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]
In this episode of of DigiDIRECT TV, Blunty tests the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera.  The Sony RX1 is the world’s first fixed-lens digital camera offering a full-frame sensor. This large 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor enables DSLR-quality imaging in a compact digital camera! – Techie Gobbledygook and Specs Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor JPEG, 14-bit RAW Image Capture 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display Full HD 1080p Video at 25 or 50fps High Speed AF as Fast as 0.13 Seconds Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings Hot Shoe for External Flash, [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]
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]
A couple weeks ago, we posted an article called “How To Build a RotoRig DIY JIb Crane/Shoulder Rig” that’s been getting a great response.  The RotoRig is one of the (if not THE) best DIY Jib Cranes I’ve ever seen, and it would seem that a lot of people agree, because many are now building and using their own RotoRig devices. Two of the latest are my708class (video above) and Thomas Emmerich (video below), who are shown testing their RotoRigs. We take our hat’s off to people like Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik – subscribe to his YT Channel Here) who [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]
Joey Daoud posted a great article on FilmakerMagazine.com about his experiences shooting a kickstarter video in Mexico using the Panasonic Lumix GH3. According to the article, it took Joey quite some time to warm up to shooting video with a smaller compact system camera.  That is, until he read about the Panasonic Lumix GH2. Joey writes:  “For the longest time I refused to get on the DSLR [and mirrorless] bandwagon. I was quite satisfied with my Sony EX1 and its XLR inputs and ability to shoot hours on end. However, even a minimal kit was bulky. I wanted something small [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]
Olympus’ Micro 4/3 breakthrough camera, the OM-D E-M5 has been chosen by the readers of DPReview as the Best Camera of 2012, edging out DSLR favs – the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII. This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system.  The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike.  Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened [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]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
The End is Nigh! Here’s a little Teaser Video for a project called The End of the World Shootout, by Shian Storm.  The upcoming shootout video is going to pit the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $499 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range. Here’s Shian’s Video Description:  We took a brand new GH3, a Hacked GH2 running Nick Driftwood’s Intravenus patch, and put them head-to-head against a Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and a 5DMKIII in high contrast situations [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]
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]
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]
Stabilization is crucial when shooting video, and even though the Optical and In Body Stabilization systems on today’s mirrorless cameras has come a long way, it’s still not perfect.  Enter the video shoulder rig stabilizer.  There are many to choose from, but they can get pretty expensive.  But if you have a little time and a little money to spend on some PVC Pipe, here are two solutions for you. The video above is from TheSlantedLens is is a very simple solution for about $10.00. Below is a video from Vu Le that’s a little more complex, and a little [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]
Photographer Eduardo Merille posted a fun comparison of the Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony RX-100. While I don’t think that the video is meant to imply that the RX-100 is better than the 5D-II in any way shape or form, I can’t help but noticing how well Sony’s little fixed lens wonder holds it’s own against it’s giant interchangeable lens cousin. Hello, David…  meet Goliath.  ; ) What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below. In the meantime, you can check out the Sony RX-100 Here
Two Pro Photographers (MC Contributor Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com and his good friend and colleague Wayne Ross), both of whom are VERY familiar with Nikon and Panasonic Cameras, take a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a Nikon D800 out for a day of shooting to compare their functionality in real world conditions. Will writes:  As photo and video professionals, we need to be as efficient as possible with our time when shooting hybrid. I want to be comfortable and confident when it comes to recording the moment in still as well as when to use the video button, but shooting [More]
From MikeTheMentor:  The Canon Mirrorless M is touted as a baby T4i. It has the same 18MP sensor, the same processor, the same awesome touch screen monitor and it even costs about the same price as a Canon Rebel T4i. So what is different about the two? Which one is better for what kind of shooter? What are the M’s strengths and weaknesses? Are the focusing systems really that bad? All these questions are answer by Michael, who has been shooting with both cameras for a while now. Our take: The T4i, just like the T3i and T2i before it, [More]
In this excellent edition of the Hybrid Hangout, host Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) welcomes special guest Jared Polin (FroKnowsPhoto.com) and Hybrid Heroes Giulio Sciorio, Marlene Hielema, Bill Burkholder and Carol Schlintz for a lively discussion of RAW vs JPEG and which is better to shoot in different situations. This is a highly controversial topic and there are hardcore advocates on both sides. Here’s Will’s description of the hangout: Both JPEG and RAW file formats are good these days, but they are very different. When is it a good idea to use RAW, when is it best to shoot in JPEG, what [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a world class pro shooter who uses both DSLRs and mirrorless and has loads of tips for you. Will writes:  Serious photographers are facing a serious choice when they are looking to move up to a new camera that shoots stills and video. Sure just about all DSLRs, as well as mirrorless camera systems, capture still photos and video clips, but how do you know if you should spend big on the DSLR, or save a bit and move into the easy-to-use mirrorless camera systems?  In the video above, Will explains his take on [More]
In the latest edition of the Hybrid Hangout, MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) hosts a panel of Nine photo and video pros (and some not so pros) to share the reasons why they switched to mirrorless, or why they are still waiting, and what they are looking for in order to make an intelligent decision when or if to shed the big bulky but powerful DSLRs. Joining will in the conversation are MC Creator Scott Giorgini, MC Contributos Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) and Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) along with Paula Thomas, Carol Schlintz, special guest Dave Curlee from GeekBeatTV and others as [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) puts the Glide Gear DEV-1000 Video Track Slider through it’s paces. Is there finally an inexpensive video track slider that DOESN’T suck? Check out the video and see what Blunty has to say. Blunty writes: Sliders are a quickest, easy way to get those beautifully cinematic smooth moving shots to give your video some pro polish. but they’re not often cheap… the Glide Gear video slider IS cheap, but is it any good? Is it the best cheap video slider worth your hard earned cash? lets see if we can find out. For some [More]