Here’s a couple of great videos that are chock full of outstanding information about lens types and how to use them. The first video (above) is from pentaxian1 on YouTube, professional travel photographer, Kerrick James talks about virtually every kind of camera lens, what they do, and how to pick a lens that is right for your photography and vision.   Although the video is technically about Pentax Lenses only, the information James conveys can apply to lenses from all manufacturers. In the video below, from photographer Mike Browne on YouTube, Mike explains that “the best ‘zoom’ lens is your [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15. Olympus BCL-15mm press release… “Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin — just 9mm thick — that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass [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 this video, Ed from theDigitalDigest takes a look at the Sony NEX-5R and does a great hands on walkthrough of it’s Wi-Fi and Smart Remote Control App systems (which are also available on the Sony NEX-6). Sony’s smart remote control app allows you to use your iOS or Android device as a real-time preview monitor and shutter control for your NEX 5R/6. Ed states that “While this may seem like a simple function, it is nothing short of revolutionary.” Sony proves WiFi isn’t just for sharing when it comes to the NEX-5R/6L. Enjoy! -TDD Although this video was posted [More]
Ed from theDigitalDigest is back, this time with an in depth comparison of the Sony NEX 5R and Sony NEX 6.  These are the newest additions to Sony’s NEX lineup, and in my opinion, they’re the best NEX Cameras yet.  But just how do they stack up against each other? How they’re alike… Both the NEX 5R and NEX 6 feature the same 16mp CMOS Sensor, Sony’s new Hybrid Autofocus system and Sony’s new Wi-Fi and Apps system.  Each camera delivers superb image quality in both photo and video (even better than the 24mp NEX 7 IMO), as well as stellar [More]
Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul discusses the basics of wedding videography, from how to get your first gig, through what equipment you’ll need, how to set up your shots and how to tell a story with your video. This is an excellent peek behind the curtain for any filmmaker, but especially for those aspiring to get into the lucrative wedding industry. Griffin’s camera and gear set up is excellent.  You can’t go wrong with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Panasonic Lumix GH2 for shooting video.  Griffin also uses a GoPro Hero2 in the video.  This is an excellent choice for [More]
Here’s a cool video from the photographers of MUMUȘ Photo Hub in Bucharest, Romania, who decided to do some street portraits, but with a little twist.  The crew took their backdrop and lighting gear onto a crowded walkway not far rom their studio, but they left one important thing behind…  The Photographer! Instead of having the camera right on top of that action, the street photographer in this case, was actually a roof photographer – as he took a position on the roof of the MUMUS Photo Hub Studio some 200 feet away and 5 stories up.  The results are [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]
David Thorpe posted a great video walk-through demonstrating how to tether the Panasonic Lumix GH3 to an iOS or Android device via Wi-Fi and the Free Panasonic Lumix Link App. We have not tried out the Lumix Link App with Android Devices as of yet, but in our testing the wireless connection has worked extremely between the GH3 and an iPad or iPhone, allowing you to control several of the the camera’s functions using that device.  The Lumix Link App does so much (and so well) that you can sometimes find yourself forgetting that this is first generation technology.  I [More]
There’s some Smoking Hot Deals on 3 of our favorite Panasonic Lumix Cameras on amazon right now!  There have been rumors that a new GX model will be launched soon, but I’ve heard that before and there’s nothing definite on that as of yet.  There should also be a new G series camera (G6) launched later this year, but the prices listed below are incredible and all three cameras are excellent, highly recommended, and rank on our list of top 10 mirrorless camera systems.  If you’re interested, I would pull the trigger soon because as always, there’s no telling how [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]
DPReview conducted an interview with Panasonic’s Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group, and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group.  The following is some highlights from that interview. The GH3 has been well received… In reference to Panasonic’s new flagship micro 4/3 camera, Mr. Uematsu said the following… ‘the GH3 has been well received, especially for motion pictures. As you know we interviewed many people in the industry in Europe and North America, so it would offer what they needed – broadcasters needed bitrates above 50Mbps so we offer 50 and 72Mbps. In Europe they needed 25p, [More]
A couple days ago in an article entitled “Full Frame vs APS-C and Micro 4/3 – Does Size Really Matter?,” I laid out the argument that what matters most is not the size of the sensor, but how well it performs (and the technology that goes into it).  To illustrate my point, I used the analogy of the “Fast and the Furious” movies where, like in the video above (courtesy of MovieClips), you see the main characters racing in little 4 cylinder cars against big, 8 cylinder “muscle” cars.  The little cars should be completely outclassed.  But then Paul Walker [More]
Joe Fotosiamo over at  SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2. Joe begins the article by saying… Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well. [More]
Rumors were swirling at the end of last year that the launch of the next generation Panasonic GX series camera was imminent (early reports had targeted November).  But November came, and no GX2.  Then December.  Then CES, PMA, CP+ – and still, no GX2. Now 43Rumors is reporting that, according to their reader Zetton who was at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, we may not have to wait much longer as he told 43Rumors the following… “While talking with the Panasonic staff, I have been told that  Panasonic will release the next GX1 soon” The GX1 is one of our [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]
Angela Nicholson from DigitalCameraWorld gives a quick demonstration of the Wi-Fi functions of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, as she controls the camera with a smartphone via the Lumix Link App. The best part is that you don’t have to be on the internet for this to work, as the camera and smartphone will establish their own local network to link together and function. Wi-Fi and apps are in their infancy where photography is concerned.  That being said, Panasonic have done a great job with the Lumix Link App, which is well thought out and functions very nicely, but it should [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews stops by the Panasonic Booth at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan and does a side by side comparison of the old and new Lumix 14-42mm f3.5 to f5.6 lenses. Out with the Old, In with the New It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the old 14-42mm G Vario Kit lens that went out with many Panasonic Cameras over the last couple of years.  It feels cheap in the hand and it’s performance is generally in the mediocre range.  If I had to describe it, I would say that it’s “OK” – meaning that [More]
The Phobolographer is reporting that the long rumored firmware updates for Fuji’s celebrated mirrorless compact system cameras, the X-Pro1 and X-E1, as well as their 35mm 1.4 Lens have been released. Here are the details: X Pro 1 (2.03) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions 35mm f1.4 (2.02) download link Improved autofocus accuracy and performance XE-1 (1.04) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Shutter release button now works when an external remote release is connected Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions Audio performance has [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]