With their NEX Camera Lineup, it’s pretty much universally held that Sony are producing some of the best Compact System Cameras on the market (In the video above, Derek Yeo sings the praises of the Sony NEX-6 – the most advanced NEX camera to date and one of our favorite cameras of 2012).  The NEX Cameras are highly rated for image quality in both stills and video, and Sony’s Sensor Technology is so good that it’s being used by several other camera companies as well.  However, it’s also widely held (including in this space) that the biggest knock on the [More]
The Phobolographer is reporting that the long rumored firmware updates for Fuji’s celebrated mirrorless compact system cameras, the X-Pro1 and X-E1, as well as their 35mm 1.4 Lens have been released. Here are the details: X Pro 1 (2.03) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions 35mm f1.4 (2.02) download link Improved autofocus accuracy and performance XE-1 (1.04) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Shutter release button now works when an external remote release is connected Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions Audio performance has [More]
Well known nature photographer Scott Bourne, like many other photographers, is contemplating a switch to a micro 4/3 mirrorless camera system because of the obvious advantages in size, weight, cost and now, quality.  As a photographer, Scott says he prefers to use prime lenses whenever possible, and lists his top 10 reasons in a new article on PhotoFocus.com. Scott writes… “I do use some zooms, mostly because the micro four-thirds lenses don’t cover some of the focal lengths I need without zooms, but I primarily use and prefer primes. Here’s why. 1. Habit. I am older than most of you [More]
I have no idea what the guys in the video above are saying, but I do know they’re talking about CP+, and they seem pretty excited. Maybe it’s because there’s no less than FIVE (count ’em, FIVE) micro 4/3 lenses that have been announced at the event so far.  There are the 3 new Sigma lenses that we already told you about, and there are two more, as reported by MirrorlessRumors. Looks like another banner year for micro 4/3! First up, it’s Panasonic with an update (or replacement) to their mediocre 14-42mm kit lens.  The new 14-42mm lens will have [More]
Sigma Corporation announced four new lenses at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 in Yokohama, Japan – 3 of the new lenses are designed for use with micro 4/3 or Sony NEX (E-Mount) cameras.  The fourth lens is an APS-C format. Two of the new mirrorless camera lenses are updated versions of Sigma’s 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 lenses (which we love – the video above by goslava101, was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and Sigma 30mm 2.8 lens), while the third is an all new 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, and all the new lenses are part of [More]
Panasonic are shaking thinks up in the world of photo-videography of late, and have released some of the best cameras and lenses you’ll find anywhere over the last several months. With the release of the Lumix GH3, the Lumix G5 and the Lumix LX7, Panasonic have have entered serious “King of the Mountain” contenders in the Pro, Mid-Level and Compact Camera Categories, but it’s the new Pro Zoom Lenses that came out at the same time as the GH3 that has MC Contributor and Hybrid Photo Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) signaling the “End of Days” for the DSLR. The 2 [More]
(Via 43Rumors)  DxOmark are have tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras (selected as one of our favorite lenses of 2012) and call it the best m43 ever. 43Rumors Reports:DxOmark tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens and writes that it is “thebest lens DxOMark have tested for the Micro Four Thirds hybrid camera system.“. At $899 USD, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lens represents an excellent vale when compared to other lenses of it’s quality. But DxOmark also states that  “If the cost of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 is out of reach, then Micro [More]
Here’s a couple different reviews on the new Sony 10-18mm f/4 lens for NEX cameras, the first by John Sison (video above), and the next by the Phoblographer (below). The Achilles Heel of the Sony NEX camera line until now is the lack of high quality native lenses.  In fact, over the last couple of years, Sony have added  more NEX camera bodies than they have NEX Lenses.  But Sony have promised that more lenses are on the way, which is good news for fans of an otherwise excellent camera lineup.  Enter the new 10-18mm f/4 lens.  Will the be [More]
