Review Fujifilm X20

BOTTOM LINE: Still one of the best, if not the best, compact camera available today, with great looks, build and image quality. Fujifilm X20 – Vital Stats Sensor: 12MP 2/3inch CMOS Lens: 28-112mm (equivalent) f 2.0-2.8 Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC Construction: Magnesium alloy Weather-sealed: No Category: Rangefinder Compact Price in South Africa: R6 900 (This review was … Read moreReview Fujifilm X20

Pixel Pusher – Nikon D7100 Review

BOTTOM LINE: A refreshed version of the D7000 that has been improved in key areas, though not as much as some would like. Nikon D7100 – Vital Stats Sensor: 24MP APS-C (DX-format) CMOS Focal Lenght Conversion: 1.5x Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC Construction: Magnesiium Alloy Weather Sealed: Yes Price in South Africa: R16 500 – Body Only (This … Read morePixel Pusher – Nikon D7100 Review

Review: Sony Alpha NEX-7 and Zeiss 24mm f/1.8

The NEX-7 is Sony’s latest mirrorless camera and it sits at the top of their NEX range. It’s an all metal, APS-C sized sensor equipped machine, intended for professionals. It features the same 24 megapixel sensor and OLED viewfinder from the Alpha 77 and Alpha 65. Essentially, the NEX 7 is almost identical in specification and performance to the Alpha 77, but packaged in a far smaller body.

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First Impressions: Sony Alpha A57 (Guest Post by Robbie Aspeling)

This is a guest post by Robbie Aspeling. A fellow photographer and Minolta/Sony shooter from many years.

As happens every now and again, I manage to get my grubby little paws on some new kit. In this case it was the newly announced Sony A57 DSLT (Digital Single Lens Translucent) camera. This is one of the new technology cameras that Sony are now making which have a translucent mirror instead of the traditional DSLR, whose mirror flaps out of the way when an exposure is made. Much has been said about the pros and cons of DSLT technology, but I find that the pros far outweigh any cons. This coming from my using traditional DSLR’s for far longer than I care to remember. Some main differences are that the mirror no longer has to move out of the way when an exposure is made. This gives the ability of a much faster frame per second (fps) vs traditional DSLR’s, as well as having an electronic viewfinder (EVF). The EVF can now show additional information such as the actual value of settings, as well as the real effect of these different settings that the photographer has selected. The live view is direct and covers 100% of the frame. In other words, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

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Guest Post: The lens hood is $200?!!?!?! by Scott Hutchison

Article by Scott Hutchison

Tristan Hall asked me last week if I would like to give my thoughts and feelings on the Leica M9. He told me that I would have free reign on length, but that I should write an article – and include some pictures – that I would be interested in reading.

“Wonderful!” I thought. “A chance to have my feelings about the pinnacle of German consumer photographic technology be read by the fine fans of and by people all around the planet!” Little did Tristan know that he had just requested work by an illiterate Canadian massage therapist/photographer who likes to shoot Sony DSLRs, film rangefinders, iPhones, and has a tendency to have his sentences run on and on… So don’t be surprised if car crashes, explosions, and full-frontal nudity find their way into my Leica M9 camera review, or – at the very least – some spelling and grammatical errors. And “review” might also be too strong of a word… Perhaps a word such as “confession” would be better suited.

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Nikon 1 V1 – Review

The Nikon 1 system of cameras and lenses marks quite a radical leap of change for Nikon. Having used the F-mount on their SLR’s for 55 years, spanning both the film and digital age, the Nikon 1 marks many firsts for the brand.

On paper, many things about the Nikon 1 system are simply mind blowing. To me though, on the flip side of the coin, many specs defy logic. And I suspect that I’m not the only one who sees it that way. As a result, it has taken a lot of global criticism since it’s launch, but I’ll speak more about its negative attributes later.

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Video Review: Olympus Tough TG-610 Plays Rugby

Recently Armani posted his review of the Olympus TG-810. A few weeks prior to his chilling experience in an icy winter pool we decided to put the smaller Olympus TG-610 through a Tough Test – pun intended – and see if it could survive being strapped to a rugby ball at Pirates Rugby Club practice. The result, better than us or any of the rugby team expected, not even a scratch. Check it out or read on for my thoughts on the camera further.

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First Impression – Nikon 1 J1 and V1

We have just returned from the South African launch of the Nikon 1 series and got to go hands on with the new J1 and V1. Nikon claim this is the most important announcement they have made in 14 years when they first announced their entry to digital cameras, but is it all they hope it to be? Read on for our first impressions.

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Review: Sony Alpha A77

We have a confession to make, this camera came into our hands almost right after it was announced. So why the delay in getting the review out? Firstly it came with firmware that was not final. Two days later, just moments after updating to firmware version 1.00, we got a message that there was another update and we have only been able to get that update done in the last few days. So, without further delay, let us dive into the Sony Alpha A77.

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