Thinking of upgrading your gear? Don't Bother - buy Iridient Developer instead.

Thinking of upgrading your gear? Don't Bother - buy Iridient Developer instead.
'To put it in context what I get from it, as opposed to using Photoshop ACR, is like the difference between using an average kit lens (Photoshop) and a top of the range prime (Iridient).'
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Panasonic GX8 + Canon lens. The best IS ever?

Panasonic GX8 + Canon lens. The best IS ever?
'The above video was shot 100% hand held using a Panasonic GX8 plus a Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS lens fitted via a Metabones Canon EF > m4/3 0.71x crop AF adapter. The lens IS is switched on as is the IBIS in the Panasonic. As you can see after editing the footage in iMovie and adding that apps. IS function, the footage is rock solid and looks just like it was shot on a tripod. '
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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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Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 compared to Samyang 14mm f/2.8 via adapter on Panasonic GX8

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 compared to Samyang 14mm f/2.8 via adapter on Panasonic GX8
'For this post I did a direct comparison between my Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 zoom at 9mm and my Samyang 14mm f/2.8 (Nikon mount) fitted to my Panasonic GX8 via a Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster. Both lenses were then approximating a 'full-frame' / 35mm sized sensor at 18mm. The idea being to see if there was any significant difference between the two.'
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Using Adapted lenses - an overview

Using Adapted lenses - an overview
'Now the camera manufacturers, the fanboys and the brand besotted don't like this at all, but then if that isn't a great reason to champion adapting lenses I don't know what is!!!'
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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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Just how quick is the Panasonic GX8? And just how good is it overall?

Just how quick is the Panasonic GX8? And just how good is it overall?
'I have to concede that the more time passes and I use the GX8, I find it more and more difficult to find any flaw with it, apart from the poor battery life. It really does seem to cope with pretty much anything. The images look great, as does the 4K video and it's easily quick enough for me. Considering it's size and the weight of it, it does amaze me that so much good stuff can be crammed inside it.'
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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 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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Has the apprentice outdone the master? Panasonic GX8 compared to Leica Q (Typ 116) - Leica E.V.I.L rumour

Has the apprentice outdone the master? Panasonic GX8 compared to Leica Q (Typ 116) - Leica E.V.I.L rumour
'And the examples above show that the Leica Q is better for overall image quality, but it's not by that much and my Panasonic GX8 is so versatile and offers me so much that if I had to choose between that and the Q I'd choose the GX8 without hesitation'
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Panasonic GX8 + Image App

Panasonic GX8 + Image App
'Returning to the app. and apps. in general, there are still some issues with these. I really do think that they should be better than they are. There is also an inconsistency between different manufacturers apps., how they work, how they perform on cameras and on different smartphones and tablets.'
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DSLR or MIRRORLESS - Panasonic GX8 compared to Nikon D750 - GX8 Raw and jpg, file samples for download

DSLR or MIRRORLESS - Panasonic GX8 compared to Nikon D750 - GX8 Raw and jpg, file samples for download
'....it's a long running and popular debate. DSLR 'versus' Mirrorless. I've already made my position on this clear, I see virtues and faults in both and use both. However as time passes there are always new people coming to photography and it does no harm to look again at what the differences are.'
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