There’s a lot of buzz out there right now about the new Metabones Speed Booster Lens Adapter, and understandably so.  After all, the Speed Booster adapter promises to not only let you use your legacy lenses on a Sony NEX Camera (with other options available soon, including micro 4/3), it also promises to make those lenses brighter and faster (by a full f-stop) essentially, as if by magic, converting your small sensor camera into a full frame monster.  This almost sounds too good to be true…  but is it? The Metabones Speed Booster is now getting into the hands of [More]
The concept of the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter is mind boggling, to say the least.  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount (for Sony NEX cameras, but a micro 4/3 version is in the works and scheduled for release in March, 2013), but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera full-frame, while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to [More]
B&H is now running an incredible deal on the Sigma 19mm and 30mm f/2.6 lenses.  They usually sell for $199 USD each, but now you can get BOTH lenses for the same $199. You can get these lenses for either Sony NEX Cameras (E-Mount) or for Micro 4/3 Cameras. I recently purchased the Sigma 30mm and have been putting it through it’s paces on my Panasonic G5 (which is now on sale for $599 w kit lens on Amazon), and I’m very impressed with how well this lens performs.  It’s a great deal at the regular price, so if you’re [More]
A couple of days ago, we published an article about a new lens adapter from Metabones that promises to not only boost the speed the legacy lenses that you use on your mirrorless camera systems, but it will also make the images appear clearer and sharper.  This is an exciting proposition, especially for users of systems like Sony’s NEX series cameras, which don’t have a lot of native lenses from which to choose as of yet, or for those who already have a large collection of legacy glass.  Now, the first hands on evaluations are starting to come in, this [More]
DPReview is reporting that specialty accessory manufacturer Metabones is teaming up with optics company Caldwell Photographics to manufacture ‘Speed Booster’ lens adapters for for mounting SLR lenses to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras.  The new adapters will reduce focal length by a factor of 0.71x while increasing maximum aperture by 1 stop (Translation – brighter, faster adapted lenses). The Speed Booster Adapters should also produce sharper images compared to using the same lens with a regular adapter. The first release will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, which will be great news for fans [More]
UberGizmoDotCom posted this short video overview of the soon to be released Samsung NX300 20mp Compact System Camera (scheduled to be shipping in March, 2013 and will be bundled with Adobe Lightroom). Samsung will also be releasing a new 45mm f/1.8 lens that will have the capability of shooting 3-D images. Camera Specs are as follows:  NX300 Product Specifications (courtesy of Samsung) Image Sensor 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS IS OIS mode is only provided on 2D shooting mode Display 84.0mm (3.31”) AMOLED with a Tilt Touch PanelWVGA (800×400) 768k dots ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, [More]
SoundImagePlus muses on whether or not there’s any point to micro 4/3 “Pro Spec” Lenses, paticularly the Lumix 12-35mm Lens f/2.8 and the Lumix 35-100mm Lens f/2.8 X Zoom Lenses from Panasonic, released in conjunction with the new micro 4/3 flagship camera, the Lumix GH3. In the beginning of his article, SIP bemoans the fact that DSLRs, in attempting to integrate more technology, faster sutofocus, Image Stbilization, etc., have gotten larger and larger (and heavier and heavier).  He goes on to state that “As far as I was concerned, we lost something.  But now, it seems to me, we have that [More]
(Video review of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 above from FrugalFilmmakers – In the interest of equal time, we’ve also posted a video review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 below this article, courtesy of Blunty3000) SoundImagePlus have posted a great comparison between the new Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X-Zoom Lens and the relatively new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime. These lenses are among the pricier of the vast micro 4/3 lens lineup, but does their performance justify the price? …and which one is the better lens? Here’s some highlights of SoundImagePlus’ conclusion:  First of all, I have to say how good both lenses [More]
