Craft Camera Announces Modular Camera with MFT Lens Mount

Posted Apr. 19th, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

Craft Camera Announces Modular Camera with MFT Lens Mount

Some of you may know about my enthusiasm for the Micro Four Thirds Consortium which is the photo manufacturing group all Panasonic Lumix and Olympus MFT cameras are a part of. One of the best reasons for this MFT concept is the fact all Lumix lenses can be used on Olympus bodies and all Olympus lenses can be used on Lumix bodies.

A modular camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount.

A modular camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount.

Equally important is the growing number of other companies joining the MFT world, which means we can use whatever MFT lens on whatever MFT body. The most recent company to join the MFT

Space age technology that allows you to mix and match to your heart content and more importantly repplace pieces of your system when changes come rather than having to update the entire system

Space age technology that allows you to mix and match to your heart content and more importantly repplace pieces of your system when changes come rather than having to update the entire system.

movement is a new camera company called CRAFT, who just today announced a modular camera that has interchangeable mounts, one of them for MFT lenses. This camera looks amazing. It comes in pieces so you can update and add or subtract at will. It’s a great time to be shooting MFT cameras. Take a look at the Craft website for more info. This things looks incredible.

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  1. Rinus BorgsteedeOn Apr. 22nd, 2016

    I am always excited about new products and see some rwal advantages here. The question earlier about blacks makes little sense. All cameras produce black! Shooting reversal film stock was a big problem as it produced blacks at only 4 stops below middle grey. Best way to shoot motion was on Fuji negative film stock. It had 11 stops from black to white. Prints were then adjusted lighter or darker to suit the director or producer or genre of the movie.
    Most digital imagers can easily match that today.
    The problem with MFT is the enormous amount of depth of field. Deliberate selective focus is not just difficult, it renders backgrounds too clear even at large apertures. The same is a benefit in low light levels of course.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 22nd, 2016

      This camera is supposed to have 13 stops of Dynamic Range. As far as more depth of field in the MFT cameras, I’ve never found it to be an issue. There are those that want almost no depth of field today but for me I’m interested in reasonable depth of field which MFT gives me. With the right lenses such as the Leica 42.5mm F/1.2, my depth issues are nonexistent. Photographers feeling MFT has too much depth of field are a very loud but small number. Most realize, especially in nature images, a bit more depth of field is actually an assist. That’s certainly how I feel. Thanks for adding your voice. Always enjoy hearing from our readers.

  2. Daniel PoznerOn Apr. 22nd, 2016

    I know just enough about 4/3 technology to be dangerous I have been a film guy for over 45 years I am most interested in image quality. Are these glass lenses and how are the blacks in the image compared to dslr or 35 mm.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 22nd, 2016

      Daniel, this new camera company does not produce it’s own lenses. They make a variety of mounts, including one for Micro Four Thirds, which is what the Lumix system uses, that allow you to put a number of different lens manufactures optics on their body. All MFT lenses are glass that I know of, many are superb optically like the Leica line of lenses in the MFT category. As far as black go I have no idea on this particular camera since it’s not been released yet. They are claiming a 13 stop dynamic range so I’m guessing the blacks will be just fine. Thanks for stopping by to add you r voice. Love hearing from our readers.

  3. Ray WilsonOn Apr. 22nd, 2016

    Looks interesting but popularity will depend upon prices. It will be interesting to see if any major manufacturers follow suite.
    Ray Wilson

  4. Bill BurkholderOn Apr. 20th, 2016

    Looks quite interesting. It will be something I follow for a while, I’m sure.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 20th, 2016

      If the real thing is as nice as the video makes it look, they will have a great new product.

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