Flickr has unveiled a “Spectaculr” new redesign, now offering it’s free users a “Biggr” place to put their files while sharing them “Wherevr” they would like – or as Flickr puts it “upload once, send to any device, any screen, any friend, and any follower.” Before the redesign, free accounts were capped at 2 videos and 300MBs worth of photos per month.  But now you can upload photos and videos to your heart’s content as each free user is now allotted 1TB (that’s a full terabyte) of storage, including photos of up to 200MB and videos of up to 1GB [More]
Legendary lens maker Carl Zeiss are jumping into the mirrorless market with their new line of Touit Lenses for Fuji X-Mount and Sony NEX camera systems.  The Touit lens lineup is aimed at the high end user, and at a price of about $1,250 USD (for the 12mm 2.8 X-Mount lens), that’s the target market that they’ll be hitting.  But will the new Touit lenses be worth the price? The Phoblographer got their hands on the new 12mm 2.8 Touit lens for fuji X-Mount cameras and put it through it’s paces.  The following are excerpts from their first impressions… Tech [More]
The Metabones Speedbooster Adapter has been all the buzz for the last several months, and that’s no surprise considering the lofty promises of this particular piece of equipment. Unlike a standard lens adapter, which would allow you to mount say, your canon EF lenses on a Sony NEX or Micro 4/3 camera, the Metabones Speedbooster also includes a built in focal reductor – a peice of glass that takes the incoming light from the full frame lens and re-focuses it to fit onto the sensor of the host camera.  This is purported to have the effect of making the lens [More]
Legendary lens maker Carl Zeiss is now hopping on board the Mirrorless Express with the introduction of their new “Touit” lenses for Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series camera systems.  This is especially good news for Sony NEX users, who until now have been hampered with a very limited supply of high quality native lenses, or with the prospect of using adapters to mount their large legacy lenses onto tiny NEX camera bodies (can you say awkward?). Zeiss are launching the line with two lenses, a 12mm f/2.8 and a 32mm f/1.8, and the folks at CameraLabs got their hands on [More]
Throughout history, there have been those with the ability to recognize adapt to the changing times, and it has been these individuals who have brought forth innovations that have literally changed the world. Think of people like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and more recently, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Today…  right now, we find ourselves at the beginning of a shift in the world of photography. As more and more mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) are getting into the hands of consumers – and let’s face it, folks… these things are ubiquitous as it is – photographers [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]
MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) interviews MC creator Scott Giorgini about the ins and outs of video production in a series of videos taken from a Google + Hangout. Consider this an open thread… Video 1 (above) is the “Pitfalls of Learning Video”. Other videos in the series are shown below: Video 2: What Gear Do I Need? Video 3: How To Record and Sync Audio Video 4: Editing Your Videos Video 5: Quality vs Quantity Video 6: Lighting Your Shots
(Video above shot entirely with the Sony RX 100 Compact Digital Camera – courtesy of EOSHD) The quality of compact cameras is progressing by leaps and bounds, and 2012 marked the launch of several exciting achievements in the compact division.  Witness the Panasonic Lumix LX7 and the Sony RX 100, which was just named as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com recently posted a review of the RX 100 and compared it to 2 of it’s contemporary rivals, one of which is the Panasonic Lumix LX7 – a breakout compact camera that was released [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]
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video Stud Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) discusses the tools and methods he used on a recent shoot for a Chicago Cupcake Company that has caught the attention of Food Blogger Paula Thomas. Will writes:  I made friends with a very talented food blogger in Seattle who saw a small hybrid cupcake piece I made for a local baker. She, like most foodie bloggers, wants a speedy way to show the food for their posts. But when I read most blogs I always think of how much better the blogger can get their point across about the dining [More]
The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is one intriguing little camera. It’s not often that a small, midrange camera will offer the same image quality as the flagship of the line, but by incorporating the same sensor and image processor as the OM-D E-M5, that’s exactly what Olympus are offering in the easy to use PEN Lite. PhotographyBlog have posted their full review of the E-PL5 and they are impressed with what the PEN Lite has to offer, giving it 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars and thier ‘Highly Recommended’ designation. Here are their conclusions: The E-PL5 essentially offers the [More]
SoundImagePlusBlog posted an excellent review of the Panasonic G5. It looks like they concur with our assessment that the G5 is an excellent camera that might be getting lost in the shuffle with all the fanfare surrounding the new camera launches at Photokina in September and PhotoPlus just this past weekend. Here’s SoundImagePlusBlog’s conclusion: I have no hesitation in recommending the G5 and would suggest that, if possible, you give it a try before thinking about one of the “sexier” m4/3 cameras like the OM-D and the upcoming GH3. I would suggest also that you might just find it surprisingly [More]
Good News for all of the OM-D E-M5 video shooters out there.  The new firmware update, v 1.5 now takes a camera that already had some of the best image stabilization in the world and applies that powerful “Steady-Cam” like performance to legacy lenses. Tyson Robichaud posted this great video illustrating the enhanced performance over the previous firmware version. Here’s Tyson’s report: Just a quick comparison pre and post firmware v1.5 update showing the difference that the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) makes when using adapted, third party lenses in video mode on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The above video [More]
