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My Leica Blog (with other small cameras mixed in.): Fuji X-E1 Final Results

My Leica Blog (with other small cameras mixed in.): Fuji X-E1 Final Results | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
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I will eventually own another Fuji X series camera. Right now I'm totally irritated by the RAW and AF issues. 

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Sigma DP3 Merrill Review - Digital Photography School

Sigma DP3 Merrill Review - Digital Photography School | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
The camera's selling agent was asked about this oddity and replied: 'I have attached a few photos taken with the DP2 Merrill. You will note a similar pattern appearing on the photos as the ISO increases.

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A first look at the Sony Alpha 7S 12MP full frame with 4K output: Digital Photography Review

A first look at the Sony Alpha 7S 12MP full frame with 4K output: Digital Photography Review | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

Sony told us that recording 4K footage internally would have meant moving away from the small footprint of the A7-series body. That's why only HD resolutions can be recorded to the internal SD card.


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Sony A7Regret and Fuji XT-1 Uncertainty

Sony A7Regret and Fuji XT-1 Uncertainty | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
Andy Gallacher is an International TV Correspondent

The amount of detail from the A7R's gargantuan sensor is breath taking. 

Alright so I don’t have much to whine about. I own two of the finest
mirrorless cameras on the market and have a job that constantly puts me in
front of interesting things to take pictures of. But none the less a
compare and contrast between the Fuji and Sony at this point is something
that's warranted. You should know that this isn’t my first foray into the
mirrorless wonderland, for the past couple of years I owned, swore at and
eventually fell in love with a Fuji X-Pro1. Like many people I loved the
handling, look and image but sometimes wanted to throw the bloody thing off
a bridge. Focusing speed, shutter lag and a myriad of other issues were a
pain at first but after a series of firmware updates things got much
better. But I was still yearning for a full frame camera and then along
came the Sony A7R.

Sony A7R and the incredible Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 in Haiti. Notice how it
handles extreme shade and light.

I ordered it immediately and got one of the first out the door but
initially found it to be an unforgiving little beast. It seemed as unwieldy
and alien to me as the X-Pro1 did when I first bought that and the tiniest
adjustments made huge differences to the images I was getting. Regret set
in, compounded by blogs about light leaks and shutter vibration, but I'm
not easily dissuaded (and I'd spend a wad of cash) and despite everything
this little boxy bugger was starting to grow on me. Maybe it was going from
APSC to FF that was causing me problems initially but with each consequent
frame came vast improvements. And then there is the image quality. The
sheer amount of detail, information and latitude that this little metal box
exudes is beyond impressive. Having said that all that processing power and
megapixels in the world won't help you take pictures of your kids. Movement
is no friend of the A7R but the same can't be said of the Fuji X-T1. Now
the first thing I thought when I frantically unboxed the X-T1 was just how
good looking this thing is. It's the Brangelina of cameras, I mean this
thing is just beautiful and it's not skin deep. It feels leaps and bounds
ahead of the X-Pro1 in terms of speed and usability. For me the key reason
to trade up from the X-Pro1 wasn't the image quality but the tracking focus
and ability to fire off 8 frames a second. I recently got a chance to test
that under pretty tough circumstances and X-T1 passed with flying colors.
When I took shots of the Angola Prison Rodeo in Louisiana I was at the back
of the stadium in the press box at the long end of the 55-200 and barely
missed a shot. Tell me these shots don't look at least as good as anything
you've seen come out of a hulking DSLR and huge lens? 

The XT-1 with the Fuji 55-200 lens and 8fps is a compelling combination.

The combination worked so well that I used it to publish a picture gallery
for work. 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/05/pictures-bucking-broncos-at-us-j-20145911394954925.html

A7R in the Wynwood district of Miami.

