Hands on with the Sony A7R II

Sony A7R II

This first hands on is with a pre-production model, so no footage for now. Instead on Tuesday August 4th I will shoot for the first time with the final retail boxed Sony A7R II in Berlin at a boxing academy. Be sure to check out EOSHD for that and the full review next week.

The Sony A7R II represents a significant escalation in specs for both stills and video, a truly next generation camera.  To kick off my coverage of Sony’s 1st 4K internally recording full frame mirrorless model I bring you this exclusive hands-on.

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Panasonic GH3 hands-on report

The new Panasonic GH3

Panasonic’s Philipp Wolf showed me the inner-workings of the new GH3 at Photokina today. I was then let loose with the camera to shoot some test footage in 1080/25p ALL-I and 50Mbit 1080/50p mode.

This camera was running firmware version v0.4 and so by no means final yet. What I found impressed me.

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A new hands-on report with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic vs C300

Blackmagic Cinema Camera – meet Canon C300. Pic by BMD tester John Brawley on Twitter

Blackmagic paid a visit to British pro video camera dealer CVP this week. CVP are the people I have my pre-order with and the expected shipping date of the first few units is fast approaching.

Here’s what CVP had to report about the 2.5K raw shooting marvel.

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Noktor 12mm F1.6 Micro Four Thirds hands-on with GH2

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My lens is a pre-release version. Interested buyers can contact SLRMagic about the Noktor 12mm here

Here is a lens the GH2 has been crying out for to compete with full frame. A good fast wide with more potential for shallow depth of field and low light performance. Indeed it is something the entire Micro Four Thirds system has needed for a while.

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