Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

A Metabones Speed Booster full review at EosHD: If this adapter does not send shock waves through the camera industry I don’t know what will.

The kind of, outlandish claims of the Speed Booster makers, seem to be confirmed by yet another review, with phrases like this "You will not find a wide angle (24mm equiv.) F1.0 anywhere on the market. Yet suddenly here you are shooting with one on a crop sensor!!" and this: "Your NEX 7 becomes a ‘NEX 9′ full frame Canon mount mirrorless camera."
Eos HD tested the Sony NEX to Canon EF lens mount adapter version of the SpeedBooster:

"Because full frame is a ‘premium’ photography product, the Japanese corporate machine has been mindful of limiting supply of full frame cameras in order to maintain inflated prices and margins. We waited a long time for the D800 and 5D Mark III and it is only now in 2013 that for the first time we have two ‘affordable’ full frame DSLRs with stripped down features – the D600 and 6D. Neither do very good video. So to have that full frame look when I need it on my Sony video camera is a real blessing. . . . read more

Olympus to release a new 75-300mm zoom lens and a successor to the XZ-2 soon.

Too bad it will be a dark f/4.8-6.7 lens again. Something must be done to get the message to Olympus, its users screaming about the need of fast zooms. 43rumors has the story:

I finally got some bits about the next Olympus announcement that will be made right before the CP+ show start in Yokohama (January 31th). The discontinued Olympus 75-300mm MFT lens will be replaced by the new 75-300mm II F4.8-6.7 ED lens. And there will be a a new Olympus XZ-10 that is smaller and lighter than the current XZ-2. It has a f/1,8-2,7 lens and will be cheaper than the current XZ-2 model (here on eBay).

Polaroid iM1836 Mirrorless camera hands-on by Eric Reagan at Photography Bay.

The fabled Polaroid iM1836zyx..the one with the sensor in the lens, but also in the camera:

"As I began to question the Polaroid rep concerning the cameras’ construction and features, he was quick to point out they these cameras are targeted at a different audience than more mainstream prosumer mirrorless cameras from companies like Sony, Olympus and Nikon. Instead, these models will likely find their place at just above the typical Walgreens digital camera shopper. Or, perhaps we’ll see them on QVC or the like. The prototypes feel very cheap and plastic. While they may look like Nikon’s 1 series cameras in shape and size, they very much feel a step or two below in the quality department. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G5 review by Ken McMahon at Camera Labs: The Panasonic Lumix G5 a great value mirrorless system camera which makes a number of improvements over its predecessor, the G3.

"Panasonic Lumix G5 final verdict: The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a solid upgrade to the earlier Lumix G3 and maintains its position as one of the best value Micro Four Thirds models in the Panasonic line up as well as more generally. The combination of a new 16 Megapixel sensor and updated Venus Engine processor improves on the low noise characteristics and excellent image quality established with the G3 and adds 1080p50/60 HD video and 6fps continuous shooting. And as my quality and noise results prove, the G5 can keep up with the larger APS-C sensors of rival models in most situations. . . . read more

Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras, by Chris Gampat at Digital Camera Stuff.

"Mirrorless Cameras are not only capable of shooting really amazing images, but they have the ability to do so with nearly any lens. Sure, many systems have their own lens lineups with autofocus and other bells and whistles, but maybe you've got a collection of lenses already. Even if you don't, browse around Flickr and you'll see that people hunt after lenses in order to adapt them to their cameras. If you see yourself becoming one of those lens collectors, then you'll want to keep in mind a couple of pointers before and when you put that lens onto your camera. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH lens video review by David Thorpe: Center sharpness is excellent across the frame, and if you stop down a bit-or two, it will be sharp across the 35-100mm range, corner to corner.

