Here’s another cool device that we found kicking around on Kickstarter.  Meet the Genie Motion Control Timelapse device, which can be used for either live motion in video shooting or for perfect motion control in timelapse photography.  It’s highly versatile and it’s made to work with just about any camera that you may already have, which is probably why the Genie is proving to be so popular among Kickstarter Backers (the makers of the Genie have shattered their pledge goal of $150,000 and have racked up nearly $700k). Here’s the skinny on the Genie… “The Genie is a simple, affordable [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett tackles another reader question from Dave on DiscoverMirrorless.com, who requests advice about which wide angle lenses are best for micro 4/3 cameras. Here’s the Question as submitted by reader Dave… I’m shooting interiors for real estate listings. I’ve been using a DX with a 12-24 and since the fall an FX with a 24 and hopefully soon a 16-35, but I’m looking forward to getting a 4/3 camera – most likely a Lumix G,GH…. mainly for video at this point. In my searching I don’t seem to see much choice in the [More]
Nigel Atherton of WhatDigitalCamera takes a crack at explaining the basic differences between the various types of Compact System Cameras, aka ILCs or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Cameras. In part 1 (above), Nigel discusses the smaller sensored Pentax Q and Nikon 1 systems.  In part 2 (below), Nigel tackles micro 4/3 and APS-C sensored cameras. My 2 Cents Nigel does a good job explaining the basic differences between the systems and gets extra points for his effective use of Legos 😉 – But it’s important to remember to not get caught up in the sensor size marketing hype (for more on [More]
Here’s a great (and cheap) DIY project that you can easily make at home and knock out in no time.  In the video above, Photographer Tiffany Angeles demonstrates how to make a dual purpose backdrop/reflector that you can use in your own home studio, or even when you’re on location.  The materials are inexpensive and you can find them at any Home Supplies Store.  These can also be used as backdrops for entertaining, such as behind cake tables, or make a great background for photo booths due their light weight and ability to easily pin various materials to the background. [More]
There was lots of fanfare at the end of 2012, with large imaging trade shows such as Photokina in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC providing the perfect setting for camera companies to launch their latest and greatest – Like the Panasonic Lumix GH3, Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX 6.  Consequently, 2013 came in with a wimper, and first quarter tech and trade shows like CES in Las Vegas were unusually devoid of any earth shattering camera unveilings.  But one of the most pleasant surprises so far this year has come from one of the most unlikely sources…  Pentax [More]
Pro Fashion Photog Jonathan Posner lists 10 reasons why he’s trading in his gi-normous and cumbersome Canon 5D mk II and opting to go with on Olympus OM-D E-M5 instead.  Posner’s is just one of the latest names on a growing list of pros who are figuring out that the newest generation of mirrorless camera systems have come a loooooong way from the early releases of a few years ago, and the newest kids on the block can now easily hang with the big boys when it comes to Image Quality, and they pack a vast array of advanced features [More]
In the 4th and final installment of his series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) peels back the curtain to reveal how he gets the most out of the GH3’s custom settings. Giulio writes… “I’ll show you how I can quickly build custom settings such as Retro, Color and Monochrome looks and store them in the GH3′s C1-3 buttons…like a BOSS. Now that you’ve got your function buttons set, quick menu customized and JPEG settings hooked up, you’re almost ready to shoot [More]
Join yours truly along with Will Crockett, Suzette Allen, Giulio Sciorio and all the Hybrid Heroes from DiscoverMirrorless.com on the new Hybrid Photography Facebook Page. Be sure to stop on by and give us a ‘Like’, as we’ll be starting a new Live Hybrid Photo Web Show that you can access right from Facebook Soon!
