First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

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If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched them.

The Hasselblad X1D features a 50MP cropped 645 format sensor–that is to say that it isn’t a full frame 645 sensor but instead still larger than a 35mm sensor. The camera also incorporates the use of leaf shutter lenses that let you shoot with a flash to 1/2000th with full sync, autofocus, an EVF, a touchscreen LCD, and interesting features such as a mode dial that locks and unlocks by simply pressing it up and down.

But even more amazing: it’s pretty small–honestly if you could imagine a Sony a6000 series camera, put a big sensor in it and make it around the height of some DSLRs then reduce the weight and depth significantly, you’ve got this camera.

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Long Term Comparison: Fujifilm or Sony- Which is Right For You?

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It’s a question that’s been posed many times in the website’s search engine: Should I go with Fujifilm or Sony? Both camera systems have become more and more serious as they’ve matured over the years. The camera systems are both highly capable and used by many top photographers for a variety of work. Both cameras will create great images but they have their own unique advantages.

As a long time owner of both Fujifilm and Sony cameras and a reviewer of their systems, this post will help you figure out a lot more about what system you should go with.

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Review: Hawkesmill Sloane Street Camera Bag

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If there’s any place that photographers typically go to on the web to find out more about the latest and greatest camera bags, the two biggest sources are the Phoblographer and Steve Huff. But in true entrepreneurial spirit, I’m always thrilled when a new brand approaches the site with a new product–such is the case with the new Hawkesmill Sloane Street camera bag. The company is based in England, and is determined to grab your attention with their new wares.

Take the Hawkesmill Sloane Street for example: this high end bag is designed for the photographer that is also a serious business person and that at times needs to embrace a different aesthetic. While the likes of Tenba, Think Tank and others make some great practical bags that you may want to bring around for the very general and typical shoot, there are those moments where it would make sense for you to spruce up your look a bit more. That’s not to sit here and defend what some may call a hipster or elitist attitude; instead it’s an embrace of a major reality in the world of a professional photographer who needs to look the part of a business oriented creative at times. And most professional photographers will tell you that they shoot less and do more business.

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Review: Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II

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The Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II is the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Micro Four Thirds OMD cameras–and it brings with it a host of changes to the system that have been added into the higher end models via firmware updates. There are also a number of ergonomic changes including raised dials to simulate the look and feel of an old school SLR. In fact, the camera feels incredible in the hands and in real life use.

In other ways, the camera is more of the same from Olympus. Depending on who you are, that can be either good or bad.

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Review: Sony RX10 Mk II

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Sony’s high-end point and shoot cameras have greatly improved in quality over the years–and it started with the RX100. From the success that they got from that little 1 inch sensor and a fast zoom lens, they created the RX10. The Sony RX10 Mk II builds on its predecessor’s successes with an even more powerful engine to allow the camera to shoot 4K video and high-speed video, and it has silent shutter capabilities and lots of other amazing features that can easily make this camera a DSLR replacement for many enthusiasts (and, well, this is going to sound crazy, but even the pros).

Let’s clarify on that one: this can’t be a replacement camera for all pros: but journalists attending events (not photojournalists), concert photographers, street and travel shooters may never have a need to get another camera again. The advantage of the 1 inch sensor is that you get lots of a subject in focus at a given aperture–though you combine that with the light gathering abilities of a constant f2.8 aperture lens that zooms from 24-200mm. Seriously, what else could someone really need?

Still don’t believe us? Wait till you see the high ISO abilities and the RAW file versatility.

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First Impressions: Sony A7s

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7s first impressions photos (1 of 22)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.0

Sony’s new A7s shocked quite a few folks when it was announced. No one would have thought that Sony would have announced a new full frame E-mount camera that soon let alone one that shoots at 4K and housed a 12MP full frame CMOS sensor. Being pretty much the same exact camera body as its brothers the A7 and A7r, this camera differs in that it is targeted at the video crowd and those that want to shoot in extremely low light situations.

We got a chance to play with a pre-production version of the new A7s at Sony’s headquarters in NYC. And for the most part, we can say that you can expect more of the same.

B&H Photo has the Sony A7s for $2,498Amazon also has it along with Adorama.

Update 7/2/2014: Image samples and autofocus performance thoughts are below.

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First Impressions: Sony A3000 (Featuring Some New NEX Lenses)

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We didn’t think that this would ever happen, but it was really just bound to. Sony is announcing their brand new A3000 DSLR–except that it isn’t a DSLR at all. Instead, this is the first Alpha camera that is meant to take NEX lenses. And as a result, the A3000 doesn’t have a mirror–but there is an electronic viewfinder. This camera is being targeted at the entry level consumer who is looking to step up to an SLR style camera. And as a result, they’re retailing this camera for a $399 price point when it drops in September.

We spent some personal time with it recently; and judging from our 10 minutes with the camera, we’re not sure anyone would ever want to put it in manual mode.

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First Impressions: Canon EOS M

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The other day, I traveled to Canon USA’s headquarters to get some personal fondling time with a prototype of the Canon EOS M (couldn’t put a card in the camera). As Canon’s first entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, we predicted that the little camera has lots of headroom to clear. Canon cited that in the US, the MILC market is still very small (which is true) but huge in other areas of the world. This camera is also being targeted at the lower end consumer line as well as videographers.

When asked about the sensor, Canon couldn’t confirm with me at the moment whether or not it was the same sensor as the Canon 7D or T3i; but they did confirm that it was the same as the T4i.

So after an hour or two with the camera, how was it?


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