I have been a huge fan and currently a user of the fantastic OMD cameras from Olympus, but I’ve never warmed to the PEN line of cameras. The lack of built in viewfinder and a less professional feel left me feeling cold, that is, until the PEN-F. This has to be, without a doubt, one of the most amazing looking cameras I have ever seen. Not only is this an object of desire in terms of aesthetics, it has the functionality and technology to match. Sporting the new 20MP sensor, the same viewfinder as the E-M10 mkII, the all new creative dial and all of the features found in the excellent E-M5 mkII, this retro styled powerhouse is as functional as it is beautiful… it is almost certain to become a classic.
As an early adopter of the Fuji X series cameras I really enjoyed my time with the X-Pro1, especially the image quality, but it did have it’s quirks that made it hard for me to use professionally. The new X-Pro2 gives us increased resolution with a 24MP sensor, a vastly improved autofocus system, faster response times, more controls, improved hybrid viewfinder and new faster shutter. The X-Pro2 is shaping up to be a serious pro tool with a rangefinder style experience. We look forward to getting our hands on it, but for now, here’s the info from Fujifilm…
Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 Lens review
I was very excited to hear that Zhong Yi optics were going to release the ‘Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm‘ a super fast f0.95 lens for the MFT mount which would compete with the Voigtlander equivalent but at a cheaper price and promising to be just as good. If so then this could turn out to be a very nifty fifty, I ordered one as they became available to find out!
Panasonic today unveils its new LUMIX DMC-GX8 interchangeable lens camera. Boasting 4K capabilities, the latest creative technologies to enhance your photography and Panasonic’s first Dual I.S (Image Stabiliser), the latest LUMIX G, with a classic compact design, is the perfect everyday companion for the style-conscious urban adventurer.
Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 review
Olympus seems committed to their system with the launch of a full range of fast, high quality, weather sealed Pro lenses and they show no signs of slowing down. The new 40-150 f/2.8 Pro telephoto lens is an absolute masterpiece with great design, fantastic build and stunning optical quality.
Money Maker by Hold Fast Gear
If you are the kind of person who appreciates high quality products that are stylish and functional then the Money Maker strap is probably for you.
The Money Maker is a luxury hand made leather camera strap designed to hold and access 1, 2, or 3 cameras with speed and comfort, and I can tell you, it does exactly that with great design and stylish looks.
New OM-D firmware boosts underwater and starscape photography
16/06/2015 • New firmware updates are now available for Olympus’ top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1 as well as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Owners of the E-M1 can look forward to more vivid starscapes thanks to Live View Boost II. New specialist settings add to the E-M1’s and the E-M5 Mark II’s already impressive underwater repertoire.
Sony’s Flagship Mirrorless Camera Features 42.4 MP Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, In-camera 5-axis Image Stabilisation, Internal 4K Video Recording, Silent Shooting, Fast Hybrid AF and more
Sony today introduced their new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the α7R II (ILCE-7RM2).
The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensori, which delivers high resolution (42.4 MP approx. effective megapixels), high sensitivity (expandable up to ISO 102400) and high speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points.
The camera also includes a 5-axis image stabilisation system borrowed from the acclaimed α7 II model and can shoot and record 4K video in multiple formats including Super 35mm (without pixel binning) and full-frame format, a world’s first for digital camerasi. Additionally, it has a newly refined XGA OLED Tru-Finder with the world’s highest (0.78x) viewfinder magnification.
While traveling long distance it can be hard to drag a whole bunch of large expensive equipment with you. So is it possible to shoot high quality, well lit images with a lightweight, bare minimum kit? In my opinion, I believe it is.
I would be taking a trip to America with my fiancé, Clare (who is also a photographer), with planned shoots in both New York and Las Vegas. Limited weight allowance on flights was clearly going to make it difficult to bring a lot of kit along with our luggage for 3 weeks. We knew that we would likely be shooting in bright sunny conditions and would want to have some kind of creative lighting control over the image.