Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.

Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.
'The future we can contemplate with mirrorless cameras is as uncertain and exciting as it's always been. I'm fascinated that my small enclave of mirrorless enthusiasts has expanded to occupy a huge section of the photographic internet and in some cases dominate it. Mirrorless is clearly a section of the marketplace that engages and interests people. Sometimes this goes a little further than it should and seems to be at the expense of creating photographs, but there is no doubt that we all chatter about mirrorless interchangeable camera systems much more than we do about anything else. And the fact that the majority of the manufacturers have now heavily invested in them is testament to the fact that they aren't going away and are going to continue to be the most discussed cameras and lenses out there'
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The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - First Impressions

The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review - First Impressions
'The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 is Sony's latest 'Full-Frame' FE mirrorless interchangeable camera. It is somewhat different to what has gone before. In typical Sony style they see no problem in changing things and 'upgrading' their cameras. In this case they have added in-body image stabilisation as a major new feature. There is speculation that this might be shared technology with their new chums Olympus, but I'm in no position to confirm or deny that. However it is certainly an interesting addition to the FE range.'
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Fuji X-Pro 1 + 17-60mm f/2.5-3.2 (sort of!) with Metabones Nikon>Fuji Speed Booster ULTRA

Fuji X-Pro 1 + 17-60mm f/2.5-3.2 (sort of!) with Metabones Nikon>Fuji Speed Booster ULTRA
'You'll not have heard of a 17-60mm f/2.5-3.2 lens for the Fuji X system, interesting as that might be, but that's what fitting my Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 to my X-Pro 1 via a Metabones speed booster gives me. '
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Sony FE lenses for A7/A7r/A7s - are they getting there?

Sony FE lenses for A7/A7r/A7s - are they getting there?
'Now this is of course a lens the like of which Sony don't make or will ever make. It has no IS, which makes it relatively light, and there are no headline grabbing features. It's just a basic, functional, simple lens that will probably continue turning out great pictures for years to come without ever having anyone discuss it on the photographic internet. For what I do it's VERY useful and those 36MP on the A7r are not compromised in the least by the performance of the lens. It is, by some distance, a better lens than the 28-70mm FE zoom and I suspect than the 24-70mm Zeiss FE zoom as well. And it begs the question, if I don't need AF, which in most cases I don't, why on earth should I / would I bother with the 'native' Sony FE lenses.'
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Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA for Fuji X cameras -X-T1 + NIKON 20mm f/1.8G and 100mm Series E f/2.8 lenses

Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA for Fuji X cameras -X-T1 + NIKON 20mm f/1.8G and 100mm Series E f/2.8 lenses
'Now I don't know what caused it, the adapter, the lenses or my increasing the saturation on the classic chrome jpgs. I shot, but I really like this set of images. Grey dull light, but keeping the aperture wide has produced a very other worldly set of images. So an interesting and creative start to my work with the Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA. Camera was the X-T1 and because of the 'fast' lenses and adapter, everything was at ISO 200. '
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Nikon Df + 28-200mm lens - The DSLR still rules

Nikon Df + 28-200mm lens - The DSLR still rules
'Whatever issue people have with DSLR's, I don't share them other than to say that I don't like them too big and too heavy. But then the Df is neither. It's one of my favourite cameras ever and it achieves my highest accolade. I just don't notice it when I'm out working with it and it gets the job done with no errors, no delays and the minimum of fuss.'
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DSLR's - 'Their days are numbered' Oh Really! - The rather wonderful Nikon Df and mirrorless moaning.

DSLR's - 'Their days are numbered' Oh Really! - The rather wonderful Nikon Df and mirrorless moaning.
'In many ways the photographic internet is a joke and some may have noticed that my gaps away from it are getting longer. And it's not that I've lost my enthusiasm for photography, photographic gear and writing about both of those things, far from it, but I HAVE lost my enthusiasm for the adversarial nature of camera ownership and all of the airhead banalities and misrepresentations that seems to breed.'
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Nikon Df - The DSLR isn't quite finished yet - the 'mirrorless' dilemma.

