Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."

Joshua takes kind of a pity of the EOS M, a camera that-in my personal opinion, can take excellent images (of not too fast moving, but preferably totally inanimate objects) but sucks at pretty much everything else. But no need to worry my dear Canonistas, before this year ends we'll be blessed with at least a new, more capable mirrorless body + a couple of matching from Canon. Plenty of high-res jpegs and raw files accompany this review:

"There are cheaper competitors available than the Canon EOS M, with quicker focus, a larger choice of lenses, as well as features including Wi-Fi. In addition, the other systems available either feature a built in pop-up flash or smaller external flashes.

The Canon EOS M has a small well designed body with an easy to use 3 inch touch screen, however the limited number of lenses, as well as the extremely slow focus and short battery life are rather frustrating limitations holding the camera system back. It would be nice to see some of these issues resolved . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: Without doubt, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is capable of delivering stunning images.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 Digital filters

"The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is currently unique in being the only compact camera with fixed lens and full-frame sensor. Due to the expense of developing a camera like this, it's likely to be unique in its field for a long time to come, with APS-C sized sensor (or smaller) compact cameras being developed in greater numbers. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D Review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: The new 20 megapixel sensor in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400.

"The new 20 megapixel sensor in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400 and perfectly usable 12800 and 25600 settings. The video side of things is also excellent, with an accessible interface, manual exposure, better control of sound and cutting-edge compression rates. We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the auto-focus system for movies is still decidedly clunky when compared to mirrorless cameras, . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS lens on Ebay right now for $99.000: “No Fungas, No Bubbles, No Scratches. Glass is Clear and Beautiful!”

Fungas, heh. Before you bid, remember this is a manual focusing lens, and you'll also need an adapter for your modern Dslr. Also, this thing is bigger than whatever Dsrl you have, in every dimension.  Fun facts: it was released in 1970 and only built in a few hundred exemplars, comes with built in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60) filters, and consists of 93.7% Unobtanium:

"I am sure you can appreciate this True Gem! AMAZING! Very Bright at f2.8. Giant piece of glass. I have seen some . . . read more

A trip to Italy with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, from a Olympus E-M5 shooters point of view: Oly good but Fuji best, but not always, especially if image quality is not your sole consideration.

"Overall I was not impressed using the X-Pro 1 with firmware 1. In fact if I purchased the system I would return it right away and buy a beer to cry into. The photo quality is great, the color is good but the areas that the Fuji fails in…well it really fails.

Am I happy with the results of the X-Pro 1? Kinda..

The poor operating performance of firmware version 1 really soured my enjoyment of this camera. I did have the opportunity to upgrade the camera and lenses to firmware version 2 which to the credit of Fuji is much faster then . . . read more

The new Leica M can shoot video, has live view, comes with a smaller (and cheaper) sibling.

It also comes with a new naming style. Gone are the numbered suffixes, like the M8, M9 etc, because in Leica's own words:

The Leica M also marks the beginning of a new era in the Leica product naming policy. In future, Leica M and S model names will omit the number suffix to emphasize the enduring and long-term significance of the respective systems. As for the sibling, it appears to be a slightly stripped down M9.  . . . read more

Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Asph. review at SLR Gear

"Unfortunately, for a $4,000 lens, results are somewhat soft when used wide open at ƒ/1.4; however, if you look across the field of offerings produced by Canon, Nikon and Carl Zeiss, you'll note that it produces the sharpest results between them all at this aperture. To produce sharp results at ƒ/1.4 is an engineering challenge, to say the least. . . . read more

Sony reveals new SLT-a57 fixed mirror evf DSLR

One of the two original SLT mirrorless cameras, the Sony SLT-a55 has just received a successor. priced in the entry DSLR range this newcomer ups the ante in the category, while adding a new twist: In a first for any major camera manufacturer, a dedicated video light has been announced together with a DSLR, the HVL-LE1 1800lux/0.5m 5500K 60 led light video light. . . . read more

Canon EOS 5D Mark III first photos

Canon 1DX? Bah. Nikon D800/D4? Meh. Olympus OM-D? no thanks. All these cameras did get the attention of photographers worldwide, when they spinned in the rumor mill. However, all of them combined cannot compare to the buzz the 5D Mark III is creating whenever the slightest tidbit about it surfaces on the interwebs. Not much is revealed, except for the name (bye bye mythical EOS 5DX), and the fact that it looks like a...Canon DSLR. . . . read more

Sony NEX 55-210mm OSS Zoom Lens Sample Photos

Sony NEX 55-210mm OSS Zoom Lens

"The new Sony NEX E Mount 55-210mm telephoto zoom lens gives anyone who has the standard NEX E Mount kit lens (18-55mm), the next step up in telephoto zoom. With optical steady shot (image stabilisation), it should be possible to get sharp photos even when using the telephoto end of the lens."

Canon EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS review @ DP review

"The EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS is Canon's latest zoom lens for APS-C format DSLRs, introduced as a companion to the EOS 50D. Its announcement in August this year came as no great surprise, as wide focal length range 'superzooms' are clearly popular amongst photographers seeking an all-in-one lens for travel and everyday shooting. The most obvious example of this is the runaway success . . . read more

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