The lens was tested by David on a GH3 body:

I find distortion in unnoticeable right through the range, and Chromatic Aberration is minimal-its pretty much not there.
To Sum up, this is a valuable addition to the micro 4/3 photographer's armory, and for many of those, this lens paired to the 12-35mm will be all the glass that they would ever need. You'll have the equivalent of a 24mm wide angle to 200mm tele, all at a constant f/2.8 in just two small optics. Add a weather sealed body like the Olympus OM-D, or the Panasonic GH3, and the result is a very capable and versatile outfit using just 3 items of gear. In so far as it matters, its a really good looker. Focusing speed is lightning quick, especially with the firmware upgraded to the current 1.1 version. It has . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at Neo Camera: Image quality of the Fuji X-E1 is top-notch and exceeds all non-Fuji mirrorless cameras. Image noise is virtually inexistent until ISO 3200 and slowly progresses without the usual added softness of noise reduction.

"The Fuji X-E1 is a great successor to the X-Pro1. It keeps the highly tactile interface and unique 16 megapixels X-Trans CMOS sensor while improving in key areas. The more compact design is critical to success among a growing number of mirrorless cameras, plus the new ultra-high-resolution 2.4 megapixels EVF makes for an exceptional usability at eye-level. Image quality of the Fuji X-E1 is top-notch and exceeds all non-Fuji mirrorless cameras. Image noise is virtually inexistent until ISO 3200 and only slowly progresses without the usual added softness of noise-reduction. The output of this camera is completely usable for mid-size prints until ISO 25600. Sharpness is reasonably good with the Fuji Fujinon XF 18-55mm . . . read more

Kent Johnson shoots a fashion jewellery campaign for Oumura with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujinon XF 35mmF1.4 R Lens.

Another day, another pro photographer that dares to make the move to mirrorless gear. Here, Kent supplies a lot of photographs with his essay, and some X-Pro1 out of camera Jpeg vs Adobe Lightroom vs Silkypix raw files rendering comparisons. Also, kudos for not stripping the EXIFs out the photos.

"For me the decision to use the Fuji X-Pro1 on this shoot was definitely the right call. The Camera and the XF35mmF1.4 R were a perfect combination for the contemporary fashion look and feel we were after from the shoot. The image quality is superb and the cameras ability to focus accurately and quickly (in that order) allowed me to focus more on what was happening in front of the camera; the shots, than worrying if the shots were really in focus or not. And as I wrote in my X-Pro1 review on Street Fashion Sydney; this is a camera that enhances your photography instead of hindering it.  Love it! . . . read more

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS vs FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R vs Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH vs Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens sharpness comparison at DSLR Check.

That's a whole train of wide angle mirrorless system lenses, and it seems the caboose* has derailed somehow, pretty soft and fringy compared to the other 3, BUT it was used with a GH3, not the best of combinations. Kudos to Sony to make such a sharp wideangle (used with a NEX-5R) zoom lens, they had a slow start but seem to have begun catching up by now. As for the Fujinon xf 14mm (mounted on the X-E1), it performs as expected, very sharp with no visible Chromatic Aberrations. The PanaLeica 7-14mm falls a bit behind, but it is the oldest lens of the bunch, by a wide (heh) margin. Click on the image for the full thing. For those daring enough to delve through the Google translated text, here's a snip: . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: I was surprised at how sharp it was wide open – now I have to go and clean the house after noticing the particles of dust in this image :)

Roël​ tested this lens on a X-Pro1 body, and Kudos to him for leaving the EXIF information intact. Too many reviewers remove the EXIF nowadays, why?

"One thing that I have come to appreciate over the past year is that Fujifilm knows how to design/build high quality lenses and their XF 14mm f/2.8 R is no exception. They also have listened to photographer’s feedback and incorporated better manual focus (plus other items such as focus/DOF lens markings) which made this lens really nice to use.  Combine that with its excellent optical quality and you have a winner – especially if you are in the market for a wide angle lens for your X-Pro1/X-E1. $US 899.99 might seem a bit steep to some buyers, but I believe it is fairly . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 camera review at PC Mag: It earns our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras, even though it's not the least expensive of the bunch.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is an excellent camera. It is capable of capturing excellent photos, focuses fast—even in dim light—and can rattle off shots at an impressive 5.3 frames per second. Its video quality is also impressive, and while the lack of a microphone input may turn serious videographers away from it, it's probably an overkill for recording home movies to share on YouTube or watch on your HDTV. You'll get an excellent shooting experience whether you use the eye-level viewfinder or the rear LCD to frame shots, and there is a vast library of native Micro Four Thirds lenses available from Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, and Voigtlander. And if you are not afraid of focusing manually, you can mount almost . . . read more

