS writes… Within a month of each other, both Nikon and Ricoh launched compact cameras with large sensors and 28mm equivalent lenses. Which is a better buy, The Ricoh GR or the Nikon Coolpix A? Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store TV met up with street photographer Chris Tait to find out which camera you should check out. My [More]