Sigma are revamping some selection of lenses from their lineup and will be releasing the updated versions this month as part of their all new “Art” Lens Collection, and two of those lenses are for micro 4/3 and NEX cameras. (via thePhoblographer) The new lenses “now have revamped optics and are part of the company’s Art lineup–which is a division of their lens branding and marketing. The updated 30mm F2.8 DN and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems, will be available in late March for the street price of [More]
Our good friend Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com and ImageMaven.com) has just gone through a conversion of sorts. You see, Marlene is a long time corporate photographer who is used to capturing all of her images in RAW format, but now that she’s shooting with a Panasonic Lumix GH3, that’s all could be changing. Marlene writes… “I’m a longtime raw shooter. Perfect WB. Perfect Exposure. Perfect tonal range. Perfect everything. Perfect for corporate photography. But perfect can sometimes be boring. Then I got my Lumix GH3 camera, and soon discovered the Creative Control mode.“ Soon after, she began to play with the [More]
Kai from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the lens that has recently been rated as the worst lens in the world by DXOmark – but the Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens really that bad, or as Kai puts it, is the DXOmark rating just “utter tripe.” My 2 Cents OK…  So this lens will never be mistaken for the Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens or any other member of the “M.Zuiko” lineup, but does that mean that there’s no room in your camera bag for the 15mm Body Cap Lens?  While it’s true that you’ll never win any awards for HD [More]
Our boy G is back, and this time he’s talking cameras. Photo/Video/Hybrid Rock Star Giulio Sciorio (smallcamerabigpicture.com) answers a reader question about the viability of micro 4/3 cameras (in this case, an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1) for semi-pro applications. Is a mirrorless camera system good enough to use on a Pro Shoot? Giulio discusses your options for shooting on a budget, and the importance of integrating a hybrid camera into the mix. My 2 Cents G is a pioneer in the migration to mirrorless and it’s people like he, Will Crockett and Suzette Allen (DiscoverMirrorless.com) who are leading the charge [More]
Jordan Steele over at AdmiringLight.com currently has his hands on three of the top mirrorless cameras systems and took the opportunity to pit them against each other for a head to head to head comparison. In corner #1, it’s the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  In corner #2, it’s the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  And in corner #3, it’s the Fuji X-E1.  Are you ready to RUMMMMMMMMBBBBLLLLLEEEE?! Here’s Jordan’s preliminary conclusion… “Well, the X-E1 is a camera with fantastic image quality, that much is certain.  Not surprisingly, it produces cleaner images throughout the ISO range and retains great detail.  Is the Fuji the [More]
(via 43Rumors)  “Nippon Camera” published their camera roadmap for 2013, which is based on a combination of existing rumors and their own speculations.  If they’re right, then 2013 will mark the release of successors to some of the most popular cameras of the last few years – truly some exciting releases  for fans of micro 4/3 and 4/3 cameras.  It gives me the same feeling I had when I first saw the video above (for the release of the Panasonic Lumix GH3). Nippon’s Guesses for Panasonic and Olympus: Olympus: E-P5 in April E-M7 and E-7 in August Panasonic: GF7 in [More]
(Video above is a slow motion test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 by HawaiiRocksOn and displays the GH3’s extrordinary performance in video mode) CameraLabs just posted an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and as part of their verdict they wrote up a head to head comparison between the GH3 and it’s closest micro 4/3 rival, the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Each of these cameras is the flagship of their respective lineup, and each have garnered a lion’s share of praise and attention since their release.  It’s rumored that each is equipped with essentially the same Sony [More]
Here’s a couple of great videos that are chock full of outstanding information about lens types and how to use them. The first video (above) is from pentaxian1 on YouTube, professional travel photographer, Kerrick James talks about virtually every kind of camera lens, what they do, and how to pick a lens that is right for your photography and vision.   Although the video is technically about Pentax Lenses only, the information James conveys can apply to lenses from all manufacturers. In the video below, from photographer Mike Browne on YouTube, Mike explains that “the best ‘zoom’ lens is your [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15. Olympus BCL-15mm press release… “Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin — just 9mm thick — that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass [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]
