Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine recently contained a full review of Sony’s new high end full frame FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS mid telephoto lens designed to work with Sony’s Alpha 7 mirrorless cameras and Sony’s new a9 mirrorless camera.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Review Image

Whilst far from cheap AP’s verdict on the lens was pretty conclusive, I quote:

“By any measure this is an impressive optic, particularly as its performance here has been evaluated against a 42MP sensor”

The lens won a 5 Star Gold Award

May 2017

Panasonic Lumix GX800

Panasonic GX800 : Small, compromised but it has its place

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 Review Image

From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine

“With the Lumix GX800 Panasonic has taken the main imaging components of its higher-end models from last year and squeezed them into a really compact pocketable form.

The result is one of the smallest interchangeable-lens models we;ve seen recently, and with the 12-32mm pancake zoom it’ll happily slip into a large pocket or a small bag.

The Four Thirds sensoir gives very decent image quality too, just as long as you keep an eye on exposure and white balance.

For those interested in video, its thye smallest interchangeable -lens camera that can record 4K at a decent frame rate of 30fps.

Its an interesting alternative for anyone considering an enthusiast compact especially for existing Micro Four Third users who already own some lenses”.

April 2017

Fujifilm X-T20 – More “X” factor for Fuji

Fujifilm X-T20: 5-star winner from Fuji

This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine reviewed Fuji’s mid range “X” camera, the Fuji X-T20 and like other reviews they rated the neat little X-T20 very highly giving it a “Gold 5-Star” rating.

In many ways the X-T20 is a slightly cheaper, smaller, lighter X-T2 and although more expensive than its older brother on release (very much a sign of the times) the newer camera is a lot more capable and like the other 24mp APS-C Trans X cameras from Fuji, it delivers superb image quality.

The magazine review is worth a read if your in the market for a neat looking, high performing, user friendly camera that also gives access to some fantastic optic from Fujinon.

April 2017

Another Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review

Panasonic GH5: A Videographic Giant (and it does decent stills as well)

This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine contained a full technical and user review of Panasonic’s flagship video/still Micro Four Thirds (MFT – M43) CSC, the Panasonic Lumix GH5, its worth a read, especially if your a serious shooter of video

Here’s some choice snipets from their final verdict:

From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine:

“Panasonic’s GH range has long catered for those with a particular interest in video and the GH5 continues that trend. That said, its still image capabilities have seen big improvements over the GH4”.

“Elsewhere the GH5 is a richly featured camera with numerous useful tools that will beefit stills photography just as much as video. The addition of 5-axis image stabilisation is prehaps the most niotable”

Meanwhile the 3.68m dot EVF is one of the very best we’ve yet encountered on a mirroless camera”.

“While there are prehaps better cameras at this price point for stills, the GH5 remains the leader of the pack for those with a specific interest in videography”

March 2017

My take:

I’ve said it before but I’d personally still take the Olympus OMD-D EM1 II over the Panasonic Lumic GH5 but then I don’t shoot video. If you have already bought into Panasonic’s  Micro Four Third system and / or you want to start shooting video, the GH5 is a worthy flagship model. If you are simply a video shooter or wannabe film maker the GH5 is a bit of a no brainer really?

Mark Baynham (March 2017)

Another Review Another Gold Award: X100F

FujiFilm X100F : A Real Winner

Verdict From Amateur Photographer Magazine:

“Fujifilm’s X100 series has long been a favourite of serious photographers, for its unrivalled combination 
of stunning good looks, intuitive, dial-led handling, and excellent image quality. With the X100F, the firm has continued its tradition of making substantial improvements without losing the essence of the original, and its 24-milion-pixel sensor brings the best image quality 
yet. But in many ways, it’s the X-Processor Pro that’s the real star here, because it makes the camera feel that much snappier and more responsive in every aspect of its operation. This is particularly noticeable with the autofocus – I’m really quite impressed Fujifilm has managed to get the lens moving so fast.

But there’s more to the X100F than improved image quality and focusing, and it’s the accumulation of small but significant handling changes that boosts its appeal even further. Additions such as the AF joystick, full-image electronic preview in the optical finder, and extended ISO and exposure compensation control options all make the X100F an absolute joy to use. Few cameras inspire you to pick them up and go out shooting in the way this one does, and few deliver such attractive results when you get home and look at your pictures. Make no mistake; it’s a serious photographic tool.

Of course £1,249 is a lot of money to pay for the privilege of owning a camera with a fixed lens that doesn’t even zoom, being quarter as much again as the X100T was at launch. For most photographers, it’s probably not even going to work as their only camera, but more a companion to something with interchangeable lenses, which makes it something of an indulgence. But then again, the price has to be seen in the context of the competition – because there really isn’t anything else quite like it.

With the X100F, Fujifilm has produced a camera that’s as lovely to shoot as it is to look at, and it delivers image quality to match. Users of the X100S and original X100 will find it a huge upgrade, while even X100T owners should appreciate the new sensor and improved controls. One thing’s for sure – like its predecessors it’s one of the most desirable cameras on the market”.

March 2017