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

Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8: As Good as it gets

Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 Prime

image of Zeiss 135mm f/2.8 Batis 2.8/135

This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) magazine has a real world testing and lab testing of thee new Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 designed for use on Sony’s full frame E-mount Alpha models like the Alpha 7-II & 7R -II.

135mm is ideal for head and shoulder portrait shots as well as representing a useful mid range focal length for general photography or maybe even concert and wedding photography.

Although the new Batis lens isn’t as “fast” as Sigma’s 135mm f1.8 DG Art lens and is very expensive (ie around £1750 mark) it has a very complex optical formula which promises much.

And reading AP’s review this new lens ceretainly delivers, to quote:

“your luck is in because the Batis 135mm isn’t just good, its astonishing. Indeed in almost a decade of reviewing lenses I’ve seen few that come anywhere this close to perfection”

No wonder AP awarded the lens a “Gold” 5 Star award

Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Review Image

April 2017


New wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic -Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4 wide zoom announced

Panasonic has announced its new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4 ASPH Micro Four Thirds lens. It’s one of a series of F2.8-4 lenses that the company teased when it released the Leica 12-60mm with a 50-200mm being next in line.

The 8-18mm focal range is equivalent to 16-36mm when mounted on Micro Four Thirds bodies.

The lens has 15 elements, which include ED and UHR glass and four aspherics (one of which is made from ED glass). The lens also has a Nano Surface coating to reduce flare and ghosting. It’s also designed to work with high-speed contrast-detect autofocus systems like those found on modern Panasonic cameras, and its internal STM motor keeps focusing quiet and smooth. Panasonic claims that its optical design reduces ‘image shift’ and improves tracking performance while zooming.

The 8-18mm F2.8-4 is fully weather-sealed and freezeproof to -10C/+14F.

April 2017

New FE Lens Announced

Along with the new full frame a9, Sony introduced a new G Master lens, the FE 100-400 F4.5-5.6 GM OSS. It features a double linear motor and Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor for precise and quiet operation for still and video shooting. Sony also claims that it has ‘edge to edge’ sharpness. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 98cm/3.2 feet and weighs in at a ‘lightweight’ 1.4kg/49 oz.

April 2017

Full Frame Sony a9 Announced

Best mirrorless camera yet produced : The new Sony a9 

Its been long rumoured but finally the Sony a9 a professional high end full frame mirrorless camera has broken cover.

The a9 has a full frame 24MP, stacked CMOS sensor (a world’s first) for super-fast readout, and allowing a completely silent electronic shutter. It can shoot at an amazing 20 frames per second for more 241 compressed Raw frames, that is some performance.

The new camera can perform AF/AE calculations at 60 fps, all while providing a 60 fps live feed which means no more EVF blackout during bursts. Sony claims improved subject tracking and Eye AF speeds, and focus down to -3 EV with F2 lens which is whole stop better than the a7R II.

The camera primarily uses an electronic shutter but also features a mechanical shutter mechanism to allowa flash sync speed of up to 1/250th of a second.

The camera features 693 on-sensor phase detection points (yes 693) that cover 93% of the frame. It also sports an effective five-axis image stabilization that offers 5 stops of correction.

The a9 uses anew high res EVF which  has a 1280 x 960 (QuadVGA) resolution  running at 120 fps with very low latency.

It has twin SD card slots (one of which supports UHS-II cards) and Sony says the battery has twice the capacity of previous models.

Useful features such as an AF joystick have been added to the body as well as a higher capacity battery.

All in all the new camera is a real powerhouse and probably the best mirrorless camera yet released?

And how much for this amazing camera? Apparantly £4500 body only… Ouch

April 2017