Wow, I’m finding all kinds of great stuff about the Fuji X-Series Cameras today, and this post is no exception. Here’s a great article and video by a Pro Photographer named Kevin Mullins who has been using the Fuji X-Pro1 for about a year and as a result, he has ditched his DSLRs and seems to be loving life.  The video above features images shot by Kevin using the X-Pro1 over the last year. Kevin Writes I’ve had “a lot” of conversations with many photographers about this camera.  I always say the same thing.  The camera is amazing, the results [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography “Coach” Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com stops by the Photo Manufacturers Association (PMA) as well as the CES Show in Las Vegas, NV to talk Hybrid Photography and why he believes that  “High Volume” Photographers (like School Portrait Shooters) should and will be turning to mirrorless cameras. Will writes:  High volume photographers constantly face the challenge of becoming more efficient and need to find smarter ways to make more dollars per hour.  Volume photographers must be able to shoot high quality images at a really fast, rapid rate and many are seeking some guidance as they [More]
LA based Pro Photographer Steven Lynch (who has just joined the team of “Hybrid Heroes” on DiscoverMirrorless.com) has decided to leave his Canon 60d and T2i in Favor of a micro 4/3 camera system. Although Steven may be part of the first wave of Photo and Video Pros who have recognized the advantages of today’s mirrorless systems and have decided to travel small but shoot big, we believe he will soon be joined by many more.  2012 was a year in which we saw many advancements in mirrorless sensor technology and significant camera releases, including the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and [More]
In a CES 2013 follow up article titled “What’s in a Look?”, Professional Photographer discusses the latest trend in camera design, that many of the new cameras look like old cameras.  From the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (featured in the video above), which is a virtual doppelganger to the Olympus OM cameras of the 1980s, to the Fuji X-Series Cameras, the Pentax Q and the Leica M9, it’s clear that many of today’s top cameras are borrowing their styling cues from cameras that are decades old. ProPhoto reports:  The vintage revival is something that has been floating around for quite a [More]
(Video above courtesy of WhatDigitalCamera) David Taylor-Hughes at SoundImagePlus is in the process of downsizing his camera collection, and a rather impressive collection it is at that.  Among the cameras at his disposal are the Sigma DP Merrill lineup (1, 2 and 3), a Nikon D800E, an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Panasonic Lumix GH3 – and needless to say, he’s having a very difficult time paring this collection down to 2 cameras.  So he has posed an excellent question…  “Olympus OM-D or Pansonic GH3 – Which would I choose?” This is a question that surely has crossed the minds [More]
CES 2013 (aka, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV) is now history, and lots of cool new gadgets, toys and innovations were released (see the video montage above, courtesy of Blunty3000).  Unfortunately, not many groundbreaking releases came from the world of photo-videography. Since 2012 was an on year for the biennial Photokina Photo and Video Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany, as well as the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, which was also held in late autumn, it seems as though most of the Camera Companies chose last year to unveil their latest releases.  Indeed, we saw some amazing [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [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]
SoundImagePlus posted an intersting article, musing whether or not there is a modern day equivalent to the Leica Cameras of old, which at the time were regarded as little more than toys (to paraphrase). SIP writes:  Its easy to forget that what is now regarded as the height of expensive luxury and photographic excellence was probably regarded as a tool for a professional job in much the same way as turning up with a CSC these days. It was small, it was light, it was radical. Lots of people didn’t take it seriously. However as we all know, it did [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]
Looks like Nikon is ready to throw more toys into the mirrorless pool. Petapixel just posted an article about 2 new mirrorless cameras that Nikon are planning to launch at CES in 2013. PetaPixel Reports:  Nikon is going to add not one, but two new mirrorless cameras to its Nikon 1 line at CES 2013.  Earlier this year we reported that Nikon was ranked fourth of the five major companies currently duking it out in the mirrorless ring, barely besting Canon who has only one mirrorless offering to begin with. Perhaps the two new cameras — a J3 replacement for [More]
Our good friend and colleague Marlene Hielema from ImageMaven.com just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 about a week ago, and she’s so impressed that she’s talking about selling off her Canon 5D Mark II and DSLR Gear.  In the video above, Marlene literally weights the options between these two camera, noting that the GH3 weights more than 1kg less than the 5D Mark II, while producing eye popping stills and videos that have her ready to say goodbye to her beastly DSLR. As I’ve said before, the GH3 is a transformational camera. It is without question, the best “Hybrid” [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]
