Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH

This lens is really one of the reasons a seasoned street photographer should look into the mirrorless movement:

"The Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens offers almost silent focusing, and in use, we have found the system very quick on the new DMC-G3. The 46mm filter thread does not rotate on focus, which is good news for users of polarisers and graduated neutral density filters. . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f/2 Macro review at photodo

"Olympus claim that this lens is a pro spec and therefore splash proof. It certainly seems well made and there are no loose or wobbly bits, even with the front element extended by the 35mm it comes out of the body at its closest focus point of 240mm. Unfortunately, to get it there, the AF system makes a low grating noise and it is certainly not quick. Once the lens arrives at the point of focus, it gives a couple of jerks, as . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-5 camera body, focusing is extremely fast and, thanks to the Supersonic Wave Drive auto-focus motor built into the lens, essentially silent too. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is essentially silent and surprisingly quick too, thanks to a solution whereby only one compact and lightweight lens element moves on focus. The use of this solution also earned the lens the 'MSC' - Movie & Still Compatible - designation. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/2.8 Review @ Photography blog

The 17-20mm lens for m43 mount group is pretty crowded, with a total of 5 lenses competing for our interest (and money) so far.

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Note: given that Micro Four Thirds cameras use contrast-detect autofocus, whose speed also depends on their sensors' read-out speed, the lens may perform better on

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 at olympuslensreview

"Here goes the review of Olympus 17mm lens. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama.

 

This lens is the first prime lens available for the Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera. It was first sold as a combo with the Olympus E-P1 but can be bought separately as well.
In the 35mm format equivalent, it gives an angle of view of 34mm. This is considered a moderate wide . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-PL2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Switch your camera's autofocus system to C-AF and try to photograph something more demanding – like birds in flight –, and you may find the AF speed lacking. Note: . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH

Hard choice, this, or the 20mm f1.7?

"The LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-G2, and it should be potentially even faster on the DMC-GH2.

Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without your having to press

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH

Probably the best wide-angle zoom lens available for any mirrorless mount. It also costs as much or more than the best mirrorless cameras.

"The LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo.
Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5

"The LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S

100-300mm translates to 200-600mm in 35mm equivalent terms. Thats some serious zoom reach.

 

"The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. With the focus mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 set to AFC, the lens tracked moving subjects well. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6

"The M.ZUIKO Digital 14-150mm lens offers virtually silent focusing thanks to a solution whereby only two of the fifteen lens elements move. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the E-P2, certainly faster than the first version of the 14-42mm kit zoom, though still not quite as zippy as the GH2+14-140mm lens combo we tried out at Photokina. With the focus mode on the Olympus E-P2 set to “C-AF+TR” (AF tracking), the lens unfortunately did not track the subjects well, even though they were not moving very fast. . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DPreview

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6

"The M Zuiko Digital 14-150mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's fourth lens for its Pen series cameras, and the first to venture into the telephoto region. Its 10.7x zoom ratio places it firmly in 'superzoom' territory, covering a very useful 28-300mm equivalent range, and making it ideal for general purpose 'walkaround' or travel use. (Indeed Olympus says that with it on your camera 'you will never miss a photo opportunity', perhaps begging the question as to why the company still makes other lenses.)

Like all superzooms the 14-150mm uses a complex optical formula, with 15 elements in 11 groups including 3 aspheric

Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS @ DPR

Sony's first attempt at a stabilized lens, how does it stack up?

 

"The E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS marks a first for Sony - it's the company's debut attempt at using optical image stabilization in an interchangeable lens. The Alpha DSLR line, of course, has always used in-body 'Super SteadyShot', but the drastic slimming that's been applied to the NEX's body means the stabilization unit simply won't fit. Sony has therefore incorporated 'Optical SteadyShot' into . . . read more

Panasonic 7-14mm f4.0 Lens review @ Slrgear.com

Is this little (and expesive) gem the best wide-angle lens for m43 mounts? Excerpt: "The Panasonic 7-14mm is small and light, weighing in at just 300 grams (just over 10oz), due to its plastic construction. The finish is a matte black and grey texture, with a larger zoom ring, mounted closer to the camera, and a smaller focus ring. There are no switches or controls on the lens, and Panasonic

Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 review at Photodo

"Despite the smaller sensor size of the four-thirds system, this lens is both bigger and heavier than all of it’s aps-c competitors and sports a larger front element carrying a 58mm filter thread. The lens mount itself is, however, a metal one that has a positive feel as it clicks home. The lens has no switch gear attached, with the change from manual to autofocus or a combination of the two being achieved . . . read more

Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake @ DPreview

"Sharpness is high in the center of the frame wide open at F2, but the corners are just a little soft. However they sharpen up rapidly on stopping down, and by F4 sharpness is excellent right across the frame. The very best results are achieved from about F4 to F6.3; at smaller apertures sharpness progressively decreases due to diffraction, with apertures smaller than F16 probably best avoided. . . . read more

Panasonic GH1 Review @ DCRP

Another review, another happy reviewer :) "The GH1 records video at 1920 x 1080 (1080p), with a "cinematic" frame rate of 24 fps using the AVCHD codec until your memory card fills up (except in Europe). You can also record at 720p (1280 x 720) at 60 frames/second, with three quality

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm f/2.8 review at photodo

"This lens is a hefty lump for the focal range and users of conventional 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses will be surprised at the size of it. The huge 105mm front filter size gives a clue and explodes the myth that the 4/3rds system would produce smaller, more manageable lenses!

