mirror-less Tag

Do you take your photography to the streets? Do you work with modern equipment? Do you want to be reasonably stylish whilst out there? Then take a look at the Lowepro Streetline range of camera bags in Camera Electronic. Right away I can hear people who have seen me on the street laughing as they read that word " stylish ". My general appearance vacillates between that of a Miami tourist in 1953 and Red Green. It could be worse - I have seen some street shooters that look like Worzel Gummidge. Many of us could stand a bit of a makeover, if only for the sake of the other people out there. We may not get it - there's a lot of old clothing in our wardrobes that needs wearing out first - but at least we can sport good camera gear. If you are working with the lighter forms of mirror-less camera, the Streetline series are designed for you. They combine a sophisticated appearance with discretion - no flashy colours and minimal leather showing. This one has a very good...

That's a play on words, with the basis being the Think Tank bags you see here. They are referred to as " Mirrorless Movers ". They move quite well, thank you, and for a good reason - they are one of the most sensible camera cases for modern use. Camera bag design and branding are one of those topics - like camera brand loyalty - that occupy a lot of  spare space in forums and group meetings. It might sound trite or pedestrian, but there are times when pedestrians would do well to think the matter out clearly. Walking around with camera equipment is a lot of fun if you are visiting interesting places and getting great shots. Walking around with an entire armamentarium of DSLR lenses in case the great shot presents itself is also fun, but most of the enjoyment occurs when you see a bench and can sit down. Thus one of the sales features of the mirror-less cameras systems - lighter weight and smaller gear. Those of you with professional-quality full-frame mirror-less cameras and the entire armamentarium of...

At any one time, our choices in photography can be surprisingly limited. Limited by artistic convention, fashion, and commerce. Often we do not notice it until some exception to the rule comes to hand - then we feel it all the more. This is the case with today's offering - the Think Tank Retrospective Leather 5 Sandstone. Colour is not exactly new to Think Tank - They have experimented with sandstone, olive drab, and RAF blue for years, and have made some wonderful large bags. Their DSLR bags are a standard of the industry. Now in the smaller mirror-less, they have combined that distinctive cloth with 50's leather style. Of course it is far more business-featured than anything we bought back then - The iPad mini pocket on the back gives that away. Also the myriad of internal pockets and slots for pens, cards, phones, business papers, passports, etc. It would not be too much to say that this could be a complete mini-studio for the travelling pro. That impression is re-inforced in the equipment compartment. Besides the main mirror-less cradle, there are...

I have been asked to apologise for making terrible puns in this column. I'm more than happy to do so as long as it does not prevent me from doing it again and again. But today's temptation is really difficult. It's not a surprise to anyone - even to me. It's the black workaday version of the graphite-silver Fujifilm X-Pro 2 we saw earlier in the year. Same beast - darker coat. Every technical thing I said last time still goes  - so nip back in the column and look at the glorious grey version as well. The difference for me is that this one gets a run with a card in it and some colourful subjects out the front. And this time I have the ability to decode the RAW file information and to tweak the files a little. I have been re-reading my book by Pfirstinger on mastering the X-Pro 1 to get a few ideas on how to deal with RAW via Lightroom CC and have implemented a number of his suggestions. In the case of the X-Pro1 and...

It is cold these evenings, and it takes a deal of energy to bestir yourself to go out and do something after dark. I kept this in mind as I watched the Northbridge Hotel function room fill up last night with Perth pro and enthusiast photographers. They were there to see the Sony A9 show and to find out what the new camera could do. It turned out that it could do a great deal for a specialist clientele - the people who need to shoot fast - moving subjects in poor light...

People who read photographic columns sometimes get the wrong idea about the writers of them. Despite what we try to pretend on this side of the pencil, we do not know it all. Some of us know very little of it. And bits of what we do know sometimes get forgotten. Fortunately real life can remind us. There is plenty of real life like a situation of sudden movement or sullen lighting that calls us back to the basics of photography. I've featured the  DSLR bodies from two major manufacturers to remind myself of this. I am regularly in a situation that has both sudden fast movement and bad lighting - stage dance shows - and I have on many occasions desperately wanted to be carrying a new DSLR. It's not heresy to the mirror-less movement to say this. Everyone who has tried to overcome the two burdens I mentioned has found out that their efforts have to be both extraordinary and guarded to try to cope with the limitations of the mirror-less. I do cope...

Do you enjoy coffee? Do you enjoy mirror-less photography? Do you like to talk to Burke Flynn? Well you can combine all three in upcoming Coffee On Olympus events this year. These have proved popular in the past as Burke explains the operation of the new Olympus cameras like the Pen F and the OM-D  E-M1 MkII. There are more possibilities encased in these new bodies than you would think - all the way from increased image stabilisation and dedicated focus stacking and shifting to extensive image customisation. It can be too much for some of us to absorb just from an instruction manual, so the Olympus company has made Mr. Flynn available to help. He has the happy knack of converting a complex series of procedures to a simple workflow - and this makes it easier for the growth of the Olympus system. Fortunately for Perth photographers, Olympus is also firmly based here in the state with medical imaging and treatment systems - they have a large headquarters and a ready attitude to help people. You can bank on them getting back to you...

De plane of focus, Boss. It's right here on my new Canon EOS M6 mirror-less camera! And my new EOS M6 has a whole lot of features that the Canon DSLR cameras have: 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 7 processor. Dual pixel technology. Combined image stablisation. 5 Axis. WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. 100-25,600 ISO. And it can do even better things: 180º touch screen for selfies and v-logging. Built-in time lapse capability. 7 fps multi shot. It's the mirrorless camera for easy carrying and big projects. And you don't have to live on a fantasy island to own it - it is here right now with a range of Canon EOS mirror-less lenses. It's the best big camera in a small package that Canon have ever made. I want all the lenses, Boss! Click here to find out more about the Canon EOS M6...

The advent of the first of the Sony new cameras a few years ago - the Alpha series - was quite a revelation for the shop. Sony Australia put on a comprehensive demonstration of the performance of their biggest DSLR here at a Perth studio and the CE staff trooped along to try it out. It was more glamour than I could ever imagine. And I have always hoped that they would do it again when they were ready to release their new full frame Alpha 9 mirror-less camera. The new camera is in the shop right now, and it represents the best of a developing technology for Sony. Mirror-less with full 24 x 36 frame is about as good a compromise of size and performance as anyone makes - pair it with Sony and Zeiss optics and you really can desire very little more. Here is a list of the attributes of the new camera: 24 x 36 full frame 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. Electronic/mechanical shutter - no vibration or noise. Up to 1/32000 second speed. 20 fps possible. 693 AF points...

Suppose you make one of the best professional cameras in the world - and have done so for the last 69 years. Suppose you decide to head out on a new quest for a professional camera system that breaks your own mould - that gives people increased art capability at a lower price than your other products. Suppose you make it easy to use and extremely stylish. Then suppose that you show it to people and invite them to order the cameras and the new lenses - to pre-order them, as it were. And they do. Here's where the atmosphere grows humid. Suppose they order them in such numbers and your production is held up by business concerns...