When the Sony RX1 was unveiled a few months ago at Photokina, we found the camera to be quite an enigma. After all, Sony wouldn’t even let photographers on the scene handle the camera. They just displayed it in a glass cube. Sony call it the World’s First Full Frame Compact Camera as it sports the same 35mm CMOS sensor as the new Sony A99 DSLT Camera, and it’s packed into a tiny tiny frame, but with a hefty hefty price tag. There’s no doubt that this is a top quality camera, and that 35mm Sony Sensor is absolutely killer! [More]
(Video above from SGNL shows the Sony NEX 6 and new e-mount lenses, including the 35mm f/1.8, which can be seen towards the end of the video) For the last several years, Sony have been making some of the best mirrorless camera systems around, and their NEX lineup has been gathering more and more acclaim.  Yet the achilles heel of the lineup has been the lack of quality native lenses.  Now it seems that Sony are striving to address that issue and have released some new high quality e-mount lenses for the line, including the new 35mm f/1.8. ePhotozine wrote [More]
The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 is making the rounds.  This time, it lands squarely in the hands of The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls, who put’s the camera through it’s paces in a hands on review. Here’s what The Camera Store says:  The Panasonic GH2 was enormously popular for its great still abilities, combined with astonishing video quality for the price. The new GH3 ups the stakes again, but with so many very capable competitors, can it still stand out? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at how the latest Micro 4/3 camera holds up. Our take:  On the [More]
(Video above shot using the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras, courtesy of SoundImagePlus) ePhotozine just posted a full review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras, and this is shaping up to be a must have for the M43 shooter.  The lens rates ePhotozine’s “Highly Recommended” Status.  It provides crystal clear images with great shallow depth of field (just check out the creamy bokeh in the video above).  It’s a high quality lens, just like it’s little brother, the 45mm 1.8.   We highly recommend the Olympus 75mm 1.8 as well. Here are some [More]
(Video above from Daniel K – shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and the 20mm F1.7 Pancake Lens) (Hat Tip to 43Rumors) Looks like Amazon has a discount going on right now for one of the lenses that we at MC consider an “Essential Micro 4/3 Lens” – the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Pancake Lens. The Panasonic 20 1.7 lens is bright and fast, especially for a pancake lens.  It will allow you to achieve shallow depth of field (so you can get those creamy blurred backgrounds that everyone loves) and because of it’s small size, it’s GREAT for street photography/videography [More]
From the Carl Zeiss Blog… Looks like Über Lens Maker Carl Zeiss is ready to enter the mirrorless market, citing the increasing quality of mirrorless camera systems, like the Sony NEX 7 and Fuji X-Pro1. This is good news for the growing numbers of fans of the Sony and Fuji systems, who’s main Achilles Heel at this point has been the relative lack of quality lenses vs. Micro 4/3 offerings from Panasonic and Olympus. Here’s what Zeiss have to say: With a bang, Carl Zeiss is introducing a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras at photokina 2012. [More]
(Video above is scenery of Mongolia, shot using Samsung NX 12-24mm Lens) (From dpreview) – Samsung has announced US pricing for the 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED wide-angle zoom and 45mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime for its NX system. The lenses – announced at Photokina – will cost around $600 for the wide-angle zoom and $300 for the 45mm F1.8. Oddly we’re told there are no samples of the 45mm F1.8 at the show where they’re being ‘unveiled’, so we can’t know if it’s any closer to the promised ‘ultra-professional look and feel’ than the inexpensive-feeling early examples we saw at Photokina. New [More]
43Rumors posted a great article by DSLRMagazine (Translated version here) comparing the performance of the new Panasonic 35-100 mm x Power Zoom micro 4/3 lens and the highly renowned Canon 70-200 mm lens. Is it really necessary for a photovideographer to lug around all kinds of huge gear and large, expensive glass, or can a relatively small micro 4/3 lens hold it’s own against one of the big boys? It’s David vs Goliath… Camera Style! Here’s DSLR Magazine’s Conclusions (Translated – sometimes, not so well ~_^): From our point of view, after the collection and evaluation of all technical data [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 75mm f 1.8 lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras. Steve writes: This is a gorgeous lens if you are looking for a fast portrait prime. Remember, a 75mm on micro 4/3 will equal 150mm equivalent so this is a long lens! This is a great portrait lens. It’s super sharp and produces creamy and gorgeous bokeh (blurred background). We’ve been very impressed with many of the Olympus M.Zuiko Micro 4/3 lenses and this one is definitely no exception. It produces high quality images in both photo and video (see Steve’s video [More]
With all the fanfare surrounding the launch of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 just a few weeks ago, it’s worth noting that the camera it’s replacing at the top of the Panasonic lineup, the Lumix GH2, is STILL a KILLER video-making machine. Yes, the GH3 looks like an incredible camera, and judging from all the early reports coming in, it IS an incredible camera. But until it gets widely released sometime over the next few months, the Lumix GH2 was and still is the King of the Video Hill – and it’s the Go-To camera of numerous pro and indie video [More]
DigitalRevTV take a look at the new Panasonic Leica lens for the micro four thirds system – the 25mm summilux – and see if it lives up to the name. Plus, Kai spends a load of money on a new suit. Our take… This is another great option in the arsenal of Micro 4/3 lenses. Check out the lens bundle below:
The New Panasonic Lumix GH3 is getting into the hands of some select bloggers for photo and video reviews, and here’s one of the first from ePhotozine (Check out photos, video and discussion). The video above was recorded at 50p using the 12-35mm f/2.8 Panasonic lens. Not surprisingly, the 16.05 Live MOS sensor delivers and video looks great (YouTube compression aside), and although we’re not 100% sure, it sounds like the audio was captured by the GH3’s onboard stereo mic, and it too, sounds great. Check out the GH3 and the 12-35mm f 2.8 lens below:
David Thorpe takes a look at the Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 Zoom Lens. This looks like an intriguing lens, and one that we’ll definitely want to test ourselves. Stay Tuned! In the meantime, check out the Lumix 12-35mm Lens below, along with a couple of our favorite Panny Cameras, the New G5 and Gh3, and of course, the GH2 – which you can now get for a steal since the release of the GH3:
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) “borrows” a pre-production Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens at an Aussie Trade Show and takes it for a spin around the block. Here’s what Blunty has to say: This High-Grade Portrait Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras boasts top class quality among all M. ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System Standard. Please note, my time with the new 75mm lens was also within my first 24 hours with the OM-D E-M5, so this was all “suck it and see” experimentation, the sample video and still photography was more about playing with [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) slaps a Bower 7.5mm fisheye lens (also sold under the brand names Rokinon or Samyang, depending on where you buy it) on his Micro 4/3 camera and takes it out for a spin. This is one of our favorite lenses for the M43 format, and it’s also one of the least extensive. (Language Warning: Blunty has a tendency to get a little… well… Blunt from time to time. So , if that offends you, then you might want to move on to another video) Here’s what Blunty had to say about the lens: The [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Micro 43 lens, which is one of our absolute favorites, and it would seem that Steve agrees with us. Steve writes: This is a fantastic lens and now sits up there with the best micro 4/3 lenses. If you own a Micro 4/3 camera, you owe it to yourself to get this lens… and at only $399, it’s well worth it! Check out the lens below along with the others that Steve recommends in this video. We’ll also add links to the Olympus E-P3 as well as a [More]
Listen to professional photographer Toshimitsu Takahashi talk about street photography using the Fujifilm X-E1 Learn more about the X-E1 fuji.co.uk We’re VERY excited about this latest offering from the gang over at Fuji, as it features the same sensor and processor as the X-Pro1, which we LOVE, but in a little smaller (and less expensive) body. It uses the same X Mount lenses as the X-Pro1, but does not have it’s bigger brother’s hybrid viewfinder. The X-E1 DOES however, add a mic input. We hope that the X-E1 takes it’s performance in video mode up a notch over the X-Pro, [More]
Review of Rokinon Samyang Bower 7.5mm Fisheye lens review (on an Olympus OM-D EM-5) by MirrorlessReviews. Sample photos at end of video. Just another reason why we love micro 43 cameras… There are A TON of HIGH QUALITY lenses that you can get for a relatively inexpensive price. Here’s the fisheye from the video (in black and silver).
MirrorlessReviews compares the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 vs. Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 on Olympus OM-D EM-5 Micro Four Thirds camera. As we’ve said before, one of the greatest things about Micro 43 cameras is that there is a TON of available lenses for you to use, and a lot of them are really HIGH QUALITY GLASS! The equivalent lenses on full size DSLR can cost a LOT more, and the M43 lenses are just as good, if not better in many cases. Olympus and Panasonic are the main players in the Micro 43 arena, but third party manufacturers are catching on [More]
In this video, Kai and the gang from DigitalRevTV take a look at all 3 of the new Fujifilm XF mount lenses for the X-Pro1 camera. We shoot a lady with a box on her head and call it “Danbo”. Model featured: J Leong.
One of the biggest strengths of micro 43 cameras is the abundance of high quality lenses that are available for the format. But can a non-native lens work effectively on a micro 43 camera? Watch this test of a vintage Minolta 50mm f1.7 Lens on a Panasonic GF2 Micro 43 Camera. Here are several examples of desirable F stops with pulls (pull speed varies and there is no focus assist in place for this barrel). Auto Correct is dropped on these clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 10, so there is some color correction. The Minolta lens featured in this video [More]
Kai from DigitalRevTV forgets his DSLR battery, so we all get a great look at the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95, one of the hottest micro 4/3 lenses on the market. Numerous camera pros will tell you… skimp on the body, splurge on the lens, and the Voigtländer 25mm lens has become one of the go-to lenses for micro 4/3 enthusiasts the world over.
The 2012 London Olympic Games were captured (in images and video) by Getty photographer Dean Mouharopoulous, who shot exclusively with the Panasonic DMC-G5 camera. In this video, individual questions are answered by Panasonic experts (including Dean) during a live talk with online users. From Mirrorless Central:  We love the 12-35 mm lens that Dean recommends in the video.  Another great, and more cost friendly, option is the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens, which is compatible with all M43 cameras, including the Pannys (another reason why we love the micro 4/3 format). Unless you’re completely strapped financially, we also recommend that you [More]
Comparing the new 14-42 Power Zoom Lens with it’s non-powered brother as well as a low light performance evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5.  Individual questions answered by Panasonic experts during a live talk with online users. While we LOVE the G5, we’re not really crazy about the 14 -42 mm kit lens that it often comes bundled with (not to be confused with the 14 – 42 mm X Power Zoom Lens featured in this video – THAT’S a good one!), but one of the strengths of micro 4/3 cameras is that there are a LOT of high quality [More]