The Phoblographer posted a review on the Nanoha X5 Macro Lens, which is available for both micro 4/3 cameras and Sony Alpha E-Mounts cameras (in other words, the NEX Lineup). This lens looks pretty interesting… Kind of like a microscope complete with a built in light. Here’s the Phoblographer’s Conclusion: The Yasuhara Nanohax5 5x Macro Lens is extremely fun to use. The image quality from it is really quite good, and it represents something that other Micro Four Thirds lens makers should take note of. The build quality is excellent, but if anything, what I really wish the company had [More]
Our good friend and Pro Photo Guru Chuck Jones of theCameraForum has just made the switch to mirrorless.  Chuck is a highly talented veteran photographer who has seen paradigm shifts in the photography industry before, most notably the shift from film to digital about a decade ago.  He sees the writing on the wall for large, bulky and heavy DSLR systems, so he’s trading in his DSLR Gear in favor of a Panasonic Lumix GH3…  and he’s not alone. In this video, Chuck and 3 other photo/video colleagues (Paul Gero, Marc Weisberg and Pham Minh Son, PhD) discuss the Lumix [More]
SoundImagePlus continue their evaluation of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, this time pairing it with the fantastic new f/2.8 Zoom Lenses, the 12-35 and the 35-100. Is this powerful camera and lens combo ready to tagle with the big boys of the DSLR world? Here’s what SoundImagePlus have to say:  The two f/2.8 “pro” spec.lenses are presumably intended as a set to go with the GH3 to give a versatile high quality outfit which can be seen as Panasonics attempt at a scaled down version of the standard DSLR “workhorse pro zoom” pairing, which in 35mm terms is 24-70mm f/2.8 [More]
The gang over at CheesyCam Studios have posted a phenomenal video test featuring the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the new 12-35mm f/2.8 lens attached, and the results are simply stunning – even WITH YouTube compression.  This video is even more amazing when you consider the fact that it was shot completely handheld.  That’s right, kids…  no tripod here. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  It’s the best hybrid camera in existence right now as it has the equal ability to produce stunning quality stills and video, and I’ve been singing it’s praises since it [More]
Blunty’s Back… and this time, he’s got his hands on an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens to put it through the Blunty Review Machine.  Olympus have been churning out some great M43 glass of late, but will this new Macro Lens stand up to the test? Blunty writes: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens review Olympus has done some stunningly good stuff lately, the OM-D E-M5, their 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses for the Micro four thirds system are stunningly good… but can their new prime lens, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro live up to them? Let’s find [More]
Blunty Strikes Again! Our favorite Aussie, Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) talks about what he calls “The Best Camera Lens You Can Get for Under 20 Quid” (It comes to about $27 USD with an E-Mount adapter for Sony NEX Cameras.  A Micro 4/3 adapter will set you back about another $5 to $7, depending on the maker).  As you have probably surmised, it’s compatible with micro 4/3 cameras and Sony NEX Cameras (or any other camera for which you can get a C-Mount adapter), and it performs surprisingly well. Blunty writes:  The 35mm F/1.7 is suitable for use Micro [More]
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) takes the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the new Pro lenses for a high society (and high ISO) evening at the art museum. In this video, Will exhibits the low light capabilities of the new camera in the form of a Hybrid eProduct – a combination of still photos, video and audio that is the coming wave in pro photography. Will writes:  Part of my attraction to mirrorless cameras is that they are lots easier to shoot hybrid than DSLRs. Sure, the “smaller  &  lighter than DSLR” element is great, but it’s the image that [More]
Gizmon has come out with some cool and affordable clip on lenses that are perfect for vloggers and enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their iPhone/iPad photo-videography. From BitRebels: iPhone Clip-On Lens Filters For Micro Creative Mobile Photography – As you probably know by now, I never get tired of creative and innovative accessories for the iPhone. Sometimes I feel we feature Android way too little here on Bit Rebels (note to self – change that), but the fact is that there are so many things being launched for the iPhone that it’s hard not to write [More]