By now, you’ve surely heard all about the Metabones Speedbooster Lens adapter for NEX cameras (and soon, micro 4/3 cameras as well).  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount, 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 the smaller E-mount sensor area, for example turning an f/2.0 lens into an [More]
Frank from Neufeld Designs give us a first look at the Sony NEX VG30 and reviews the factors that lead him to choose this camera over DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 for travel film making. The NEX-VG30 is one of the latest entries (along with the NEX-VG900) in Sony’s line of pro-sumer handycam style interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.  It also takes Sony E-mount lenses, but can be adapted to fit other lenses as well. CNET wrote a VERY short review on the Sony NEX-VG30 >>  There really isn’t much to say about this replacement for [More]
Here’s MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) with a test video using the Panasonic Lumix GH3 at 2000 ISO at night. Camera was set to color +3, SCENERY picture setting, 60i, using the 12-35mm f 2.8 zoom Don’t forget, Will is inviting YOU to ask YOUR QUESTIONS! So if there’s anything at all you want to know about the GH3, >>Post Them Here<< Watch all of Will’s GH3 Test Videos on DiscoverMirrorless.com Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here
When pro photogs got their hands on a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, there were some questions about the quality of the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), which seemed to be lacking at the time.  But was this due to the fact that the pre-production model sported an EVF that was somehow incomplete…  and has Fuji fixed the issue in their final production model? PetaPixel asks the same question in a recent post on their website… Here’s their take >> When we handled a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, we [More]
Above is a video test of a pre-production Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 captured at a London Zoo Press Event. Trusted Reviews previews the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 (watch their video preview here) and added to the chorus of positive reviews/previews/reports that we’ve been getting about this impressive new camera. In a nutshell, they say that the GH3 is on par with top cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for still photo quality, and it beats all comers for video. Here are some highlights of their preview: We’ve seen a steady improvement in the image quality provided by the micro four thirds [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) slaps a Bower 7.5mm fisheye lens (also sold under the brand names Rokinon or Samyang, depending on where you buy it) on his Micro 4/3 camera and takes it out for a spin. This is one of our favorite lenses for the M43 format, and it’s also one of the least extensive. (Language Warning: Blunty has a tendency to get a little… well… Blunt from time to time. So , if that offends you, then you might want to move on to another video) Here’s what Blunty had to say about the lens: The [More]
Geekanoids roll out a 1080p Full-On Video Test of the Olympus OM-D EM-5. This video features some 1080P footage using the camera both tripod mounted (opening scene) and handheld (outdoor scenes), all with the internal mic. While this is far from the best video that we’ve seen produced with this little beastie, we can’t help being impressed by the results that the OMD produces in video, especially with it’s rock solid 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) and blazing fast auto-focus. It’s no wonder why to E-M5 is a favorite of Pro and Enthusiast photogs alike. The OMD features [More]
Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store had the chance to spend an evening shooting with the new Fuji X-Pro1. Check out the features, lens options, and hybrid viewfinder while seeing video and low light images from this amazing new camera. Special thanks to Fuji Canada Shot by Jordan Drake Filmed on the Panasonic AF100
One of the biggest strengths of micro 43 cameras is the abundance of high quality lenses that are available for the format. But can a non-native lens work effectively on a micro 43 camera? Watch this test of a vintage Minolta 50mm f1.7 Lens on a Panasonic GF2 Micro 43 Camera. Here are several examples of desirable F stops with pulls (pull speed varies and there is no focus assist in place for this barrel). Auto Correct is dropped on these clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 10, so there is some color correction. The Minolta lens featured in this video [More]
If you’ve ever struggled with taking a self portrait, Sony’s NEX-5R has something for you: the ability to use a phone or tablet as a remote viewfinder. The camera, an updated version of NEX-5, was announced at IFA Berlin and we got a chance to try it.
Kai from DigitalRevTV forgets his DSLR battery, so we all get a great look at the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95, one of the hottest micro 4/3 lenses on the market. Numerous camera pros will tell you… skimp on the body, splurge on the lens, and the Voigtländer 25mm lens has become one of the go-to lenses for micro 4/3 enthusiasts the world over.
This is a short test in low light against the hacked GH2. The GH2 is set to 1080/24p AVCHD 44Mbit with Auto Quantizer 4. The NEX 5N is set to 1080/25p AVCHD 24Mbit. We’ve included some 1080/50p slow motion footage as well and normally lit scenes shot with the NEX 5N. Lenses: GH2 – Samyang 35mm F1.4, 5N – Canon 50mm F1.2 L. Both set to F1.4 throughout. Later 5N scenes are with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. When comparing these cameras, one factor to consider is the number of available lenses. The GH2 is a micro 4/3 camera and [More]
Hands-on with the SONY NEX-VG20 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2. Bottom line: The GH2 and VG20 are both great cameras. Aside from the form factor, with the GH2 taking on a traditional DSLR-like shape, and the VG-20 more of a video cam style, here are some observations. The VG-20 lacks manual color, contrast and sharpness adjustments, but it has a built-in headphone jack and full manual audio control, it is better than the unhacked GH2 in low light and the factory-set color profile is just fine. The GH2 does handle moire better — but just barely. You will see moire [More]
ALL Handheld video! Steve Huff with a sampling of video quality from the Olympus OM-D camera. Nothing artistic but most of this is in low light areas. Some at ISO 1600. Lenses used were the 12mm f/2 and 45mm f/1.8. The 5-Axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) is AMAZING and worked so well. The good news? No shake, no wobbling and no Jello effect! At the end, Steve does a side by side comparison with video from the Fuji X-Pro 1, and the Olympus easily overtook the Fuji in regards to Video.
Steve Huff takes a first look at the Olympus OM-D along with the 12mm and 45mm lenses, the lenses that Steve calls “the best two lenses you can get for the M 4/3 system.”
In this video, the gang from DigitalRevTV look at the low light performance of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and compare it to two other latest mirrorless cameras: the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7. How do they perform with autofocus in low light and what is the EVF like? We also compare the noise performance of each camera. Special Thanks to Oasis Dance Center – www.oasis-dance-centre.com Belly Dancer – Emmy Abir Best Price on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only) NEW LOWER PRICE! Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with [More]
Sony Canada graciously lent the Camera Store their mirrorless crown jewel, the NEX-7, to test for some nitty-gritty street shooting. We take a look at the images, some video, and the cool features on this 24 megapixel pocket rocket! See this mirrorless gem being put through it’s paces. >>CLICK HERE<< for additional reviews of the NEX 7 and other SONY Mirrorless camera systems.
This video is not in English, but you still get a good look at the menu system on the new SONY NEX-5R and it’s wireless connectivity with other mobile devices, as well as apps, such as Facebook. The SONY NEX-5R allows you to shoot and share DSLR-quality photos online, straight from the camera. With built-in Wi-Fi®, the Alpha NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless creative possibilities. And the 16.1MP APS-C size sensor lets you shoot breathtaking stills with pro-grade defocused backgrounds. Get all this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR. [More]
On a frigid Calgary day, Panasonic let us try out a pre-release GX1. The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls walks you through the features of the GX1, while attempting to stay warm and not get kicked out of the mall. Shot and Edited by Jordan Drake Shot on the Panasonic AF100 The GX1 is a great camera, period… but it’s especially great for someone who’s looking to capture high quality photos and video, but pack that ability into a body that’s easy to carry around – and the GX1 delivers on all counts. At the time of this posting, the GX1 [More]