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]
In this video, Ed from theDigitalDigest takes a look at the Sony NEX-5R and does a great hands on walkthrough of it’s Wi-Fi and Smart Remote Control App systems (which are also available on the Sony NEX-6). Sony’s smart remote control app allows you to use your iOS or Android device as a real-time preview monitor and shutter control for your NEX 5R/6. Ed states that “While this may seem like a simple function, it is nothing short of revolutionary.” Sony proves WiFi isn’t just for sharing when it comes to the NEX-5R/6L. Enjoy! -TDD Although this video was posted [More]
Ed from theDigitalDigest is back, this time with an in depth comparison of the Sony NEX 5R and Sony NEX 6.  These are the newest additions to Sony’s NEX lineup, and in my opinion, they’re the best NEX Cameras yet.  But just how do they stack up against each other? How they’re alike… Both the NEX 5R and NEX 6 feature the same 16mp CMOS Sensor, Sony’s new Hybrid Autofocus system and Sony’s new Wi-Fi and Apps system.  Each camera delivers superb image quality in both photo and video (even better than the 24mp NEX 7 IMO), as well as stellar [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com compares the Sony RX1 to the Fuji X-E1 in Aufotfocus Speed, Image Quality and High ISO (Low Light) Performance, etc. This really is an apples to oranges comparison since one camera is a fixed lens compact and the other is a compact system (interchangeable lens) camera that costs less than half the price.   Nonetheless, these are two of the best cameras to be released in 2012 and it’s a fun comparison to say the least (just look at the comments, because the trolls are out in full force). For anyone who has read Steve’s posts [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]
Kai, Alamby, Lok C and DigitalRevTV hit the bowling alley, and they bring along the Sony RX1 to give it the DRTV Treatment. Sony call the RX1 “the world’s smallest full-frame digital camera” – and Kai and Co. test it out to see if it’s as awesome as a full-frame compact should be. DRTV writes: We want to know just good it is. Does it perform well enough to justify the price? Does it focus well in low-light? Watch the video to find out. My 2 Cents The Sony RX1 is our pick for the best compact camera of 2012 [More]
Blunty’s back!  …and this time, the DigiDIRECT TV host is talking about Vlogging and his Ultimate YouTube Setup. Blunty’s formula for vlogging perfection: the Sony RX100 compact “DSLR in your pocket” camera + an iPad mini = the best road-warrior vlogger production, editing & camera kit in the world right now? It’s a road-warrior production studio that’ll fit in your pockets! I can’t argue with Blunty here.  These are all powerful tools that will give you BIG RESULTS despite their small size. Here’s a great RX100 package that includes a 32gb Class 10 SDHC Card, a carrying case, lens cleaning [More]
We recently announced that legendary camera company Eastman Kodak are entering into a co-branding arrangement with American Camera Supplier JK Imaging to produce cameras under the Kodak moniker – and 43Rumors is now reporting that the Kodak Camera will be micro 4/3. According to 43 >>  PConline just posted these images disclosing a new Kodak branded (and JK manufactured) Micro Four Thirds camera! It’s named “Kodak S1” and has built WiFi transmission function. The camera will be released in the 3rd quarter of this year! Kodak officially presented the camera in a Press Conference in Peking. The bloggers at PConline [More]
As part of their in depth review of the Sony NEX 6, CameraLabs compared it to another of our favorite cameras of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5.  This comparison is not as cut and dry as some others might be, simply because there really a lot of “Apples to Oranges” features between these two cameras.  Each is well equipped, but each is equipped somewhat differently than the other. Here’s how CameraLabs breaks it down… CameraLabs Compares the Sony NEX 6 with the Panasonic Lumix G5 The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the more affordable compact system cameras on the [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]
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]
Chris Niccolls and the gang from The Camera Store are back!  This time, it’s an in depth, hands on look at the Sony RX1 – The “World’s Smallest Full Frame Compact Digital Camera” that we picked as the top compact camera of 2012. Chris and crew do an excellent job breaking down the good points as well as the not so good points of Sony’s compact powerhouse, putting it through it’s paces to see “if it’s worth the premium that Sony is charging.”  Then, they bring out the cats…   Oh God…  not Cats!  Ahhhhhhh-CHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! ; ) My 2 Cents The [More]
Is the Sony NEX 6 any good?  How does it stack up to the NEX 7?  Is it worth it to get the NEX 6 or should I just get an NEX 5R?  Does the Hybrid Autofocus system make a big difference?  Does the NEX 6 overheat in video mode like other NEX models? The Sony NEX 6 is an exciting addition to the NEX lineup, and yes…  there are a lot of questions out there about this new compact system camera, and Ed from theDigitalDigest has created numerous videos that should answer most, if not all, of your questions.  [More]
Consumer Reports talks about the new and innovative cameras they expect to see launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) next week. We can’t wait to see all the cool new cameras and gadgets that’ll be launched at the show, and we’re sure that YOU can’t wait either, so be sure to keep coming back to MirrorlessCentral for all the latest news, reviews and updates from the CES! Until then, we’ll wet your appetite, here’s a list of all the compact cameras that will be introduced by Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony (via PhotoRumors.com). Fujifilm: HS35EXR: 16MP, 30x [More]
SoundImagePlus have been taking the Sony NEX 6 out for a spin and have been compiling their findings.  They have now posted their final assessment and conclusion on the newest addition to Sony’s celebrated NEX lineup. SIP Concludes:   This seems to me to be an excellent upgrade from some of the earlier and smaller NEX cameras. Though I would suggest that if you have a 5n with the external EVF, you would need to be pretty keen about the virtues of the built-in viewfinder, because you aren’t getting that much more. I’ve written before that this isn’t a camera to [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]