Since the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix G1 as the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera that is not a rangefinder, most major manufacturers have hopped onto the bandwagon and created their own mirrorless systems. Even Canon and Nikon, who are still propagating the DSLR as the only viable tool for professionals, had to get their respective pieces of the cake. But in today’s jungle of mirrorless camera offerings, it’s easy to get lost. Here’s a guide to help you find the right mirrorless camera for you.
Sony has done something quite interesting. Back when they first committed the SLTs, they started introducing DSLRs left and right and creating markets. With the fusion of the Alpha and NEX line to just be the Alpha line, it seems like they may be doing the same thing again. They have a number of DSLRs already, and we can’t really tell where their new A5000 belongs. It can be said that it is above the A3000, but not quite there with the NEX 5T or the 3N. In fact, we’re still scratching our heads on this one.
Despite us scratching our heads, the camera still seems like quite the contender.
Japanese optics manufacturer Toda Seiko has announced a new 12mm f7.4 diagonal fisheye lens for both the Fuji X-system as well as Sony’s NEX cameras. The lens has both a fixed aperture and fixed focus, with everything inbetween 20″ and infinity being approximately in focus. So while specs-wise this lens isn’t really special, what might make this lens interesting to some is the fact that it’s actually made in Japan–and not it China, Taiwan, Thailand or elsewhere.
Back in the good old days of film SLRs, the “Made in Japan” branding hat quite a significance in the photographic world; today, one rarely sees it printed onto products. Is that a reason to buy this lens, though? Probably not. While it does have multi-coated lenses, its specs really don’t make it very desirable, especially considering that there are alternatives such as the Samyang (Rokinon) 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.
Still, it’s always good to have choice. So if this lens speaks to you, it can be yours for JPY 25,000–about US-$ 245. Not quite a steal, but hey, it says “Made in Japan!”
Via Imaging Resource
With the holiday season coming up quickly now, we’re entering another round of gift guides that are specially curated for you, our readers. In this issue of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we show you three entry-level mirrorless camera kits that don’t break the bank, and that might be just the right gift for the photography nut in your family.
With all the Sony A7 and A7r talk, something else interesting has popped up. A Sony patent for the NEX-5 like camera body with a full frame sensor was spotted by Egami. No one is sure if this camera will be released, but it’s interesting to see what Sony is thinking. This is also the early days for this new part of the camera market. It’s going to be fun to watch what comes out.
Earlier this year, Zeiss anounced that a Touit 50mm f2.8 Macro lens for APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras was in the making. Finally, at the Photo Plus Expo 2013 in New York, we had the chance to take a closer look at it. Unfortunately, the lens is still not 100% final, so we weren’t allowed to take any pictures with it yet. We were able to fondle it a bit, and we can already say that it looks and feels absolutely great. And if Zeiss is keeping the same level of quality as we’ve come to know from their other Touit offerings, the 50mm f2.8 is going to be one serious contender on the mirrorless lens market.