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Sony A6300 preview - hands-on first impressions!

Hi everyone, earlier today, Sony announced the Alpha A6300, its new APSC mirrorless camera. The highlights include a new 425 point embedded phase-detect AF system, an 8fps burst mode with live view and 4k video. I was lucky enough to spend some time with a pre-production model and was particularly curious to see how well the new AF system worked and whether the live view viewfinder mode made it easier to follow the action. Find out more and my thoughts as an existing owner of the A6000 in my Sony A6300 hands-on preview!

#SonyAlpha #A6300 +Sony

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Alpha_A6300/
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I have heard there should be silent mode on this camera. Can you confirm that?
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Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II preview and video demo!

The EOS 1Dx Mark II is Canon's new flagship DSLR, aimed at the demands of professional sports and wildlife photographers, and photo journalists. It features a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame sensor, shoots up to 170 RAW frames at 14fps with AF, employs a 61-point AF system and can film Cinema 4k video at up to 60p or 1080 at up to 120p. The sensor is Canon's first full-framer with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the 1Dx II to confidently refocus during movies and Live View and you can even pull-focus using the new touch-screen. Yes, a touch-screen, and there's a built-in GPS receiver too, although the construction still rules out internal Wifi. Find out more in my hands-on Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II preview which includes a brief video demo!

#Canon #MyCanon

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_1Dx_Mark_II/
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Yep,todays solid state drives are fragile.You mean you wouldnt want a medium format picture running side bar.So you can pick 1 pic in 6000 shot delete as you run your camera at events.I bet your editor would want the best shot for future sales.That type of filming would hopefully pick out more detail in low light and could run at faster Auto Focus.If you look at a 1990 National Geographic at the perceived top photographs of the day it is surprising how onwards to the present day how film then low tech digital to full frame how much picture quality is evolving.Yeah down loads are a bitch into sattelite phones.Sports photographers need better mass upload drives Editors.You are losing money here methinks.
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Olympus PEN F preview - good-looking but does it justify the price?

The Olympus PEN F is a new rangefinder-styled mirrorless camera with a 20 Megapixel sensor, built-in stabilisation, a fully-articulated touch-screen and an electronic viewfinder. Taking stylish design-cues from the original Olympus PEN F film camera from the 1960s, the new digital PEN F becomes the first Olympus PEN to feature a built-in EVF. The flat-topped body inherits much of the earlier OMD EM5 Mark II including its excellent built-in stabilisation, 1/8000 shutter, silent e-shutter up to 1/16000, 10fps shooting, and composite mode, although thanks to the higher native resolution Olympus reckons it can now generate JPEGs with 50 Megapixel's worth of detail. As before though this feature works best with static subjects shot from a tripod.

It's undoubtedly an attractive camera with a good feature-set, but Olympus has priced it fairly high considering there's no weather-sealing, mic input or 4k video - all of which are present on the Lumix GX8 for the same price. It also makes the weather-sealed OMD EM5 Mark II look good value at 200 bucks less. Indeed it's revealing to compare it to rivals from within and outside the Olympus series to see that unless you've fallen for the styling, there's arguably better value to be had elsewhere.

I've detailed the good and the bad in my Olympus PEN F preview. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_PEN_F/
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I don't like retro for the sake of retro. The form is there because of function. Olympus has been huge on the retro look with all of their cameras. The PEN's aping the old PEN's and the OMD's aping the old OM's. I can just see the thought process with this PEN-F. It has to have a dial in front because the original had one, so what function can we make the dial perform...
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Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 results and samples

The Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 is no ordinary wide angle lens. For starters it has an f1.4 focal ratio which makes it unique amongst 28mm lenses, but more importantly it's the third model in the highly acclaimed and spectacularly expensive Otus series; indeed it's the most expensive at just shy of $5000. With typical modesty, Zeiss describes the Otus 28mm f1.4 as being the 'World's best wide-angle lens' and if it follows the performance of the earlier 55mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 it wouldn't be a shallow claim. +Thomas Rubach is well underway with his tests and ahead of his full review can share his results and sample images. So check out his Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 review-in-progress!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Zeiss_Otus_28mm_f1-4/

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+Gordon Laing thank you for your friendly reply ... good night , warm greetings Anja. 
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Sigma 24-35mm f2 Art review - a remarkable zoom!

