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Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format mirrorless - my preview!

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a medium format mirrorless camera with a 51.4 Megapixel sensor that's 1.7 times larger than the full-frame 35mm format. It's the first model in Fujifilm's new GFX system, aimed at photographers who want the ultimate in image quality. The body also features a focal plane shutter, a removeable electronic viewfinder, Wifi, 1080p video, and the same tilting screen mechanism of the XT2, not to mention a number of similar controls. The price hasn't been finalized, but expect to pay around $10,000 USD with the standard lens when it's launched in early 2017. It's an exciting development for Fujifilm and a sensible complement to the X-series. I got to handle the camera at Photokina and quiz the engineers for my Fujifilm GFX 50S preview!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_GFX_50S/

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Well, +Rob Thiess: at 800g it's not too heavy. But the strange bulge at the back will earn this body the nickname "humpback".
The equally pricey new Hasselblad #X1D is much sleeker and at 725g (incl. battery) also lighter.
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Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 - 20x, 1in sensor and unlimited 4k video!

The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 is a high-end DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a 20x / 24-480mm range, 1in / 20 Megapixel sensor, large EVF, fully-articulated touchscreen and a wealth of pro movie options including unlimited 4k recording in UHD or Cinema 4k. The lens is the major upgrade over the earlier FZ1000, boosting the previous 16x / 25-400mm f2.8-4 range to 20x / 24-480mm f2.8-4.5, and importantly for balance and minimizing image shift, the zooming now takes place internally. The FZ2000 is particularly geared-up for video with unlimited 4k recording, 10-bit HDMI output and an optional upgrade to V-Log. Find out more in my hands-on Lumix FZ2000 preview!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_FZ2000/
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Nikon 105mm f1.4E review

This is the rather lovely Nikon AF-S 105mm f1.4E, one of the brightest telephoto lenses in its class. You want to know if it's any good, right? No problemo, +Thomas Rubach has completed his in-depth review of it, packed with samples and comparisons at the link below! We reckon it's one of the first detailed reviews of the lens out there...

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105mm_f1-4E_ED/
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs Mark III vs A7r II vs XT2 quality

I've been working flat-out over the weekend to bring you some Canon EOS 5D Mark IV quality comparisons I hope you'll find useful! The main one compares the noise at all sensitivities between the EOS 5D Mark IV, its predecessor the Mark III and Sony's A7r Mark II. For a level playing-field I fitted them all with the same Sigma ART 50mm f1.4 lens! Then as a bonus test I've also compared the outdoor resolution of the 5D Mark IV against Fujifilm's XT2 - I know they're completely different cameras, but many have asked me how their quality compares, so here you go! Right now, until Adobe supports 5DIV RAW files, my comparisons are with OOC JPEGs, but I did record RAW files and will add RAW comparisons just as soon as the support is there. I'll also have an XT2 vs Sony A6300 noise test soon which can also be compared with the full-frame noise sequence. Phew, but that's not all! I've also shot a bunch of sample images and movies with the 5D Mark IV, so there's a load of content to get your teeth into as I progress with my in-depth review. Check it out and let me know what you think!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_IV/
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+Armand Salmon I'm looking forward to processing their RAW files to really see what's underneath. often the JPEG NR engine kicks in at different ISOs, so it's good to eliminate that from the equation. I'll also be able to post some XT2 noise comparisons soon that are comparable with the full-frame sequence.
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Leica Summilux 12mm f1.4 review

The Leica Summilux 12mm f1.4 is a high-end lens for Micro Four Thirds bodies on which it delivers the classic 24mm coverage. Olympus and Samyang offer cheaper - not to mention smaller and lighter - 12mm prime lenses, but the Summilux is a stop brighter, sharper in the corners when wide-open and the only one that's dust and splash-proof. It's also comfortably more expensive, costing around double that of the Olympus, so you have to ask yourself if you'll exploit its benefits. Ultimately the Summilux is an unashamedly premium lens that delivers the goods and is a welcome addition to the expansive Micro Four Thirds catalogue.

