Today marks the sixth birthday of Camera Labs!
It's been a great year! Over the past 12 months I've published more reviews than ever before and once again broadened the coverage to include articles about photography, personal projects and reports on equipment that you may not find on other camera review sites.
You've shared my pleasure and pain (and pleasure again!) of attempting to view the final Space Shuttle launches
, along with my fun with a rented 500mm lens
. You followed Scott Kublin as he wrestled with his decision on a new pro body while also shooting and processing some great Fall HDR photos
, and you'll soon read about moderator Bjorn's pilgrimage to the Leica HQ. You saw my first three-way review of the exotic Canon 8-15mm Fisheye
, which included reports by action photographer's Stefan Haworth and Scott Kennedy; look out for another article with Stefan coming-up soon. Most recently I teamed-up with Scott Kennedy once again for our GoPro HD Hero 2 review
which included a two-part video showing it in action on all the best adventure sports around Queenstown New Zealand. And speaking of Queenstown, I also hope to host my first photowalk around this beautiful town during December.
2011 has also been a great year for social networking, and those who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and in particular Google+ have hopefully enjoyed all my previews, early image and video samples, behind the scenes work and video hangouts, along with seeing a selection of my own personal photography and the stories behind them. Not following me? Then do so now! Twitter
. I also now have an official Camera Labs Google+ page
, so please add that to your circles too!
In the very near future, I'm planning on publishing a selection of exclusive photography eBooks! All of this in addition to the core-remit of Camera Labs, which remains providing in-depth reviews of the latest cameras, lenses and accessories, while of course maintaining one of the friendliest forums around. I hope you've enjoyed the reviews that Ken MacMahon, moderator Thomas and myself have done over the past year. It's certainly been an exciting year at Camera Labs, but the best is yet to come!
As always I couldn't do it without you, so I'd like to thank our regular readers, forum members and especially our moderators Thomas, Bob, Bjorn and Ken for keeping the forum one of the friendliest around. And finally an extra-special thanks to those sites which have linked to my articles and anyone who’s shopped through my partner stores or bought me a coffee via PayPal – without you, Camera Labs wouldn’t exist!
I'd love to hear what you think of the site, so in this thread please let me know what you like, what you'd like to see more of, and of course anything you're not so keen on.
Gordon Laing, Editor