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Panasonic Lumix GX80 GX85 review!

Panasonic's Lumix GX80, or GX85 as it's known in North America, is a compact, affordable and feature-packed mirrorless camera. It sports a 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor (now without a low-pass filter for crisper results), improved built-in stabilisation that works with any lens you attach, a viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, 8fps shooting (or 6fps with continuous AF) and 4k video with Panasonic's cunning options for extracting still photos from 30fps footage or refocusing a composition after the event. With effective upgrades on the stabilisation, autofocus and image quality, Panasonic has delivered a highly compelling camera, especially at the mid-range price-point. I spent a solid month testing the GX80 / GX85 for my in-depth review at the link below and as always if you find my work useful you can support me when you shop for anything through my Amazon, Adorama and B&H links, or by treating me to a coffee - cheers!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GX80_GX85/
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Leica 100-400mm sample images

Warming up to be another lovely weekend in Sunny Brighton! I snapped the new i360 tower and pod here from the pier with a massive lens: the Leica DG 100-400mm on a Lumix GX80 / GX85 body for an 800mm equivalent field of view. I'm working on my in depth reviews of this lens -and the body - and you can find my images so far at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Leica_DG_100-400mm_f4-6.3_H-RS100400E/
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Hi I love your photos. Recent one of busy Brighton beach. I checked out the one of Bruges you took when I was online this morning. It is stunning.I visited Bruges for the day sometime ago. It was Easter, and the shops were so beautifully decorated with Easter eggs. I loved my day there. I enjoy taking photos, vnuzt as an interest. How long have you been a photographer? Karen


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Mwah! A big kiss from the Lumix GX80 / GX85

Here's Between Fiction and Fact by English sculpter Richard Deacon outside the Lille Museum of Modern Art, LAM. I posted a shot a few days ago with a short telephoto lens shooting down its length, but here I've embraced the entire sculpture by going ultra-wide with a Fisheye lens: the Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye, mounted on the new Panasonic Lumix GX80 / GX85 body. I liked how the extreme distortion of the lens transformed the abstract sculpture into what looks like giant lips. I framed the shot to minimise anything distracting in the background and switched to a high contrast monochrome mode for an abstract look that also blew-out any detail in the overcast sky.

I'm well on the way with my Lumix GX80 / GX85 review, and would like to share a wide selection of sample images taken with a variety of lenses - not just the 12-32mm kit zoom, but also the Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye, Olympus 17mm f1.8, Olympus 75mm f1.8, Leica 25mm f1.4 and Leica 100-400mm. Phew! Check them out at the link below.

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http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GX80_GX85/

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+Geoff Tweeddale the longest I've been able to do so far is only ten seconds. The conditions may not allow me to do anything better I'm afraid: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cameralabs/26184286284/
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Sunday Roast

Sorry, baaad joke. Veggie pancakes for me this weekend. Quick snap on the South Downs with my Galaxy S7 turned into monochrome in Instagram with bonus clarity.

‪#‎monochrome‬ ‪#‎reflection‬ ‪#‎lamb‬ ‪#‎brighton‬

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Travel Photography - find out what we pack!

Here's what I typically pack for a big trip in a small bag - which pretty much describes all of my outings these days! There's three cameras: my Olympus OMD EM1 or Fujifilm XT1 plus a bunch of lenses, my Sony A6000 with the kit zoom and 70-200mm for sports shots, and a little RX100 II for all occasions.

You'll also notice my Gitzo Traveller tripod, Giottos Rocket Blower, Lee filters and a variety of other accessories, and these are the focus of the latest episode of All About the Gear where Doug Kaye and I discuss what extras we pack when we travel.

Would love to hear what you think and of course what you consider essential items to pack for a photography trip!

http://www.cameralabs.com/features/Travel_photography_gear/
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I know how you feel. I had an X-E1 – loved the image quality, bit it was just too slow! As I had a very useful Oly kit, I sold all the Fuji a while ago.
Missed the image quality though, so I picked up an X-T10 recently. Starting to think I have too many cameras/systems though, between the RX10 (been the all-in-one and video camera), the E-M5ii and now the X-T10. Feeling at the moment that I'll build a bigger Fuji kit, maybe sell the Sony.
The joys of photography!
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Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 VC vs Zeiss Otus - review-in-progress!

The Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD is a stabilized full-frame short telephoto lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony A mounts. Announced in February 2016, it complements Tamron's series of f1.8 full-frame primes, and is also compatible with Tamron's new TAP-in Console USB dock. The optical stabilisation is fairly unique for a prime lens of this length and in our tests so far, the optical quality is up there with lenses costing a great deal more. Ahead of his final verdict, +Thomas Rubach has prepared a full set of results, comparisons and samples for this new lens, including a revealing head-to-head with the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4. Check out his Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 review-in-progress!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Tamron_SP_85mm_f1-8_Di_VC_USD/
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Lumix GX80 GX85 video review

If you're interested in a mid-range mirrorless camera, you should definitely consider the Panasonic Lumix GX80 / GX85. I'm gradually coming to the end of my in-depth written review, but in the meantime, make yourself a drink, settle back and check out the video Doug Kaye and I made all about it below!

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The Return Visit - Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Bruges

I believe in second chances, and this represents two: my second trip to Bruges (in recent times), and my second night in a row at this very location. Last time I was here it was steadily drizzling and I was the only one foolish enough to be trying to take a photo. The result that night was pleasant enough, but plagued by orange light pollution bouncing-off the rain clouds. Since Bruges is only one hour's drive from Calais though, I knew I'd almost certainly get a second chance to shoot it under hopefully better conditions and here it is.

