Reviews

Find all the gear and software reviews I’ve scribbled here.

Gear:

MICRO 4/3 SYSTEM

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*

Olympus OMD EM5

Panasonic Battle!  GX7 vs GM1

Panasonic G3 vs Olympus OMD EM5

Panasonic G3 vs the GF1

Panasonic GF1

Panasonic GF1 vs Sony NEX 5

Panasonic GM1 – A quick first look

Panasonic GM1 – Review

Panasonic GX7 Part1

Panasonic GX7 Part2

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

Sony a7II, a game changer? 

Lens by Lens on the Sony a7II

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

Canon 5DmkII vs Panasonic G3

Canon EOS-M and 22mm f/2

Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 user review

EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review


 

 

LENSBABY

Lensbaby Composer Pro for mirrorless system cameras

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic

Lensbaby Scout + Fisheye

Lensbaby Velvet 56 for m4/3

Lensbaby Macro Converters

Lensbaby Tilt Transformer for Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX systems 

 

 



 

Software:

 

ALIEN SKIN SOFTWARE:

Alien Skin Exposure 7

Alien Skin Exposure 6

Alien Skin Exposure 5

Alien Skin Exposure 4

Alien Skin Bokeh 2

Alien Skin Snap Art 4

Alien Skin Snap Art 3 – turn your images into digital paintings


 

TOPAZ SOFTWARE:

Topaz Texture Effects

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 5 is here!

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 Clarity, simply awesome

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

Topaz Clean 3 – Part 2

Topaz Star Effects

Topaz Simplify 4


 

MACPHUN SOFTWARE:

Aurora HDR Pro for interior photography

Tonality Pro – Black and White, done right.

Focus Pro 2 – Lens effects and more!


 

 

OTHER SOFTWARE:

High Dynamic Range with Photomatix 

Fotomagico4 – Slick Slideshows

Digital Film Tools – Film Stocks plugin

Tiffen DFX – One plugin to rule them all?

Fractalius for Mac?!

 

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  8. 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.

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    • Hi Carmen,

      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,

      T

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