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 great video from Kenny Lee (via 43Rumors) comparing the Jackar 34mm 1.8 lens and what should be it’s closest competitors, the SLR Magic 35mm 1.7 and a 35mm 1.7 Closed Circuit TV lens.  These are all manual focus lenses that will work with micro 4/3 and Sony NEX Cameras (although you’ll need an adapter to use the CCTV lens with either). The Jackar Snapshooter is the new lens in town.  It has solid metal construction and it definitely wins the packaging award as it comes in a cool, tricked out package, complete with a leather case and lens [More]
(via 43Rumors) The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm 2.8 macro is another excellent addition to Olympus’ micro 4/3 lens lineup, and Photozone have written an in depth review on the new lens. Verdict… The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro may not be the best macro lens that we’ve ever tested but it is certainly an impressive one. The center performance is great and the outer image region is also very sharp at medium apertures. The corners could be better at large apertures though. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. However, the amount of lateral CAs is [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]
The Phoblographer got their hands on a Sony 35mm f1.8 E-Mount Lens (for NEX Cameras) and took it out to put it through it’s paces on the front of an NEX 5R. Highlights of Their First Impressions… Ergonomics The Sony 35mm f1.8 OSS is not a Zeiss branded lens, but it ought to be–at least in terms of looks. A slippery smooth black exterior covers this lens with very little to it at all. Most of the lens’s small body is dominated by a large manual focus ring. Like Sony’s other NEX primes, it is very simplistic. Build Quality The [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]
With their NEX Camera Lineup, it’s pretty much universally held that Sony are producing some of the best Compact System Cameras on the market (In the video above, Derek Yeo sings the praises of the Sony NEX-6 – the most advanced NEX camera to date and one of our favorite cameras of 2012).  The NEX Cameras are highly rated for image quality in both stills and video, and Sony’s Sensor Technology is so good that it’s being used by several other camera companies as well.  However, it’s also widely held (including in this space) that the biggest knock on the [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]
Star trails make for some of the most beautiful, and cool looking photos that almost surreal look – and PictureCorrect.com have posted this excellent tutorial by photographer, instructor, and author Tony Northrup, who shares with us the basics of creating beautiful star trail images. All you need to photograph star trails (besides your camera, lens and tripod) is knowing the right technique, and having a bit of patience. How To Shoot Stars and the Night Sky What you need for your camera: A steady tripod (These MeFoto Tripods are awesome!). It’s good to have a bubble level, that you can put [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]
(Via 43Rumors)  Nikon Shooter Daniel Cox recently packed his photo bags to go on Safari in Kenya.  In his briefcase, he packed a Panasonic Lumix GH3 (with a 100-300mm F/4-5.6 lens attached) along with a 15 inch Macbook Pro Retina, cords for two external hard drives, the drives themselves, his travel docs, cell phone and “the many incidentals all of us typically travel with.” As Daniel puts it, “In other words, the GH3, even with the attached lens, is small.” In another bag was 40 lbs. of Nikon gear.  During the course of his trip, Daniel got to use the GH3 [More]
I have no idea what the guys in the video above are saying, but I do know they’re talking about CP+, and they seem pretty excited. Maybe it’s because there’s no less than FIVE (count ’em, FIVE) micro 4/3 lenses that have been announced at the event so far.  There are the 3 new Sigma lenses that we already told you about, and there are two more, as reported by MirrorlessRumors. Looks like another banner year for micro 4/3! First up, it’s Panasonic with an update (or replacement) to their mediocre 14-42mm kit lens.  The new 14-42mm lens will have [More]
Sigma Corporation announced four new lenses at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 in Yokohama, Japan – 3 of the new lenses are designed for use with micro 4/3 or Sony NEX (E-Mount) cameras.  The fourth lens is an APS-C format. Two of the new mirrorless camera lenses are updated versions of Sigma’s 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 lenses (which we love – the video above by goslava101, was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and Sigma 30mm 2.8 lens), while the third is an all new 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, and all the new lenses are part of [More]
Panasonic are shaking thinks up in the world of photo-videography of late, and have released some of the best cameras and lenses you’ll find anywhere over the last several months. With the release of the Lumix GH3, the Lumix G5 and the Lumix LX7, Panasonic have have entered serious “King of the Mountain” contenders in the Pro, Mid-Level and Compact Camera Categories, but it’s the new Pro Zoom Lenses that came out at the same time as the GH3 that has MC Contributor and Hybrid Photo Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) signaling the “End of Days” for the DSLR. The 2 [More]
