Smartphones and Mirrorless Cameras

Smartphones and Mirrorless Cameras
'Difficult as it may be to believe, there are people who take photographs who are more concerned with that than bragging about the gear they own and it remains to be seen which will become the dominant force in the marketplace. And this will always be hampered by the fact that the truly creative will as usual be outnumbered by the journeymen. '
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OLYMPUS AIR A01 + APPLE iPOD TOUCH + METABONES CANON FE > m4/3 0.71x SPEED BOOSTER + CANON FE 85mm f/1.8

OLYMPUS AIR A01 + APPLE iPOD TOUCH + METABONES CANON FE > m4/3 0.71x SPEED BOOSTER + CANON FE 85mm f/1.8
'Olympus owners of certain models will wonder what all the fuss is about with these Metabones adapters, since due to the construction of some Olympus cameras they can't actually use them without damaging their pride and joy. No such problems with the Olympus AIR.'
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Metabones Canon EF > m4/3 0.71x Speed Booster ULTRA (with AF) on a Panasonic GX8

Metabones Canon EF > m4/3 0.71x Speed Booster ULTRA (with AF) on a Panasonic GX8
'I've just bought a Metabones 0.71x Speed Booster ULTRA to use my Canon EF lenses on my Panasonic GX8's. This gives the one stop light boost as usual and makes a 0.71 crop for the lenses as opposed to the usual 2x. This means that my Canon 'Full-Frame' lenses will be slightly wider than they would be in front of an APS-C sensor. In addition to this, the Metabones has an electronic connection with the lens which means it a) autofocuses b) allows me to change the aperture electronically c) triggers the lens IS if it has it and d) provides a proper exif readout. '
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Panasonic post focus - Fluff or genuinely useful?

Panasonic post focus - Fluff or genuinely useful?
'So is this just yet another mirrorless gimmick, 'fun things to do with 4K video' or does it offer genuine creative and useful possibilities? Well, yes and yes would be my answer, but with reservations in the case of the latter. '
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The Olympus Air AO1 - Refreshingly NON retro - Review and Opinion.

The Olympus Air AO1 - Refreshingly NON retro - Review and Opinion.
'Now I've got some posts on the Air via THIS LINK and it's a versatile little thing. For me made all the more attractive by it's pared down menu. Much easier and more fun to use than my OM-D II for example, I'm very impressed with it. I pair it with an Apple iPod touch, which is even smaller and lighter and the wi-fi network they create seems very reliable and robust (which makes a change!) It takes a few seconds to set up and once that's achieved the AF is positive and relatively quick. '
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The Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 - Just a fast lens or something more?

The Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 - Just a fast lens or something more?
'I've seen reviews of the f/2.8 'pro-spec' lenses from Olympus and Panasonic that claim, in terms of image quality, they are somewhat similar to other slower zooms and suffer in comparison with primes. I'll be discussing that in more depth in a later article, but in terms of the Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8, I don't think thats true at all. In fact, I think it's a rather good lens.'
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The Panasonic GX8 - Do those extra pixels count for anything?

The Panasonic GX8 - Do those extra pixels count for anything?
'So maybe there is a point to all these 'pixel wars' after all, but we just haven't seen the real benefits yet. In any case, I've always thought it worthwhile to get the best output I can from my cameras to make what I shoot is as future proof as possible.'
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 - in-depth review and reappraisal of an underestimated camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 - in-depth review and reappraisal of an underestimated camera.
'But if you are interested in hybrid and are serious about shooting some (more than) decent stills and video, without havng a huge budget to expand your choices, then you won't go far wrong with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. It's relatively cheap, unfussy and produces results way above it's 'pay grade.'  And I can't think of any higher praise than that. '
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Panasonic GX8 and a great wide-angle option

Panasonic GX8 and a great wide-angle option
'So this is another of my articles about why I've chosen m4/3 as my main work orientated interchangeable lens system. And those two lenses, via speed boosters and other adapters give me a nice range of options. In a previous post I wrote about doing some tests with these lenses. However, yesterday I decided that it was about time that I went out with the two Samyangs, the Speed Booster and the GX8 to see what they could achieve in a 'real world' situation. '
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Micro four thirds super resolution

Micro four thirds super resolution
'The above image is why I'm not bothered about the lack of pixels in m4/3 (compared to some other systems) It consists of 76 (yes that is 76) images shot in three rows with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II plus Panasonic 100-300 zoom and stitched together in Photoshop CC using the Photomerge function. As you might image the resolution and level of detail are jaw dropping. '
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