Category: Compact System Camera

Friday, December 7, 2018

Leica CL ‘Street Kit’

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Leica Camera have unveiled the Leica CL ‘Street Kit’ for photographers of all skill levels seeking a compact yet high-performance system camera and lens. The kit includes the small and versatile Leica CL system camera and a Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. lens, which together form a set ideal for photographers who covet intuitive handling, iconic industrial design and the storied Leica Look.

The lightweight kit is perfect for travel and daily excursions, and comes outfitted in classic anodized black finish with an ergonomically designed handgrip, premium black leather carrying strap and convenient second camera battery.

The Leica CL ‘Street Kit’ is available beginning today at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers for $4,195.

Leica Camera have unveiled the Leica CL ‘Street Kit’ for photographers of all skill levels seeking a compact yet high-performance system camera and lens. The kit includes the small and versatile Leica CL system camera and a Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. lens, which together form a set ideal…

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 lens for Fujifilm GFX Mirrorless Medium Format

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Zhong Yi Optics has released the first third-party lens for Fujifilm GFX cameras. The new Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 lens provides a focal length equivalent to 46mm in 35mm terms. It's also the fastest lens currently available for the Fujifilm G mount.

Zhong Yi Optics has released the first third-party lens for Fujifilm GFX cameras. The new Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 lens provides a focal length equivalent to 46mm in 35mm terms. It's also the fastest lens currently available for the Fujifilm G mount.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Cyber Monday Deal: Fujifilm Mirrorless for £229!

Today only, get the 24 megapixel Fujifilm X-A3 for just £229 at Amazon UK!

We commented in our review: "There is a lot to like about the Fujifilm X-A3, and as usual for Fujifilm, we have been impressed by the image quality that it is capable of producing - perhaps even more impressive when you consider that the sensor is not the higher quality X-Trans as found on Fujifilm’s more expensive models."

Save 43%/£170 on the Fujifilm X-A3 and get started with the Fujifilm X-series!

Today only, get the 24 megapixel Fujifilm X-A3 for just £229 at Amazon UK!We commented in our review: "There is a lot to like about the Fujifilm X-A3, and as usual for Fujifilm, we have been impressed by the image quality that it is capable of producing - perhaps even…

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Deal: Get a Full-frame Mirrorless Camera for £509, with a Lens!

Amazon UK are offering the original Sony A7 camera with the FE 28-70mm kit lens for just £509 after cashback.

That's right - you really can now buy a 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera for just over £500!

Hurry though, because the deal ends today...

Amazon UK are offering the original Sony A7 camera with the FE 28-70mm kit lens for just £509 after cashback. That's right - you really can now buy a 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera for just over £500! Hurry though, because the deal ends today...

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sony Alpha A9 Version 4.00 Firmware Update

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Sony has released a firmware update, Version 4.00, for the Alpha A9 camera that allows photographers to transfer images to FTP servers during record and playback operations. This enhanced functionality allows professional photographers to share their output with news desks instantly.

Sony has released a firmware update, Version 4.00, for the Alpha A9 camera that allows photographers to transfer images to FTP servers during record and playback operations. This enhanced functionality allows professional photographers to share their output with news desks instantly.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fujifilm Announces Firmware Updates for GFX 50S, X-T3 and X-H1 Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Fujifilm has just announced new firmware updates for the GFX 50S, X-T3 and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. New functions include the improvement of in-body image stabilization performance for the X-H1, 4K HDR video recording and simultaneous output of Film Simulation / F-Log footage for the X-T3, and 35mm format mode for the GFX 50S.

Fujifilm has just announced new firmware updates for the GFX 50S, X-T3 and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. New functions include the improvement of in-body image stabilization performance for the X-H1, 4K HDR video recording and simultaneous output of Film Simulation / F-Log footage for the X-T3, and 35mm format mode for…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Sports Camera (Rumor)

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Olympus have registered a new camera at the United States Federal Communications Commission, which some sites are claiming will be called the Olympus E-M1X. Measuring 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm, the Olympus E-M1X will be a sports camera with a built-in battery grip, at least according to 43rumors.com, and will be released in January 2019.