Here’s a little visual treat from our good friend Chuck Jones of the CameraForum and DiscoverMirrorless.com.  Chuck has been out and about with one of his favorite new cameras…  the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  This time, our photo/video ninja buddy was snapping up the sights and sounds on Venice beach, CA – and he came away with some truly breathtaking photos and video by using the GH3 and the new Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens. The ability to easily flow between photo and video (or even do both at the same time) and get equally stunning results with each is [More]
(Via 43Rumors)  DxOmark are have tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras (selected as one of our favorite lenses of 2012) and call it the best m43 ever. 43Rumors Reports:DxOmark tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens and writes that it is “thebest lens DxOMark have tested for the Micro Four Thirds hybrid camera system.“. At $899 USD, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lens represents an excellent vale when compared to other lenses of it’s quality. But DxOmark also states that  “If the cost of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 is out of reach, then Micro [More]
Here’s a couple different reviews on the new Sony 10-18mm f/4 lens for NEX cameras, the first by John Sison (video above), and the next by the Phoblographer (below). The Achilles Heel of the Sony NEX camera line until now is the lack of high quality native lenses.  In fact, over the last couple of years, Sony have added  more NEX camera bodies than they have NEX Lenses.  But Sony have promised that more lenses are on the way, which is good news for fans of an otherwise excellent camera lineup.  Enter the new 10-18mm f/4 lens.  Will the be [More]
There’s a lot of buzz out there right now about the new Metabones Speed Booster Lens Adapter, and understandably so.  After all, the Speed Booster adapter promises to not only let you use your legacy lenses on a Sony NEX Camera (with other options available soon, including micro 4/3), it also promises to make those lenses brighter and faster (by a full f-stop) essentially, as if by magic, converting your small sensor camera into a full frame monster.  This almost sounds too good to be true…  but is it? The Metabones Speed Booster is now getting into the hands of [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com compares the Sony RX1 to the Fuji X-E1 in Aufotfocus Speed, Image Quality and High ISO (Low Light) Performance, etc. This really is an apples to oranges comparison since one camera is a fixed lens compact and the other is a compact system (interchangeable lens) camera that costs less than half the price.   Nonetheless, these are two of the best cameras to be released in 2012 and it’s a fun comparison to say the least (just look at the comments, because the trolls are out in full force). For anyone who has read Steve’s posts [More]
The concept of the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter is mind boggling, to say the least.  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount (for Sony NEX cameras, but a micro 4/3 version is in the works and scheduled for release in March, 2013), 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 [More]
(Via PhotographyBlog) – Olympus have just announced that there will be five new companies that will be joining Olympus and Panasonic in making micro 4/3 cameras, lenses and gear; including JK Imaging (a US Based company that will manufacture cameras under the Kodak name), innovative digital cinema camera (aka Blackmagic Design – which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT), Photron (experts in high-speed digital imaging), German company SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. Olympus states “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing [More]
Kai, Alamby and the DRTV crew are back, this time for part III of their “Stuck at Home” video series. In this video, DRTV takes a camera and a lens…but they never mount the lens on the camera. “Freelensing is all about holding the lens in front of the camera for some bokehlicious fun. But just what are the results like and how do you do it?” Consider this an open thread…
B&H is now running an incredible deal on the Sigma 19mm and 30mm f/2.6 lenses.  They usually sell for $199 USD each, but now you can get BOTH lenses for the same $199. You can get these lenses for either Sony NEX Cameras (E-Mount) or for Micro 4/3 Cameras. I recently purchased the Sigma 30mm and have been putting it through it’s paces on my Panasonic G5 (which is now on sale for $599 w kit lens on Amazon), and I’m very impressed with how well this lens performs.  It’s a great deal at the regular price, so if you’re [More]
As part of their in depth review of the Sony NEX 6, CameraLabs compared it to another of our favorite cameras of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5.  This comparison is not as cut and dry as some others might be, simply because there really a lot of “Apples to Oranges” features between these two cameras.  Each is well equipped, but each is equipped somewhat differently than the other. Here’s how CameraLabs breaks it down… CameraLabs Compares the Sony NEX 6 with the Panasonic Lumix G5 The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the more affordable compact system cameras on the [More]