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Canon G1X Mark III preview

16 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark III is a high-end compact sporting the same 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor as the EOS 80D. The Mark III also squeezes a 3x / 24-72mm zoom, EVF, fully-articulated touchscreen, Wifi and 1080p video into its weatherproof body. Check out my hands-on preview!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review

09 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS 6D Mark II is an 'affordable' full-frame DSLR which upgrades the original 6D with a higher resolution 26MP sensor, improved autofocus, faster burst shooting, greater connectivity and an articulated touchscreen. Find out if it's for you in my in-depth review!

Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III review so far

06 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III is a compact mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at photographers who want the flexibility and quality of an interchangeable lens camera without the size and cost of higher-end bodies. Check out my sample images and movies!

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 review so far

04 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm's XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 is a general-purpose zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers a flexible 27-84mm equivalent range with a brighter than average aperture. The balance of features makes it one of the classiest kit zooms around. Check out my sample images!

Nikon D850 review

02 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

The D850 is Nikon's highest resolution DSLR to date with a new 45 Megapixel full-frame sensor, as well as fast burst shooting at 7fps. The D850 also inherits the 153-point AF of the D5 making it perfect for sports and wildlife. In part one of our review, Thomas tests the D850 from a landscape and D810 owner's perspective.

Oppo UDP-205 review (for audio)

29 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Oppo UDP-205 is a high-end 4k UHD Blu-Ray player with audiophile credentials. I tested it as a local network streamer, USB DAC, surround processor and even pre-amp connected direct to my power amps! Find out why it's my ideal front-end in my review!

Canon EF 24-105mm STM review so far

26 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM is a general-purpose 4.4x zoom designed for full-frame DSLRs. It's Canon's third 24-105mm, but the first with STM motors for smooth and quiet focusing in live view and movies. With great quality at half the price of the L version, it's a bargain!

Sony RX10 Mark IV review

25 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The RX10 IV updates Sony's high-end super-zoom retaining its predecessor's 24-600mm / 25x zoom and OLED EVF, but inheriting the RX100 V's sensor for phase-detect AF, 24fps bursts and 4k. There's also a touchscreen and Bluetooth; here's my review-so-far!

Fujifilm XE3 review-so-far

22 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XE3 is a mid-range mirrorless, aimed at enthusiasts who want X-series quality and lenses in a compact body. It shares the XE2's viewfinder but upgrades the sensor to X-Trans III and includes a touchscreen, AF joystick and Bluetooth. See my review-so-far!

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 review-so-far

18 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm's XF 10-24mm f4 is an ultra-wide zoom for its X-mount cameras. Delivering a 15-36mm equivalent range, it's ideal for expansive landscapes, large architecture, or simply big group shots when you can't step back any further. My review-so-far!

Sony FE 85mm f1.8 review-so-far

11 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 85mm f1.8 is a short telephoto lens for Sony mirrorless cameras. Costing one third of the FE 85mm f1.4 G Master, it represents a fairly light and relatively affordable option for anyone wanting to shoot portraits, street or details. Check out my sample images!

Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM review-so-far

08 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF-S 18-135mm IS USM is a general-purpose zoom for cropped-sensor DSLRs It sports a flexible 7.5x / 29-216mm range taking you from wide to tele - ideal for travel and general use - and a new AF system that's fast for action but smooth and quiet for movies. Check out my samples!

Sony FE 28mm f2 review-so-far

04 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 28mm f2 is a compact and affordable wide-angle for Sony mirrorless cameras. The size and weight make it a perfect companion for Sony's smaller bodies, while a pair of optional adapters transform it into a 21mm ultra-wide or 16mm Fisheye. Check out my sample images!

Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA review-so-far

30 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 55mm f1.8 ZA is a prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras that delivers close to standard coverage on full-frame bodies. It was one of the first lenses available for the FE mount, but remains a popular premium option. Check out my sample images!

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM review-so-far

29 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM is a compact and light-weight ultra-wide zoom for Canon's cropped-frame DSLRs with APSC sensors. It's smaller and more affordable than the EF-S 10-22mm USM, bringing ultra-wide photography to a wider audience. Check out my review-so-far!

Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA review-so-far

24 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA is a standard wide prime lens for Sony's mirrorless cameras. It's one of many 35mm lenses now available for the full-frame mirrorless Alphas, but it's the brightest model with autofocus, and a superb performer. Check out my sample images.

Feisol TT-15 Mark II mini tripod review

22 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

Feisol's TT-15 Mark II is a high-end table-top tripod, boasting surprising stability, strength and weather-resistance thanks to its anodized aluminium frame, carbon fiber legs and rubber feet. Find out why it's become my favourite accessory in my review!

Solar Eclipse Photography

18 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

A Total Solar Eclipse is one of nature's most spectacular sights: as the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun it gradually obscures the disc until the faint wispy Coronal atmosphere is revealed! I've photographed two Total Solar Eclipses and in my guide will explain everything I've learned!

Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro review-so-far

16 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS is a medium telephoto for Sony's mirrorless cameras. It's the first Sony Macro corrected for its full-frame bodies, upon which it'll deliver 1:1 / 1x magnification from a distance of 28cm. A sharp performer, check out my sample images in my review-so-far.

Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E VR review

15 Aug 2017 Thomas

The Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E is a stabilized 4.3x telephoto zoom corrected for use on full-frame Nikon DSLRs. It's the successor to Nikon's popular but 11 year old AF-S 70–300mm 4.5–5.6G. Thomas finds out how it compares to this and other rivals in his review!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 review

14 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Instax Mini 9 is the latest affordable instant camera to use Fujifilm's hugely popular Instax Mini film. It's based on the best-selling Mini 8 and adds a selfie mirror and close-up accessory, as well as coming in five pastel colours. Find out if it's the best low-cost instant camera in my review!

Long exposure photography tips

11 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

Long exposures can be used to create beautiful and mysterious-looking images, transforming landscape or city scenes without any post-processing. It's become one of my favourite techniques, and in my tutorial I'll explain everything you need to know to get started with long exposures.

Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS review-so-far

09 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 G Master is a pro telephoto zoom for Alpha mirrorless cameras. One of the first G Master lenses, it delivers high resolution details with attractive rendering of blurred areas. I've compiled a wide variety of sample images in my review-so-far!

Nikon Coolpix W100 review

07 Aug 2017 Ken McMahon

Nikon's COOLPIX W100 is a low-priced rugged camera designed for active kids and adults. Waterproof to 10m, freeze-proof and surviving drops from 1.8m, it's a camera you can take anywhere. Find out why it's one of the best waterproof compacts in Ken's review!

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