Yes, we know–we’re late with this one. But better late than never.
Canon’s 70D is the company’s mid-level APS-C DSLR that is quite a rocking offering if used correctly. With a brand new dual pixel and phase detection system that allows for great tracking in Live View mode, Wifi connectivity, and a camera body that is easy to hold and fairly durable, it offers the customers stepping up from a Rebel something a bit more.
When Olympus first told us about their 25mm f1.8 lens, we were thrilled that they finally created one. For many years, the scene has been dominated by the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 which is a good lens in its own right, but isn’t the affordable option for many. But just because this lens is affordable doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deliver.
It’s been a while since the NEX-6 was announced, and we still love ours. But today for CP+, the company is announcing its successor: the 24.3MP APS-C sensor A6000. As Sony reported earlier, they’re getting rid of the NEX moniker and putting all cameras under the Alpha name instead. For what it is, the A6000 seems like a beast of a camera. Besides the large megapixel APS-C sensor, it has NFC, Wifi, 179 autofocus points, and loads more features.
Oh by the way, those focusing points are all phase detection points on the sensor. This coupled with the new sensor are two of the bigger upgrades to the camera.
While we’re still waiting for our review unit, we got some time to play with the camera at an event recently in NYC.
It’s been rumored for a while now, and Panasonic is announcing the brand new GH4 just in time for CP+. The new camera is the company’s flagship and is said to live above the GH3, but is not a direct replacement to it. On that note, the GH3 will continue to be sold. During our short briefing time with Panasonic, we learned about the heavy emphasis that the company is putting on video output with the latest offering. But overall, it so far seems like only minor improvements were added to the already pretty darned good GH3. And by minor, we’re talking about a brand new sensor and a couple of features that should have been included in the first place.
Think of this almost as the upgrade from the Canon 5D Mk II to the Mk III, but with less ergonomic changes. Except that with this one, they’re targeting it at Pros and enthusiasts.
SLRMagic has always been right up there with Rokinon on offering cine lenses at an affordable price. So when they offered us a chance to look at their 17mm T1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds, we were naturally curious. Many of their previous lenses were quite sharp but in the recent years the company has been trying to take on a higher end audience. And when we got this lens, we were a bit confused by the results that we were getting until we realized that it is a lens that isn’t about the chart numbers.
If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, get ready to be very excited. At CES 2014, we had the opportunity to test the brand new Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 lens. Typically, Zeiss lenses are really the only ones that leave us this speechless. But somehow Panasonic has not only left me speechless, but in serious lust.
This lens may be the most important to the entire Micro Four Thirds system so far. To date, it is the fastest aperture lens with autofousing abilities in a surprisingly small package. However, it is a tad pricy at $1,599. But when you really think about the folks that will want to buy this lens, then you’ll see that it’s an absolute no brainer. Professionals that do work with the Micro Four Thirds offerings (and yes, they exist) will have their hearts melt.
And when you see the images, you’ll exhibit a feeling synonymous to falling in love with photography all over again.