First Impressions: Panasonic GH5

For CES 2017, Panasonic is reannouncing the Panasonic GH5 camera–the company’s flagship that has been mostly targeted at the videographer for many years now. With their newest addition to the lineup, the company is trying to make an even bigger splash. The GH5 is being pumped filled with all sorts of awesome features. Let’s take a look!

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First Impressions: Irix 11mm f4 Lens

One of the latest companies to hit the scene is Irix. They’ve been around for a few years, but the Swedish company is gaining more and more recognition for some carefully thought out new features and attention to details. Their manual focus lenses are focused on the DSLR customer, but they state that offerings for mirrorless cameras are on their way.

Recently, we had the chance to play with the company’s new 11mm f4–and there is a whole lot here that everyone should be paying attention to.

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First Impressions: Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art

If you’ve ever wanted a really solid wide angle zoom lens arguably the best option for many years was the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 or the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L. But the new Sigma 12-24mm f4 Art lens is looking to challenge the offerings from both of those companies by also incorporating a bit of weather sealing and making the price more affordable. It’s a huge lens even by today’s standards, and designed with 9 aperture blades.

At Photo Plus 2016, we got the chance to play with and handle the lens for a little while.

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We’ve Published Sample Photos from the Sony A7r Mk II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first sample images lenses (1 of 1)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 5.0

We’re currently in Portland with Sony on a press trip and testing out the new Sony A7r Mk II and a load of lenses. If you remember, we gave our first first impressions a while back Perhaps it was because we were holding a pre-production model, but the camera feels significantly more substantial this time around. The dials and shutter wheels aren’t as nice as the previous iteration of these cameras, but the camera overall feels much more solid and rugged than I remember.

I took it around the Hotel’s vicinity to capture some images with the 16-35mm f4. We’ve posted sample photos below, but also be sure to check out our full first impressions.

Ps: Sony has paid for the trip, but we’re not letting that affect editorial judgement. A bunch of journalists are out here from many publications. Companies tend to do this from time to time, but we always maintain journalistic integrity.

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First Impressions: Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (5 of 10)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Yes, it’s real. Yes, we’ve known about it for a while.

And yes, the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II is a pretty awesome camera so far. As of my typing this article up, I’ve been playing with it for less than eight hours–but it’s enough for us to state that the camera is very impressive.

So what’s new with this camera? Updated autofocus which re-asserts Olympus’s dominance amongst ILC cameras, focus peaking, a 40MP image mode that requires the stillest of still scenes. WiFi integration, new ergonomics, better weather sealing with the addition of gaskets placed under the hot shoe, many more function buttons, a new twisting vari-angle LCD screen, five stops of image stabilization according to CIPA testing, and most of all new video features such as 60p recording and the ability to shoot in All-I and IPB. There is no 4K recording, but Olympus tells us that they instead focused on trying to give as great of an experience as they can with 1080p.

And so far, they’re doing a terrific job.

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