DPReview is reporting that specialty accessory manufacturer Metabones is teaming up with optics company Caldwell Photographics to manufacture ‘Speed Booster’ lens adapters for for mounting SLR lenses to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras.  The new adapters will reduce focal length by a factor of 0.71x while increasing maximum aperture by 1 stop (Translation – brighter, faster adapted lenses). The Speed Booster Adapters should also produce sharper images compared to using the same lens with a regular adapter. The first release will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, which will be great news for fans [More]
From PetaPixel:  One of Samsung’s big reveals at CES 2013 is its new 2D/3D lens, which can be paired with the new NX300 to capture true 3D photographs and video using a single lens and a single sensor. When you’re feeling like switching back to 2D, a convenient switch on the side of the lens turns it into an ordinary camera lens. The technology is actually pretty interesting. The lens contains two shutters on the left and right sides. When in 3D mode, these shutters flap one at a time at a rate of 60 times per second, allowing the [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]
Fuji have unveiled the the successors to the X-10 and X-100, namely the new X-100s and X-20, at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas, NV – and this year, Fuji plans to focus on speed. This is good news for fans of Fuji’s breakout X-Trans CMOS Sensor and EXR processing technology, which in my opinion produces some of the best still images that you’ll get from ANY camera.  But the knock on Fuji cameras, like the X-100, X-Pro1 and X-E1, was that their speed of operation and autofocus functionality were sluggish, especially when compared to the competition. Enter Fuji’s [More]
Is the Sony NEX 6 any good?  How does it stack up to the NEX 7?  Is it worth it to get the NEX 6 or should I just get an NEX 5R?  Does the Hybrid Autofocus system make a big difference?  Does the NEX 6 overheat in video mode like other NEX models? The Sony NEX 6 is an exciting addition to the NEX lineup, and yes…  there are a lot of questions out there about this new compact system camera, and Ed from theDigitalDigest has created numerous videos that should answer most, if not all, of your questions.  [More]
Consumer Reports talks about the new and innovative cameras they expect to see launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) next week. We can’t wait to see all the cool new cameras and gadgets that’ll be launched at the show, and we’re sure that YOU can’t wait either, so be sure to keep coming back to MirrorlessCentral for all the latest news, reviews and updates from the CES! Until then, we’ll wet your appetite, here’s a list of all the compact cameras that will be introduced by Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony (via PhotoRumors.com). Fujifilm: HS35EXR: 16MP, 30x [More]
When I did my Review of the Best Cameras of 2012 a few days ago, I only included video cameras that were less than $3000 USD in price, and I deliberately didn’t include high end video shooters like the RED Epic or Arri Alexa since most of us aren’t large Hoillywood movie producers with multi-million dollar budgets to play with.  But one thing that I’ve noticed recently is that, since last years Zacuto Shootout, where the Panasonic Lumix GH2 was one of the top rated cameras, and since the launch of high quality video cameras (under $3k) like the BlackMagic [More]
UberGizmoDotCom posted this short video overview of the soon to be released Samsung NX300 20mp Compact System Camera (scheduled to be shipping in March, 2013 and will be bundled with Adobe Lightroom). Samsung will also be releasing a new 45mm f/1.8 lens that will have the capability of shooting 3-D images. Camera Specs are as follows:  NX300 Product Specifications (courtesy of Samsung) Image Sensor 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS IS OIS mode is only provided on 2D shooting mode Display 84.0mm (3.31”) AMOLED with a Tilt Touch PanelWVGA (800×400) 768k dots ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [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]
Here’s a couple looks at the revolutionary Sony RX1 – The world’s smallest full frame digital camera. No kidding… this sucker is TINY! It fits in the palm of your hand, but it’s loaded up with a superb, 35mm full frame Sony Sensor and has a top notch Carl Zeiss Lens attached to the front. The Zeiss lens is also 35mm, but can switch between macro and standard modes. The first review is from DigitalCameraWorld (in the video above). The second comes from LumiousLandscape, who conclude >>  I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony [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]
(Video review of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 above from FrugalFilmmakers – In the interest of equal time, we’ve also posted a video review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 below this article, courtesy of Blunty3000) SoundImagePlus have posted a great comparison between the new Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X-Zoom Lens and the relatively new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime. These lenses are among the pricier of the vast micro 4/3 lens lineup, but does their performance justify the price? …and which one is the better lens? Here’s some highlights of SoundImagePlus’ conclusion:  First of all, I have to say how good both lenses [More]