Canon EOS-M camera review by Ken Rockwell: The world's first serious mirrorless camera. (Ed: Thank you, i'll throw my E-M5 and X-E1 away now)

Straddling the border between sober reporting and being the Fox News of photography is a hard thing to do, and this time Ken leans towards the latter:

"The Canon EOS M is the world's first serious mirrorless camera that actually gives good images, and by good images, I mean images with fantastic color as shot. Other brands like Sony, Fuji and LEICA don't give me the colors I demand unless I fiddle with them afterwards, and doing this for a living, I can't afford to fix something afterwards that shouldn't have been broken in the first place. I love the colors I get from Canon right out of the camera as JPGs. . . . read more

Sony RX1 vs Fujifilm X-E1 comparison by Steve Huff proves that the basic laws of thermodynamics still holds up well (And in this house, we obey them)

Just remember that you can buy ALL currently available Fujinon primes + the X-E1 body and come up with less money than needed  for the RX1 + viewfinder. While this is a quick review, it covers the essentials and is straight to the point.  Initially there's was some readers' uproar about the usage of Lightroom converted RAW files by Steve (X-E1 raws+Lightroom=meh), but then he posted a couple of OOC Jpegs and everybody went "oooh!"

"The RX1 JPEGS are much sharper than the Fuji’s and have that more “robust” look to them as well. As for AF speed, the Sony and Fuji are about the same with AF speed after the new Fuji firmware update of the body and lens and both seem to lock on well in my low light tests (see video above). After shooting them both and handling them both and processing files from both, for me the winner is the Sony. I much prefer the feel, build and lens on the Sony RX1. I also enjoy almost limitless DR and amazing sharpness in my files. I love the shallow DOF and the “Zeiss Pop” from the RX1 and with the Gariz case on my personal camera it feels like a work of art. . . . read more

Canon EF-M 18-55 IS STM lens review by Ken Rockwell: This EF-M 18-55 IS STM is the best 18-55mm lens I've tested for Canon.

This Canon EF-M 18-55 IS STM is the best 18-55mm lens I've tested for Canon. This makes perfect sense because the EF-M format allows the lens designers the freedom to place the rear elements much closer to the sensor than the EF-S lenses which have to be designed around avoiding the flipping mirror of DSLRs  I'm sort of ashamed on Sony's part, but the Sony DT 18-55mm SAM and Sony NEX E 18-55mm OSS are poor by comparison. The Sony lenses are much softer and more distorted. Canon doesn't screw around when it comes to lenses; Canon is an optical company first and foremost, not a stereo equipment company like Sony. . . . read more

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens review by Jordan Steel at Admiring Light: I should't like it, but I love it.

The lens was tested with an Olympus E-M5 camera, and Kudos to Jordan for not stripping the EXIF information from the images.

"The Sigma 19mm is a lens that frankly, I shouldn’t like. I’ve been using pretty much nothing but high end lenses for the past 6 years, and generally a budget lens like this wouldn’t even ping my radar. Then there’s that somewhat odd focal length, it’s relatively slow aperture and unremarkable size . But the fact of the matter is, I do like this lens. Sigma managed to make an affordable lens that is well built with a fast and silent autofocus motor. They then made it . . . read more

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens review by Ken Rockwell: The Canon 22mm is super sharp at all settings, however coma softens the far corners a little at f/2.

