Chris Niccolls and the Camera Store Crew brave the cruel Canadian winter to look at the new Leica M Type 240 digital rangefinder. This is Leica’s first M rangefinder with Live View and video capture. Will these new additions help create the greatest M of all, or take away some of what made rangefinder photography so appealing?  Featuring the street photography of Chris Tait. My 2 Cents Leica is one of the premier names in imaging and have been since 1913.  They’re known for superior quality optics and incredible, high end, expensive cameras – so does the new Leica M [More]
There was lots of fanfare at the end of 2012, with large imaging trade shows such as Photokina in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC providing the perfect setting for camera companies to launch their latest and greatest – Like the Panasonic Lumix GH3, Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX 6.  Consequently, 2013 came in with a wimper, and first quarter tech and trade shows like CES in Las Vegas were unusually devoid of any earth shattering camera unveilings.  But one of the most pleasant surprises so far this year has come from one of the most unlikely sources…  Pentax [More]
Looks like the new Fuji X100s is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of premium compact cameras, as it has just collected another highly positive review – this time, collecting 5 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Essential” from the reviewers at PhotographyBlog. PhotographyBlog Concludes… “It may look almost identical to the original X100, but the new X100S includes so many improvements, particularly to its operational speed, that it definitely feels like shooting with an entirely new camera. We were skeptical about what the X100S would offer and whether it could tempt X100 owners (ourselves included) [More]
TheCameraStore‘s Chris Niccolls recently had a chance to test two of this year’s most anticipated cameras: The Fuji X100s and Fuji X20. What’s new? The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and on the outside you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between these new cameras and their predecessors.  But as Chris puts it, the X100s and X20 are “evolutionary cameras” that keep the best features of their predecessors while fixing a lot of the things that shooters didn’t like.  One of the biggest improvements is that both cameras are equipped [More]
DigitalCameraWorld take a look at the new Sony NEX 3N, which comes as the direct replacement to Sony’s entry level compact system camera, the NEX F3.  As with the F3, the NEX 3n is aimed squarely at those looking to make the jump from a point and shoot digital compact to a camera with interchangeable lenses. My 2 Cents In terms of build quality and image quality, the Sony NEX 3n is indeed impressive when compared to other entry level interchangeable lens cameras.  It’s loaded up with the same 16mp sensor that powers it’s bigger brothers, the NEX 5r and [More]
Here’s a collection of the latest videos about the new Fuji X100s and Fuji X20 fixed lens compact cameras, starting with the video above which features Greg and Billy (aka, the Fuji Guys). The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and though they might look a lot like their predecessors, they’re loaded up with Fuji’s all new X-Trans II Sensors and EXR II Processing technology, which enables them to pop out images of mind-blowing quality while great upping their speed, including autofocus speed which Fuji now claims is the “fastest in the world” [More]
Our good friend, Photo-Phenom and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com Suzette Allen demonstrates the dougmon handheld camera stabilizer. The dougmon was invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – hence the name – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – Doung touts the dougmon as the swiss army knife of hand held camera support systems. My 2 Cents Anytime someone comes up with a solution to make life easier for us video shooters, I’m all for it. Thanks Suzette for a great demo!  I’ll try mine with a slingmon sling system. What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below… If you’re interested [More]
Kai from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the lens that has recently been rated as the worst lens in the world by DXOmark – but the Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens really that bad, or as Kai puts it, is the DXOmark rating just “utter tripe.” My 2 Cents OK…  So this lens will never be mistaken for the Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens or any other member of the “M.Zuiko” lineup, but does that mean that there’s no room in your camera bag for the 15mm Body Cap Lens?  While it’s true that you’ll never win any awards for HD [More]
Fuji’s X-Series Cameras are among the top choices of any camera when it comes to pure image quality, and it’s no accident.  Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors and EXR processing technology are so good that they’ll rival any full frame DSLR out there, but it’s not just the sensors that make cameras like the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X-E1 shine. Like Sony’s NEX lineup, the Fuji X-Series currently have few native ‘XF’ mount lenses from which to choose, but unlike the NEX line where high quality lenses are few and far between, the Fuji XF Lens lineup is stacked with gems. PhotographyBlog got their [More]
In this episode of of DigiDIRECT TV, Blunty tests the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera.  The Sony RX1 is the world’s first fixed-lens digital camera offering a full-frame sensor. This large 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor enables DSLR-quality imaging in a compact digital camera! – Techie Gobbledygook and Specs Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor JPEG, 14-bit RAW Image Capture 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display Full HD 1080p Video at 25 or 50fps High Speed AF as Fast as 0.13 Seconds Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings Hot Shoe for External Flash, [More]
