Camera: Leica SL

Leica SL Review

The Leica SL is a high end 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera that has an astonishing 'EyeRes' high-resolution viewfinder, an incredibly high level of build quality and weather sealing, and unconventional though effective controls. Perhaps most significantly, this is the first non-rangefinder style 35mm full-frame digital camera Leica has made, and the company's first full frame mirrorless camera in the modern sense.Leica, for all its cachet, mystique and eye-watering price points, has been consistent in its manufacture of somewhat unconventional digital cameras. There's the X-U, which is the only camera with an APS-C sized sensor that's designed to be submersible right out of the box. There's the T and TL, which, at the time of its release anyway, was fairly distinct in its heavy reliance on touch control. And then there's the M Monochrom, the only digital camera on the market that only shoots in black and white.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 20:18:52 UTC in Leica by Wesslan

Camera: Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F Review

The X100F is the fourth iteration of Fujifilm's well-respected X100 series. It still uses the same 35mm equivalent 23mm F2 lens, still has the 'classic' design cues, but almost everything has changed under the surface. The biggest change between the X100F and its predecessors is the move to the use of the 24MP X-Trans sensor. We've been very impressed with this sensor when we've encountered it in the X-Pro2 and X-T2. We think it's a much bigger step forward than the pixel count hike implies.The X100 series, perhaps more than any other camera, has seen the results of the philosophy of continuous improvement. Whether it's in the firmware updates that turned the original, fascinating but deeply flawed X100 into a likeable, usable camera, or the iterative approach that has seen across-the-board improvements with each successive model.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 19:34:12 UTC in Fujifilm by Wesslan

Camera: Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20 Review

The Fujifilm X-T20 is a midrange SLR-styled mirrorless camera that sits above the X-E2S and below the X-T2. The X-T20 replaces the X-T10 and offers a host of new features, including Fujifilm's latest 24MP CMOS sensor and image processor, faster burst shooting, any improved autofocus system, 4K video capture and more. In many ways, it's a smaller, less expensive 'little brother' to the X-T2, a camera that earned a Gold Award when we reviewed it last year. The X-T20 finds itself in a competitive field of both 'mirrored' (DSLR) and mirrorless cameras. Buyers are likely to find themselves deciding between midrange DSLRs like the Nikon D5600 and Canon EOS 77D, as well as mirrorless models such as the Sony a6300, Panasonic GX850 and the Olympus E-M5 II.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 19:25:11 UTC in Fujifilm by Wesslan

Camera: Pentax KP

Pentax KP Review

The Pentax KP is a 24MP APS-C DSLR with styling and controls lifted largely from the full-frame K-1. Sold as a body only at a price of $1099, it includes standard Pentax features like full weather-sealing and in-body five-axis Shake Reduction, and includes all the interesting features enabled by the aforementioned system, including 'Pixel Shift Resolution'. It also offers interchangeable front grip system as part of its rather pretty design. On the face of it, the Pentax KP is a confusing proposition. It launches at the same price as their APS-C flagship the K-3 II did over a year ago, while trading useful K3 features like GPS in favor of the extra control dial, swappable grips, and a built-in flash.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 18:29:02 UTC in Pentax by Wesslan

Hasselblad X1D-50c First Impressions Review

The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a 50MP mirrorless medium format camera and is an important product for the storied Swedish company. Hasselblad is a company with a long history of making high-end cameras. Its boxy 6 x 6 format cameras (latterly dubbed the 'V' series) were beloved of generations of photographers and perhaps reached their apogee when used to capture man's first ventures to the moon. The ravages of history, the decline of film and changes of both management and ownership have seen the company make sporadic attempts to expand beyond its core, high-end professional medium format market, but the X1D is the move that best fits with the brand's strengths and history. The first camera in the 'X' system, the X1D is built around 44 x 33mm medium format sensor (or 'cropped' medium format if you're going to demand that digital directly mimics film formats). The assumption has to be that it's a similar 50MP chip to the one included in Ricoh's Pentax 645Z and Fujifilm's GFX 50S. What's interesting is how different each camera ends up being.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 18:21:31 UTC in Hasselblad by Wesslan

Fujifilm GFX 50S Review

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the first camera in the company’s new medium format GF series. It uses a 51.4MP Medium Format CMOS sensor with a Bayer filter array. Like its smaller sensor X-series siblings, it offers retro-styling and direct controls in a well-balanced (albeit large) mirrorless body. At 43.8 × 32.9mm, the sensor in the GFX 50S is smaller in surface area than film medium format. However it is identical in size and pixel count to those offered in the current crop of medium format digital cameras on the market (with the exception of the Phase One XF and the Hasselblad H6D). The sensor is 1.7x the surface area of full frame.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 17:11:45 UTC in Fujifilm by Wesslan

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 is the fifth in the company's industry-changing video and stills 'hybrid' lineup. With its 20MP Four Thirds sensor and deep video-centric feature set, it looks likely to pick up where the GH4 left off as a favorite of indie filmmakers and photographers whose interests venture into the realm of motion picture work. The GH5's feature set moves on suitably far from its predecessor that the company says the GH4 will remain in its lineup as a lower-cost option for users who don't need the additional capability that the GH5 brings. For many users, the addition of in-body stabilization and 4K video without cropping might be enough to make the camera a worthwhile upgrade, but Panasonic has revised and improved almost every aspect of the camera's behavior and performance.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 16:59:57 UTC in Panasonic by Wesslan

Camera: Canon EOS 77D

Canon EOS 77D Review

The Canon EOS 77D (9000D in Japan) is a lightweight 24MP APS-C DSLR that offers impressive Dual Pixel Autofocus, good external controls and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It slots between the Rebel T7i and EOS 80D, and can be thought of as the successor to the Rebel T6s; if the name doesn't make that obvious, the specifications and feature additions over its lower-end Rebel sibling should.So is the EOS 77D more than a fancy Rebel in disguise? Well, not really. The only meaningful differentiators between this model and the Rebel T7i it was announced alongside are the dual control dials, top plate LCD and the addition of an AF ON button. Less meaningful differentiators include an extra eight grams of heft and some general button shuffling. And that's it. In other words, the same relationship was shared by the Rebel T6s and T6i.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 15:35:48 UTC in Canon by Wesslan

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D is the latest incarnation of Canon's hugely popular mass-market range of DSLRs. This latest model is built around a 24MP sensor that uses Canon's Dual Pixel AF system to offer improved autofocus in live view and video (more on that later). At its core, it shares a lot with the more expensive EOS 77D but the differences become apparent when you first turn them on: both models feature a simplified 'skin' over the user interface, but only the T7i has these guiding functions switched on by default.  "


Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 15:27:58 UTC in Canon by Wesslan

Camera: Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2 review

Fujifilm has carved out a niche for itself with its X-series mirrorless cameras, combining high-tech image processing with classic design that leads to cameras that look as good as the photos they take. It’s a recipe that worked very well with enthusiast-level photographers, even though other brands, like Sony, may have offered more bang for the buck with regard to features. The X-T2 ($1,600, body only) looks to change up this formula slightly. It brings back everything that people loved about the X-T1 (great design, loads of direct-access control, a fantastic electronic viewfinder) and adds advanced features that help the camera compete on a broader spectrum, like a 325-point autofocus system and advanced 4K video.  "


Posted on Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 15:33:17 UTC in Fujifilm by Wesslan

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