Olympus have registered a new camera at the United States Federal Communications Commission, which some sites are claiming will be called the Olympus E-M1X. Measuring 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm, the Olympus E-M1X will be a sports camera with a built-in battery grip, at least according to 43rumors.com, and will…

Monday, November 5, 2018

Leica Q-P to be Launched Soon

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Leica Q-P is due to be announced this week, according to rumor sites Nokishita and Mirrorless Rumors. Apart from cosmetic changes to the exterior, the Q-P will apparently have the same specifications as the current Leica Q camera, which we reviewed back in 2015. More details as we get them...

Update: The new Leica Q-P is now featured on the Leica Japan website.

The Leica Q-P is due to be announced this week, according to rumor sites Nokishita and Mirrorless Rumors. Apart from cosmetic changes to the exterior, the Q-P will apparently have the same specifications as the current Leica Q camera, which we reviewed back in 2015. More details as we get…

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Look Inside the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The team over at Lensrentals have completed the disassembly of the Nikon Z7, concluding they’re impressed by much of the design and particularly in the weather sealing.

"This is not marketing department weather resistance. This is engineering department weather resistance. Anything that can be sealed has been sealed. I’m impressed, and I will say for future cut-and-paste blurbs: this is as robustly weather sealed a camera as we’ve ever disassembled."

and:

"I’m not here to tell you which camera is best to use or has the best performance. I’m just here to say this is a damn well-built camera, the best built mirrorless full-frame camera we’ve taken apart."

The team over at Lensrentals have completed the disassembly of the Nikon Z7, concluding they’re impressed by much of the design and particularly in the weather sealing."This is not marketing department weather resistance. This is engineering department weather resistance. Anything that can be sealed has been sealed. I’m impressed, and…

Friday, November 2, 2018

Up to £275 / €300 Cashback on Nikon Cameras and Lenses

Nikon UK has today launched its Winter Cashback promotion, offering up to £275/€300 on selected Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses in time for the festive period.

Nikon UK has today launched its Winter Cashback promotion, offering up to £275/€300 on selected Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses in time for the festive period.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Yongnuo Mirrorless Camera in Development

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo, best known for their copies of Canon and Nikon lenses, are developing their very own mirrorless camera system. In a Facebook competition, Yongnuo are giving away a YN50mm F1.8C/N lens to the person who comes up with the best name for their new 4G Smart camera. The rear of the camera displays what looks like an Android operating system, while a Canon 14mm is shown attached to the front, presumably via an adapter.

The contest is due to end in January 2019, so we could see an official CES announcement from Yongnuo then...

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo, best known for their copies of Canon and Nikon lenses, are developing their very own mirrorless camera system. In a Facebook competition, Yongnuo are giving away a YN50mm F1.8C/N lens to the person who comes up with the best name for their new 4G Smart camera. The…

Friday, October 26, 2018

Using Sigma Lenses with the Canon EOS R

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Sigma have issued a lens compatibility notice for their lenses when used with the new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. There are no known issues with general operation, but Sigma do state that the Digital Lens Optimizer located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function cannot be used and must be set to Off. This will be fixed by Sigma in a future firmware update.

Sigma have issued a lens compatibility notice for their lenses when used with the new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. There are no known issues with general operation, but Sigma do state that the Digital Lens Optimizer located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function cannot be used and must…

Current Sigma Lenses Will Work on the Nikon Z7 Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Sigma has confirmed in a statement that its current lenses will work on the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera via the FTZ adapter without any issues.

Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus, while some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November 2013 that are not compatible with the latest DSLR cameras will not operate.

Sigma has confirmed in a statement that its current lenses will work on the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera via the FTZ adapter without any issues. Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus, while some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November…

Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 for Sony FE Now Available to Pre-order

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The new Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 full frame zoom lens for Sony FE cameras is now available to pre-order. The price will be £899 / $849 and stock is due at the end of November 2018.

The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/). The first 50 orders through Venus Optic’s webstore will get a 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder System for FREE. The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 849/pc and the first shipment is expected to commence in late November.

The Laowa 10mm f/4.5-5.6 for Canon R and Nikon Z mounts will be released in a few months.

