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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.2

We’ve got to give it to Olympus–despite the fact that Sony seems to have the larger overall mirrorless camera market share, Flickr’s most popular mirrorless camera for 2014 was the Olympus OMD EM5. Who can blame you when the current price is only $599. This camera is the one mirrorless camera that seemingly changed everything. It had a retro SLR style camera body, great image quality that holds up even today, fast focusing, and pretty much all of the features that a photographer will need.

In fact, I still use mine.

The report from Flickr, which was published last month and referenced by company reps in conversations with the Phoblographer, shows that the EM5 was not only popular last year but also for 2013. Yes, we’re talking about gear here, but it also means that the camera is solid enough to still be a popular option. In fact, the Canon 5D MK II and Canon Rebel 600D are still popular DSLR options amongst the community.

However, when it comes to actual camera ownership and popularity across the community there is a clean battle between Apple, Canon and Nikon trying to edge its way into the otherwise awkward three-way battle. Yes, your beautiful Apple product is popular, but it also means that the community has evolved into something that’s all about creating beautiful images instead of focusing on gear overall.

More statistics are after the jump, but we wonder how this might affect future mirrorless camera sales if at all. We’re probably thinking too deeply into this, but when a camera is just so damned good, why bother to upgrade at all?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (6 of 8)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

*Sigh*

Though we wouldn’t usually share stuff like this, Digital Rev created a video that is too good to not share. They’re parodying the stuff that mirrorless camera fanboys say. Yes, it’s funny, but the stuff that they say will make you also want to smack them.

In “Sh!t Mirrorless Fanboys Say” the duo even goes on to make fun of DSLRs–something that mirrorless folks do big time. But the best part is when Kai is trying to pick up a rather beautiful woman by impressing her with his camera, and she just isn’t having it.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 product images (3 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 11

Though they seem to just whispers and murmurs at the moment, Sony Alpha Rumors has received word that Sony may have an affordable full frame E mount mirrorless camera in the works. Specifically, the post hints at a camera body with a form factor of the A6000 or A5100–which are the smaller offerings in Sony’s lineup that include APS-C size sensors.

An affordable Sony Full Frame E Mount camera, if it is indeed anything to be believed, will target the beginner. This really makes sense since the RX1 line of cameras are basically small cameras with a large full frame sensor and a fixed 35mm f2 Zeiss lens attached. A camera this small may be very difficult to include image stabilization with, so that feature may stay with the A7 lineup.

Oddly enough, a shower thought occurred to me the other day as to why Sony isn’t doing this already. It naturally seems like the next step beyond putting a full frame sensor into one of their QX series of cameras. If any company were to try to be disruptive to the industry and offer full frame shooting to the bottom end of consumers, then it would be Sony–further solidifying the notion that it’s the ideas that make the photographer, not the gear.

Even more interesting, we’re curious as to why Sony hasn’t tried to reach up to an even higher end consumer and go after cameras like the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4s. But that could be down the line too.

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In the year 2014, it’s become very clear that the mirrorless camera industry is the future and that the DSLR is steadily being phased out. We’re not going to say that it’s dead because many people still purchase DSLRs in droves. But after the jump, you will see a major round up of mirrorless cameras released vs DSLRs.

One number is more than double the other.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Battle of the 35mm lenses for Canon (1 of 2)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 2.8

Updated with new deals

Hey folks,

We’ve got the massive and essential Cheap Photo list for you that we’ve been curating the entire month. Here you’ll find loads and loads of deals that you’ll want to hit as soon as you possibly can. Hit the jump for more.

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THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

Update: Phase One has issued a letter about the camera system. Check below

Though they’re not exactly what you would think of as a mirrorless medium format camera (unlike the Mamiya 7 II), Phase One is releasing the Phase One A series of cameras–and it’s a pretty close solution to what you’d typically think aboutt. They seem close to what Hasselblad did years ago with some of their cameras by eliminating the mirror and pentaprism–except that this is a digital version. Because it is digital, it’s using a live viewing screen and another screen on top that lets you shoot from the hip the same way that many medium format users used to do.

We will keep you updated on more. But so far, we’re getting this info from Digital Transitions.

More info is after the jump.


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