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]
Here’s a look at the Fujifilm X-E1 from a couple of different reviewers. First up is WhatDigitalCamera (video above), whose verdict on the X-E1 is as follows:  While it may appear to be simply a stripped down, more affordable X-Pro1 to tempt more people into Fujifilm’s CSC family, that would be doing the X-E1 a great disservice. Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm’s retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather [More]
SoundImagePlus have now posted their full, 3-Part Review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and once again, this new camera has not failed to impress. SIP writes:  Its pretty obvious that there has been some serious input into this by photographers, something that hasn’t always been in evidence with some previous Panasonic m4/3 cameras. Those dark days of the GF2 and my fears that cameras like that were going to be the future of m4/3 are long gone now and Panasonic have shown themselves capable of responding to what people who are serious about photography want. Its also gratifying to see [More]
SoundImagePlus have just posted one of the most entertaining camera reviews I’ve read in quite a while, chock full of one liners that gave me a serious chuckle.  But the camera to which these one liners refer to is no laughing matter whatsoever.  The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a bad mutha (SHUT YO MOUTH!) of a camera – and all the members of our team who have gotten their hands on it have raved about it’s performance and capabilities. Well, it seems like SoundImagePlus are equally impressed. Here’s some highlights and one liners from their review:  Lets get one thing [More]
Video slider dollys are great for creating cinematic camera moves with everything from your iPhone to your DSLR… and their table-top roller clad cousins make it easy and affordable to improve the production value of of your videos by introducing movement; use side tracking, push or pull dolly shots, and 360 degree rotating shots using this table skater camera dolly. Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) puts one of these Skater Style Dollys to the test(with an iPhone, Canon 60D DLSR, Nikon 1, Pentax Q & Olympus PEN E-P3). Here’s Blunty’s Take:  From your Smart Phone, to Compact Point and [More]
The Phoblographer has posted their review of the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Fixed Lens Compact Camera, the successor to their XZ-1, which is a great alternative for the photographer who wants to travel while leaving all their interchangeable lenses at home.  But between the time that the XZ-1 and XZ-2 were released, a lot more competition has joined the field, including the likes of the Panasonic Lumix LX-7, the Fuji XF-1 and the Sony RX 100 (recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012”). So how does the XZ-2 hold up against such stiff competition? Here’s the [More]
Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com and one of our Hybrid Hero Colleagues on DiscoverMirrorless.com) reviews the SevenOak 47″ Video Slider. Sliders can add a highly professional look to your videos, and the best news is, they’re fairly easy to use. In this video, Marlene will show you: sideways panning slides a push in slide (you can also do a pull out slide) a slide from ground level and a portrait slide Tip – Attach a Ball Head to the Slider and you can add the follwing shots to your repertoire: vertical slides diagonal slides …all while keeping the camera in alignment with [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Sony NEX 5R and NEX 6, the newest additions to the NEX Lineup, and while he stops short of calling them “revolutionary”, he does call them “evolutionary” – even stating that he believes the NEX 6 to be a better camera (that offers better image quality) than the flagship of the line, the NEX 7. Some of the strong points of the evolution… Wi-Fi New Hybrid Autofocus System (Blends Contrast Detection and Phase Detection) Great High ISO Performance Here’s some highlights from Steve’s Review: Are the new NEX’s worth an upgrade [More]
DPReview have a production Fuji X-E1 in hand and have posted an extended preview (leading up to their full review in January). Here’s the summary of their first impressions:   The X-E1 is to all intents and purposes a smaller version of the X-Pro1 with the optical viewfinder removed, and a fully-electronic one used in its place. The sensor and image processor are the same, and control layout and user interface near-identical. So you can get a pretty good idea of what it’ll be like from reading our in-depth review of that camera. However there are key differences in the firmware, [More]
ePhotozine posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, the camera that sits squarely in the middle of the PEN series, but inherits the same sensor and image processor (and other features) from the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus flagship M43 camera that is a strong contender for 2012 camera of the year. Here’s ePhotozine’s Verdict on the Olympus E-PL5:  The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this [More]
The video clip above is a hand-held panning shot using the P7700 set to movie mode with auto exposure. Vibration reduction was enabled and Full-time (continuous) AF was set. This clip was shot in the P7700’s best quality 1080p30 mode. CameraLabs posted their review of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 Fixed Lens Compact Digital Camera. Ashton Kutcher aside, it looks like this camera need a little work. Here’s CameraLabs’ Final Verdict:  As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it’s increasingly important [More]
The Phoblographer posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and added their voice to the chorus of those who are highly impressed with this new camera. Here are their conclusions:  The Olympus EPL5 is a really excellent camera and the company got a lot right in its creation. The excellent image quality combined with its awesome autofocusing abilities and the beautiful LCD screen make this a real winner in my book. However, the menus are still a bit too thick for my liking, as is the camera. The EPL5 is significantly thicker than previous pen cameras, and doesn’t even fit in [More]