The new Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 full frame zoom lens for Sony FE cameras is now available to pre-order. The price will be £899 / $849 and stock is due at the end of November 2018. The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official…

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9, GX9 Firmware Updates Now Available

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Major new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9 and GX9 cameras are now available.

Download the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9, GX9 Firmware Updates

Major new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9 and GX9 cameras are now available.Download the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9, GX9 Firmware Updates

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ouch! Canon EOS R Teardown Reveals Its Guts

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Don't try this at home! Lens Rentals have taken the rather unusual decision to pull apart their brand new Canon EOS R camera, bolt by bolt, component by component, just to have a peak at what's inside. Fortunately for us, they've shared the step-by-step results.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from this rather painful process is that Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, doesn't think that IBIS will ever make its way into a Canon EOS R body:

"Do I think future Rs are going to have IBIS? No, I don’t. Canon has been very clear that they think lens stabilization is superior. The space is probably just a matter of ergonomics and perhaps heat diffusion. But there’s certainly room for it."

Roger also comments on the EOS R's weather-sealing:

"Speaking of the Sony A7RIII, it’s taken a bit of internet trashing for its lack of weather sealing. Throw no stones from your glass house, oh Canon shooters. The Canon EOS-R is just about the same; well-sealed buttons and dials, not much else. That means, I think, that it will be fine in a misty rain for a while, but don’t get it saturated and don’t set it somewhere wet."

Fascinating stuff and well worth a read.

Don't try this at home! Lens Rentals have taken the rather unusual decision to pull apart their brand new Canon EOS R camera, bolt by bolt, component by component, just to have a peak at what's inside. Fortunately for us, they've shared the step-by-step results. Perhaps the most important takeaway…

Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster for Canon EOS M

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Accessories

The upcoming Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster for Canon EOS M promises to turn it into a full-frame mirrorless camera (kind-of).

Due for release in the next couple of months, the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster will apply a 0.71x crop to lenses mounted on the EOS M and also increase the exposure by +1 stop, turning a 50mm f/2.8 lens into a 35mm f/2 lens.

This should help to overcome the Canon EOS M50's severe crop when shooting 4K video, for example, as well as increase the effective resolution, that's if the autofocus and image quality aren't too adversely affected by mounting the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster adapter.

Kinotika have a great video from Photokina showing the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster in action, and they're also reporting that it will only cost a mere $156...

The upcoming Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster for Canon EOS M promises to turn it into a full-frame mirrorless camera (kind-of). Due for release in the next couple of months, the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster will apply a 0.71x crop to lenses mounted on the EOS M and also increase the…

Friday, October 12, 2018

Testing the Canon EOS R's Autofocusing

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

One of the key selling points of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera is its backwards compatibility with Canon's vast range of EF lenses - 130 million produced so far and counting - not to mention 3rd-party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. This backwards compatibility is made possible by the new Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter.

So we've tested out the autofocusing system of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera, firstly with the RF 24-105mm f/4 kit lens and then with a wide variety of EF lenses.

One of the key selling points of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera is its backwards compatibility with Canon's vast range of EF lenses - 130 million produced so far and counting - not to mention 3rd-party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. This backwards compatibility is made…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Leica Q ‘Khaki’ Special Edition

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is a new special edition camera with khaki-coloured leather trim and classic Leica script. The special edition of the Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is strictly limited to 495 pieces globally and is available from today priced at $4995.

The Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is a new special edition camera with khaki-coloured leather trim and classic Leica script. The special edition of the Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is strictly limited to 495 pieces globally and is available from today priced at $4995.

Sony A7 III and A7R III Firmware Update 2.0

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Sony have released a major firmware update for the A7 III and A7R III cameras. Version 2.0 adds support for the 400mm f/.28 GM and 24mm f/1.4 GM lenses, improves LA-EA3 mount adaptor support, and offers better reproduction of the gradation of RAW pictures.

Sony have released a major firmware update for the A7 III and A7R III cameras. Version 2.0 adds support for the 400mm f/.28 GM and 24mm f/1.4 GM lenses, improves LA-EA3 mount adaptor support, and offers better reproduction of the gradation of RAW pictures.