I'd like to say this is a secret spot I stumbled across on a backstreet, but I'd be lying. You're looking at one of the most popular views in one of the most popular tourist towns in Belgium. I may have been alone when I visited last time in the rain, but on this clear night I was surrounded by a constant stream of tourists all grabbing the same photo.

I actually returned to this spot on two consecutive nights during this trip, giving me the chance to deploy different techniques. On the first night I used a selection of filters: a Neutral Density to extend the exposure and a hard graduated filter to darken the upper half in relation to the reflection. Since no boats disturb the canals at night in Bruges though, the surface didn't need an epic exposure length to become fully smooth, while the graduated filter ended up darkening the buildings too much.

On the second night I went filterless and even with almost identical conditions ended-up with a better-looking result. The water was sufficiently smooth with a 20 second exposure and the composition benefitted from the buildings being brighter than their reflection. I also closed the aperture to f16 to generate a spike on the bright floodlight on the left side and selected the Velvia preset to saturate the colours. As always with the 'blue hour', keep taking photos until it gets dark and you'll find one that has the perfect balance between the illumination in the sky and on the buildings - it's well worth waiting until the show's over.

I took this with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and XF 10-24mm - you can see my X-Pro2 review at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-Pro2/
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Congratulations! Your wonderful photograph has been selected through +Photo Mania UK  to be displayed at +Photo Mania Global ! You’re cordially invited to visit us at +Photo Mania Global and check out the daily selection of the very best photographs from all over the world shared at our Photo Mania country pages!
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Mercury Transit today! View full-screen if possible

Here's The Sun today about 45 minutes into the transit of Mercury. The large mark in the middle is a sunspot. The patches are clouds (on Earth!). Mercury is the tiny black dot just on the left side of the disc.

I took this with the Lumix GX80 / GX85 using a home made solar filter over the Leica 100-400mm zoom at 400mm for an 800mm equivalent view. I've cropped it a little for sharing here.

It's clouded over in Brighton as we speak but Mercury doesn't clear the Sun for a few more hours so I wish you clear skies wherever you are!

#MercuryTransit #Lumix

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Fujifilm X-Pro 2 review - two months with the flagship!

Fujifilm's X-Pro2 takes the beloved rangefinder-style body that launched the X-mount and makes a raft of significant upgrades. Some may have been gradually deployed on more recent models or with firmware updates, but there's also a lot that's genuinely new here, and it all adds up to a comfortably more powerful and confident camera that deserves its position as the flagship in the X-series.

I devoted two months to this review, with the X-Pro2 accompanying me to Miami, Alsace, Antwerp and the Silverstone race course, in addition to Brighton and London. I tried it with a huge range of subjects and conditions from eight minute long exposures to racing cars, and architecture from Medieval to Art Deco. I tested the innovative hybrid viewfinder, enhanced autofocus capabilities, the greatly improved movie mode, the built-in Wifi and of course the new Acros film simulation and grain effects, in addition to making many quality comparisons with the XT1.

It's not just a unique camera in its own right, but one of the most professional mirrorless cameras to date, so I felt it deserved an extended testing period. I hope you'll agree and even if you prefer other models in the series, the X-Pro2 hopefully provides many hints as to the directions Fuji is taking in the future.

As always I couldn't produce this size of review without your support, so if you're ever ordering anything at Amazon, B&H, Adorama or Park Cameras, please consider clicking through to them via the links on my reviews first. The prices are the same, but they share a little commission as a referral and that (along with coffee donations!) is what keeps Cameralabs going - thanks!

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http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-Pro2/

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I own an xpro1 and xpro2. Rarely had an issue with either with mis focused images. I love both cameras, use them within their limits and don't try doing things they can't cope well with. I have taken them around the rest of Europe often and never regretted it. The ovf is the reason I bought into the xpro1 and its always worked for me.
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Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 review

Tamron's SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD is a stabilized full-frame short telephoto lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony A mounts. Announced in February 2016, it complements Tamron's series of f1.8 full-frame primes, and is also compatible with Tamron's new TAP-in Console USB dock. The optical stabilisation is fairly unique for a prime lens of this length and in our tests the optical quality is up there with lenses costing a great deal more. +Thomas Rubach has now completed his in-depth review at cameralabs, and if you're a Canon, Nikon or Sony A-mount owner in the market for a high quality short telephoto lens, I'd advise you read it!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Tamron_SP_85mm_f1-8_Di_VC_USD/
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Motor Racing with the X-Pro 2

Shooting the World Endurance Championships at Silverstone this weekend with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and 100-400mm. This is an uncropped JPEG out of camera at 1/125 while panning to blur the wheels and background. Loved the look of this Ford Performance car.

#‎wec‬ ‪#‎fujifilm‬ ‪#‎motorsport‬ ‪#‎6hSilverstone

My review of the X-Pro 2 so far

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-Pro2/
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Hello! I'm Gordon Laing, Editor of Cameralabs!
 
I've been into photography since my childhood, so it's great to be able to test and review cameras for a living. I'm also into travelling and good food, and I'm happiest when I'm combining all three!
 
If you're wondering what camera, lens or accessory to buy next, are looking for a photograhy tutorial, or simply fancy a chat about photography, then please head over to Cameralabs!
 
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D3000/ . A 12 minute HD tour around the Nikon D3000, the company's latest budget DSLR, featuring a bra...

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