EOSHD posted a video by Ryan Mancuso the compares the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s Ryan’s notes on the video comparison:  This is a non scientific test of how these two camera’s perform. Aperture, Shutter, ISO, White Balance, and Focal Length (converted for crop) were matched numerically on both cameras. Focus points were also matched. GH3 Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 5D Mark III Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (Version I) Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 No color-correction or post sharpening applied. Tried to keep flares under control as much as possible. A few shots have [More]
Change is coming, folks.  As technology advances and new and wonderful things become possible, it’s inevitable that the most creative among us come up with new and innovative ways to express or deliver their art. Once upon a time, the only way you could listen to music was to go and see it performed live.  Then came the phonograph and radio.  We’ve seen delivery systems progress from vinyl records to tapes (reel to reel, 8-track and cassette).  In the 80s, we gained the ability to play our music from a beam of light, as lasers read the information stored on [More]
iPhonePhotography posted a video by Photographer Jack Hollingsworth, who claims that the gap between the iPhone and his expensive DSLR gear has essentially been erased, and he can’t tell the difference between shots taken with his DSLR and his iPhone. iPP reports:  Photographer Jack Hollingsworth spent months shooting his iPhone and DSLR side-by-side on photo shoots around the world and claims the gap between the two devices is miniscule. In fact, using the iPhone made him fall in love with photography all over again. He also believes that the iPhone may go down as the most influential device in the [More]
Stuart, one of the readers over at DiscoverMirrorless.com, submitted a question to MC Contributor Will Crockett to help him choose between a Panasonic Lumix G5 and a Lumix GH3. Here’s the question:   Will, I watched your review of the G5 and was somewhat discouraged.  You mentioned that it was not a good replacement for a GH2 owner, so here is my concern.  I am looking for a camera that will be used 85% of the time for still photography, but still want good video capabilities.  I am not doing anything professional, but am transitioning from a D7000, so image [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) answers reader questions about the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  This time, it’s all about autofocus. Here’s the question: Hi Will, I’d be grateful for your help with a question regarding the Panasonic DMC-GH3. I currently own a Canon 650 (T4i) with a 15-85 and 70-200 f/4L and am considering replacing this equipment with a GH3 initially with a 12-35 and later a 35-100. My main photographic interests are landscape photography and sometimes airshows in the United Kingdom. My concern is that the GH3′s continuous autofocus won’t be able to track and quickly lock focus on aircraft [More]
Let’s face it folks.  Everywhere you look, there’s another person making a call on an iPhone or Android, or playing Angry Birds on an iPad or other tablet PC, and all those screens mean that BIG CHANGES are coming in the world of photography. All these smartphones and their cameras have all but obliterated the point and shoot digital camera market, and as powerful and sophisticated, yet easy to use mirrorless camera systems become more affordable and the technology built in to these systems continues to advance, another paradigm shift is about to occur. Whether you’re a pro photographer who [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett answers a reader question from DiscoverMirrorless.com – “I am very interested in what is available (and coming down the pike) in LED lights. Question: I’ve got a set of Westcott softboxes with fluorescent lights–nice light quality but not very bright. Do think I could put LED lights in there OR do you think the new LED lights will replace softboxes?” LED lighting is the perfect solution when it comes to Hybrid Photography – and the ability of these new LED lights to work both as a continuous light source OR flash will allow you to quickly [More]
Since the launch of this website, we’ve been telling you about the coming wave of Hybrid Photography that is about to revolutionize the photo and video industry, but even though a paradigm shift is about to occur that’s as big as the shift from film to digital, there are still a lot of people who are having a hard time wrapping their heads around what this shift will mean to them. Well, a few days ago we put up a post by Suzette Allen, a highly renowned (and incredibly talented) photographer and educator who is one of our colleagues on [More]
Choosing a camera…  there’s a lot of shiny new gadgets out there to entice you, but what is it that you’re really looking for?  You have to realize  that the average camera body has a relevance lifespan of about 2 years before it’s replaced by the next generation of newer, better, brighter, shinier toys.  Just over the span of the last four years there have been major advancements in image quality, focus speeds, low light capabilities, etc. in mirrorless cameras, but if you’re someone who’s just getting into Hybrid Photography then  your goal should be to cultivate a relationship with [More]
TechInAsia posted a great article about the dwindling market for Point and Shoot Digital Cameras.  What is it that’s sending these once popular devices the way of the Twinkie?…  Why, it’s your SmartPhone, of course. TechInAsia Reports: Much has been said about the effects of the mobile revolution on console gaming. The past few years have not been kind to Japanese game console makers especially, as casual players get their gaming fix with mobile titles like Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies. But smartphones are having an impact in other industries beyond gaming. Now that their cameras are much improved, [More]