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Sony In-Body Stabilization vs Canon Lens Image Stabilization Which Is Best: IBIS vs IS

If you’ve ever used any camera that has in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) like the Sony a7R III you’ll know just how useful i can be. It allows you extra flexibility in low light situations to shoot with slower shutter speeds and prevents motion blur. Unfortunately, if you’re a Canon shooter, there are currently no cameras that offer this feature.

 

In several interviews, Canon has confirmed their reasons for not implementing IBIS in any of their cameras so far. They discuss how lens image stabilisation (IS) is a much more effective manner and IBIS simply cannot compete how good lens IS if. This is a pretty strong claim and I wanted to test how true it is. For that reason in the video linked above, I compare Sony’s IBIS vs Canon’s IS to see which one is, in fact, the better performer. The lenses I use for this comparison include the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro, the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS and one of the latest lenses from Canon the 85mm f/1.4L IS. For Sony I chose the a7R III, the FE 28mm f/2.0 and the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8.

Overall I have to say I am impressed with how both systems perform however the flexibility of Sony’s IBIS does offer some additional benefits. Check out the full video to see which system of stabilisation is the best.

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra Filters - The Sharpest Filters I've Used

Over the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of being able to review several high-end filters from various manufacturers. I’ve been able to build a little catalog of test images which I tend to go back to when testing new filters. This allows me to review filters relative to other systems I’ve used and I’m very pleased and a little surprised to say that Formatt-Hitech are the sharpest filters I have used so far.

 

In my latest video I test and review the Firecrest Ultra ND filters and aside from a few minor issues, I highly recommend them. My absolute favourite thing about this systems is the usability. Personally I consider usability to be a major factor when it comes to evaluating any product or system. It really does make a difference when your actually out working and photographing. The Formatt-Hitech filters are such a joy to use due to their super simple design and compact nature. The pouches and carry cases are compact enough in deign to comfortably carry in most messenger bags and set-up time is minimal. When it comes to the actual performance of the filters, I have to say I was very impressed. Although they do have a noticeable colour shift, the way it retains detail is simply incredible. These are without a doubt the sharpest filters I have ever used and that’s really saying something, especially when you consider the other systems I’ve reviewed.

Check out the full video to see how they perform.

You can purchase yours here using the links below.

Holder Kit - https://bhpho.to/2C2qM3R (US Link)

Firecrest Filters - https://bhpho.to/2C5GOtG (US Link)

http://geni.us/firecrest (Amazon Worldwide)

This Is the Best Gimbal You Can Buy: Zhiyun Weebill Lab Review

Previously, I recommended the Feiyu-Tech A1000 as the gimbal to buy if you shoot with a smaller mirrorless set-up. Unfortunately since then, it’s been discontinued and no longer in production. Even B&H no longer stocks it. Fortunately Zhiyun has released a gimbal that’s simply incredible with their new Weebill Lab Gimbal.

 

More and more people are moving over to smaller mirrorless set-ups and companies like Zhiyun have started making gimbals specifically for this market. Having a smaller lighter system can be extremely convenient and it’s how I prefer to shoot in most situations. The Weebill Lab, although imperfect, is in my mind the best gimbal that’s currently available to buy. The compact size means that it can be comfortably carried even in smaller messenger bags with something like the Sony a7R III and a couple of lenses. This is extremely useful because if you’re a run and gun shooter you’re not being held back by huge and heavy equipment.

The Weebill Lab isn’t designed for larger lenses so the major drawback is that if you shoot with something like the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens then this may not be the gimbal for you. Instead, if you’re like me and you’re happier with a small lens like the FE 28mm f/2.0, then this might just be the perfect choice for you.

Check out the full video to find out why this gimbal is simply incredible.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Sony A7R III Mini Comparison (ft Nokia Lumia 1020)

Smartphones have been advancing quite rapidly over the last few years. Cameras in smartphones have been one of the key things that have been advancing at a very impressive rate. It wasn’t long ago when cameras in mobile tech were considered to be nothing more than a gimmick. In recent years, however, cameras in phones like Huawei Mate 20 Pro have been really pushing the boundaries.

In my latest video, I compare the Mate 20 Pro which has a 40mp rear-facing camera to the Sony a7R III. This is a full frame 42mp camera with incredible features like pixel shift technology, amazing dynamic range and very useful video features. It’s without a doubt one of my favorite cameras and for good reason. On the surface it would seem ridiculous to compare a smartphone to a full frame camera, however, as you may see in the video, the Huawei actually performs really well. Sure the detail isn’t going to as much as the Sony with the 28mm f/2.0 lens, even still, it’s very impressive how well it holds up against the Sony. This video is of course just a very surface level comparison and doesn’t go too much into the details of what each camera is capable of. Nonetheless, I find it quite incredible how far smartphones have come and how they’re able to keep up with much larger sensor cameras in some specific scenarios.

Fujifilm Instax SQ20 vs Instax SQ6 Comparison Review

In the last few years, the popularity of Instax cameras has really soared. As a market segment for Fujifilm, the Instax division it’s now approaching a billion dollars in revenue. This is huge and I can see precisely why that is the case. Instax cameras are a whole heap of fun.

My favorite camera is is the Instax SQ6 because this camera is a true medium format, square film camera, that produces beautiful looking images. Recently, however, Fujifilm sent me their latest flagship the Instax SQ20. Unlike the SQ6 the SQ20 is actually a digital camera that uses a 1/5” sensor to produce the images and then prints on the square format film internally. I was intrigued by this camera when I first saw it at Photokina and wanted to see how it stacked up against the SQ6.

For the most part the SQ20 offers a whole heap of convenience because you have fewer chances of missed shots or wasted film. The internal storage is a fantastic feature because it means even without having any film in the camera you can continue taking pictures. This is brilliant because that way you can review all of the images before you go to print.

Ergonomics were another feature that I thought were much improved over the SQ6. It’s simply much easier to hold and handle compared to the very blocky design of the SQ6. The only issue I found with the ergonomics is the fact that the shutter buttons are placed exactly where my fingers would rest. This meant I was accidentally taking pictures on occasions and if the camera was set to print automatically I would have been wasting film.

The biggest gripe I have with this camera is the fact that the images it produces just aren’t quite as good as the SQ6. I’m aware this may not be a fair criticism because image quality isn’t the main selling point here, however, when you compare it to other Fuji Instax products, the SQ20 just doesn’t hold up for me. Sure, it’s a great camera but I personally believe there are better alternatives available directly from Fujifilm such as the Instax SP-3

Check out the video linked above to see the full comparison.