43Rumors posted a great collection of the latest videos shot by, and tests of, the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Feast your eyes… Here are the links from 43Rumors: Video above is a Barcelona 2012 test Panasonic gh3 from The Windcharger on Vimeo. A GH3 Codec Test on Vimeo. A first GH3 audio test by FrugalFilmmakers on Vimeo. GH3 vs Hacked GH2 vs Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera vs 5DMKIII shootout on Vimeo. And you have to guess which camera is which! Another GH3 flies on an Cinestar 6 multirotor (Vimeo). A first GH3 test by Jon Bryant on Vimeo. Nice video of [More]
CameraLabs posted their review of the Panasonic FZ200 Superzoom Camera.  For those not familiar with the term “Superzoom”, it generally refers to cameras that have a small DSLR-like form factor, but with a fixed lens that cam zoom in to extreme magnifications, and it seems to me that CamerLabs are impressed by one of the same things that has grabbed my attention from the most recent Panasonic fixed lens cameras.  They’re putting some great glass on their cameras.  Like it’s sibling, the smaller compact style LX7, the Panasonic FZ200 is fixed with a lens that has a constant, bright aperture.  [More]
The Phoblographer posted a review on the Nanoha X5 Macro Lens, which is available for both micro 4/3 cameras and Sony Alpha E-Mounts cameras (in other words, the NEX Lineup). This lens looks pretty interesting… Kind of like a microscope complete with a built in light. Here’s the Phoblographer’s Conclusion: The Yasuhara Nanohax5 5x Macro Lens is extremely fun to use. The image quality from it is really quite good, and it represents something that other Micro Four Thirds lens makers should take note of. The build quality is excellent, but if anything, what I really wish the company had [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]
Amazon is running some GREAT LIGHTNING DEALS today on Panasonic Cameras! There’s a new deal every hour, and right now the Panasonic G5 is selling for only $399! (but only for the next 3 hours, so if you want one, you’d better move fast) I’m personally shooting with a G5 now and highly recommend it. Check out the deals NOW!
SoundImagePlus continue their evaluation of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, this time pairing it with the fantastic new f/2.8 Zoom Lenses, the 12-35 and the 35-100. Is this powerful camera and lens combo ready to tagle with the big boys of the DSLR world? Here’s what SoundImagePlus have to say:  The two f/2.8 “pro” spec.lenses are presumably intended as a set to go with the GH3 to give a versatile high quality outfit which can be seen as Panasonics attempt at a scaled down version of the standard DSLR “workhorse pro zoom” pairing, which in 35mm terms is 24-70mm f/2.8 [More]
The gang over at CheesyCam Studios have posted a phenomenal video test featuring the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the new 12-35mm f/2.8 lens attached, and the results are simply stunning – even WITH YouTube compression.  This video is even more amazing when you consider the fact that it was shot completely handheld.  That’s right, kids…  no tripod here. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  It’s the best hybrid camera in existence right now as it has the equal ability to produce stunning quality stills and video, and I’ve been singing it’s praises since it [More]
Blunty’s Back… and this time, he’s got his hands on an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens to put it through the Blunty Review Machine.  Olympus have been churning out some great M43 glass of late, but will this new Macro Lens stand up to the test? Blunty writes: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens review Olympus has done some stunningly good stuff lately, the OM-D E-M5, their 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses for the Micro four thirds system are stunningly good… but can their new prime lens, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro live up to them? Let’s find [More]
Blunty Strikes Again! Our favorite Aussie, Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) talks about what he calls “The Best Camera Lens You Can Get for Under 20 Quid” (It comes to about $27 USD with an E-Mount adapter for Sony NEX Cameras.  A Micro 4/3 adapter will set you back about another $5 to $7, depending on the maker).  As you have probably surmised, it’s compatible with micro 4/3 cameras and Sony NEX Cameras (or any other camera for which you can get a C-Mount adapter), and it performs surprisingly well. Blunty writes:  The 35mm F/1.7 is suitable for use Micro [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]
(Via The Camera Forum) –  When Panasonic asked Austin, Texas based wedding filmmaker Joe Simon to take a pre-production Lumix GH3 into the field to put it through it’s paces, the timing happened to coincide with a planned trip to Italy.  So Joe took the opportunity to shoot a wedding, Italian Style…  and the resulting video is called  Amore Mio (above – which is Italian for “My Love”).  Judging by this excellent wedding production done by Simon, that love certainly shines too. Joe’s thoughts?  Well, the quality of the production above speaks for itself.  In the Behind the Scenes:The Making [More]