Month: June 2011

Manfrotto 055 Mag Photo-Movie Head Review

DSLRs with HD video capabilities have changed the way many of us shoot and many photographers are being asked to return from assignments with videos, or simply making that choice themselves to make their business stand out from the crowd.  The problem is that DSLR video is incredibly susceptible to camera shake because in-body image stabilization has yet to be implemented in these larger cameras.  Combine that with the tendency to create rolling shutter artifacts when panning too fast and you quickly realize that a good video head (fluid head) is necessary to get even a reasonable job done...

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Fuji x100 Full Review Including Firmware Update Impressions

Boy has this been a long time coming!  We first learned about the Fuji x100 way back in September 2010 where it was shown in prototype form at Photokina.  The internet was instantly ablaze with hands on impressions (as much as you can get from a prototype) and forums were full of excited people in love with Fuji’s classic design.  An astute move by Fuji’s marketing department capitalized on peoples desire and the official x100 page gradually leaked a series of in-depth preview articles discussing every aspect of the camera over the next 8 months.  By the time they...

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New Pentax Q-System World’s Smallest

Announced today is Pentax’s first foray into the interchangeable lens , mirrorless camera market but this one comes with a twist.  Up until now companies like Panasonic, Olympus and Sony have been producing these types of cameras with sensors in them of either micro 4/3 sizing of in Sony’s case even larger.  In order to make the world’s smallest such system Pentax have decided to use a smaller sensor in their new Q-System.  This is effectively a point and shoot camera with interchangeable lenses.  The biggest surprise for me is the price , coming in at a steep $799 for the body and a prime lens.  All 5 new lenses and the cameras are available to pre-order from Adorama so you can get an ideas for all the various pricing HERE.  The camera is HERE.  All the features you would expect these days including 1080p 30fps and manual controls and DNG RAW photos etc I have a suspicion that Pentax are trying to capitalize on peoples apparent love for the retro look as seen with the high demand for the Fuji x100.  But let’s be honest here, the Fuji is a beauty and the Pentax…. hmmmm not so much.  The dial on the front of the camera is just ridiculous.  That said, good on them for coming out with a range of lenses right off the bat. Lenses PENTAX-02...

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Leica Unveils new 21mm f3.4 Super-Elmar

NEW: THE LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 21MM F/3.4 ASPH. Compact M lens with improved imaging performance sets new standards in wide-angle photography Solms, Germany (June 21, 2011) – Leica Camera AG adds a new, high-performance wide-angle lens to its portfolio of short focal length lenses for Leica M cameras. The Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. sets new standards in imaging performance. It is characterized by its particularly compact size and suitability for a wide range of photographic situations. Whether used for photojournalism, architecture or landscape photography, the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. provides photographers with an extremely small, light and versatile wide-angle lens, particularly suitable for travelling. The performance of the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. is reminiscent of one of the all-time favorite classic M lenses, the Leica Super-Angulon-M 21 mm f/3.4. This highly praised lens was an integral part of the Leica M lens portfolio from 1963 to 1980 and made its name and reputation as an ideal tool for available light photography and photojournalism. Even today, the Super-Angulon-M 21 mm f/3.4 remains extremely popular and one of the most sought-after M lenses amongst connoisseurs of fine optics. The new Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH. is a worthy successor, with further improvements over the already outstanding performance of its forerunner model. The lens reveals its excellent reproduction of detail and superior contrast at maximum aperture....

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