PhotographyBlog just published their full review of the new Fuji X-E1, the smaller brother to the highly popular (among MC contributors) Fuji X-Pro1. Here’s PhographyBlog’s Conclusion: Smaller, lighter and significantly cheaper than the X-Pro1, whilst offering the same outstanding and image quality and impeccable handling, there’s certainly an awful lot to like about the new Fujifilm X-E1. The main sacrifice is the removal of the innovative Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, replaced instead by one of the highest resolution and best electronic viewfinders currently available – indeed the X-E1’s viewfinder is so good that we hardly missed using the X-Pro1’s optical finder. [More]
Last time, Kai and the DigitalRevTV crew only had an hour to spend with the new Canon EOS M, and they had to rush around the city in an attempt to put the camera through it’s paces in a short amount of time.  This time, they spend a full week with the new Canon and strive to find the answers to the questions that inquiring minds want to know, such as… Is the autofocus really that bad? What is is it like to use? What is it’s best feature? Watch the video to find out. Check out the Canon EOS [More]
The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 is making the rounds.  This time, it lands squarely in the hands of The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls, who put’s the camera through it’s paces in a hands on review. Here’s what The Camera Store says:  The Panasonic GH2 was enormously popular for its great still abilities, combined with astonishing video quality for the price. The new GH3 ups the stakes again, but with so many very capable competitors, can it still stand out? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at how the latest Micro 4/3 camera holds up. Our take:  On the [More]
Seattle based food photographer and blogger Paula Thomas posted a great review of the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens over on SmallCameraBigPicture.com. Paula writes: I was able to get my hands on the new Olympus 60mm macro lens on Monday. I ran around the house looking for things to try it out on. I took a few close ups and some regular portrait type shots. This is my first 1:1 macro lens so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I would not compare it to the Four Thirds 50mm macro, it’s definitely not a replacement for that [More]
PhotographyLife.com posted a nice review of the ThinkTank Airport Security V2 Camera Bag. Here’s some highlights of the review: General Information and Dimensions Features Meets USA domestic airlines’ carry-on size requirements TSA approved combination lock secures the main compartment Security lock and cable built in to the frame Security ID plate and unique serial number Holds pro-DSLR and super telephoto lenses up to 600mm Emergency shoulder straps for occasionally carrying the bag as a backpack Front stretch pocket holds an optional case for 15″ or 17″ laptops Optional low divider set allows for up to 17″ laptop to fit inside [More]
Andrew Reid of EOSHD.com posted his Real World Test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3. It’s a very in depth hands on review, but keep in mind that the camera he was using was a pre-production model (without the latest firmware), so any issues of moire and aliasing that are mentioned should be measured with a grain of salt until the final production model is tested. Here is Andrew’s summary: The Panasonic GH3 is a 90% successful update to the Panasonic GH2. Here’s a provisional list of significant pros and cons relative to the GH2. Better stills Better colour and dynamic range [More]
When pro photogs got their hands on a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, there were some questions about the quality of the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), which seemed to be lacking at the time.  But was this due to the fact that the pre-production model sported an EVF that was somehow incomplete…  and has Fuji fixed the issue in their final production model? PetaPixel asks the same question in a recent post on their website… Here’s their take >> When we handled a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, we [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) dives into the action…  action-CAM that is…  as he puts the new Sony Action Cam through it’s paces (and he puts this little sucker through a beating).  How will the camera stand up to Blunty’s abuse, and more importantly, how will it stand up to the stiff competition from GoPro?  Watch and see… Blunty writes:  Sony Action Cam review, Blunty style. The new Action Cam from Sony a point-of-view wide angle, Sports HD Video Camera with built in Wi-Fi, 1080p & 720P/60FPS/120FPS super slow-mo. Tour the hardware, see lots and lots of test shots and [More]
(Video above shot entirely with the Sony RX 100 Compact Digital Camera – courtesy of EOSHD) The quality of compact cameras is progressing by leaps and bounds, and 2012 marked the launch of several exciting achievements in the compact division.  Witness the Panasonic Lumix LX7 and the Sony RX 100, which was just named as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com recently posted a review of the RX 100 and compared it to 2 of it’s contemporary rivals, one of which is the Panasonic Lumix LX7 – a breakout compact camera that was released [More]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) takes a quick look at the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 2.0 and the Street Walker.  Think Tank is one of our favorite camera bag manufacturers, and we love the quality of their work and all the little details that are out into each bag.(View Post on SCBP) Get the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 2.0 and the Think Tank Street Walker Here
SoundImagePlusBlog posted an excellent review of the Panasonic G5. It looks like they concur with our assessment that the G5 is an excellent camera that might be getting lost in the shuffle with all the fanfare surrounding the new camera launches at Photokina in September and PhotoPlus just this past weekend. Here’s SoundImagePlusBlog’s conclusion: I have no hesitation in recommending the G5 and would suggest that, if possible, you give it a try before thinking about one of the “sexier” m4/3 cameras like the OM-D and the upcoming GH3. I would suggest also that you might just find it surprisingly [More]
Point and Shoot Cameras are going the way of the dinosaur due in large part to the advent of newer and better smart phone cameras, with increasingly larger sensors. While it’s true that smart phone cameras have no where near the Image Quality of a camera, it’s also true that “the best camera is the one you have with you,” and there’s no denying that the quality of still images and video produced by today’s smart phones has drastically improved over the last few years… There are even websites and Facebook groups dedicated solely to smart phone photography. Now that [More]
