David Thorpe offers up this outstanding in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, up to and including a features and set up walkthrough. The Lumix GH3 is the most professional micro 4/3 camera to date.  When paired with the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses, it easily rivals and even surpasses cameras that cost 3 times it’s price (Both Consumer Reports and German Institute Stiftung Warentest rated the Panasonic Lumix GH3 as the top camera in their respective tests). Though the GH3 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 are definitely cut from different molds, the emerging trend are that there are [More]
If you’re a photographer who likes to move around alot, then the new JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap may be just the fit you’re looking for (no pun intended ~_^.  It has a quick-draw style strap that’s designed to conform to your body while offering hands-free stability, without feeling like you’ve got a bowling ball hanging off your neck. There are currently two versions of the Ultrafit Slingstrap, one that’s ergonomically designed for men and one that’s ergonomically designed for women, and they’re touted to provide “long-wearing comfort with soft to the touch materials.” The integrated SpeedCinch system provides hands-free stability [More]
As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is. Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews provides us with this exceptional side-by-side comparison of the Sony NEX 7, the flagship of the NEX lineup, and one of the new kids on the block, the Sony NEX 6. At a glance, the two cameras are very similar in appearance as the NEX 6 borrows most of it’s styling cues from the NEX 7.  They’re both the same approximate size and each have a touch screen and the same excellent built in EVF, but the NEX 7’s tri-nav dial system is replaced by a single nav dial and a mode dial on the 6. [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]
Ryan Connolly and Crew get their hands on a GoPro Hero3 Action Camera and give it the Film Riot Treatment and field test it as only they can do.  The boys mount the camera in several different ways to get some interesting shots in their snack inspired short film. Although the GoPro Hero3 is smaller than it’s predecessor, the GoPro Hero2, it does represent a significant step forward in image quality and low light capabilities.  This is especially true of the GoPro Hero3 Balck Edition, which rightfully holds the flagship position in GoPro’s Hero lineup. The Black Edition stands head [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]
The Phoblographer got their hands on a Sony 35mm f1.8 E-Mount Lens (for NEX Cameras) and took it out to put it through it’s paces on the front of an NEX 5R. Highlights of Their First Impressions… Ergonomics The Sony 35mm f1.8 OSS is not a Zeiss branded lens, but it ought to be–at least in terms of looks. A slippery smooth black exterior covers this lens with very little to it at all. Most of the lens’s small body is dominated by a large manual focus ring. Like Sony’s other NEX primes, it is very simplistic. Build Quality The [More]
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]
We love the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods with Ballhead from Benro, which are light weight and portable, yet strong and sturdy tripods that available in 5 different colors.  They are light weight yet well made, come in a variety of cool, conversation starting colors, and they fold up small, so they’ll fit in just about anywhere.  No wonder they’re highly popular with our HybridPhoto colleagues and have become the go-to tripod for the Hybrid Photographer on the go. Here’s the skinny on the MeFOTO Tripods… MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the [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]
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]
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]
(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]
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]
Panasonic are shaking thinks up in the world of photo-videography of late, and have released some of the best cameras and lenses you’ll find anywhere over the last several months. With the release of the Lumix GH3, the Lumix G5 and the Lumix LX7, Panasonic have have entered serious “King of the Mountain” contenders in the Pro, Mid-Level and Compact Camera Categories, but it’s the new Pro Zoom Lenses that came out at the same time as the GH3 that has MC Contributor and Hybrid Photo Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) signaling the “End of Days” for the DSLR. The 2 [More]
Here’s a couple different reviews on the new Sony 10-18mm f/4 lens for NEX cameras, the first by John Sison (video above), and the next by the Phoblographer (below). The Achilles Heel of the Sony NEX camera line until now is the lack of high quality native lenses.  In fact, over the last couple of years, Sony have added  more NEX camera bodies than they have NEX Lenses.  But Sony have promised that more lenses are on the way, which is good news for fans of an otherwise excellent camera lineup.  Enter the new 10-18mm f/4 lens.  Will the be [More]
The concept of the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter is mind boggling, to say the least.  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount (for Sony NEX cameras, but a micro 4/3 version is in the works and scheduled for release in March, 2013), but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera full-frame, while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to [More]
Announced in July of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5 quickly became one of our favorite cameras of 2012 due to it’s high IQ and great performance.  Although it’s technically a mid level camera, the G5 is a well made, feature rich camera that performs so well in both still photos and video that it rivals front line cameras that are much more expensive; and because it’s a micro 4/3 camera, it can utilize an extensive array of high quality lenses.  Yet this camera inexplicably became one of the the most overlooked cameras of 2012 (and the MirrorlessCentral Sleeper Camera of [More]
Ed from theDigitalDigest is back with another excellent in depth review, this time, of the Sony NEX 5R. The Sony NEX 5R is a 16.1MP, APS-C based mirrorless camera that replaces the celebrated NEX-5N, and in doing so, Sony take several steps to ensure that it should be referred to as a legitimate upgrade from the previous generation. The NEX 5N was one of our favorite cameras of last year, and it’s still one of the best cameras that you can get within the price range.  However, the NEX 5R does indeed represent an upgrade to the 5N, most notably [More]
Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews compares the Fuji X-E1 to it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro 1. X-E1 is like the X Pro 1 at fighting weight – trimmed of a few features to reduce the price. But how does it compare?  These cameras represent the first generation of Fuji’s X-Series Cameras, and are a monumental achievement in the area of image quality, where they are at the top of the class.  Where the X-E1 and X-Pro1 are lacking however, is in autofocus performance and overall speed, especially in low light.  That being said though, the X-Series cams are favorites among the [More]
Looks like our favorite Aussie, Nate “Blunty” Burr, has landed a new gig with Australian Camera Retailer DigiDIRECT TV as host of their online TV series (Congrats, Blunty!!!). In this episode, Blunty puts the Fuji X-E1 through it’s paces.  The X-E1 is one of our favorite cameras of 2012, especially for still photo shooters who have a little more experience under their belt and want the very best in image quality.  But will the X-E1 earn the coveted Blunty Seal of Approval? Blunty writes:  The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second X series interchangeable lens camera from the fine folks at [More]
CameraLabs posted their review of the Sony NEX 6, which was released in the autumn of 2012 and has received wide critical acclaim.  In fact, the NEX 6 was one of our favorite cameras of the year.  But how will it meet with CameraLabs’ standards? Here’s CameraLabs’ Final Verdict on the Sony NEX-6 The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn’t the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won’t do and [More]