Lexy Savvides of CNET Australia  takes a look at the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, including a nice walkthrough of the Wi-Fi Functionality of the camera (made possible by the inclusion of a Toshiba Flash Air Card, which is bundled with the E-PL5).  Lexy’s walkthrough is made all the more cool by her Aussie accent… Lexy writes:  Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or smartphone. My 2 Cents The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is packed with the [More]
MC Contributor, photo/video innovator and Hybrid Photography “Coach” Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com is blazing trails once again.  He just shot a portrait session completely without using flash, and he created a cool Hybrid eProduct at the same time! Will writes:  Yesterday was a big day.  I made it through two portrait shoots in the studio using no flash whatsoever, and lit the entire job using LED Lights Only! The lights used were the Quantum Omicron LED ringlight, for the bold “shadowless” look you see, and I also used a cluster of three Manfrotto ML 840H Maxima LED lights mounted inside [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]
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]
Via 43Rumors – HawaiiRocksOn loaded several video comparisons of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2, testing them with a variety of lenses and in low light conditions (the video above tests the two cameras’ abilities shooting city lights at night). Watch the rest of the videos below, and then read my conclusions at the bottom… Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 Comparison (Note: The last 3/4 of this video is blank) Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – Christmas Lights Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO Tests My 2 Cents The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a transformational camera.  [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]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
Just a quick heads up…  I just noticed that the Panasonic Lumix G5 WITH the kit lens is selling for $499 on Amazon.  The $499 USD price will show once you get it in your cart. Amazon is showing that there are only 4 left (at the time of this posting), so I don’t know how long this will last.  I personally have one of these and recommend it very highly. This is a phenomenal deal, so if you want one, I suggest moving fast. Get the Panasonic Lumix G5 Here
Suzette Allen (who is one of our colleagues over on DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a highly talented and visionary photo and video pro who is blazing the trail into the new era of Hybrid Photography.  The video above is just another example of the Hybrid Projects that Suzette is creating.  Stay tuned, because Suzette and our team are now collaborating on more Hybrid Photography creations! By the way, the video above was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GX1 (with the Kit Lens), now only $449 USD on Amazon
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]
SoundImagePlus posted an intersting article, musing whether or not there is a modern day equivalent to the Leica Cameras of old, which at the time were regarded as little more than toys (to paraphrase). SIP writes:  Its easy to forget that what is now regarded as the height of expensive luxury and photographic excellence was probably regarded as a tool for a professional job in much the same way as turning up with a CSC these days. It was small, it was light, it was radical. Lots of people didn’t take it seriously. However as we all know, it did [More]
The End is Nigh! Here’s a little Teaser Video for a project called The End of the World Shootout, by Shian Storm.  The upcoming shootout video is going to pit the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $499 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range. Here’s Shian’s Video Description:  We took a brand new GH3, a Hacked GH2 running Nick Driftwood’s Intravenus patch, and put them head-to-head against a Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and a 5DMKIII in high contrast situations [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]
Our good friend and colleague Marlene Hielema from ImageMaven.com just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 about a week ago, and she’s so impressed that she’s talking about selling off her Canon 5D Mark II and DSLR Gear.  In the video above, Marlene literally weights the options between these two camera, noting that the GH3 weights more than 1kg less than the 5D Mark II, while producing eye popping stills and videos that have her ready to say goodbye to her beastly DSLR. As I’ve said before, the GH3 is a transformational camera. It is without question, the best “Hybrid” [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]
EOSHD posted a video by Ryan Mancuso the compares the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s Ryan’s notes on the video comparison:  This is a non scientific test of how these two camera’s perform. Aperture, Shutter, ISO, White Balance, and Focal Length (converted for crop) were matched numerically on both cameras. Focus points were also matched. GH3 Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 5D Mark III Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (Version I) Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 No color-correction or post sharpening applied. Tried to keep flares under control as much as possible. A few shots have [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]
We’re seeing more and more test footage from the GH3 as the impressive new Panasonic Lumix Flagship Camera makes it’s way into the hands of Photovideographers around the world, and 43Rumors have posted a nice collection of the latest. Video above shot with the Panasonic GH3 aboard the Cinestar 6 multirotor. from GravityShots.com on Vimeo. Here’s more videos from the roundup: Skateboarding Documentary shot by EOSHD using the Gh3 Here’s another GH3 video posted on EOSHD Monterey Pier Video by DigitalOutbackPhoto Finally, a little Astro Photography from Twills: “Here are some sample Astro Photographs I took with the GH3. I [More]
SoundImagePlus have now posted their full, 3-Part Review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and once again, this new camera has not failed to impress. SIP writes:  Its pretty obvious that there has been some serious input into this by photographers, something that hasn’t always been in evidence with some previous Panasonic m4/3 cameras. Those dark days of the GF2 and my fears that cameras like that were going to be the future of m4/3 are long gone now and Panasonic have shown themselves capable of responding to what people who are serious about photography want. Its also gratifying to see [More]
iPhonePhotography posted a video by Photographer Jack Hollingsworth, who claims that the gap between the iPhone and his expensive DSLR gear has essentially been erased, and he can’t tell the difference between shots taken with his DSLR and his iPhone. iPP reports:  Photographer Jack Hollingsworth spent months shooting his iPhone and DSLR side-by-side on photo shoots around the world and claims the gap between the two devices is miniscule. In fact, using the iPhone made him fall in love with photography all over again. He also believes that the iPhone may go down as the most influential device in the [More]