So the big question I guess might be which camera is the best? Well if you
put a gun to my head and forced me to choose I would probably take the
bullet; I just love both of these cameras that much. The A7R is amazing for
landscape, urban and portrait shots and suits the pace that I work at for
the most part. The Fuji replicates all that, albeit with much smaller files
and detail, and throws in the bonus of being fast and, I think, better
looking. If you're on a  budget the Fuji will not displease but it's what I
can do with the A7R files that continues to impress. Pictures that I have
been convinced were average or just lost have turned out to be
stunning. But whenever I am packing for another trip I go through the same
dilemma - Fuji or Sony. It's most definitely a first world problem but the
fact that I lose sleep over which of these small and highly capable cameras
to take with me is a testament to how much choice and quality mirrorless
shooters have these days!

A7R - forgiveness is a wonderful thing....

Fuji XT-1 and the trusty 35mm f/1.4

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Sony A7s First Impressions

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My parting thought is that the A7s is neither the holy grail of cameras, nor a whimsical outlier. It's going to take a special photographer with keen image perception to appreciate what the A7s has to offer. Thanks Sony, for catering to more than the lowest common denominator.

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Sony Adds 16-35mm f/4 OSS to Its Full-Frame E-Mount Lineup, Teases Fast Primes

Sony Adds 16-35mm f/4 OSS to Its Full-Frame E-Mount Lineup, Teases Fast Primes | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one of the major downsides of the exceptional Sony A7, A7r and A7s full-frame mirrorless cameras is the lack of native lenses, but Sony and ZEISS are working hard to remedy that.

Just last week ZEISS debuted the Loxia line of FE lenses, and today Sony introduced a brand new wide-angle lens and teased several primes at Photokina.

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Sony a7S Review as it Compares to the Panasonic GH4

Sony a7S Review as it Compares to the Panasonic GH4 | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
To generically sum it up if someone is filling my frame I would use the a7s, if I am shooting a wide shot I would use the GH4, if I was shooting above ISO 800 I would shoot with the a7S, if I was shooting outdoor stills for sports the GH4, if I was shooting portraits I would use the a7S.

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Santa Cruz and the Fujinon XF 18-135mm | Stephen Ip

Santa Cruz and the Fujinon XF 18-135mm | Stephen Ip | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

We took a road trip to Santa Cruz last month and I thought it would be a good opportunity to rent and try out the Fujinon XF 18-135mm lens. Even though I generally prefer prime lenses, the XF 18-135mm intrigued me because it's the first weather resistant lens from Fuji and because it covers a very useful focal length range. Being someone that spends a lot of time shooting near the ocean, the idea of having a weather resistant lens that covers most of my shooting situations sounded quite appealing. During the week I spent with the lens, I was impressed with almost everything about it. While it's bigger and heavier than the lenses I'm used to shooting with, it didn't feel as unwieldy as I expected. In fact, it felt quite well balanced with the X-T1. I don't have the battery grip for the X-T1, but I think those that do will find that they pair nicely with the XF 18-135mm lens. All the images I captured with the lens were plenty sharp for me and the image stabilization came in handy on numerous occasions........


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Fujifilm X-T1 review | Mark Richards

Fujifilm X-T1 review | Mark Richards | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

Is the Fujifilm X-T1 camera better than the X-Pro1? I think the answer is a resounding yes.  I will leave the technical reviews to others – this is purely about the X-T1 from a user perspective as much technical information is pretty meaningless when it comes to me using a camera in a day to day situation. As a user I’m interested in only three things – how easy is the camera to use, is it reliable and does it take great photos? Well earlier this year I got a chance to find out.  I had been using a Fujifilm X-Pro1 for about 18 months and mentioned in passing to my brother that I was thinking about the X-T1 as a possible replacement but it was too expensive.  Imagine my surprise the following week when a brand new X-T1 arrived in the post completely out of the blue!  Having an older brother definitely has its advantages…


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New York Moments with the Fuji Monochrom | James Conley

New York Moments with the Fuji Monochrom | James Conley | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