The Canon 22mm f/2 STM is inside out from a modern pro lens: it's metal on the outside for show, and plastic on the inside for low cost. It's super-compact and performs excellently, so I'd strongly suggest it for the EOS-M, since the whole point of the EOS-M is tiny size. This lens is tiny. Manual focus is awful; don't bother trying to use the manual focus ring. The ring is merely an input to a computer, which in turn controls the lens motor — if you have everything else set properly. . . . read more

Fujifilm to release firmware updates for the X-E1, X-Pro1 cameras and the Fujinon XF 35mm lens tomorrow.

Download links provided at bottom of page, but they will become alive tomorrow, because right now we're in the future :) (Via Fuji Rumors) From Fujifilm:

Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF35mm firmware updates available. New firmware versions for the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras and the XF35mm lens are now available to download.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 - firmware version: 2.03


* Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens.
* Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: Wide open, it is sharp and bitingly so when stopped down.

Roel takes the XF 18-55mm to the Bahamas and slaps it on his X-Pro1:

The Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS zoom lens is a fine addition to the X camera system.   Fujifilm has a long history of building lenses with high optical quality and it shows.  Having used the initial (and excellent) three prime lenses for the X cameras during the past year, I was curious to see how this (first) zoom would perform.

It did not disappoint. . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 Review at What Digital Camera: A greatly improved camera that is a pleasure to use, although is ultimately still hamstrung by price and image quality.

The Camera was reviewed with the NikkorR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

"There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2; a camera which sees a real marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the design might not be to everyone's taste on an aesthetic level, there's no arguing with the fact that the addition of a fully functioning mode dial on the cameras top plate, as well as an ample hand grip, both make the V2 a more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Throw in the headline features, such as the 60fps burst mode and lightning fast AF system, and the V2 seems like a winner. 

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Fujifilm posts full sized image samples from the Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 lens.

Fujifilm is not a manufacturer ashamed of its cameras high ISO capabilities, and it shows in this gallery, with pictures shot from ISO 200 up to ISO 3200. More statistics: Aperture range used is f/2.8 to f/5.6, all shots made in some film simulation mode, with both X-E1 and X-Pro1 being used. . . . read more

Samsung NX 20mm f/2.8 Pancake lens review at Lens Tip: Sharp in the center, doomed otherwise because of pancake construction (Ed: Really? My Panny 20mm and Canon 40mm STM pancakes say otherwise)

The lens was tested with a Samsung NX 10 body by someone with an apparent distaste for pancakes:

It would be difficult not to feel sympathy for this lens. It is a small, lightweight, handy instrument with an all-purpose focal length which provides the most important thing – a very good image quality in the frame centre. Of course it has some flaws because any ‘pancake’ device is doomed due to their small dimensions.

 If there is one feature you can carp about its the aperture. Producing the EF-M 2/22 model Canon proved that you can . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Patrick Leong at Finding Range: Image quality has the same wonderful characteristics as the other XF lenses.

The Lens was tested on the X-Pro1 and X-E1 bodes.

"Like I said in the beginning of this review: I’m stubborn, and stuck in my old ways.  I only like OVF’s.  I only like prime lenses.  But something about this zoom just made me go for it, and I’m really glad I did.  It retains all of the main attributes we all love about the the XF Series lenses, such as, beautiful contrast, color rendition, sharpness, and three-dimensional appeal but in a way that greatly expands the capability, and versatility of the X-Series mirrorless cameras.  Yeah, I can take a stand by saying that it’s a zoom, and I’m only a fixed focal length kind of guy but bottom line is that . . . read more

Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens review (tested with a NEX7) by Matthew Durr: There’s no denying that the 35mm f/1.8 is the prime lens that a large majority of NEX photographers have been waiting for.

The 35mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens, despite its focusing limitations dependent on CDAF. The only “real” knacks against it—heavy vignetting and noticeable fringing wide-open—can easily be worked around depending on the situation, what settings you shoot at, and how much post-processing you are used to doing. This lens truly is an all-purpose E-mount lens for excellent video and low-light photographs with shallow depth of field. Though other cheaper options exist in the general focal range for the system (the tack-sharp Sigma 30mm f/2.8 for E-mount) or other camera manufacturers (Samsung NX 30mm f/2), there’s no denying that the 35mm f/1.8 is the prime lens that a large majority of NEX . . . read more

Nikon ViewNX 2.7.1 Update Available for Download, adds support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1, fixes a bunch of bugs.

