Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 Review

Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 review

Online review site Lenstip has conducted technical testing of the weather resistant Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 zoom which is intended to act as a step up from the usual kitted zoom lens that often come packaged with Panasonic Micro Four Third (MFT – M43) cameras.

Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Introduction

As expected the 12-60mm optic ( which offers a 24-120mm 35mm equivilent) is better all round than the regular standard zooms and from testing it proved also slightly superior to the Olympus  Zuiko 12-50mm zoom that comes kitted with some Olympus M43 cameras.

Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Introduction

However the 12-60mm is not hugely superior to the tiny Panasonic 12-32mm panacke zoom although this petite lens only offers a 12-64mm equivilent focal length and isn’t weather sealed so in real world usaged the 12-60mm optic is probably more useful and pratical.

It so happens that Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine also undertook a review of the Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 the other week and like Lenstip they considered it a sensible buy which gives better results than standard M43 zoom lenses.

You’d have to step up to the Lumix G 12-35mm f2.8 Zoom If you seek ultimate image quality form a Panasonic M43 lens or else use an Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 which is a superb (but expensive) m43 zoom lens.

Mark Baynham (October 2016)


Longer the better: Leica DG 100-400mm f4-6.3 Review

Lumix 100 400mm Front Oblique

Online testing site Cameralabs have tested the Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3 “Super-Telephoto” lens a Micro Four Thirds ( MFT – m4/3) a lens that offers the 35mm equivilent focal range of 200-800mm, so far more than your average telephoto lens.

But then the build quality and price of the Leica DG 100-400mm f4-6.3 means its far from your average telephoto lens, plus there really isn’t any MFT lens equivilent (Olympus nearest rival is the 300mm f4 “Pro”)

But does the lens justify its heafty £1000 plus price tag?

Well reading Cameralabs the simple answer is yes, the lens displays excellent optical quality, is built like a tank and has top-drawer features.

Lumix 100 400mm Extension Tripod Foot

If your a dedicated wildlife or sports shooter the Leica should certainly be top of your wish list.

Maybe only the Olympus 300mm f4 “Pro” is  worth serious consideration as an alternative provided you are content to have a fixed 600mm equivilent focal lenght.

The Leica is certainly more flexible than the Olympus 300mm f4 but the Olympus is “faster / brighter” and in testing produces slightly sharper images.

Finally if your a micro four third user and are on a tight budget, and you require a super-telephoto lens,  the  Panasonic Lumix G 100-300mm should be considered, its a much cheaper option although unsurprising it is not as optically proficient as the Leica and has a shorter focal range.

The Leica 100-400mm is a top quality lens and that cannot be denied.

Mark Baynham ( October 2016)

Fuji releases firmware update (v2.0 ) for X-Pro 2

Fujifilm has released firmware v2.0 for the Fuji X-Pro2, bringing many tweaks ( 20 in fact) & bug fixes to the company’s flagship APS-C mirrorless camera.

Chief among the changes is an increase in the number of focus points to 325, as well as improved phase detection autofocus accuracy via the X-T2’s AF algorithm.

There’s improved AF tracking in Continuous L burst rate shooting in AF-C mode plus the addition of support for the EF-X500 shoe mount flash.

Helpfully there are new 15/30 second and 1 minute time options for ‘Auto Power Off,’ plus improved optical image stabilization when using the electronic shutter.

All in all a very useful and comprehensive firmware update a typical Fuji overhaul which is one reason the company enjoys a growing loyal following.

Mark Baynham (October 2016)

Canon EOS 5D IV Reviews

Canon EOS 5D IV : Best 5D model yet

On-line websites Dpreview and Cameralabs have both fully tested and reviewed the new Canon  EOS 5D IV, Canon’s latest and probably greatest 5D model.

The conclusion reached by both reviews is hardly surprising, Canon has a winner on their hands, a camera the Canon faithful will love, a real jack of all trades full frame “Pro” camera that will reward users with excellent images, great video and last a life time in the process.

And yet despite the obvious talents of the 5D IV and clear advancement that Canon’s dual pixel technology has brought (Better resolution, faster AF, better dynamic range especially at low ISO & improved live view / video) I personally still find it difficult to get excited by the 5DIV especially when compared to say either Sony’s A7R II or Pentax’s K1 and this from an ex 350 / 40D & 7D owner.

Maybe that’s the whole point. Why mess too much with a proven winning formula and lets be frank Canon’s 5D models have been real winners in the past.

Canon have used years of experience and plenty of professional user feedback to hone the 5D family’s core spec’ds and capacity and by doing so have in the process produced a genuine work horse of a camera.

There will be long line of people linning up to get their hands on the new Canon EOS 5D IV and they won’t be disappointed.

Mark Baynham ( October 2016)


Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 V Announced

Sony CyberShot RX100 V :  A little better than the mark IV?

Arguably Sony’s RX100 models have been responsible for making  high end compacts respectable to fussy enthusiasts seeking excellent image quality in  a small package. Panasonics’s LX models used to reign supreme and unchallenged but not these past 5 years.

Each RX model has added capacity when compared to the previous one and although not always a revoltionary development every new model is “better” in some way to the previous one.

Well the RX100 V has broken cover and whilst it maintains the RX100 IV’s 20mp sensor and 24-70 (f1.8-2.8) lens the new mark 5 adds 315 ( yes 315) phase -detection AF points to that 1-Inch sensor.

So in essence the RX100V is a mark 4 with improved (considerably improved) Auto-Focus (AF) performance.

The mark 5 also promises improved video capacity.

However it apearss that the newest RX model will still lack a touch screen (Doh). Sony has been adamant in the past that RX100 users show no inclination nor desire for a touch screen on their RX100 models, something I find very hard to believe, who wouldn’t at least want the option of using a touch screen for on the fly / candid capture or using one for reviewing and editing images????

Anyway so what to make of the new RX100V? Well I suppose it really represents a mildly tweaked RX100IV sporting inproved AF performance a welcomed developement but maybe not sufficent to justify an upgrade of your RX100 IV?