Continuing my exploration of the Fuji Monochrom and the achromatic capabilities of the X100s, I took the Fuji for a stroll around the southern tip of Manhattan. The city that never sleeps always offers up great images. Lately, however, it seems that midtown and points north are becoming more deserted at night, while downtown all the way to the end of Canal Street is quite busy. Soho, Chinatown, and the East Village were all relatively heavy with pedestrian traffic, providing good chances for street photography. Maybe Midtown has finally gotten expensive enough that the only people who are able to afford to live there are trapped in offices. The majority of these images were shot with the X100s. A few, however, were shot on the XE-1, which I've set the same as the X100s. The XE-1 allows me the occasional use of wider angle lenses, so it's always in the bag. Both cameras use the X-Trans CMOS sensor (though the X100s has version II of that sensor) and the images are of identical quality.........


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Fuji X30 Hands-On Field Test

We love the Fuji X series, and their latest camera just arrived! Unfortunately, it also showed up during a freak snowstorm in the summer. We brave the elements to give you loyal TCSTV viewers the scoop on this cool little compact!


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Sigma DP2 Merrill: Full Review

Sigma DP2 Merrill: Full Review | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
In spite of its exceptional image quality, the Sigma DP2 Merrill is above all aimed at advanced photographers shooting mostly still scenes who'll be able to overlook the camera's limitations.

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Sigma DP2 Merrill - Useless at High ISO? Not So Fast...

Sigma DP2 Merrill - Useless at High ISO? Not So Fast... | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
Most everyone knows by now that the Sigma DP Merrill cameras have outstanding image quality at low ISO. The results in color are impressive, and the.

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Initial thoughts on Sigma DP2 Merrill

Initial thoughts on Sigma DP2 Merrill | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
I got my new DP2 Merrill yesterday evening. When I opened the package and took the camera in my hand I was smiling. It really feels solid and very well made. I got the feeling that I am holding a B...

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Fujifilm X100S and Sony A7 comparison

Fujifilm X100S and Sony A7 comparison | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

So what conclusions have I drawn from this comparison? Mainly that for how and what I shoot, the APS-C sensors on the X100S and X-Pro1/X-T1 are good enough. Based on the results of my completely unscientific comparison and the fact that I rarely make large prints, I really can't find any reason to consider a move to Sony. It's not that the Sony A7 (and A7R which I haven't used) aren't great cameras. It's just that for my needs and preferences, the Fuji X Series cameras and lenses simply suit me better.


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Sony A7R, 35FE and Sigma DP3 Merrill

Sony A7R, 35FE and Sigma DP3 Merrill | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

This is not a “comparison”, focal lengths used are different: I wanted just to see if the two camera can be used fruitfully together without major issues in terms of image quality.


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Sony A7s vs 5D Mark III - The 5D has finally met its match - YouTube

Can this Canon dslr keep up with Sony’s new mirrorless camera? http://www.learningcameras.com Sony A7s review: http://youtu.be/HsNue6B8GRk Sony A7s Purchase:...

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Sony A7 A7R A7S

Sony A7 A7R A7S | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
A blog for images captured using Sony Alpha A7, A7S and A7R mirrorless ILC cameras + news, reviews,...

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Sony Alpha A7S review - Pocket-lint

Sony Alpha A7S review - Pocket-lint | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
Just like the original A7, the A7S is mini marvel with a massive sensor. It's the new 12-megapixel chip that's the main point of interest as image quality is the cleanest out of the current trio of A7 cameras available. That will benefit those who spend a lot of time low-light shooting using ISO 1600 and above. And there's plenty available above that thanks to the headline maximum ISO 409,600 option.

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The most comprehensive collection on Sony A7 / A7R body types & Alpha lenses on the web...

The most comprehensive collection on Sony A7 / A7R body types & Alpha lenses on the web... | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

Aspects of Digital Photography focusing on Sony's ILCE bodies (A7, A7R and A7s) and FE lenses - photographer, reviews, samples and more...