Conventionally designed, with two main rings, a stepped one for the focal length selection and a narrower, but still ample one for manual focus, the lens also sports a focus limiter on the left side with . . . read more

Panasonic Leica 45mm F2.8 Macro OIS Lens Review @ DPreview

''The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS is one of two compact lenses for Micro Four Thirds that Panasonic announced alongside the DMC-GF1 in September 2009, the other being the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Pancake. Like its sibling it fits a lot into a very small space; the 45mm measures just 2.5" in each dimension, yet manages to to incorporate both optical image . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS @ DPreview

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS

"A fundamental component of the Micro Four Thirds system design is the use of software to correct certain lens aberrations. For most users this is completely transparent - the camera corrects both the viewfinder image 'on the fly', and the JPEG files it records. Also, both the SilkyPix software supplied with G-series cameras and industry-standard alternatives such as Adobe Camera Raw convert raw files . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Lens Review @ DPreview

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Lens

"The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH was announced earlier this month as the natural companion to the compact Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera, alongside a Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 Macro (the camera is also available with a 14-45mm kit zoom). The H-H020, as Panasonic curiously likes to call it, is a large maximum aperture 'normal' prime in a very compact 'pancake' type body. It gathers a stop and a half more light than Olympus's M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 pancake (which is only marginally smaller), and is therefore sure to be of interest to E-P1 owners who want to . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake @ DPreview

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Pancake

"The M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake gives acceptable results in our studio tests, but again its extreme portability comes at the cost of some optical compromises. Image quality at the centre of the frame is high, but it's less impressive towards the edges due to a combination of (relative) softness and chromatic aberration. Compared to the kit zoom, there's no hugely compelling optical advantageto the 17mm (although it's faster and more portable), and overall its performance leaves us feeling just a little 'flat'." . . . read more

Panasonic GH1 Review @ Luminous-Landscape.com

Michael Reichman clearly "gets" that the GH1 "gets it" "If you want a peek at what the future of both still and video cameras might look like over the next few years, drop into your camera dealer and have look at the Panasonic Lumix GH1. To my mind it's the first Combocam that "gets it", delivering both image quality and functionality that don't

Panasonic GH1 Review @ Dpreview.com

"Evolutionary dead end", or the beginning of a revolution? This little camera rocks the boat sea in a big way: "The contrast detect auto focus, especially in combination with the new 14-140mm lens, has been optimized for video operation as well. It's much quicker than on DSLRs and actually very usable, which makes the GH1 a much better all round video camera than any of the video DSLRs we have

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS @ DP review

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS

"With all this software correction of lens aberrations going on, it's perhaps inevitable that some people will look upon Panasonic's approach as 'cheating'. After all, the argument runs, film camera lenses were always properly corrected optically, so surely the use of software to achieve the same effect is simply cost-cutting, and therefore somehow 'cheating'. We think this is fundamentally the wrong way to look at it. In photography, what ultimately counts is the final image - the means to get there is relatively unimportant. As we've s . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DP review

 Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6

"The M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's third lens for the Micro Four Thirds system to reach the market, covering the wideangle end of the spectrum. It was first announced at the same time as the E-P2 in November 2009 (alongside a forthcoming 14-150mm superzoom), with more details appearing coincident with the E-PL1's launch in February 2010. Its headline feature is undoubtedly its miniscule size - it adopts the same collapsing design as Olympus's Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm kit zoom to realize dimensions of just 2.2" x 1.9" (57 x 50 mm) when retracted, and an extremely light . . . read more

Epson R-D1 review by Sein Reid

"The Epson R-D1 is the first digital rangefinder camera ever made and it accepts Leica M (bayonet mount) and L (screw mount) lenses, the latter via an adapter, with rangefinder coupling. Epson’s decision to use this mount allows the photographer to choose from a staggering variety of lenses made throughout the 20th century and into the present, each with its own distinctive . . . read more

Epson R-D1 review at Trusted Reviews

"The Epson R-D1 is an exercise in nostalgia for people with more money than sense. Brick-like handling, poor results and a major inherent design flaw make it an expensive and pointless novelty item. The only analogy I can think of would be stuffing a turbocharger into a wood-framed Morris Traveller and then asking the same price for it as a brand new Mercedes. . . . read more

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