Modifications enabled with version 2.7.1 :

Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

Support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1 has been added.
The following issues with movies recorded using the Nikon 1 V2 with White Balance set to Underwater have been resolved.
Thumbnails for movies transferred with Nikon Transfer 2 using a card reader are not displayed in the thumbnail list area.
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Pentax has found a way to finally sell the K-01 Mirrorless camera in high volumes, thanks to the old trusted formula of initial price divided by 2.

The K-01 was announced with big fanfare in February 2012, mostly due to the fact that it was designed by Marc Newson, a designer who thinks that cameras that look like bricks are a good thing. However, the K-01 didn't sell well, partially because of the quirky and at times abysmally slow focus, and partially because the buyers turned out to not be drawn to the brick design concept. Things changed recently however, when the K-01 found itself right on the top spot of best selling compact system cameras at Amazon: . . . read more

The Photography Blog's compact system camera of the year award goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5

I Wonder if Olympus has a big enough trophy case for the awards collected by the E-M5 :)

"The OM-D E-M5 is the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop. It delivers a compelling mix of classic looks, excellent image quality, an extensive feature set and immediate responsiveness, with the camera so well designed that it rarely gets in the way of the creative process. The E-M5 may hark back to a bygone era, but it’s definitely bang-up-to-date in all the places that count.”

Faster, Wider, Sharper! Metabones, announces the Speed Booster, the full frame lens adapter for a mirrorless camera that promises wonders, and it ain't 1st of April yet

Metabones and Caldwell Photographic introduce Speed Booster

Petersburg, VA, USA, January 14, 2013 - Metabones® and Caldwell Photographic jointly announce a revolutionary accessory called Speed Booster™, which mounts between a mirrorless camera and a SLR lens. It increases maximum aperture by 1 stop (hence its name), increases MTF and has a focal length multiplier of 0.71x. For example, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens becomes a 59mm f/0.9 lens on a Sony NEX camera, with increased sharpness. The faster F-stop allows for shallow depth-of-field and a lower ISO setting for decreased noise. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens review at Photo Review: Buy it if you require a fast wide-angle lens for general-purpose use and if you'd like a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit polarisers and graduated filters.

"We tested the review lens on two camera bodies, the PEN E-PM2 (which is reviewed separately) and the OM-D E-M5. It performed better on the latter camera so we've used those results as the basis for this review. Autofocusing was as fast as the camera supports and generally very quiet, making this lens ideal for use when shooting movie clips.

Subjective assessment of shots straight from the camera showed them to be a little soft. However, they became 'sharp as a tack' after very modest unsharp masking in Photoshop.

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Sony NEX-6 review by Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life: Without a doubt, the Sony NEX-6 is currently the best mirrorless camera from Sony, period.

"When I first found out that Sony came up with yet another mirrorless camera segment with the introduction of the NEX-6, I asked myself if it was really necessary to have so many different cameras to offer. Without a doubt, the mirrorless camera market is growing very fast. However, with 4 different camera segments that share a lot of the same technology, isn’t Sony bombarding potential customers with confusing choices? Then I remembered the DSLR market and realized that it is also divided to similar segments, while the Olympus/Panasonic alliance has even more choices. So considering the price of the low-end NEX-F3 and the high-end NEX-7, creating a more affordable segment is actually a . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 review by Paul Nuttall at Trusted Reviews: Good range of useful shooting features, addition of dedicated mode dial, Improved handling and design but some image quality issues and a high price taint its picture.

"There’s a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it’s certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2’s 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes. Sadly though, the V2 is not without its faults; the in-camera menu system remains clunky and longwinded, and the V2’s smaller one-inch sensor is responsible for a range of image quality issues. Last but not least, the V2 is also expensive – at least for now, although given time the price may well fall. . . . read more

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