The Hasselblad X1D is the World’s First Mirrorless Medium Format Camera


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For everyone that has dreamed of a digital version of the Mamiya 7 series of cameras; the Hasselblad X1D is bringing you truly one step closer to that reality. Today, the company is the announcing the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera. At the heart is a 50MP sensor with a cropped 645 sensor at the sensor area of 43.8 x 32.9mm. It’s capable of doing ISO 100 to 25,600. Additionally, it boasts dual SD card slots.

The Hasselblad X1D is handmade in Sweden and represents a totally new lineup in the company’s cameras. It has autofocus lenses, flash sync of up to 1/2000th, shoots HD video, has built in WiFi, and includes dust proof and weather proof construction.

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10 Compact Prime Lenses for Your Mirrorless Camera

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Mirrorless cameras were designed with the intent on being smaller and lighter than DSLRs. There are a slew of very heavy cameras and lenses for mirrorless cameras, but then there are also some wonderful, lightweight lenses.

For the photographers that really wanted the small lenses to go with their smaller cameras, check this out.

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Review: Tenba Cooper 13″ Slim Camera Bag

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Today, Tenba is announcing the Cooper line of bags. The company, which has been well-known and loved by photojournalists for years, has created this brand new line designed for the photojournalist on the go and that carries their gear but wants to be inconspicuous with it.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been really, really frustrated with camera bags. They do their job and for the most part many of them do it well. But the inherent problem is getting one just the right size for the tight confines of the NYC commute, making it stylish, and also balancing that aspect with being low profile enough to make someone think that I’m not carrying camera gear. I never want someone to know that I’m carrying a camera bag, but at the same time, I want an attractive and stylish camera bag–and from emails, I know many of you do, too. It’s important to me: I’m a business owner, I’m a photographer, I lead photo walks, and sometimes I just want something to hold all the stuff I’ve got but in a small package and without being too large.

For what’s been over a year now, Pete Waisnor at Tenba told me that he was working on something like this. The DNA Messenger bag line was a step in the right direction for commuters, but they weren’t really stylish. However, it nailed the mark on reliability and functionality–especially for bikers. Now if only they could make it smaller and more stylish.

During the past two months, I’ve been testing the Cooper 13″ Slim–wearing it amongst other journalists and photographer who are always checking out my gear, bringing it with me to shoots, and even toting it around at Photo Plus Expo–a Mecca for us photo nerds. And when it comes to a small messenger bag, I genuinely think that Tenba has nailed it here.

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The Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Photojournalists

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On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Photojournalists

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While Canon and Nikon keep on trucking with their powerhouse cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus have viable and noticeably smaller alternatives. In photojournalism, particularly in breaking news situations, you have to be able to react to split-second changes, and the size and amount of gear you have can help or hinder you. As mirrorless cameras have become more robust, there’s been a gradual shift away from bigger rigs in photojournalism. If a smaller camera can do the job just as well, if not better than a bigger one, why not go for the smaller one? There’s less strain on your neck! With that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists.

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The Ten Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Street Photography

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The best focal lengths for street photography tend to range from the low 20s to around 50, and given the ever-increasing popularity of mirrorless cameras, we thought we’d put together a roundup of our ten favorite lenses across systems. Some of these dip below the 20mm mark, but with the crop factor, they’re well within the ideal range. So, if you’re thinking of going mirrorless or have already and want to get into street photography, these are the lenses to consider.

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Sunday Reader Question: Does the World Still Need DSLRs?

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Lots of sites and folks have talked about the death of DSLRs, and to be honest it probably isn’t too far away until we as photographers experience a whole new revolution. First there was the advent of 35mm film, then color, then digital, and now it’s been proven that mirrorless cameras are quite capable of doing pretty much the same things that DSLRs can.

Tracking focus for sports? Check out the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II. Film-like look? Go to Fujifilm. All the connectivity you could want? Check out Samsung. Full frame? Sony has got it made here. Something more consumer oriented? Nikon’s 1 series pretty much has the market cornered.

Yes, folks like the “pro look” of a DSLR. But the initial complaints about mirrorless cameras are mostly gone. Shutter lag in the viewfinder? Not anymore. Lens selection that’s lacking? Nope. Systems have caught up, and what you can’t get first party, you can get from a third party.

We’d love to read your comments below and we’d also love it if you voted in the poll below.

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