The Sigma 24-35mm f2.0 DG HSM Art is a unique lens offering the popular wide-angle focal lengths with a constant and unusually bright aperture for a zoom. It becomes the second zoom in the ART series, following the 24-105mm and is available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts with the chance to swap the mount should you change systems in the future; it's also compatible with Sigma's USB dock for fine-tuning or firmware updates. It's fairly large, heavy and expensive, but essentially does the job of three fixed wide-angle primes, and as +Thomas Rubach discovered, the quality is a lot better than you might expect. Find out why this could be the ultimate wide-zoom in his Sigma 24-35mm f2 review!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sigma_24-35mm_f2_DG_HSM_Art/

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gordon sir very good
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Lumiere London - a fantastic night out in the capital

Between 14 and 17 January 2016, London is home to the Lumiere festival, which exhibits a number of illuminated art installations. Some are epic in scale in iconic locations, while others are more modest, tucked-away on side-streets. I managed to bag most of them during a frantic run around the capital on the first evening and can highly recommend it whether you're photographing or simply having a look.

The main action is concentrated in four areas, three of which are close together: there's Kings Cross / Granary Square by itself, then a series spread out over Soho, Piccadilly and Berkeley Square. I'd advise starting at Kings Cross and grabbing a bite to eat in the KERB market behind Granary Square (try the delicious salt beef bagels from Bell and Brisket), then taking the Piccadilly line to Leicester Square before wandering over to Piccadilly circus, crossing to Regent Street, passing through the Carnaby Street area before bagging Oxford Circus and finally heading to Mayfair for the Berkeley Square installations. It runs for four hours each night and you can just about manage that route in that time - I certainly did anyway!

The highlights for me were the enormous creatures floating above Piccadilly, with road closures making it easy to get right underneath the action. I found my fisheye lens invaluable for these and filmed a quick spinning sequence you can see here. Indeed it's worth a visit just to experience Piccadilly and Regent Street without any traffic.

As for photography, I confirmed before the event with Visit London that tripods would be allowed and I'm delighted to report that was indeed the case. In fact I've never seen so many tripods on the streets of London and never once saw any photographers being restricted or hassled by security as is often the case in the capital. Indeed, I must commend the organisers of the event for the excellent stewards who were plentiful, well-informed and very friendly. It reminded me of the Olympics where there was a positive, almost carnival vibe to the centre with careful organization and security actually proving a greater feeling of safety and freedom.

I lugged my tripod around all day, but never in fact extended it. Since I only had one evening to bag as many locations as possible, I opted to shoot handheld with the excellent stabilisation of my Olympus OMD EM1. When fitted with my 8mm f1.8 Fisheye or 7-14mm f2.8 zoom, I had enough light to handhold even at low ISOs, but if tripods are your thing, you should enjoy the same freedom I experienced. Even in Granary Square where I and most of my photographer friends have been stopped in the past.

So if you're around London, get yourself there on one of the remaining nights - remember Sunday is your last chance, and don't forget to tag everything with #LumiereLDN ! Oh and don't forget to wrap-up, it's cold out there!

PS - I'm posting some photos here, but the majority are on my Instagram feed at https://www.instagram.com/cameralabs/


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+Thomas Rubach all down to the fantastic built-in image stabilisation of the camera!
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Fujifilm X70 - XT1 quality in your pocket - my preview!

The Fujifilm X70 is a new compact camera which couples the large APS-C / 16 Megapixel sensor of the XT1 and X100T with a fixed 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens. It's aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality of Fujifilm's interchangeable lens cameras but in an even smaller and lighter body than the X100T. To save space, weight and cost, there's no built-in viewfinder, but you can slot an optional rangefinder onto the hotshoe and the X70 becomes the first model in the X-series to feature a screen that not only tilts all the way up to face the subject for selfies, but with a touch-sensitive panel too.

Expect it in early February for around $799 USD / 549 GBP. Find out more in my Fujifilm X70 preview!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X70/
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+Leif Sikorski I was comparing the optional optical viewfinder to the equivalent GR finder. The two look identical.
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Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II review : video demonstration!

Hi everyone, if you didn't catch it on my preview at cameralabs, I filmed a brief video demonstrating the 14fps burst shooting and touch-screen focus-pulling capabilities of Canon's new flagship DSLR. My full preview is at cameralabs.

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Looks like both Nikon and Canon will be releasing some firmware updates for their flagship cameras soon...
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Sony A7s Mark II review - an in-depth report on 4k and photos

Sony's sixth full-frame mirrorless, the Alpha A7s Mark II, is a specialist camera, optimized for 4k video particularly in very low light. It slots the 12 Megapixel sensor of the original A7s into the body of the A7r Mark II, delivering clean 4k video - and photos - at high ISOs, but now with the benefits of internal 4k recording, built-in stabilisation, an improved viewfinder, chunkier grip and repositioned controls. The icing on the cake are additional S-Log 3 profiles for a higher dynamic range.