The most comprehensive collection of articles and reviews on the Sony A7, Sony A7R and Sony A7s bodies as well as all the FE lenses on the Web!


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Working professionally with the Fujifilm X series – Guest Post by Gabriele Lopez | MirrorLessons

Working professionally with the Fujifilm X series – Guest Post by Gabriele Lopez | MirrorLessons | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

My name is Gabriele Lopez. I’ve lived and worked in Milan (Italy) as a professional photographer since 2004. My jobs include: commercial photography which ranges from corporate to events, portraits mainly for local actors and books, weddings taken in a photojournalistic manner and personal projects that I do for myself and that the Millenium Images agency in London distributes. I constantly realize personal and collective projects in the form of self-printed books and fanzines. Cameras are not fundamental, but at the same time, it is important to use something that fits our needs. I am not the kind of photographer who shoots on a definite mission. Photography for me is mostly a diary, a way of living. In fact I never step out of my home without a camera, even if I don’t plan to shoot something as you never know what you might come across. Everyday I shoot a variety of moments, from the happiest to the most tragic. My instinctive way of shooting allows me to express myself and to understand what’s around me. This way of being stems back to the time I received a Polaroid camera as a gift and when I first bought a 35mm compact camera for recording my daily life.......


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Jumping Ship - From DSLR to Fuji X - | Jason Pitcher

Jumping Ship - From DSLR to Fuji X - | Jason Pitcher | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it

It all started in July 2013 when I bought a Fuji X100s. Apart from being a gorgeous camera, it has amazing image quality and portability. I’ve been babbling on about it on these pages for a while. For what I shoot, when I shoot, it does a fantastic job. I recently printed the final image from this post on fine art paper at 13″ x 19″ and it is gorgeous! So I was reviewing the pictures I’d taken through the last 6 months of the 2013, and I realized that I hardly touched the D800E. It was a rapidly depreciating asset that I almost never used. With the addition of the teleconverters for the X100s, The only thing I needed the Nikon for was long lens work or super wide angle stuff. I also came to realize that 36MP is overkill for my needs. I decided to take to leap and sell the Nikon and most of the glass. Because of my experience with the little Fuji, I wanted to replace it with a small, light CSC that could go super wide and long to cover what I needed the Nikon for, but in a smaller package. I was going to stay with Fuji because I now knew it and was comfortable with the processing workflow, which is a very important consideration. I also want a viewfinder. I will always want a viewfinder. Always. So, given the extensive range of interchangeable compact cameras they do, how do I decide.......


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Fujifilm X30 Review | Fuji vs Fuji

Fujifilm X30 Review | Fuji vs Fuji | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
A quick review of a preproduction sample of the Fujifilm X30.

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Thoughts on the Photokina 2014 | Ming Thein

Thoughts on the Photokina 2014 | Ming Thein | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it


Fuji

Not much of interest here: a mildly warmed-over X100T, another color of XT-1, an X30 and a couple of lenses. The X30 has now grown so large you might as well get a small mirrorless camera instead. If I display a palpable lack of enthusiasm for Fuji, it’s mainly because whilst they build a great camera body – the X-T1’s ergonomics are superb, barring flat buttons – the lenses are merely good, and they still haven’t really addressed the workflow problem. ACR still does a terrible job with the files, and Silkypix is still unusable for a professional workflow and large quantity of images. I think it’s very telling that a lot of the ‘pros’ who use Fuji do not shoot raw. Shooting JPEG leaves far too much image quality on the table......


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Not APS-C, but I still like this series of Fuji cameras.

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USER REPORT: A Mini User Review of the Sigma DP1 & DP2 Merrill by Richard Geltman

USER REPORT: A Mini User Review of the Sigma DP1 & DP2 Merrill by Richard Geltman | Best Quality Mirrorless Cameras | Scoop.it
A Mini user review of Sigma Dp1 & DP2 Merril I thought it would be interesting for everybody to have a look at some work done with the Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrill cameras. I also shoot with a Lei...

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