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

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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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Review: Fujifilm X-T2

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Editor’s Note: This review is now complete.

“Should someone really upgrade?” is a conversation that I had with a colleague of mine about the Fujifilm X-T2 after getting a chance to look at it for a little while. On paper, the camera seems to have a number of significant advantages over the X Pro 2 such as the addition of 4K video and a heat sink that can do this. Plus there are more autofocus points. Of course, both the X Pro 2 and the X-T2 are better than the X-T1.

When you look at the Fujifilm X-T2 what you see is a camera that essentially looks and functions the same as its predecessor. A few things are beefier like the SD card door for example. The camera’s finish also lends itself to a more solid feel. But otherwise the camera will feel very much at home in the hands of an experienced Fujifilm camera user. However, there isn’t much of a reason for a hobbyist to upgrade–at least from our initial thoughts.

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Review: Fujifilm X-E2s

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Years ago, Fujifilm released the X-E2. This year, they announced and released the X-E2s–which is essentially just a couple of changes and updates that have been incorporated into previous cameras. It hosts a 16MP APS-C sensor, autofocus performance boosts from its predecessor, and the new menu style that Fujifilm embraces.

But in many ways, this is a camera that should have come out a while ago.

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Review: Sony a6300

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At this point in the camera game, consumers have two really big, badass APS-C sensor cameras that they can get: the Sony a6300 and the Fujifilm X Pro 2. Considering that they’ve got a larger marketshare, the Sony a6300 is bound to outsell the X Pro 2. Backing up that prediction is the improved autofocus on the a6000 (that didn’t really need it as it is), the 4K video recording upgrades, weather sealing, and a few other updates which aren’t truly that large per se.

With an ISO range from 100-51,200 along with other features like the 4D focus system working in conjunction with the 425 phase detection autofocus points and combined with up to 11 fps shooting capabilities, the little camera is the equivalent of the Lord of the Rings’ Gimli. Put it down for a second, and it’ll beg to be shot with.

While the insides are brand new and the overall experience of using the camera is still really the same as it ever was (and that isn’t a bad thing) I argue that it’s time for an ergonomic update.

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Review: Fujifilm X Pro 2

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I saw the Fujifilm X Pro 2 for the first time last December, and when I did, the camera took my breath away. There’s just something about Fujifilm’s attention to details, ergonomics, and the feel of them in your hands. Their cameras are incredible, and I’m shocked that they don’t have a larger market share. All of that came to an even greater forefront when the Fujifilm X Pro 2 was announced.

The camera, which is now holding joint flagship positions with the company’s X-T1, will appeal to those of who were trained on rangefinders. It’s also come a far way from the X Pro 1: with the addition of weather sealing, boosts in ISO performance, a 24MP APS-C sensor up from 16MP, an ISO dial, etc.

The answer to the question of whether or not you should upgrade is a sure enough yes, but it may not be a camera for everyone.

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Review: Olympus Pen F

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If you were to make me pick between Fujifilm and Olympus, I’d probably go with Fujifilm–but the Olympus Pen F is the one camera that has so far completely caught my heart this year. Ergonomically speaking and from a design aspect, it is the absolute most beautiful digital camera that anyone has ever created to this point–trumping even what Leica can do.

It’s a first for the camera company in many ways. The Olympus Pen F the first camera positioned strictly at the high end enthusiast, the first camera with a megapixel count of more than 16MP on the sensor, the first digital Pen camera with a built-in viewfinder, and in some ways it’s the first digital Pen camera to make you sit there and say, “Uhhh, what?”

The cause of this confusion is the price point. It’s fairly high; though a good argument can be made for it being fair.

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Review: Fujifilm X70

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The Fujifilm X70 shouldn’t really be billed as a point and shoot; but instead as a fixed lens camera. It’s rather serious in its design and its capabilities. Embracing the retro aesthetics of the Fujifilm X series cameras, you’ll also note that the ergonomics make perfect sense for the street photographer or even for the person that prefers simplicity.

With a 16MP APS-C sensor and a 28mm f2.8 lens in front of it, you’ll really appreciate the image quality. Though the best part is probably just how much of a “carry everywhere” camera this is.

In fact, it may even replace some ILC cameras for you.

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DXOMark: Sony a7s II Doesn’t Bring in Such High Marks

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It’s incredibly rare that Sony ranks not so well on DXO’s ratings, but today the company announced their findings for the Sony a7s II. Overall, the ratings don’t seem so great in comparison to many other cameras out there; though in reality (i.e. not some lab test) the camera performs very well. If you’re looking at lab tests then it seems that even the original Sony A7s delivers better high ISO results.

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