Upgrading Your Micro Four Thirds Camera System

You’ve got a micro four thirds camera, and you want to move up to something better. Luckily, there are ways to move up in the system without having to completely switch to whole nother camera system. That saves you lots of money and time when it comes to selling and buying lenses. Like many of you reading this, I’m invested in the Micro four thirds camera system and so are many of my friends. We all started out with one camera and one lens and then moved on up depending on our own specific needs and wants.

This guide will assess the needs of those wanting to stay in a budget, shoot video, shoot stills, use the cameras as flair and for those that want to make the absolute best of the system.

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Field Review: Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 (Day 1- Ergonomics)

Manual lenses are great for videographers and for photographers that want that old school feeling when shooting. So when I was thrown the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 for Canon EF mount, and then told that it was under $300, I was intrigued. Though I already have an 85mm F/1.8, I couldn’t help but think to myself if I would part with my much loved 85mm by the end of the review.

If you’re interested, you should check out our list of the best budget lenses and lenses for videographers.

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Long Term Review: Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens

Every photographer has a go-to lens that helps them to accomplish their daily tasks. What’s yours? Mine was (and in some ways still is) the Canon 24-105mm F/4 L IS. It has been by my side through paparazzo work, weddings, portraits, events, sports, and it has even been my casual walkaround lens. Used on the many cameras that have passed through my hands during reviews, it has been a mainstay on either my Canon 7D or 5D Mk II: always remaining ready to be used in an instant.

This long term review will cover the two years I’ve spent using this lens and will summarize the faults and strengths of this beloved piece of plastic with the heart of glass.

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Could This Be the Canon 85mm F/1.2 L II? I Doubt It!

I found an old posting at Velodramatic via some internet forums that didn’t seem to get any buzz. Granted, it is an old posting, but it still brings up a very big point. The 85mm F/1.2 L isn’t terribly old, but there are some issues with it: like slow USM. Now, I have the 85mm F/1.8 (one of my highly recommended lenses) and haven’t found that I needed to have Image Stabilization built in. However, the L version is quite a bit heavier and I could easily understand why someone would perhaps want it. It is used by wedding, portrait and other photographers.

Though I have my doubts about this concept being real, I consider this image rendering to be a huge fake because I highly doubt it would focus out to 70 feet. However, this would be a very interesting move for Canon because of the fact that the 85mm F/1.2 L is used often in cinematography in addition to some of the current favorites. Adding IS to it would make a bit more sense. If it has the other focusing modes that their new zooms and primes, then they would be trying to prep it for other uses. It would be a viable option against the Zeiss cinema prime that we had hands on with before, though it would also be very different.

Do you think this could really happen? Let us know in the comments below.

Clarification: the writer says the lens is a fake. But consider the trends that Canon’s technology is following and the way they are moving forward with their lenses. Features from the higher end lenses often trickle down to other ones.

The Phoblographer’s Guide to The Right Canon Lens For You

Since we believe that your lenses are more important than your camera, one of the most common questions we get here at The Phoblographer is which lens to purchase for a Canon DSLR. While we have a list of some of the best budget lenses, and we’ve answered multiple questions on the subject, it became apparent that there is a need for a comprehensive lens guide of some sort. While you’re at it, you may also want to sneak a peek at our recommended lenses for videography. And since there are strengths each side of primes vs zooms, this list will feature both types of lenses.

Edited 4/14/2013

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Hands On Review: Canon G10 Camcorder

Last month, my hands fondled and caressed the newly announced Canon G10 prosumer camcorder. While I wasn’t allowed to take pictures, handling the non-working prototype model proved to be an interesting experience coupled with the presentation from Canon. Because of this, I wasn’t able to gauge the image quality of the camcorder but I was able to take away quite a bit from the experience.

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Which One? Canon 5D Mk II or Canon 7D for Wedding Photography

The Ring Shot

We believe that the Canon 7Dand Canon 5D Mk IIcomplement each other very well, but questions have arisen as to which one is better to get all the shots on your wedding photography checklist. Go onto the most popular photography forums and you’ll see this question appear at least three times a month in one way or another. We’re aware that in some ways this is like comparing apples to oranges, but it is a subject that is well worth exploring. David Ziser concluded that he’d rather go for the 7D; but is that right for you? We’ve noticed readers typing this into the search bar of the site—so since the 1D Mk IV is out of range for many of you, here’s your answer.

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Back To School Photography Gear Roundup

With school starting right around the corner, photography students will be getting ready to keep their shutters clicking. Granted, your Photography Department may offer you and other students cameras to use. But if you don’t want to go through the checking out/checking in process, you may want to take a look at this posting created especially for you.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best photography gear for students going back to school.

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Recommended Equipment for Shooting Weddings and Portraits

With WPPI coming up soon in Las Vegas, we’re getting ready for some exciting times before it gets warmer and everyone wants their wedding photos done. Even if you’re a portrait/headshot photographer it’s going to be an exciting time as the slow season finally starts drifting away. If you’re interested in upgrading your gear or want to get into the industry, here are some items to take a look at.

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DXO Mark: Nikon D90 Bests Canon 7D

According to the DXO Mark, the Nikon D90 still beats Canon’s new 7D and competing product 50D. Despite the fact that the mark is only slightly, it is still worth noting that the 7D is quite a bit more expensive than the D90. This was found while browsing the /p/ forum board on 4Chan. If you recall, I mentioned this forum as one of the best places to get your photos critiqued. If the thread is still alive when you are reading this, then you’ll probably see the flame war between Nikon and Canon fanboys alike erupting.

Edit: For what it’s worth too, the 7D is still a better video camera bar none when coupled with the right items.

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