Find all the gear and software reviews I’ve scribbled here.
MICRO 4/3 SYSTEM
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN, holy crap: a user review
LUMIX GX9, death of the GX Line?
Battle of the Lumix, GX8 vs GX7, how much of an upgrade is it, really?
Battle of the Lumix, GX8 vs GX7, a first look comparison, on paper
Battle for my Affection, Round 1 – Panasonic GX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 (IBIS, EVF’s and LCD’s)
Battle for my Affection, Round 2 – Panasonic GX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Ergonomics and Build Quality)
Battle for my Affection, Round 3 – Panasonic GX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Interface, IQ, Features and the final decision)
Kipon EF to m4/3 AF Smart Adapter, things are starting to get interesting…
Leica 15mm f/1.7 vs the Pana-Cakes (14/2.5 and 20/1.7)
Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron review
Micro 4/3 system Portrait Lens Shootout! (Leica 42.5 vs Voigtländer 42.5 vs Olympus 45)
Micro 4/3 Super Tele Battle, comparing the Lumix 100-300 and the Olympus 40-150 + 1.4xTC
Micro 4/3 Holy Trinity of Lenses!
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Lens Review
Olympus MC-14, 1.4x Teleconverter Review
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 vs Canon EF 135mm f/2 L
Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lens for Micro 4/3
Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro for Micro 4/3
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens for Micro 4/3 – First Look
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 vs Contax Zeiss 45mm f/2 Planar T*
Panasonic G3 vs Olympus OMD EM5
Panasonic GM1 – A quick first look
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 lens for Micro 4/3 – First Look
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 lens for Micro 4/3
Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 vs. Lumix 20mm f/1.7 II
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS pancake zoom
Panasonic Lumix Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 for Micro 4/3
Really Right Stuff accessory grip for the Oly OMD EM5
Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Micro 4/3 cams
Using Legacy FD mount lenses on Micro 4/3 cameras
Using Lens Mount Adapters for Micro 4/3 cameras
Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Lens Review
SONY E (alpha series) SYSTEM
Metabones/Sony a7II Firmware Updates have created a monster! (AF speed update is nuts!)
Metabones Canon EF to Sony FE Mount Mk4 smart adapter review
Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 (EF mount) user review
Sony 5 axis IBIS vs Lumix 2 axis IBIS vs EF Lens IS Comparison
CANON EOS SYSTEM
Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 user review
EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review
Lensbaby Burnside 35 for m4/3 review
Lensbaby Composer Pro for mirrorless system cameras
Lensbaby Tilt Transformer for Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX systems
ALIEN SKIN SOFTWARE:
Alien Skin Snap Art 3 – turn your images into digital paintings
Topaz Glow, fractalize your vision!
Topaz Impression, artistic exploration
Topaz Adjust, one click photo enhancement
Topaz Detail, Final Sharpening made quick and easy
Topaz ReMask, why have I not been using this until now?! (Oct. 2013)
Topaz ReMask, take 2! (July 2014)
Topaz ReStyle, Quick tone mapping and cross processing done right!
Topaz DeNoise5 – Best noise reduction software I’ve used
Topaz Black and White Effects v2.1 – (Updated Review HERE)
Topaz Clean 3 – edge manipulation and skin softening software, a serious bang for your buck
Aurora HDR Pro for interior photography
Tonality Pro – Black and White, done right.
Focus Pro 2 – Lens effects and more!
High Dynamic Range with Photomatix
Fotomagico4 – Slick Slideshows
Digital Film Tools – Film Stocks plugin
Tiffen DFX – One plugin to rule them all?
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Hey. love your reviews. just wondering what are your thoughts on olympus e-p5 v panasonic gx7?
tossing between the two at the moment. indecisive. mainly used as a carry around camera. dinner functions.. cafe/lunch outings.. group gatherings.
Thank you. Regarding the EP5 vs GX7, I can only really talk to the GX7’s physical strengths and weaknesses as I’ve not used an EP5. I did shoot with the EM5 for a year and a half though, and it shares a lot of its DNA with the EP5. There are the obvious differences in that the GX7 has a good built in EVF, or the EP5 has the 5 axis IBIS, but I think it comes down to how either feel to and interact with you.
The sensors are both quality, and in my opinion are practically equal. I like the RAW files from the Pana sensor over the Sony sensor, but the Jpeg presets on the Oly are probably better.
Personally, I have not enjoyed shooting with Oly cams, but that is because I just don’t like the Oly approach to ergonomics, physical controls and menus. This is an entirely personal gripe and opinion, and there are plenty out there who feel the opposite, so like I said, I think getting them both in your hands would probably be the best way to determine which is better for you. If the price was the same, I think I’d look at which features suit you better, but I’m pretty sure the GX7 is running at a pretty substantial discount now with the GX8 slated for announcement in the Fall. There are rumors that the EPx line may not be continued, or upgraded anytime soon as Oly has found its momentum with the OMD lineup. In that case, I feel you’d get a better value overall for the GX7, personally if my understanding on prices is correct.
Hope this helps,
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