6 Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras

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If you’re an adventurer or a photographer that gets outside often, there are a number of wonderful lenses you can get your hands on to create compelling images in the elements. Many photographers tend to go for wide angle lenses, and these tend to give images that convey how they feel about the vast expanse before them when out hiking. But otherwise, they’re used by street photographers in the rain or sometimes even for certain types of portraits.

Here are six weather sealed wide angle lenses that we love for mirrorless cameras.

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The CM33 is a New 33mm f2 Manual Focus Lens

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It’s rare to see lenses funded on Kickstarter, but the new CM33 seems to be one that could show lots of promise for mirrorless camera users. The lens is being developed for Sony E mount (or FE in APS-C mode), Canon M, and Fujifilm X series cameras. It’s being billed as a pancake 33mm lens with manual focus and modern optics.

Part of the design involves being able to focus very closely–we’re talking about 5 and a half inches.

More tech specs and the company’s Kickstarter video are after the jump.

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DigitalRev Gives 10 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a DSLR

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“DSLRs got big, bloated and fat.” says Kai from DigitalRev in the company’s latest video explaining why you don’t need a DSLR camera. For the most part, it seems like they’re also drinking the mirrorless camera Kool-Aid. Then they go into the technical stuff.

Admittedly, you may want to work with a DSLR because of their bigger versatility and support for using accessories like flashes and lenses–or if you want to work with an optical viewfinder. For what it’s worth though, electronic viewfinders have improved a lot and give you a preview of what you’re going to shoot. Kai also states that DSLRs are loud and uncool. He makes a great point and them not being innovative anymore and reaching their peak.

In fact, most of us use mirrorless cameras.

The video is after the jump.

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TAP and DYE’s New Nero Strap Can Be Your Sexy Valentine

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TAP and DYE continually impresses us not only with their high quality, but also their amazing but simplistic design that somehow or another also seems to influence the industry. Today, they’ve announced their new Nero strap: a higher end, more premium option in their LEGACY lineup.

Justin, the company’s founder, states on their site that new Nero strap is cut wider and therefore also adds more comfort. It boasts hand stitched leather using “the traditional saddle stitching technique with weather treated bonded nylon tiger thread for incredible durability and strength.”

This strap is designed for the DSLR folks, but as you can tell it also works well with mirrorless camera offerings.

The Nero is made from Black Horween Chromexcel leather having an 8 oz thickness.

They’re a bit pricy though at $168. Still, they’re also really beautiful.

More images are after the jump.

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Fujifilm X Pro 2 Reportedly Coming Mid 2015 with a 24MP X-Trans Sensor

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Fujifilm users have some big changes to look forward to. According to Fuji Rumors the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will feature a new 24MP non-organic X-Trans sensor plus room for two SD cards. The updated Fujifilm flagship will also purportedly get a few other upgrades including a new tilting screen and Wi-Fi.

A new source speaking to the rumors site also suggested a camera will come in the 2nd quarter of 2015, which could be any time from April to June. Previously, we’ve heard early reports the X Pro 1 successor could come any time between January to December of next year so we’re going to take this news with a grain of salt.

Whenever it does drop, the Fujifilm X Pro 2 has been rumored to cost 20 to 30% more than the X-T1, putting it in the ballpark of $1559.94-1689.93 for just the camera body by itself.

On a separate, tangentially related note Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki let loose that it’s may make Sony E-mount lenses in an interview with Imaging Resource. Yamaki explained that Sigma has been getting a lot of requests to make lenses as the market of E-mount lenses is still surprisingly nascent. What’s more, Yamaki also hinted at the possibility of taking existing Sigma FF lenses and adding an E-mount option as well.

Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art on a Sony A7s? Yes please.

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How to Conserve the Battery Life of Your Mirrorless Camera

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If you’re a mirrorless camera user, then you most likely know that your battery life in’t the greatest. There are many reasons for this–and much of it is owed to the natural designs of the cameras in how they function. For years, there have been ways to prevent the juice from draining so quickly from your device. And for the most part, much of that advice still applies. But there are even more methods that you can do with your camera that will help its battery life last much longer.

Here are some ways to make your battery life last longer based on a recent outing where I needed to tweak a mirrorless camera to get at least eight hours of battery life from it.

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