MC contributor Giulio Sciorio has dispatched some of his SmallCameraBigPicture crew to Photo Plus in New York, NY to see what’s up at one of the world’s largest photo/video industry expos, and here’s one of their first field reports. Alberto Lima gets the skinny on the Panasonic Lumix GH3 from Panny’s own Mark Toal (check out Mark on G+). The GH3 looks like it’s going to be an amazing camera for both stills AND video. Here’s Alberto’s report: We here at SmallCameraBigPicture truly believe that mirror-less cameras are not just a passing fad, but a trend that will dictate where [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model. Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) Luminous Landscape took the Panasonic Lumix GH3 out into the field to see how the new camera would perform in real life conditions, and the GH3 did not fail to impress. Here are some highlights of their excellent field report: – The GH3 ups the game with a magnesium alloy body and has also been made splash and dust [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model.  Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) PhotographyBlog posted their review of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, and it seems they’re in agreement with everything else we’ve heard so far – The GH3 is on par with the finest cameras in terms of still image quality and blows everyone else out of the water where video is concerned. Looks like Panasonic have one serious imaging machine [More]
Trey Ratcliff (StuckInCustoms.com) is a highly renowned (and incredibly talented) Pro-Photo Guru  who hosts his Google + Hangout / Variety Hour.   Episode #56, which was recorded last night, is all about Micro 4/3 Camera’s and Lenses, and it features MC Creator Scott Giorgini and Contributor Giulio Sciorio.  The boys join in the discussion with Pro-togs Gordon Laing, Amy “Dang Rabbitt”, Dave Veffer and Peter Tsai. Find out all about their favorite cameras and lenses, and what’s coming down the road for Micro 4/3. Special thanks to Trey for inviting us to take part in the Variety Hour.  It was [More]
43Rumors posted this video-interview by Megapixel with Sebastian Drawert from Panasonic. Here are some bullet points from the interview: The huge success of the Lumix GH2 (the predecessor to the GH3) as a video camera was a surprise to Panasonic. The development of the GH3 was at least in part the result of a great deal of feedback from pro videographers. The GH3 abandons the multi aspect ratio sensor used in the GH2 in order to improve image quality according to Mr. Drawert . While the GH2 was a 60% video and 40% stills camera the GH3 is more of a [More]
The Mirrorless Mythbusters are In the House! 6 photographers who have recently entered into the post-DSLR world share their favorite myths about moving to mirrorless cameras for the photo and video images they shoot. Hangout with MC Creator Scott Giorgini and contributors Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com), Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com), Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) as well as Pro-Tog Extraordinaire Chuck Jones and Ian Stone (Zenfolio.com) as they chuckle about their experiences with both the fact and fiction answer common questions like: “Are the lenses for mirrorless as good as DSLR lenses?” “What will my client think if I show up with a teeny [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) discusses “Hybrid Imaging” – a new era in the photo/video world and why you NEED to know about it. Will Writes: Sometimes when images appear on the screen of a phone, tablet or computer, adding some motion, movement and sound can have a much bigger impact than just one still photo. As pro photographer, I want to share with you how we add more dimension to our images by using the super simple methods of hybrid imaging. Here’s a great example of a hybrid piece that plays on my iPhone to help me enjoy my [More]
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is continuing to turn heads as it gets out into the hands of more and more photographers and videographers.  The new flagship Micro 4/3 offering from Panasonic is fitting right in with the top of the class cameras for still photo quality, while setting the standard for all cameras when it comes to video. (Video above features a GH3 menu walk through) ePhotozine has just published a full review of the GH3 and gave it 4 and a half out of 5 stars, putting it in their “Highly Recommended” category. Here’s their verdict:  The Panasonic Lumix [More]
43Rumors posted a story from German Website Der Spiegel (Translated Version Here) praising the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, which looks like it’s going to be an incredible little camera. The E-PL5, as well as the new PEN Mini E-PM2 use the same sensor and processor as the much celebrated flagship in the Olympus Micro 4/3 lineup, the O-MD E-M5 – which is renowned for the superior quality images that it produces. Here’s the blurb from 43Rumors: Meantime the press keeps talking about the Micro Four Thirds system. Der Spiegel, the largest European weekly magazine just praised the new Olympus [More]
Here’s a great look at the new Panasonic Lumix GF5 and all the creative options that are built in to this little bad boy. We really love the strides that Panasonic have made in their menu systems, making them so much easier to navigate while building in so many cool new filters and features. Let us know what you think in the comments section, and check out the best pricing on the Panasonic Lumix GF5 below (shown with regular kit lens and power zoom lens):
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) showcases the awesome new LED Ring Light, the Quantum Omicron. Quantum have been making some of the best lighting, flash, wireless controllers, photo meters, and all kinds of other gear for years, and the Omicron LED Ring Light is definitely no exception. Here’s Will’s Comments on the video: Snappy, snazzy, punchy, poppy ringlights are a part of my photographic style when shooting either DSLR or Mirrorless. For years I’ve used the ringflashes from Elinchrom and Profoto (still do!) but Quantum has introduced a hybrid ringlight called the Omicron that provides both flash and continuous LED [More]