Nikon Df - The DSLR isn't quite finished yet - the 'mirrorless' dilemma.
'I took it out the other day, admittedly carried by a leather strap that's got gold plated hooks and trim and I was almost tempted to hide it away, since it seemed everybody who passed me grabbed a look. And of course, I was made very self-conscious by this as I totally disapprove of showing off with a camera. And if you believe that.....................'
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The Film SLR lookalikes - Fuji X-T1 + 18-135mm zoom. Sony A7s Nikon 28-200mm zoom, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nikon 100mm f/2.8 - three days of shooting

The Film SLR lookalikes - Fuji X-T1 + 18-135mm zoom. Sony A7s Nikon 28-200mm zoom, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nikon 100mm f/2.8 - three days of shooting
'Mirrorlesson fashions have dictated that 'lookaleicas' are on the way out and film SLS type designs are very much the order of the day. The Fuji X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Sony A7s are examples of this. I've just had three days shooting with each and here's some pictures plus some comments on my experiences with each.'
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Sensor snobbery - 1", 4/3. APS-C, FF sensors compared. Just how much of a difference is there?

Sensor snobbery - 1", 4/3. APS-C, FF sensors compared. Just how much of a difference is there?
'As ever, the specs. of a camera, a sensor or a lens don't tell the whole story and there are all sorts of ways to get more from our gear than we might initially assume. Particularly if we listen to some of the know-it-alls on the photographic internet, which is always a bad idea. Since in actual fact, they usually 'know' much less than they think they do.'
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Mirrorless Interchangable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 4 - Hang on a minute, I thought mirrorless was supposed to be different?

Mirrorless Interchangable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 4 - Hang on a minute, I thought mirrorless was supposed to be different?
'Anyone else somewhat disconcerted by the size, weight and price of some recent mirrorless interchangeable lens releases? The Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 zoom, the two Fuji f/2.8 zooms and the Sony 70-200mm f/4 are all BIG lenses. The argument goes that these are smaller than their DSLR equivalents and that may be so (though not by much), but isn't this missing the point? '
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Comparison between Olympus m4/3 and Nikon 'full-frame'

Comparison between Olympus m4/3 and Nikon 'full-frame'
'I was reminded of when the Panasonic G1 was announced and some reviewers were 'shocked' to find that at base ISO the G1 was very close, if not actually better, than the 'full-frame' Nikon D3 and D700.'
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Mirrorless Interchangeable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 1 - The bit players

Mirrorless Interchangeable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 1 - The bit players
'The Mirrorless Interchangeable lens sector of the camera market is without doubt the most dynamic, the most innovative and the most changeable. 2014 saw a lot of new products (Thanks to Photokina) but will 2015 be just as interesting or is this a year for consolidation?'
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Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while

Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while
'as indicated in the title, I'm going to take a rest from the brand bickering of mirrorless interchangeable for a while and use my DSLR (Nikon Df) Phone and Smart Cameras (Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung 2 Galaxy camera) plus my Sigma DP2 Quattro for a while, while I come to some decisions as to what I want to keep and where I want to go with that in the coming year. '
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The 20mm focal length. - Nikon Df + 20mm f/1.8 G Lens

The 20mm focal length. - Nikon Df + 20mm f/1.8 G Lens
'I've just bought the Nikon 20mm f1.8G lens, having had a Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 SL-II Aspherical (Nikon Fit) for years. I've also just written a post on how much I like the Fuji 14mm f/2.8 (35mm 'equivalent' of 21mm) So what is it about this focal length i like?'
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NIKON 20mm f/1.8G ON SONY A7s and A7r. Raw file samples for download.

NIKON 20mm f/1.8G ON SONY A7s and A7r. Raw file samples for download.
'......Plus the possibilities of a fast wide-angle on the high resolution A7r and the low light high ISO capabilities of the lens on the A7r are tempting to say the least. With the FE cameras focus peaking, manual focusing isn't really a problem and for me this is a VERY useful lens for my FE cameras. '
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NIKON D750 RAW FILE SAMPLE IMAGES FOR DOWNLOAD

NIKON D750 RAW FILE SAMPLE IMAGES FOR DOWNLOAD
'I was in my local Calumet store buying a Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens (of which more in the next post) and I had a look at the Nikon D750. I had an SD card and my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens with me so took the opportunity to shoot some raw files. There aren't many and they are just shots of the store mostly at ISO settings from 1000 to 3200 plus one at ISO 100. However, I thought I would make these available for download in a .zip file - HERE'
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