The Verge posted an excellent review of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, Samsung’s Digital Camera/SmartPhone Mashup that’s powered by the Android Jellybean Operating System.  I really love the concept of a “Smart Camera” and wholeheartedly believe that the future of photography lies in devices like this, where you have connectivity, sharing features and photo/video editing applications loaded right on to your camera – but is this the camera that’s going to make that leap? The Verge sums it up with the following:   As a proof of concept, the Galaxy Camera is one of the most effective I’ve ever seen. Almost [More]
GoPro is the little camera company that could.  Witness their meteoric rise from obscurity to the undisputed Kings of the POV Camera World in just a few short years. It seems that there’s nothing that can hold these little cameras back, just like the people who use them.  Case in point – Joe Stone (featured in the video above – to lean more about Joe, you can visit his blog >> joesstone.blogspot.com). In August of 2010, Joe was in a speed flying accident that left him an incomplete c7 quadriplegic. Despite his devastating accident, Joe was determined to regain his [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com has just posted his 2-part review of the Sony RX1, and it is plain to see that he is mightily impressed with the revolutionary new Sony Compact, calling it his camera of the year for 2012.  Be sure to take a peek at Steve’s Review as it’s very thorough and there’s no doubt whatsoever that he has a passion for photography – but he never sacrifices when it comes to giving you the good, the bad and the ugly about any camera. Here’s Steve’s Pros and Cons of the RX1 Pros Small but built well Fast [More]
PhotographyBlog have posted their review of the new Nikon V2, the 14mp mirrorless offering from the DSLR Giant. PB Concludes:  Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they’ve succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1’s stylish and slimline appearance. We’re also pleased to see the high image [More]
PetaPixel have posted their full review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s latest addition to the X-Series and little (and less expensive) brother to the X-Pro 1.  Like us, PetaPixel love the retro styling of this camera as well as the incredible quality of the images it produces. Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   In our opinion, the Fujifilm X-E1 is one of the most — if not the most — beautiful digital cameras on the market today, on par with the X-Pro1 and the X100. Someone clearly forgot to tell Fujifilm that digital cameras aren’t supposed to look this good. The X-E1 is [More]
He loves it, he loves it not.  He loves it, he loves it not. Kai W from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the new Sony NEX 6 from two extreme points of view, as only DigitalRevTV can.  (Language Warning:  Kai can get a little saucy at times.  So if that kind of thing offends you, please be warned that Kai’s S bombs and phallic references may or may not be offset by Alamby’s sweetness.) Our Take:  The Sony NEX 6 is one of the best new mirrorless cameras around.  With it’s 16 mp CMOS sensor that produces such delicious images [More]
(Video above is an Olympus PEN E-PL5 sample movie: tripod pan shot by CameraLabs) CameraLabs just posted their full review of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and they are impressed with the new addition to Olympus’ PEN Lineup. Here’s CameraLabs’ Verdict: The PEN E-PL5 is a third-generation Micro Four Thirds mirror-less compact system camera and its maturity shows – in a good way. As the middle choice in a range of three PENs, in many ways it combines the best of the enthusiast PEN E-P3 and the entry-level PEN ‘Mini’ E-PM2 with a great balance between size, ease of use [More]
Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store takes the new Canon EOS M out into the field to put it through it’s paces. This new offering from Canon has been a hot seller, but is it actually up to snuff with the competition? Watch and see… Here’s what the Camera Store says: [For this field test,], Chris and I headed to Princess Island Park. Chris brought everything we have for the EOS M, the 18-55 F3.5-5.6, 22mm F2 and the included flash. Unfortunately, we were not expecting to shoot outside, so we neglected to bring an ND filter for shooting video. [More]
PetaPixel posted their review of the new Canon EOS M – Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera realm.  Canon’s new mirrorless camera has some impressive specs – it’s basically a Canon T4i (650-D) wrapped in a smaller package.  On the upside is Canon’s 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a wonderful capacitive touch screen (a-la Smart Phone) that’s one of the best around, and the ability to use your existing Canon Lenses (by using a $199 USD lens adapter).  The one glaring weakness however…  and it’s a biggie – abysmal autofocus performance (see video above). Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   The Canon EOS [More]
SoundImagePlus is writing a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and reversed their workflow, this time creating a video test first (which, although simple, looks very impressive). SoundImagePlus writes: I’m doing this review the wrong way round. I normally end with video and pictures and for those of you who are missing the “camera porn” I usually start with, don’t worry, its on its way! But one of the things I wanted to try first was the video. There are not many options in terms of size, fps. etc. but several things the E-PL5 has in its favour [More]
The new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 is continuing to turn heads.  It’s the smaller sibling of Olympus’ highly coveted OM-D E-M5, but even though it’s in a smaller package, it’s equipped with the same 16mp sensor and processor as the flagship OM-D.  Do good things come from this small package? Here’s ePhotozine’s verdict:  The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 features an improved design, with better handling and controls than the previous Mini E-PM1, as well as a great 3 inch touch screen. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn’t [More]
The reviews of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 keep rolling in.  The latest one is pretty in depth and comes from TJ Donegan at DigitalCameraInfo.com. Here’s TJ’s conclusion: The Panasonic GH3 is the Micro Four Thirds system all grown up, and it’s hard to argue that it’s not the best mirrorless system camera to date. While we’ve seen impressive performance from other bodies like the Sony NEX-7, and incredible styling and control in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic GH3 brings all of that together with some exceptional video quality to boot. Mirrorless system cameras are typically quite compact, but [More]