In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett answers a reader question that was posted by a gentleman named Trace on our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Question… “We do video work and for some clients, and we need to achieve a little more of an “artisan” look than I can get from a Canon XF100 (in particular shallow depth of field). We are about to invest in a new camera system. We do want to shoot some still work, but 90% of the decision is based on video performance. We edit primarily on FCPX. Most of our [More]
MC Contributor and Photo/Video/Hybrid Photography Super Hero Will Crockett answers a reader question posed on DiscoverMirrorless.com about sensor size and whether or not it really matters, or if it’s just a bunch of marketing hype? As we’ve stated in this space before, the image quality lines between mirrorless camera systems with their “crop” sensors and “full frame” DSLR systems has been blurred over the last few years, and now there are several mirrorless systems that are cracking the “Pro Level” glass ceiling.  So can the smaller sensors on mirrorless cameras hold their own against the big boys?  More and more [More]
Since it’s launch in September of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 has been receiving hoards of positive reviews and praise from both photo and video professionals the world over.  There’s no doubt that the GH3 is a top caliber camera, but is it the best mirrorless camera ever? Popular Photography Magazine thinks so, and they’re featuring the Lumix GH3 on the cover of their latest issue (see below) G on the GH3 MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio wrote the following in an article on SmallCameraBigPicture.com Pop Photo is calling the Panasonic Lumix GH3 the best mirrorless camera to date, and I [More]
We’ve heard it said before that experience is the best teacher – as long as it’s someone else’s experience.  So for all you aspiring indie filmmakers out there, here’s some great experience and advice to tap into from an independent filmmaker who shares the good, the bad and the ugly of getting his production off the ground and into distribution. Independent Filmmaker Tom Durham recently sat down with the folks over at Red Giant and gave some excellent advice on filming your very own independent movie. This is something about which Tom knows a lot as has spent the last [More]
Our good friend Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com and ImageMaven.com) has just gone through a conversion of sorts. You see, Marlene is a long time corporate photographer who is used to capturing all of her images in RAW format, but now that she’s shooting with a Panasonic Lumix GH3, that’s all could be changing. Marlene writes… “I’m a longtime raw shooter. Perfect WB. Perfect Exposure. Perfect tonal range. Perfect everything. Perfect for corporate photography. But perfect can sometimes be boring. Then I got my Lumix GH3 camera, and soon discovered the Creative Control mode.“ Soon after, she began to play with the [More]
MC Contributor, Hybrid Photography Pioneer and Photo-Video Ninja Will Crockett replies to a reader question about LED Lighting on our sister website, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Will writes… “The ultimate hybrid photo studio is decked out with all LED mains, fills and hairlights so we can shoot still photos or video files at any time. To do that, we need to abandon flash and go to continuous light. LED panels are available now for the broadcast video folks with high CRI rating and are becoming semi-affordable.  But unfortunately, very few LED lights are ready for pro level still photography…  yet.” Will also discusses [More]
WhatDigitalCamera interviews Pro Photographer Jim Marks about the new Fuji Fixed Lens Compact Cameras, the X-20 and X-100s.  (Part 1 of the interview is above, Part 2 is below) Marks got his hands on a pre-production X100s and X20 and discusses what he likes about each as well as the advantages of mirrorless camera systems in general and why he chose to use Fuji X-Series cameras instead of his DSLR system. Enjoy! Part II My 2 Cents For those of you who are regular readers here on MirrorlessCentral, you know that that he’s not exactly covering any ground that we [More]
Our boy G is back, and this time he’s talking cameras. Photo/Video/Hybrid Rock Star Giulio Sciorio (smallcamerabigpicture.com) answers a reader question about the viability of micro 4/3 cameras (in this case, an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1) for semi-pro applications. Is a mirrorless camera system good enough to use on a Pro Shoot? Giulio discusses your options for shooting on a budget, and the importance of integrating a hybrid camera into the mix. My 2 Cents G is a pioneer in the migration to mirrorless and it’s people like he, Will Crockett and Suzette Allen (DiscoverMirrorless.com) who are leading the charge [More]
(Video above is endgadget’s review of the original EOS M mirrorless camera from Canon – It’s here to server as a reminder of the numerous reasons why we consider the EOS M to be a very forgettable camera). Looks like Canon may have an update their first entry into the mirrorless camera market.  Canon Rumors is reporting that a new EOS M could be in the works. Rumored Specs Include… 24mp APS-C Sensor New generation AF system DIGIC V Removable Electronic Viewfinder (Very high resolution) Optional grip attachment 5fps Slightly larger than the current EOS M Introduced with 3 more lenses [More]
Consumer Reports recently tested a large group of SLR and “SLR-Like” cameras (in other words…  mirrorless) and were surprised to find that one camera, the Panasonic Lumix GH3, “scored higher than all the SLRs tested in this group.” The reasons behind the results… CR states the following – “…part of the story revolves around how the Lumix DMC-GH3 and other SLR-likes have built in many of the features consumers want. For example, the GH3 is one of the few advanced cameras with a swiveling touch-screen LCD. And you can set focus and shoot by touching the display. You can find [More]
Once upon a time, those who aspired to create big screen, Hollywood caliber productions had to raise enough funding to allow them to lease behemoth, Panavision film cameras (or the like) to record their movies.  These cameras were expensive to lease and expensive to operate since their size required all matter of specialized equipment in order to get the shots envisioned by the film’s director. In the digital age, cameras became somewhat smaller and somewhat easier to operate, but they were still very expensive.  Indeed, may of the upper echelon video cameras like the RED Epic, Arri Alexa, etc., still [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sits down with master portrait photographer Marc Hauser as he looks for a better way to shoot his famous sepia toned images. Will and Marc work to make-over over Marc’s Chicago studio to see if using a mirrorless camera might be the still photo solution he’s looking for… which as Will put’s it, is to “capture the still photos that Marc is famous for, but with the secret sauce done in the camera, then having the added bonus of shooting high quality video that will match Marc’s [More]
