Review: Leica M10

The Leica M10 has to be one of the worst kept secrets from Leica in a while. Perhaps it’s because it generated a whole lot of excitement, and indeed it’s worth the hype. For the purist photographer, this is bound to be a tool that they’ll closely look at. With a 24MP CMOS full frame sensor, this camera is the company’s smallest M digital camera and this was done by creating a camera that more or less is super densely packed. It’s around the same size as the company’s film M cameras.

We’ve been playing with the Leica M10 for a while now, and in truth, we really like it.

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JPEG Image Samples: Canon EOS M5

After playing with the Canon EOS M5 at Photo Plus 2016, we’ve finally got it in for review. We’ve taken it out for photowalks and honestly have to say that it’s a pretty good camera. Does it have issues? Sure. But can it produce really nice images? Heck yes!

In today’s post, we’re publishing JPEG photo samples.

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Which One? Sony a6500 vs Fujifilm X-T2 vs Fujifilm X Pro 2

If you’re a photographer that’s been looking at the high-end APS-C mirrorless camera options out there, then you most likely know that Sony and Fujifilm are the ones that continue to duke it out over and over again. The Sony a6500 is the company’s latest offering while Fujifilm has two flagship cameras in the form of the X-T2 and the X Pro 2. All of these cameras are highly capable, have the same megapixel count and have similar features. But which is the best?

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Review: Sony a99 II

In some ways, it perplexes me that Sony still has the a99 and Alpha series of cameras. Sure, they’re from the Minolta days and have a heritage behind them, but admittedly the company doesn’t push them anywhere as hard as they do their E mount lineup. I wish they did though–Minolta was at one time one of the most important camera companies in the world. So if you look at the Sony a99 II and trace its evolution, you honestly won’t see a whole lot of that heritage sans the mount. But this could arguably also be said for the original a99 with the new hot shoe. In all honesty though, that choice was for the better.

The Sony a99 II is a camera packed to the brim with technology. If you’re not convinced by the high megapixel full frame sensor, then you’ll be shocked to know it’s also capable of shooting sports and fast motion very well with its highly improved autofocus system. Indeed, this is the best that Sony can deliver.

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Review: Sony RX100 V

For a really long time, I’ve never truly been a fan of the Sony RX100 series of cameras, but then earlier this year Sony launched their Sony RX100 V–and somehow or another things changed. The company has been making steady improvements to the camera over the years with a better aperture value through the zoom range, the addition of an EVF, improved battery life, improved autofocus, better video, and better image quality. At the same time, I’ve become more and more enamored with point and shoots. The good ones with a fixed lens, a fast aperture, fast autofocus, small size, and solid image quality just make it all that much more worth investing into one.

In my personal collection, my Hexar AF has taken the place of SLRs and others just because it’s so small, lightweight, quiet, and has fantastic image quality. Digital point and shoots have been there for a while now, but nothing has impressed quite like what the Sony RX100 V has been capable of in terms of image quality from a 1 inch sensor.

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Review: Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II

Olympus has always been a company that in some ways played to their own drum. With the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II, that is totally the case. While many other companies sit journalists and bloggers down in meetings to talk about high ISOs and image quality, Olympus doesn’t typically do that. They constantly showcase other features. In this case, it’s the weather sealing, the autofocus performance, the fps capabilities, the fact that you can handhold the camera to an absurd exposure length, and their pledged support to professional photographers in the future. Indeed, Olympus has never had the best image quality due to the size of the Four Thirds sensor–but since the inception of the OMD E-M5 it has truly never been very bad. Images at ISO 6400 are acceptable with some tweaking, and if you pair the camera with some of the best lenses for Micro Four Thirds, all that is going to just go away due to overall experience of the camera.

Overall, Olympus puts fun first. What do I mean by that?

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Review: Canon 5D Mk IV

This review of the Canon 5D Mk IV has been really, really delayed. I’ve had chances to play with it, but I don’t feel that it was enough to truly give a formalized evaluation. For that reason, I tend to want to spend more time with products than other reviewers. Something is always bound to go wrong or you’re bound to discover something that doesn’t make sense at all. With the Canon 5D Mk IV, a whole lot made sense. The camera won’t do what its predecessor did for the industry years ago, but at this point it’s a workhorse camera that truly can’t be changed much. Working photographers everywhere would have a minor freakout if there was a massive change, right?

Honestly, I doubt it.

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DXOMark: The Olympus Pen-F Has the Best High ISO Results of Any Micro Four Thirds Sensor

The latest news from DXO Mark rates the Olympus Pen-F as one of the best Micro Four Thirds sensors overall but extremely well when it comes to high ISO results. This seems to make a lot of sense as the sensor and the camera overall are designed to cater to the street photographer. When paired with a fast aperture lens, it’s bound to also help to keep the need to raise the ISOs down.

Despite all this though, it’s quite odd. Why? One of the black and white presets on the camera does the best job of emulating the look of Ilford Delta 400 that I’ve seen. Plus, the grain just looks nice!

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