See my full review at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Leica_DG_Summilux_12mm_f1-4_H-X012/
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Flowers with the Nikon 105mm f1.4E

Here's a shot by +Thomas Rubach who's reviewing the Nikon 105mm f1.4E lens for Cameralabs, demonstrating its lovely rendering when wide-open. He's already completed a number of tests and comparisons, so if you're interested in this bright new telephoto lens, check out his review-in-progress at the link below!

#Nikon

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105mm_f1-4E_ED/
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+Людмила Ф. Thank you! I wanted to demonstrate that this lens can do more than just portraiture. 
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Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II hands-on!

The OMD EM1 Mark II is the new flagship body from Olympus and I've been trying it out today! It's equipped with a new 20 Megapixel Live MOS sensor that's stabilized within the body. Olympus claims 5.5 stops of compensation for the body alone, or more for lenses with optical stabilisation that support Sync IS. Sadly this excludes Panasonic OIS lenses, so right now there's just two from Olympus: the 300mm telephoto and the new 12-100mm f4 IS PRO, delivering 6 and 6.5 stops of compensation respectively. A new 121-point embedded phase-detect AF system covers a larger area of the frame than before and all are cross-type sensors that work alongside a contrast-based system for both Single and Continuous AF and for Micro and older Four Thirds lenses; Panasonic lenses are supported. Impressively the EM1 Mark II will shoot at its full resolution (including RAW) at 18fps with continuous AF or 60fps with single AF, and a quad-core processor is dedicated to AF duties.

The viewfinder still uses an LCD with the same size and resolution as the EM1, but now features a faster 120fps refresh and 6ms response, while the touch-screen is now side-hinged and fully-articulated. Along with 1080 video are 4k UHD and Cinema4k recording at 102 and 237Mbps respectively. There's dual SD memory card slots, a higher capacity battery with quicker charging, and the body remains dust, splash and freeze-proof. Expect the EM1 II later this year, and head over to cameralabs at the link below for my hands-on first impressions!

#OMDrevolution

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM1_Mark_II/
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+Gordon Laing Does your test include a comparison for stabilisation between the 100-400 mm lens on a EM1 body (OIS off, IBIS only) versus the same lens on a Pana body having IBIS and OIS on ('Dual IS' in their lingo)? That would be definitely good to see.
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Panasonic Lumix LX15 - a high-end compact with 24-72mm f1.4-2.8

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 is a premium compact with a 1in / 20 Megapixel sensor, a bright 3x / 24-72mm zoom, 4k video and a tilting touchscreen. It jointly replaces the earlier LX7 and LF1, although the LX100 continues as a higher-end option with a viewfinder. The LX15 boasts the brightest lens in its class with a 24-72mm equivalent range and f1.4-2.8 aperture. It can capture 4k at 24 to 30p or 1080 at up to 120p for slow motion, and like other Panasonic cameras, the LX15 exploits 4k in a wealth of photo modes adjusted using the 3in touchscreen which also tilts by 180 degrees to face the subject for selfies, but there's no built-in viewfinder. Find out more in my hands-on Lumix LX15 preview!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_LX15/
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Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 - a new mid-range mirrorless!

The Panasonic Lumix G80, or G85 as it's known in North America, is a mid-range mirrorless camera that's based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. It replaces the Lumix G7 and is positioned at a slightly higher level to the GX80/ GX85. The G80 / G85 shares the same 16 Megapixel sensor of the GX80 / GX85 which lacks a low pass filter and supports both 1080 and 4k video, the latter exploited in several photo-extraction modes. The built-in IS has been upgraded to five stops, the body is now weather-sealed, the viewfinder enlarged, while a new electronic first curtain shutter option minimises shutter shock. Find out more in my hands-on Lumix G80 / G85 preview!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_G80_G85/
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Specification for the DMW BLC12 battery: Li-Ion 7,2 V, 1200 mAh, 8,7 Wh. So, no luck +Marcus Schommler! But it is the same as for the DMC-GH2, DMC-G5X, DMC-G5K, DMC-G5W, DMC-G5, DMC-FZ200, DMC-FZ1000.
The camera itself seems to be called G81 in Germany. What a confusion!
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Canon launches EOS M5 - its best mirrorless yet!