You had to know this was coming… MosaicArchive have created a spoof of the stirring Dodge Truck Superbowl ad (which we have pointed to as a brilliant example of Hybrid Photography), only this time the object of the ad is not a farmer.  It’s a photographer. And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a documenter,” so God made a photographer God said, “I need someone willing to get up before dawn, deal with models, work in Lightrooms and darkrooms, work with models again, eat supper, and then go to town and [More]
Paul Gero is a good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com.  He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer who’s been shooting professionally since 1983.  As such, he’s seen a lot of technology come and go in the world of photography, and he’s used just about every photographic tool that you can imagine.  Paul has photographed weddings, portraits, sports, famous people and regular people alike.  Heck, he’s even photographed Princesses and Presidents (No kidding – Check out his archives >>Here<<!).  So he won’t use just any camera equipment. Lately, Paul has been trying out the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses on [More]
In an interview with Masaya Maeda – Canon Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations on DPReview, Mr. Maeda admits that sales of Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless market, the EOS M, have been slower than expected. In an interview conducted at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, Mr Maeda concedes that “the EOS M hasn’t yet been fully able to exploit this market.  Looking at worldwide results, we’ve seen users are limited to certain regions – we’re seeing very positive sales in Japan and South East Asia.  Looking beyond that, we haven’t established market share yet.” My 2 [More]
Matt Granger (aka ThatNikonGuy) reports from CP+ in Yokohama, Japan – and takes a look at the Gran Prix award winners for “World’s Best Camera” over the last 30 years. It’s pretty fun to watch the evolution of imaging over the last few decades, from some of the gaudy Pentax models of the early ’80s, through some of the great film cameras and finally into digital, video (the Canon 5D MkII in 2009) and mirrorless (the Olympus EP-1 won the award in 2010).  But the World’s Best Camera of 2013 has yet to be named. Which Camera do YOU think [More]
I’ve been enjoying following the story of David Taylor-Hughes of SoundImagePlus who, due to some strong suggestions from his accountant, is carefully weighing his options as he pares his camera collection down from 4 cameras to two.  Of late, he seems to be leaning towards selling off his Nikon D-800E and Sigma DP Merrills in favor of keeping his micro 4/3 systems (a Panasonic Lumix GH3 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5). I can relate to David’s dilemma, because if it weren’t for some strong suggestions from my own accountant, I would probably own a GH3 today.  Of course, I’m personally [More]
“Full Frame”…  It’s a term that you hear bandied about a lot on most of the more prominent photography blogs and forums.  There almost seems to be an air of aristocracy to those who purport that a camera just won’t deliver quality results unless it’s “full frame.”  Whether or not a camera with a smaller sensor can deliver top tier image quality is one of the most common arguments in the photoverse, and it’s one into which we’ve delved several times in this space.  After all, I’m of the opinion that the term “full frame” is a misnomer, and that [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]
Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com, Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com) gives an excellent answer to one of the most common reader questions asked here on MC – Can you get bokeh with small sensor mirrorless cameras? Here’s Marlene’s take… To get good bokeh you need to know the three things that control depth of field. Aperture – The larger the f-stop the less depth of field – usually. Focal length – The longer the focal length the less depth of field. It’s really hard to get bokeh with wide angle lenses. Proximity to your subject – The closer [More]
These days, there are a lot of photographers pondering whether or not it might be a good time to consider getting rid of their DSLRs and moving over to mirrorless cameras.  There have been major advancements in mirrorless technology over the last several years that has brought about major improvements in autofocus, high ISO performance, Image Quality, etc., and we’ve witnessed the release of new mirrorless systems like Sony’s NEX 7 (and now, the NEX 6), the Fuji X-Series Cameras (X-Pro1 and X-E1) and the top of the line micro 4/3 cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, the OM-D E-M5 and [More]
I was reading an interesting article by David Taylor-Hughes over on SoundImagePlus about whether or not he thought that JPEGs could deliver quality images.  As I was gleaning YouTube for a video that could go along with this article, I found the one above by Matt Granger (aka ThatNikonGuy), who delivers what is one of the most practical and unbiased examinations of the “RAW vs JPEG” argument that I have ever come across.  It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time to watch. Now back to David.  It seems that He has developed some vision issues (Double Vision) as [More]
MC Contributor, photo innovator, educator and Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett or DiscoverMirrorless.com recently spoke to a group of Volume Photographers about the value of quick and easy online galleries for selling your images. Will writes… After speaking to volume photographers, it was clear that not all event photographers or seasonal photographers are aware of the “gallery” concept to sell images online, unlike the hoards wedding and portrait shooters who already know they must sell images online, and do it very well. With the “gallery” concept, you would use a dedicated URL to hold your images from a particular [More]
Blunty’s back!  …and this time, the DigiDIRECT TV host is talking about Vlogging and his Ultimate YouTube Setup. Blunty’s formula for vlogging perfection: the Sony RX100 compact “DSLR in your pocket” camera + an iPad mini = the best road-warrior vlogger production, editing & camera kit in the world right now? It’s a road-warrior production studio that’ll fit in your pockets! I can’t argue with Blunty here.  These are all powerful tools that will give you BIG RESULTS despite their small size. Here’s a great RX100 package that includes a 32gb Class 10 SDHC Card, a carrying case, lens cleaning [More]