Hybrid Photography Ninja and Photo/Video Innovator “Coach” Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, this time showcasing a great new hand grip camera mount that he’s been using from Camtrol. For guys like Will (who has a bum leg) and me (with sporadic back issues), having an easy way to get a low angle shot can be a lifesaver.  And the Camtrol Hand Grip, which is small, lightweight, portable, and has shutter release button built right into the handle, is one of the best solutions that I’ve see. Will writes… If you need to shoot high or low angle shots, but you [More]
A couple days ago in an article entitled “Full Frame vs APS-C and Micro 4/3 – Does Size Really Matter?,” I laid out the argument that what matters most is not the size of the sensor, but how well it performs (and the technology that goes into it).  To illustrate my point, I used the analogy of the “Fast and the Furious” movies where, like in the video above (courtesy of MovieClips), you see the main characters racing in little 4 cylinder cars against big, 8 cylinder “muscle” cars.  The little cars should be completely outclassed.  But then Paul Walker [More]
Joe Fotosiamo over at  SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2. Joe begins the article by saying… Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well. [More]
Rumors were swirling at the end of last year that the launch of the next generation Panasonic GX series camera was imminent (early reports had targeted November).  But November came, and no GX2.  Then December.  Then CES, PMA, CP+ – and still, no GX2. Now 43Rumors is reporting that, according to their reader Zetton who was at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, we may not have to wait much longer as he told 43Rumors the following… “While talking with the Panasonic staff, I have been told that  Panasonic will release the next GX1 soon” The GX1 is one of our [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]
ePhotozine posted the latest in depth review of the Sony RX1, which is touted as the “world’s smallest full frame digital camera.”  With the RX1, Sony have have matched up a top quality 35mm sensor with a versatile 35mm Carl Zeiss Lens that’s tailor made for it.  But have Sony succeeded in packing a lot of imaging technology into a small package? Here’s ePhotozine’s Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Verdict The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is currently unique in being the only compact camera with fixed lens and full-frame sensor. Due to the expense of developing a camera like this, it’s likely to [More]
Matt Granger (aka ThatNikonGuy) reports from CP+ in Yokohama, Japan – and takes a look at the Gran Prix award winners for “World’s Best Camera” over the last 30 years. It’s pretty fun to watch the evolution of imaging over the last few decades, from some of the gaudy Pentax models of the early ’80s, through some of the great film cameras and finally into digital, video (the Canon 5D MkII in 2009) and mirrorless (the Olympus EP-1 won the award in 2010).  But the World’s Best Camera of 2013 has yet to be named. Which Camera do YOU think [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]
Angela Nicholson from DigitalCameraWorld gives a quick demonstration of the Wi-Fi functions of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, as she controls the camera with a smartphone via the Lumix Link App. The best part is that you don’t have to be on the internet for this to work, as the camera and smartphone will establish their own local network to link together and function. Wi-Fi and apps are in their infancy where photography is concerned.  That being said, Panasonic have done a great job with the Lumix Link App, which is well thought out and functions very nicely, but it should [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]
Isn’t technology wonderful?… These days, it seems like there’s nothing that your smartphone can’t do, provided that it’s armed with the right app – and the smartphone is now extending it’s influence into the world of photography. 2 iOS photography apps that act as remote triggers/intervalometers/multi-purpose controllers for your camera have risen to prominence in the last year, so we thought it would be fun to match ‘em up, mano e mano, to see which one would come out on top. In the blue corner, from the same guy who made the Orbis Ring Flash,  it’s ioShutter™PRO (video below); and [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]
Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com, Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com) gives an excellent answer to one of the most common reader questions asked here on MC – Can you get bokeh with small sensor mirrorless cameras? Here’s Marlene’s take… To get good bokeh you need to know the three things that control depth of field. Aperture – The larger the f-stop the less depth of field – usually. Focal length – The longer the focal length the less depth of field. It’s really hard to get bokeh with wide angle lenses. Proximity to your subject – The closer [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]
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]
Here’s another CES 2013 report from Blunty3000.  This time around, Blunty gives us a sneak peek at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few bright spots to come out of an of an otherwise forgettable CES Show (from a photographer’s perspective).  Of course, most of the major announcements and releases in the photo/video industry came late last year at the Photokina Expo in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC. Blunty writes… “The Pentax MX-1, announced at CES 2013, is carrying on Pentax’s bold attitude toward design and producing interesting cameras to [More]
These days, it seems like everyone is trying to get their piece of the highly lucrative pie that GoPro have carved out in the POV (Point Of View) Action Camera market.  Some are very similar to the cameras they’re attempting to knock off the top of the mountain and others are just…  well, they’re knock offs. As Nate “Blunty3000” Burr reports from CES 2013, Panasonic now throwing their proverbial hat into the POV Ring with an all new action cam called the HX-A100 (or A100 for short – Read our earlier post here), but the folks at Panasonic are entering [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]