Today Canon launches the EOS M5, its most serious mirrorless camera to date. It's the first EOS M with a built-in electronic viewfinder, a 2.36 Million dot OLED that, despite fairly modest magnification, delivers a crisp image with a smooth 120fps refresh. This is complemented by a large 3.2in screen that tilts up by 90 degrees or down by 180. Inside, the EOS M5 employs a 24 Megapixel sensor - the same resolution as the earlier EOS M3, but more importantly becomes Canon's first mirrorless camera to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF which allows up to 80% of the sensor area to double-up as phase-detect AF points, supporting smooth and confident continuous AF for stills and movies.

It'll shoot up to 7fps with continuous AF, film 1080 movies up to 60p with five-axis digital stabilisation (sadly no 4k though), and features an always-on low-power Bluetooth link to make Wifi connections easier - in fact you can copy images using the phone app without even touching the camera. The quicker response of Bluetooth is also exploited in a new app as a remote shutter release. It's Canon's most serious mirrorless camera to date, but is it still competitive against rivals? Find out in my Canon EOS M5 preview where I went hands-on with a pre-production model - see link below.

PS - Expect the EOS M5 at the end of November at a body price of $979 USD / 1049 GBP or in a kit with the new EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1479 USD / 1399 GBP.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_M5/
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I am still very happy with my M3 (with EVF), but that lens might find its way into my kit bag. 
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV sample images

Brighton Pavilion looking nice and crisp here captured with the brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in its Monochrome style then WiFi to my phone! Yep I've started testing a final production sample and already put together a page of sample images plus some 4k videos for you! Check them out at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_IV/
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Nikon 105mm f1.4E review -in-progress!

You're looking at the new Nikon 105mm f1.4E, a unique telephoto lens boasting the brightest aperture in its class. Previously the longest commonly available lenses with an f1.4 focal ratio stopped at 85mm, and while a 135mm f1.4 has been announced by Mitakon, it's limited to 100 units and not yet available. So right now, Nikon can boast the longest f1.4 lens and it also sports an electromagnetic diaphragm (hence the E label) and fluorine coatings for easier cleaning. As you might expect, the lens isn't exactly cheap, so the question is whether the quality - and in particular the bokeh rendering - is worth it. +Thomas Rubach has already completed many of his tests and comparisons for Cameralabs, so check out his Nikon 105mm f1.4E review-in-progress at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105mm_f1-4E_ED/

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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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Best camera, Best DSLR, Best Lens, Buyers Guide | Cameralabs
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Looking for the best DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras, lenses or accessories? Check out my Buyer's Guide and reviews!

Sony NEX C3 noise | Cameralabs
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Looking for a Sony Alpha NEX C3 review? We've fully tested it against rivals from Panasonic and Olympus. Includes sample images, videos and the best prices.

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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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Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS review - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com . A ten minute video tour around Canon's latest budget DSLR, the EOS 1000D / Rebel XS, by Gordon Laing, Editor of ht...

Canon EOS 5D Mark II review Part 1 - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II/ . Part 1 of an 18 minute high definition tour around Canon's latest full-frame DSLR, t...

Olympus E-620 review - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_E-620/ . A ten minute HD tour around the Olympus E-620, the company's latest upper-entry-level DSLR,...

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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon1022EFS/ : A five minute video tour around the Canon EF-S 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens by Gordon Laing...

Panasonic FZ150 vs HX100V vs SX40 HS vs FZ47 / FZ48 | Cameralabs
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Looking for a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review? Check out my in-depth report with sample images, movies and comparisons against key rivals.

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In-depth review of the Nikon D5100 DSLR, comparing its quality and features against rivals including the Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i. Includes sample images

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Looking for a Panasonic GF3 review? We've fully tested the latest Lumix against rivals from Sony and Olympus.

Panasonic GF3 review | Cameralabs
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Canon 8-15mm review | Cameralabs
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Looking for a Canon 8-15mm fisheye review? In my full report I'll delve into the quality and features of this amazing lens! Includes sample images and videos

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Full interview at http://www.cameralabs.com/interviews/Chase_Jarvis_interview_Queenstown_New_Zealand/ - Part 2 of an interview with sports and lifestyle phot...

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS review - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_SX20_IS/ . A 10 minute HD tour around Canon's latest super-zoom digital camera, the PowerSho...

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Looking for a Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D review? We've compared the quality against the Nikon D3100 and provided sample images, movies and the best prices!

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