DigitalRevTV’s Kai Wong is takin’ it to the streets with the new Canon EOS M – Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera market. Canon is an undisputed DSLR Giant, but will they be able to translate that power into the mirrorless realm? Here’s DRTVs take: Canon has finally released a mirrorless camera! But is it any good? Should you buy one? There’s a lot of competition in the mirrorless market, so the EOS M has a lot to prove. Kai takes it out on the streets with the 22mm f/2.0 STM and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, along with [More]
If you’ve been thinking about moving over to a Micro 4/3 camera system but you’ve been putting it off because you have a large collection of Canon lenses, then we just might have the solution for you. Mike Kobal shows off the Bower Canon EOS to Micro 4/3 lens adapter. As Mike states in the video, Micro 4/3 cameras seem to be the most adaptable of any camera category and can accept a wide range of lenses by using adapters. But be forewarned… any time you’re using an adapter, you may risk losing some of the lens’ functionality. That being [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model. Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) Luminous Landscape took the Panasonic Lumix GH3 out into the field to see how the new camera would perform in real life conditions, and the GH3 did not fail to impress. Here are some highlights of their excellent field report: – The GH3 ups the game with a magnesium alloy body and has also been made splash and dust [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model.  Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) PhotographyBlog posted their review of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, and it seems they’re in agreement with everything else we’ve heard so far – The GH3 is on par with the finest cameras in terms of still image quality and blows everyone else out of the water where video is concerned. Looks like Panasonic have one serious imaging machine [More]
Last year, Fuji released the X-Pro 1 at the top end of their mirrorless camera lineup. The camera received high praise from pro photographers (and several MC Contributors) for the outstanding quality of the images it produced, which rivaled those of any DSLR system while creating a beautiful, organic feel with a film-like quality. This year, Fuji have launched the X-E1 Digital Camera – a mirrorless compact system camera just a notch below the X-Pro in the remarkable Fuji X-Series. The Fuji X-E1 features a built-in pop-up flash and includes the same, powerful 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Pro [More]
(Video above from WhatDigitalCamera) Nikon have just announced the release of the 1 V2, the follow up to the less than impressive 1 V1, and this puppy looks like something that Darth Vader might whip out at the Imperial Christmas Party to start snapping some pics with the Storm Troopers (I mean, seriously… just look at that thing). But is the new Nikon 1 V2 fully armed and operational? Engadget got their hands on the new 1 V2 and here are their initial thoughts…  the good, the bad and the ugly: If you followed the launch of Nikon’s J2 interchangeable-lens [More]
TechRadar has posted a Hands-On Review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and this little bad boy continues to impress. TR put the E-PL5 up against some stiff competition in their testing, namely the Panasonic GF5, the Sony NEX 5R and it’s older brother, the Olympus E-PL2, and the new PEN in town held it’s own with, or even beat the competition, including the vaunted Sony NEX cam. Witness the JPEG Dynamic Range Test below, where no one even touches the E-PL5. The new PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2) share the same sensor and processor as Olympus’ [More]
Luminous Landscape posted a full review of the new Fuji X-E1 and they were highly impressed with the new entry into Fuji’s X Series of cameras. The new camera is the smaller, and less expensive, brother to Fuji’s highly celebrated X-Pro1 – a favorite of MC Contributors Will Crockett and Giulio Sciorio as well as a growing number of Pro-togs worldwide. I shares the same rangefinder sensibilites, but in a smaller body without an optical viewfinder. But most importantly, it shares Fuji’s incredible X-Trans sensor, which produces some of the most jaw dropping images you’ll ever see, from any camera. [More]
43Rumors posted a great article by DSLRMagazine (Translated version here) comparing the performance of the new Panasonic 35-100 mm x Power Zoom micro 4/3 lens and the highly renowned Canon 70-200 mm lens. Is it really necessary for a photovideographer to lug around all kinds of huge gear and large, expensive glass, or can a relatively small micro 4/3 lens hold it’s own against one of the big boys? It’s David vs Goliath… Camera Style! Here’s DSLR Magazine’s Conclusions (Translated – sometimes, not so well ~_^): From our point of view, after the collection and evaluation of all technical data [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 75mm f 1.8 lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras. Steve writes: This is a gorgeous lens if you are looking for a fast portrait prime. Remember, a 75mm on micro 4/3 will equal 150mm equivalent so this is a long lens! This is a great portrait lens. It’s super sharp and produces creamy and gorgeous bokeh (blurred background). We’ve been very impressed with many of the Olympus M.Zuiko Micro 4/3 lenses and this one is definitely no exception. It produces high quality images in both photo and video (see Steve’s video [More]
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is continuing to turn heads as it gets out into the hands of more and more photographers and videographers.  The new flagship Micro 4/3 offering from Panasonic is fitting right in with the top of the class cameras for still photo quality, while setting the standard for all cameras when it comes to video. (Video above features a GH3 menu walk through) ePhotozine has just published a full review of the GH3 and gave it 4 and a half out of 5 stars, putting it in their “Highly Recommended” category. Here’s their verdict:  The Panasonic Lumix [More]
ePhotozine got their hands on the final version of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and wasted no time putting it up against the Micro 4/3 Star of the last year, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The GH3 is Panasonic’s new flagship Micro 4/3 camera, replacing the Lumix GH2, which is one of the most celebrated cameras of the last 2 years, especially for video makers. But just how will the new GH3 stand up against the vaunted OM-D? The video above is a low light test of the Panasonic GH3. Below is the low light test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.   [More]