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Marco Larousse (founder, producer and show host)
Scott Bourne (founder and show host)

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May 17, 2018

Firmware frenzy, medium format love, and vacation cams are some of the topics that Marco and Scott discuss on episode #14 of the “We Shoot Mirrorless” podcast for May 2018.


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  • SmugMug acquired Flickr and Scott and Marco think that this could be a good thing for the photography community.



  • Marco draws the four winners for the PPN 1st birthday giveaway. 3 cool photo presents are gifted to 3 PPN listeners. These are the prices:


  2. A copy of Skylum Luminar 2018 image processing software.
  3. A copy of Skylum Aurora HDR 2018 software.

  • Panasonic announced the TS7/FT7 camera. It’s the first rugged compact water- and shockproof camera to have a built-in EVF.



  • Fuji announced the GF 250mm f4 R LM OIS WR medium format lens. It gives an EFV of around 200mm, focuses via a linear focus motor and its OIS is rated at 5-stop shake reduction, according to Fuji. The minimum focus distance is 1.4m or 55” and it weight 1.4kg or 3.14lb.



  • Fuji released a 1.4x teleconverter for the new 250mm f4 lens, boosting the FOV to 277mm at f5.6..And they have also released macro extension tubes for the Medium Format GF system. The MCEX-18G WR is 18mm long while the MCEX-45G WR is 45mm. Both are weather sealed.



Automatic focus bracketing up to 999 frames focus shift. (Stich later)

F-log recording to SD card (previously only possible over HDMI)

1080/120p high speed mode (plays back in Slow Motion)

Improved Phase Detect AF performance reducing the low light focus acquisition from  +0.5EV to -1.0EV,

Flicker reduction (especially indoor sports in fluorescent light)

Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD


  • The Fuji X-T20 was upgraded to FW version 2.0, The X-E3 to FW version 1.20, the X100F to FW version 2.10, and the X-H1 to FW version 1.02.

Fuji FW update website:

  • Olympus has also released FW updates to some of their OM-D series cameras: .


  • Hasselblad has released the XCD 21mm f4 lens for the X1D camera. It has a 17mm EFV with f4-f32 aperture range.



  • Hasselblad also updated the FW and added some features to the X1D camera with FW version 1.21. Some of the new features are:

Interval timer. Exposure bracketing. Shutter speed limit for Auto ISO in P and full Auto mode. AF support for almost all HC/HCD lenses when using the XH lens adapter.


  • Sony released minor FW upgrades for two of their top cameras.

a7R III FW version 1.10 adds Pixel Shift Multi Shooting interval of 0.5sec (1-30 seconds previously). Adds support for bracketing during silent shooting with uncompressed RAW. Adds support for turning of the peaking display level for S-Log shooting and improves the overall stability of camera.


a7 III FW version 1.01 implements bug fixes and improves the overall camera stability.


  • Tamron launches 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens for Sony e-Mount. The lens was designed with a focus on IQ, compact size, and Silent AF. It weighs 550g or 19.4Oz. The new stepping motor is claimed to be fast, accurate, and silent, and the lens is moisture resistant.



  • Casio is pulling out of the digital compact camera market and Marco is going down memory lane as his first ever digital camera was a Casio QV-10.

Check out the Skylum LUMINAR 2018 software:

Link: (use the discount code “PHOTOPODCASTS” at checkout for extra savings)

Mirrorless question of the month:

Hi Scott and Marco, I am currently shooting wildlife with a Nikon D500 and D7200, the D500 is everything have always wanted for a wildlife shooting camera. I use mostly a tamron 150-600 lens, however, at the end of the day, my arm is so tired if I do a lot of shooting. I have been seriously thinking about changing to either the oly OM_D Mll or the panasonic G9. From reviews, I have read either camera is a toss up for my needs. The panasonic feels great in the hand. My main question does one brand of lenses work better on the competitors camera than the other? Both brands seem to have good long lenses for wildlife Oh by the way I am from Clearfield, UT. and I have a sony a6500 for street shooting and for doing landscapes. I did try the sony 100-400 on it, and I did not care for that set up. Thanks for your help.

Question by: Mark from Clearfield, Utah, USA.

  • We have a PPN Photo Podcast Network group at Flickr (click link) that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. You can also submit an image using the Instagram hashtag #WeShootMirrorless


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About this show:

On the monthly #WeShootMirrorless episode of the “PPN - Photo Podcast Network” show, Marco and a guest will discuss news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear, and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera brands by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. They will also invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks about their workflow.