One of the most commonly discussed topics in the photography world now is the mirrorless vs. DSLR battle. A common opinion among many photographers is that the DSLR is already obsolete and has no shelf life. However, is this true? Is the DSLR tech really so outdated?[Read More…]
Third-party lenses are wonderful things. They prevent us from being locked those manufactured solely by the company that makes our cameras. It provides us with options that the camera manufacturers don’t even offer. For some systems, though, they don’t always offer the same feature set as OEM lenses. For Micro Four Thirds, that sometimes means no automatic aperture.
Laowa’s original 7.5mm f/2 lens for MFT was one such lens. So, they’ve now announced a new 7.5mm f/2 lens for MFT which updates the old one with automatic aperture capability, allowing you to control your aperture from the camera itself and have that setting stored in the EXIF data of your images.
With so many cameras offering completely silent electronic shutter these days – which is understandable for things like weddings and events where the noise of shutters can be quite distracting – it’s easy to forget just how satisfying the sounds of some camera shutters can be. It’s also quite interesting how these sounds can take some of us back to our past when we hear certain sounds from cameras we’ve shot and have pleasant memories of.
In this video, photographer Sails Chong has recorded the sounds from 18 different camera shutters, and various other noises and compiled them into a very relaxing 5-minute video. The video covers everything from 35mm SLRs through Fuji, Hasselblad and Phase One medium format up to 8×10 large format.
ZY Optics has announced the release of their Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens for L mount. The fast aperture manual focus lens is designed for use with full-frame mirrorless cameras and is compatible with the complete line of L mount cameras from Sigma, Panasonic and Leica.
The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 was initially offered in full-frame format with Sony E mount in 2014. A Mark II came in 2017 and it was then refreshed in 2019 with a new Mark III version. The Mark III was still available in Sony E mount but also Nikon Z and Canon RF, too. Today’s release now makes it available for every full-frame mirrorless system currently available.
Not too long ago I wrote an article on why I think the Fujifilm X-T20 is still the camera I recommend in 2021. It had great response, but some people thought the X-T30 was clearly the superior camera. In this article we’ll look at the positive and negatives of each camera.
Vaxis, typically better known for its wireless video transmission systems is branching out. They’re getting into the world of filters and they’re kicking it off with a line of 4×5.65″ cine FX filters. Designed to slot straight into the industry-standard 4×5.65″ filter slot in your matte box (sorry, PolarPro users), the new range of filters offers a variety of different lighting and flaring effects for your shot.
There are five filters in total, with three of them coming in three different options to produce slightly different looks. Being 4×5.65″ filters they’ll work with most of the lightweight matte boxes out there these days from companies like Tilta, SmallRig as well as the vastly more expensive systems.
Nowadays, people stare at their phones way too much. But one of the most annoying and most dangerous things is looking at your phone while driving or walking down the streets. But hey, don’t worry, you don’t have to lift your head up from those TikTok videos. You can now have a third eye that will be aware of your surroundings for you!
Sony has now officially announced their new Airpeak S1 drone, hailing it as “the world’s smallest drone that can be equipped with an Alpha mirrorless camera”. I wonder if that comes with similar caveats as the “world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera” claim of the A7c? Still, it’s certainly smaller than the DJI Matrice 600 and boasts an impressive set of specs.
The new Sony drone features proprietary motors with 17″ blades for a top speed of 55mph – significantly quicker than much of the competition – wind resistance in wind speeds up to 44.7mph and the ability to attach a gimbal for mounting your Sony Alpha mirrorless camera. Oh, and it will cost $9,000.
Along with the new PEN E-P7, Olympus has also announced a new ultra-wide zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO is the new autofocus lens with the equivalent focal length range of 16-50mm. If you’re planning to add a wide-angle zoom to your gear bag, let’s see what this new Olympus lens has to offer.