In the original triplet of Mark I A7 cameras, there was no question the A7s was the preferred choice for film-makers and subsequently there's a natural assumption that's still the case with the latest Mark II models. However with the A7r Mark II, Sony created a camera that does more than just shoot high resolution stills. It too captures 4k movies internally with surprisingly good quality, while the massive pixel count gives it the flexibility of shooting 4k with an APSC crop too - great if you're using DSLR lenses with a Speed-Booster.

So given their similar prices, which should you get? To find out I concentrated my latest review on the differences between these two models. I've compared their detail and noise levels for photos at their native resolutions and with the A7r II down-sampled to 12 Megapixels. I've made two 4k video comparisons for noise and detail between the A7s II and the A7r II (the latter in both full-frame and APSC models) to discover under which circumstances one pulls ahead of the other. And it's not as clean-cut a decision as you might think with both models offering unique benefits over the other, not to mention a few surprises. I've also compared their respective AF systems and continuous shooting capabilities.

Both are wonderful cameras for film-makers but depending on what conditions you film under and crucially which lenses you use, one will be more appropriate than the other - and I'll help you make the right choice! As always if you find my reviews useful, you can support me by shopping for anything at Amazon, B&H, Adorama or Park Cameras via the links on my reviews, or by shouting me a coffee - cheers!

#SonyAlpha +Sony +Sony UK

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+Ryan James thanks for letting me know - do you remember which ones didn't work, I'll check them. Thanks for trying to support me! PS - the banner at the top of the page is also a link to the main front page of Amazon so will work for anything you order during that session.
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Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 review

Fujifilm's XF 90mm f2 is a bright telephoto prime lens for X-series bodies. Indeed, it's the longest prime in the X-series, delivering classic telephoto coverage of 135mm that's ideal for shooting portraits at a comfortable distance, along with capturing close-range sporting action. The f2 focal ratio allows you to easily achieve shallow depth-of-field effects while the seven-bladed rounded aperture promises well-behaved bokeh as you stop down. A newly-developed quad-linear motor claims fast and quiet autofocus, and like most recent Fujifilm lenses, the XF 90mm f2 is sealed against dust and moisture.

The XF 90mm f2 fills an important gap in the catalogue for those who, like me, prefer to shoot with primes than zooms, and promises to become a natural partner for the XF 56mm f1.2 for anyone who shoots a lot of portraits or chases shallow depth-of-field effects. In my in-depth review I'll put it through its paces, paying particular attention to the rendering of blurred areas compared to the 56mm as I believe this will be of utmost importance to potential owners!

PS - If you find my reviews useful you can support me any time you shop at Amazon, B&H or Adorama by simply clicking through to them first using the links at Cameralabs - it works for anything you order, not just camera gear! Or treat me to a coffee, again via Cameralabs - cheers!

+FUJIFILM UK +FUJIFILM Europe

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_Fujinon_XF_90mm_f2_R_LM_WR/

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The ethereal creature

Across four days mysterious creatures floated overhead on London's Picadilly ! These were my favourite part of the recent #LumiereLDN‬ light festival, especially accompanied by the spooky Tim Burton-esque soundtrack. Quite ethereal! I shot this with my Olympus OMD EM1 fitted with the 8mm Fisheye. It allowed me to get right underneath the display while capturing some of the street buildings on either side. You can see how they looked in motion on a video in my FB and G+ streams. This is as always straight out-of-camera. ‪#‎nofilter‬

+Olympus +Olympus AU

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_M_Zuiko_Digital_8mm_f1-8_Fisheye/
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Carnaby Street London lights!

Ganton Street off Carnaby Street all lit up for ‪#LumiereLDN‬ ! Snapped here with my Olympus OMD EM1 and 8mm f1.8 Fisheye then Wifi to phone. Handheld out of camera.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_M_Zuiko_Digital_8mm_f1-8_Fisheye/
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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.

Nikon D3000 review - YouTube
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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...

Panasonic FZ150 noise | Cameralabs
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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,...

Canon EF-S 10-22mm wide angle lens review - YouTube
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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.

Nikon D5100 review | Cameralabs
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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

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

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Nikon D3x review / Vermont Fall Photography | Cameralabs
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Looking for a Nikon D3x review? Our writer rented one for 10 days to photograph the Vermont Fall Foliage. Find out if it was the camera he a

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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...

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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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