One of the things we like best about micro 4/3 camera systems is that there’s an abundance of high quality, yet relatively inexpensive lenses from which to choose.  Panasonic and Olympus have led the charge by producing some stellar quality glass like Panasonic’s new Pro Spec Zoom Lenses (12-35 2.8 and 35-100 2.8) and Olympus’ M.Zuiko Lenses (the 45mm 1.8 and 75mm 1.8 are “must have” primes), and now more and more 3rd party manufacturers are jumping into the M43 fray. One such manufacturer is Chinese lens maker Jackar, who recently released a 34mm 1.8 Prime Lens for both MFT and [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) Takes an in depth look at the Pentax MX-1.  This is Pentax’s new entry into the fixed lens compact arena, and it’s introductory price of $479 USD has it sliding in quite nicely between the Panasonic Lumix LX7 (currently a steal at $399 USD) and the Sony RX100 ($648 USD), which are two of our favorite compact cameras of the last year, and both are exceptional.  But can the new MX-1 compete with the likes of Sony and Panasonic? Pentax MX-1 Key Features 12MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens 3.0″ [More]
David Thorpe offers up this outstanding in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, up to and including a features and set up walkthrough. The Lumix GH3 is the most professional micro 4/3 camera to date.  When paired with the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses, it easily rivals and even surpasses cameras that cost 3 times it’s price (Both Consumer Reports and German Institute Stiftung Warentest rated the Panasonic Lumix GH3 as the top camera in their respective tests). Though the GH3 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 are definitely cut from different molds, the emerging trend are that there are [More]
If you’re a photographer who likes to move around alot, then the new JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap may be just the fit you’re looking for (no pun intended ~_^.  It has a quick-draw style strap that’s designed to conform to your body while offering hands-free stability, without feeling like you’ve got a bowling ball hanging off your neck. There are currently two versions of the Ultrafit Slingstrap, one that’s ergonomically designed for men and one that’s ergonomically designed for women, and they’re touted to provide “long-wearing comfort with soft to the touch materials.” The integrated SpeedCinch system provides hands-free stability [More]
As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is. Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a [More]
(Video above is a slow motion test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 by HawaiiRocksOn and displays the GH3’s extrordinary performance in video mode) CameraLabs just posted an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and as part of their verdict they wrote up a head to head comparison between the GH3 and it’s closest micro 4/3 rival, the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Each of these cameras is the flagship of their respective lineup, and each have garnered a lion’s share of praise and attention since their release.  It’s rumored that each is equipped with essentially the same Sony [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews provides us with this exceptional side-by-side comparison of the Sony NEX 7, the flagship of the NEX lineup, and one of the new kids on the block, the Sony NEX 6. At a glance, the two cameras are very similar in appearance as the NEX 6 borrows most of it’s styling cues from the NEX 7.  They’re both the same approximate size and each have a touch screen and the same excellent built in EVF, but the NEX 7’s tri-nav dial system is replaced by a single nav dial and a mode dial on the 6. [More]
CameraLabs have posted the latest in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, which takes the place of the highly popular Lumix GH2 as the flagship of Panasonic’s micro 4/3 camera lineup. The GH2 has achieved a loyal following and an almost cult like status, mostly because of it’s superior abilities as a video recording device.  But can the GH3 live up to the lofty expectations set by it’s predecessor in the video department while surpassing the GH2’s performance as a stills camera? Here is CameraLabs Final Verdict… “The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a worthy successor to the GH2. The [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15. Olympus BCL-15mm press release… “Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin — just 9mm thick — that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass [More]
Ryan Connolly and Crew get their hands on a GoPro Hero3 Action Camera and give it the Film Riot Treatment and field test it as only they can do.  The boys mount the camera in several different ways to get some interesting shots in their snack inspired short film. Although the GoPro Hero3 is smaller than it’s predecessor, the GoPro Hero2, it does represent a significant step forward in image quality and low light capabilities.  This is especially true of the GoPro Hero3 Balck Edition, which rightfully holds the flagship position in GoPro’s Hero lineup. The Black Edition stands head [More]
The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few new camera releases of note at the 2013 Winter Trade Shows (CES, PMA, etc.), and it enters what has become a crowded field of quality compact cameras, such as the Sony RX100, the Panasonic Lumix LX7, the Canon S110, and soon – the Fuji X-20. The MX-1’s design harkens back the great Pentax cameras of old and many will be drawn to the retro styling of this new camera which, when combined with current digital technology, [More]
(via 43Rumors) The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm 2.8 macro is another excellent addition to Olympus’ micro 4/3 lens lineup, and Photozone have written an in depth review on the new lens. Verdict… The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro may not be the best macro lens that we’ve ever tested but it is certainly an impressive one. The center performance is great and the outer image region is also very sharp at medium apertures. The corners could be better at large apertures though. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. However, the amount of lateral CAs is [More]
We love the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods with Ballhead from Benro, which are light weight and portable, yet strong and sturdy tripods that available in 5 different colors.  They are light weight yet well made, come in a variety of cool, conversation starting colors, and they fold up small, so they’ll fit in just about anywhere.  No wonder they’re highly popular with our HybridPhoto colleagues and have become the go-to tripod for the Hybrid Photographer on the go. Here’s the skinny on the MeFOTO Tripods… MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the [More]
Joe Fotosiamo over at  SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2. Joe begins the article by saying… Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well. [More]