First Impressions: Fujifilm X-E3 (Sample Images Included)

I’m really glad that Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm X-E3 partially because the Fujifilm XE2s was such an absolute failure in my eyes. In many ways, it felt half-assed and due to its release after the announcement of cameras with the new 24MP X Trans sensor, its usage of the 16MP sensor seemed odd. Nonetheless, I to do this believe that that sensor’s output looked much more analog than the newer ones. With the Fujifilm X-E3 though, photographers are getting a camera that is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most straightforward creations in a while. However, there are things that are sort of odd. It uses the same sensor as the company’s flagship cameras and includes 4K video, the joystick that every Fujifilm user pretty much demands at this point, and a shutter speed dial without the ISO setting incorporated lest someone who doesn’t understand how to use the dial goes onto YouTube and creates a video about how terrible this one thing is when they’ve probably never shot with a film camera in their life.

No, with the Fujifilm X-E3 you’ve got a heavy emphasis on just the basics: exposure.

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The New Phase One 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back Has a Low ISO of 35

We are all photographers here; we all know too well how cameras just see things differently than we do with our eyes. Some of that is lens choice, sure, but some of it goes back to just how the sensor captures the light information it is exposed to. Phase One has just announced their new 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, the brainchild of their collaboration with Sony, and the interesting thing about this sensor is that they are claiming it has been designed to capture color as it is perceived by the human eye. Continue reading…

The Weather Sealed Sony RX0 has a 15.3MP 1 Inch Sensor and 24mm f4 Lens

There’s a brand new entry into the weather sealed camera world today in the form of the Sony RX0–the company is finally listening to the public and putting a large sensor into a weather sealed body. The new camera, which is being announced today at IFA, seems to be a bit like a GoPro but also seems to be tackling larger premium point and shoot offerings. Besides weather sealing, the camera is waterproof, shockproof and creshproof. At the heart of it is a 1 inch 15.3MP Exmor CMOS image sensor with a 24mm f4 Zeiss lens. The camera can shoot at up to 1/32,000 and 16fps.

It will ship in October for $700; which is fair for the professional photographer that needs something like this. The full press release is below.

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5 Compact Cameras That Can Most Likely Get Through the New TSA Regulations

If you’re not wanting to inconvenience your life with taking your cameras, lenses, flashes and other necessary items out of your bag, then you should consider this list of cameras that will get through the TSA’s new regulations. “…we are not standing on the sidelines while fanatics hatch new plots. The U.S. government is focused on deterring, detecting, and disrupting these threats,” stated DHS Secretary John Kelly. “That is why in March I made the decision to ban electronic devices larger than a cell phone from the passenger cabins of U.S.-bound commercial flights from the ten airports in the Middle East and North Africa.” And more or less, you’ll probably have issues bringing bigger cameras anyway. So we’ve gone through our reviews index and found a number of cameras that you’ll want to pack since it’s all about any electronic being larger than a cell phone.

Editor’s Note: To clarify this post, we’re talking about cameras that most likely won’t need to be taken out of a bag. You can surely bring a camera but you’ll need to take it and the lenses out of the bag if they’re larger than a cell phone.

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Could The Nikon D850 Have 8K Timelapse, Sony a7r II’s Sensor?

With last night’s announcement of the new Nikon D850, the only thing that we possibly know about it is that the camera will apparently have an 8k timelapse mode. But if history is going to repeat itself, we may see something that Nikon has done before–use Sony’s Sensors. The Nikon D850 is said to be a high resolution, high performance DSLR. And when I see that, I think about the Sony a99 II in some ways. Considering that Nikon has been using Sony sensors for a while now for many of their cameras, it would make sense that that’s what we’re going to see.

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Review: Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus (Canon EF)

The Milvus lineup of lenses from Zeiss are more or less their workhorses; and with the addition of the new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens, I’ve never been more convinced that they’re the absolute best lens maker on the market. Yes, Sigma–that mean even above what you’re capable of. While Zeiss’s mentality has always been about MTF charts and curves, in the past few years they’ve been working on a transition that’s catering not only to that crowd, but also to those who care more about the stuff that can’t be measured in a lab. For example, Zeiss lenses have always had a special character about them–I’ve seen folks on our Facebook page talk about it fairly often when their optics come up.

So what’s even more appealing about the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens is that they’re targeting at portrait photographers.

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Review: Canon EOS M6 (Canon EF-M Mount)

If you were to look at the mirrorless camera world, it would appear that Canon, with the Canon M6, is an entry into the world where they’re still trying to find themselves. To some, they could look like an experimental 20 something trying in vain to get their life together. Yet somehow or another, I genuinely never thought that I’d like the Canon M6. The camera isn’t designed to be the highest end mirrorless camera from Canon, yet somehow or another it’s a camera that surely deserves respect in some ways and groans of frustration at the fact that Canon has gotten this camera almost perfectly right yet it feels like they were purposely holding themselves back. The Canon M6 has at its heart a 24MP APS-C sensor which is smaller than all the other options out there from Fujifilm, Sony, Pentax, Sigma–and let’s be honest because they’re all more or less made by Sony. Designed for the enthusiast, the Canon M6 has some very tough competition from the entire camera world. Yet somehow or another, this truly is a camera that you need to personally experience to understand.

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