When Sony released the RX1 Fixed Lens Full Frame System a year ago, we wondered out loud how long it would be before there was an interchangeable lens mirrorless system to go along with it.  Our query has now been answered, as Sony have now released their all new interchangeable lens system cameras, the Sony A7 and Sony A7R. But just what is the difference between these two cameras, and do they live up to the standards that most people associate with the term “Full Frame?” Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from The Camera Store got their hands on both [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
One of the most frequently asked questions from our MC readers over the last year has been about the successor to Panasonic’s popular, albeit underrated compact Micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix GX1.  The GX1 is a dynamite little camera, performance wise, and it’s small size, pocketability (especially with a lens such a Panasonic’s stellar 20mm 1.7 pancake) and high quality images made it a favorite for M43 shooters.  But the GX1 came out years ago and let’s face it…  it was getting long in the tooth.  It also seems that there have been rumors about it’s successor, which everyone assumed [More]
Chris Niccolls and Chris Tait of theCameraStore pit the Ricoh GR against the Nikon Coolpix A – mono a mono – to see which is the better performer.  Will the GR take the crown or will the Coolpix A emerge victorious? TCS writes… Within a month of each other, both Nikon and Ricoh launched compact cameras with large sensors and 28mm equivalent lenses. Which is a better buy, The Ricoh GR or the Nikon Coolpix A? Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store TV met up with street photographer Chris Tait to find out which camera you should check out. My [More]
As the era of Hybrid Photography takes hold (and it IS taking hold…  faster than any of us expected at this point), the need for always on LED lighting solutions becomes more and more prevalent.  In the video above, Chris Niccolls and the CameraStore Crew and special guest Rob Caleffi take a hands on look at some of the newest LED offerings from Fiilex. TCS Reports… LEDs are quickly becoming an enormously popular way to light videos, but there are very few affordable, modifiable lights. The Fiilex P360 is an extremely versatile light, compatible with many light modifiers. To test [More]
By now, you’ve surely heard all about the Metabones Speedbooster Lens adapter for NEX cameras (and soon, micro 4/3 cameras as well).  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount, but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera “full-frame” while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to the smaller E-mount sensor area, for example turning an f/2.0 lens into an [More]
In this hilarious episode, Chris Niccolls of theCameraStore reconnects with a lost love (in the form of an Olympus OM-D E-M5), but is there any hope for our star crossed heroes? Consider this an open thread…  😉
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]
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]
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]
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]
Pentax Canada was good enough to let The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls spend an afternoon with their brand new Pentax Q camera system. Chris took a look at the images and video this camera could produce as well as the lens lineup for this quirky little camera. The Pentax Q is the perfect camera for someone who’s looking for a Small Camera with a Big Punch! Here’s the Pentaz Q (in Black or White) and a few of lenses for this awesome little camera:
The Sony RX100 is one of the world’s most powerful fixed lens, pocket sized cameras. With such incredible specs in such a small package, there must be some compromises, right? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls checks out this pocket powerhouse. Also, Jordan Drake takes a look at the Sony NX70 weather sealed camcorder. From watching the video, we think the footage taken with the RX100 looks even better than that from the NX70, and it’s about 1/4 of the price. Check them out below:
On a frigid Calgary day, Panasonic let us try out a pre-release GX1. The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls walks you through the features of the GX1, while attempting to stay warm and not get kicked out of the mall. Shot and Edited by Jordan Drake Shot on the Panasonic AF100 The GX1 is a great camera, period… but it’s especially great for someone who’s looking to capture high quality photos and video, but pack that ability into a body that’s easy to carry around – and the GX1 delivers on all counts. At the time of this posting, the GX1 [More]