It’s broken record time, as any regular visitor this website has no doubt read that we wholeheartedly believe that the Image Quality gap that once existed (and not very long ago) between full frame cameras and their smaller and lighter mirrorless cousins has been significantly narrowed…  heck – it’s been closed!  Now it seems like more and more former full frame shooters are beginning to realize this as well, and many are making the switch to mirrorless cameras and seeing numerous additional advantages besides the smaller size and weight of mirrorless systems (advanced autofocus tracking and video performance that runs [More]
This is so good that I thought that hte guy who was proposing was gonna be Liam Neeson 😉 Consider this an open thread… (Via FStoppers) A Polish man proposed to his girlfriend by creating a fake horror movie trailer. Not just fake, but actually pretty good. The video was made by combining snippets of scenes from “The Grey,” “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Essential Killing” and dramatic music to give that finish touch. His unsuspecting girlfriend went to the movie theater with 2 of her friends, not knowing that night will change her life. Seeing her face when she realizes [More]
Looks like the new Fuji X100s is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of premium compact cameras, as it has just collected another highly positive review – this time, collecting 5 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Essential” from the reviewers at PhotographyBlog. PhotographyBlog Concludes… “It may look almost identical to the original X100, but the new X100S includes so many improvements, particularly to its operational speed, that it definitely feels like shooting with an entirely new camera. We were skeptical about what the X100S would offer and whether it could tempt X100 owners (ourselves included) [More]
As we move away from traditional still photography and into the era of hybrid, the need for always on lighting solutions is becoming more and more important, and it’s looking more and more like LED lighting may be the best long term solution.  Small and Portable LED Light Panels can attach directly to your camera’s hot shoe adapter, they throw out brilliant light, they don’t run hot and they don’t eat up a lot of power.  But although their light is brilliant, it can also be a little harsh and it tends to focus in a small area. Innovation to [More]
In Part III of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) tackles the JPEG Settings on Panasonic’s new flagship camera.  JPEG for the WIN! Giulio writes… “The GH3 comes with 7 picture profiles, including a custom profile that you can build and store in camera for latter use. The JPEG settings covered in this video will give you a starting point to get the best color out of your stills and videos. In addition to the JPEG settings you [More]
Did you know that Youtube now gives you the ability to easily upload photos (yes…  photos) to create basic hybrid slideshows? It seems that Google’s popular video hosting service isn’t just for videos anymore, and Petapixel posted an article demonstrating Youtube’s new Hybrid Creation Tool. Petapixel reports… “[Youtube] has a special feature designed just for photo slideshows. If you’ve never considered using YouTube for photos, you may have never noticed the option, but it’s right there on the Upload page. Click it, and you’ll be asked to select the photos you’d like to use for the slideshow. This can either [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]
In Part II of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) dives into the Quick Menus on Panasonic’s new flagship camera. Giulio writes… “Every time I shoot with the GH3, I use the quick menu…every time! The quick menu is great for recalling settings on the fly instead of having to dig through the main menu on a regular basis. Using the quick menu will save you time and help you with your shooting accuracy, which of course makes you [More]
I’ve been trying to spread the love around with featured camera deals and stories, etc.  But honest to God, Panasonic have been offering such HUGE DEALS on some great cameras lately (I actually just received my Lumix LX7 that I snapped up for only $298 USD!) and they’re just too good to not share with our readers, especially considering that many of these deals are gone as soon as we can post them. Here are 3 deals I came across on the Lumix GX1, a tremendous camera that sold for anywhere from $700 to $900 USD just a scant year [More]
DigitalCameraWorld take a look at the new Sony NEX 3N, which comes as the direct replacement to Sony’s entry level compact system camera, the NEX F3.  As with the F3, the NEX 3n is aimed squarely at those looking to make the jump from a point and shoot digital compact to a camera with interchangeable lenses. My 2 Cents In terms of build quality and image quality, the Sony NEX 3n is indeed impressive when compared to other entry level interchangeable lens cameras.  It’s loaded up with the same 16mp sensor that powers it’s bigger brothers, the NEX 5r and [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, this time with the first part of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”. In this part, G focuses on the GH3’s 7 Custom Function Buttons. Giulio writes… “The Lumix GH3 is the only hybrid camera made for professionals and I love it. When properly set up for how I shoot, the GH3 just gets out of my way and lets me create. In this video, I’ll go over each of the GH3′s 7 custom function buttons, how [More]
43Rumors received a nice piece of trivia regarding the Panasonic Lumix GH2.  It seems that Top Gear, which is the world’s most watched television show, uses the GH2 for their aerial photography (so it was most likely used in the sequence above). Here’s the tip as it appears on 43Rumors P13DigitalMedia sent me [the picture below] with the following text: “If you want some trivia, the world’s most watched TV show, Top Gear uses the Lumix GH2 for aerial shots (pic via twitter).”  The BBC has very strict rules regarding image quality and I am glad to see they use the [More]
Blunty takes the Glide Gear DNA 1000 Video Stabilizer out for a spin.  The DNA 1000 is Glide Gear’s medium sized stabilizer offering and is a perfect fit for smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Systems like a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Lumix G5, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-Series Camera or Sony NEX Series Camera. DNA-1000 Features: The most advanced stabilisation system on the market for its camera weight range Super lightweight, only 1.6lbs without counterweights Easy adjustment controls with easy release camera plate Three-axis gimbal joint with 360° rotation and adjustable convergence Quick adjust sliding telescoping center post Dynamic balance [More]
When I read this news report, I found myself checking the calendar.  After all, April 1st is fast approaching, and when you really consider what Canon look to be doing, you are left with the feeling that you’re being punked.  Even Canonwatch seem to be skeptical as they bold the words “appears to be real” in their article. Canonwatch Reports… The extra-small DSLR Canon is working on appears to be real. A very trustworthy source sent me a list of specifications, and it appears that there are already prototypes out in the wild undergoing testing. The spec list I got: [More]
In the video above, the gang from SLR Lounge demonstrate the new MeFOTO Roadtrip and MeFOTO Globetrotter Travel Tripods. The MeFOTO Travel Tripods are Benro’s new lightweight and highly portable and highly customizable camera support systems, which are also available in numerous colors that are proving to be favorites among our contributors and are sure to attract loads of attention. MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. 2 Leg Angle Positions – For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into [More]
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]