In an interview with Masaya Maeda – Canon Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations on DPReview, Mr. Maeda admits that sales of Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless market, the EOS M, have been slower than expected. In an interview conducted at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, Mr Maeda concedes that “the EOS M hasn’t yet been fully able to exploit this market.  Looking at worldwide results, we’ve seen users are limited to certain regions – we’re seeing very positive sales in Japan and South East Asia.  Looking beyond that, we haven’t established market share yet.” My 2 [More]
I’ve been enjoying following the story of David Taylor-Hughes of SoundImagePlus who, due to some strong suggestions from his accountant, is carefully weighing his options as he pares his camera collection down from 4 cameras to two.  Of late, he seems to be leaning towards selling off his Nikon D-800E and Sigma DP Merrills in favor of keeping his micro 4/3 systems (a Panasonic Lumix GH3 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5). I can relate to David’s dilemma, because if it weren’t for some strong suggestions from my own accountant, I would probably own a GH3 today.  Of course, I’m personally [More]
“Full Frame”…  It’s a term that you hear bandied about a lot on most of the more prominent photography blogs and forums.  There almost seems to be an air of aristocracy to those who purport that a camera just won’t deliver quality results unless it’s “full frame.”  Whether or not a camera with a smaller sensor can deliver top tier image quality is one of the most common arguments in the photoverse, and it’s one into which we’ve delved several times in this space.  After all, I’m of the opinion that the term “full frame” is a misnomer, and that [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]
These days, there are a lot of photographers pondering whether or not it might be a good time to consider getting rid of their DSLRs and moving over to mirrorless cameras.  There have been major advancements in mirrorless technology over the last several years that has brought about major improvements in autofocus, high ISO performance, Image Quality, etc., and we’ve witnessed the release of new mirrorless systems like Sony’s NEX 7 (and now, the NEX 6), the Fuji X-Series Cameras (X-Pro1 and X-E1) and the top of the line micro 4/3 cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, the OM-D E-M5 and [More]
WhatDigitalCamera takes an in depth look at the latest addition to Olympus’ popular mid-range micro 4/3 compact system camera lineup, the PEN Lite E-PL5. Though the E-PL5 is technically a mid level camera, it inherits the same superb sensor and image processor at Olympus’ Flagship micro 4/3 camera, the OM-D E-M5. Here’s WhatDigitalCamera’s Conclusion At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the OM-D. [More]
I was reading an interesting article by David Taylor-Hughes over on SoundImagePlus about whether or not he thought that JPEGs could deliver quality images.  As I was gleaning YouTube for a video that could go along with this article, I found the one above by Matt Granger (aka ThatNikonGuy), who delivers what is one of the most practical and unbiased examinations of the “RAW vs JPEG” argument that I have ever come across.  It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time to watch. Now back to David.  It seems that He has developed some vision issues (Double Vision) as [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]
(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]
In a CES 2013 follow up article titled “What’s in a Look?”, Professional Photographer discusses the latest trend in camera design, that many of the new cameras look like old cameras.  From the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (featured in the video above), which is a virtual doppelganger to the Olympus OM cameras of the 1980s, to the Fuji X-Series Cameras, the Pentax Q and the Leica M9, it’s clear that many of today’s top cameras are borrowing their styling cues from cameras that are decades old. ProPhoto reports:  The vintage revival is something that has been floating around for quite a [More]
(Video above courtesy of WhatDigitalCamera) David Taylor-Hughes at SoundImagePlus is in the process of downsizing his camera collection, and a rather impressive collection it is at that.  Among the cameras at his disposal are the Sigma DP Merrill lineup (1, 2 and 3), a Nikon D800E, an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Panasonic Lumix GH3 – and needless to say, he’s having a very difficult time paring this collection down to 2 cameras.  So he has posed an excellent question…  “Olympus OM-D or Pansonic GH3 – Which would I choose?” This is a question that surely has crossed the minds [More]
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]
CES 2013 (aka, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV) is now history, and lots of cool new gadgets, toys and innovations were released (see the video montage above, courtesy of Blunty3000).  Unfortunately, not many groundbreaking releases came from the world of photo-videography. Since 2012 was an on year for the biennial Photokina Photo and Video Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany, as well as the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, which was also held in late autumn, it seems as though most of the Camera Companies chose last year to unveil their latest releases.  Indeed, we saw some amazing [More]