The Switch

Nikon D300 and New CameraPhotography, as I have always said, is an endeavour that blends the technical with the artistic. There are very few other arts that have as much science in it as the art. Not surprisingly, it is one that attracts a wide range of people, from those who spend more time gazing on MTF charts and shooting brick walls than actually doing photography, to those who pursue the next big thing, even if it is nothing more than the Emperor’s New Clothes. Cold clinical rationalism to pretentious subjective irrationality. Photography has it all. Continue reading The Switch

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Panasonic GH3: A Stills Review

Panasonic GH3 with 12-35mm f/2.8 lens

Introduction

The Panasonic GH3 was introduced in October 2012 with some fanfare, as the replacement to the highly regarded GH2. Now, I say “some”, and that is because the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which had been on sale some six months earlier, was already in the minds of many a photographer, the premier Micro Four Thirds camera. The GH3 with its slightly higher price and much larger size made some wonder why not get a proper DSLR then?

Because dammit, have you seen the sizes of the Micro Four Thirds lenses? Camera size is less of a concern for those of us looking at a full system, since the lenses always take up the bulk of the weight. Plus, Panasonic did market it as a professional camera capable of doing both stills and video, but everyone seems to be dismissing it as a video-only camera, forgetting (or not even noticing) that traditionally Panasonic always reserves the best sensor package for the GH series. If you don’t believe me on that, go and compare the contemporary comparisons of the G1 and the GH1.

So we stills photographers gave it a go, and what conclusion did we come to? Read on and find out! Continue reading Panasonic GH3: A Stills Review

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Something is Coming – We Want Your Input!

Panasonic GH3 with Vario G X 12-35mm f/2.8 lens

Oh yes. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 with that very nice and cute 12-35mm f/2.8 lens is going to be with us for a short stay. If there is anything you want to find out about the GH3 while we still have it, give a shout out in the comments or post on our Facebook Page! Otherwise, keep an eye on this space while we get working on the review!

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The Panasonic GH3 Compared in Size

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Cameras: GH3, GH2, G5, G3, GX1, GF5
Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Cameras: GH3, GH2, G5, G3, GX1, GF5

As some of you might know, I’m rather looking forward to the Panasonic GH3, and am buzzed that there’s a Micro Four Thirds camera that attempts to approach a pro-level DSLR in operation and handling.

Of course, this has a downside. Part of that means the camera is going to be bigger. Some say it’s too big; approaching that of a mid-level DSLR. To better illustrate the increase in size, here is an image with the various recent Micro Four Thirds cameras by Panasonic set to scale. Personally, I think the size is still fine when taken as a system camera, as the main weight in a system has always come from the lenses.

(Image Credit: Panasonic Press Images)

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PANASONIC! WHY MUST YOU BE SO AWESOME (or GH3 and 35-100mm f/2.8)

Panasonic GH3 with Vario G X 12-35mm f/2.8 lens
Panasonic GH3 with Vario G X 12-35mm f/2.8 lens

When the GH3 was delayed, I was wondering if Panasonic was going to work on something that would be higher specified than the GH2. Well, it looks like they did, and the new camera? It’s something I would want. Everything about it, from the new weather-resistant magnesium alloy body, to the layout of dials and buttons, the implications of the user interface (FIVE custom function buttons, three dials) and all the little pro features are making it look really good on paper. Oh, and for video people? 1080p at 60 FPS with up to 72 Mbps bitrate. That is just amazing. The GH1 had a so-so LCD but decent EVF, and this time, the new OLED screen and new OLED EVF look set to be winners. If the 16 megapixel sensor and AF speeds live up to their respective claims, well, this is going to be one hell of a camera. Even with the US pre-order price of US$1300. Even at S$1650, it’s still cheaper than the top end APS-C DSLRs. Then there’s that new lens…

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