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Sony VPL-VW290ES VW325ES 4k projector review

24 Jan 2022 Gordon Laing

The Sony VPL-VW290ES is a 4k home theater projector that’s known in North America as the VW325ES. Unlike many 4k projectors which employ pixel-shifting, the 290 / 325 is a native 4k model delivering very detailed images. Find out how it can transform your home movie viewing in my review!

Canon EOS R5C review

19 Jan 2022 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS R5C is a hybrid cinema camera based on the EOS R5 and aimed at pro videographers. It resolves many of the frustrations of the original model, now able to avoid overheating thanks to a cooling fan and vents. There’s more besides so join me for my hands-on review of the R5C vs the original R5!

Nikon Z 24-120mm f4 S review

18 Jan 2022 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24-120mm f4 S is a 5x zoom for the Z mirrorless system, and the successor to the AF-S 24-120mm f4G VR from 2010. Find out if it's a worthy upgrade in our in-depth review!

Rode Videomic GO II review

11 Jan 2022 Gordon Laing

The Rode Videomic Go II is a compact and affordable shotgun microphone aimed at video creators, podcasters or anyone wanting to improve the quality of Zoom calls. Find out why it's one of the best options for the money in my review!

Nikon Z 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 review

10 Jan 2022 Thomas

The Nikon Z 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR S is a telephoto zoom with a 4x range. It is the first Z-mount lens reaching beyond 200mm and only the second which can use Nikon's Z-teleconverters. Find out how it performs in our review!

First 10000 photos are your worst

08 Jan 2022 Gordon Laing

The renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson famously said ‘Your first 10,000 photos are your worst’. Having just gone through my first decade’s worth - over 5000 prints - I’m inclined to agree. In this post I’ll share my journey and what that quote means in the digital World.

Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM review

23 Dec 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM is a compact, ultra wide zoom for the EOS R mirrorless system. It’s the widest lens in the RF system to date. Ahead of my review, check out my sample images!

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III G2 review

15 Dec 2021 Thomas

The 28-75mm f2.8 Di III VXD G2 is the second edition of Tamron's standard zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Currently available in the Sony e-mount, find out what's improved and whether it's worth getting in our in-depth review!

Nikon Z 28-75mm f2.8 preview

14 Dec 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z 28-75mm f2.8 is a general purpose zoom for full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras, delivering a useful range and fast aperture at a low weight and reasonable price. Do you really need 24mm? Find out more in our preview!

DJI Mavic 3 Review

13 Dec 2021 Adam Juniper

The Mavic 3 is DJI’s flagship folding camera drone. It's the first to feature dual cameras mounted on the same gimbal: a Hasselblad four-thirds sensor and a 28x hybrid zoom. Find out why it's best in its class in our review!

Tamron 35-150mm f2-2.8 Di III review

09 Dec 2021 Thomas

Tamron's 35-150mm f2-2.8 Di III is a unique proposition for full-frame mirrorless cameras, combining an unusually bright aperture with a useful 4.3x range from mild wide-angle to telephoto. Find out how it performs in our in-depth review!

Build the fastest portable SSD

07 Dec 2021 Gordon Laing

Portable drives are invaluable and in this guide I’ll show you how to build the fastest one I’ve ever tested - and it only took two parts and a few minutes to assemble!

Canon PowerShot Pro1 retro review

30 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

Canon’s PowerShot Pro1 launched in February 2004 as the pinnacle of its fixed-lens prosumer camera series, featuring 8 Megapixels, a flip-out screen, and the first PowerShot lens branded by the red ring of the flagship L-series. 18 years later I take it out for a retro review!

Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 review

23 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 is a low-cost telephoto zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system that’s aimed at sports and wildlife. Here's my full review!

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS review

17 Nov 2021 Thomas

The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS Sport is a long telephoto zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with Sony E and Leica L-mounts. It complements Sigma's 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary for those who need more reach. Check out our in-depth review!

Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM review

15 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM is a compact ultra-wide prime lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system, aimed at landscape, architecture, astro-photography and vlogging. Here's my in-depth review!

Nikon COOLPIX 300 retro review

07 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

Launched in 1996, the Nikon COOLPIX 300 was more than just a digital camera. Sure it could capture 0.3 MP images, but also let you jot notes or record voice memos. In this retro review, I tried out the COOLPIX 300, 25 years after its launch!

Fujifilm INSTAX Link Wide review

02 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm INSTAX Wide Link is a portable instant photo printer that connects to your phone over Bluetooth and prints any picture onto the largest INSTAX Wide paper. Find out if it's the best instant photo printer in my review!

Nikon Z 40mm f2 review

26 Oct 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z 40mm f2.0 is a compact and affordable standard prime lens for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras, slotting between the familiar 35 and 50mm focal lengths to offer something a little different. Find out if it's right for you in our review!

Sony A7 IV review

22 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony A7 IV is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 33 Megapixels, 10fps bursts, 10-bit 4k up to 60p, webcam capabilities and a flip-out screen. Find out if this feature-packed camera will share the success of the Mark III in my in-depth review!

Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 DC DN review

19 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 DC DN is a general purpose zoom with a constant fast aperture for mirrorless cameras sporting cropped APSC sensors and available in Sony and Leica-L mounts. Its aim is a step-up in aperture and sharpness from often disappointing kit zooms. Find out in my full review whether it delivers the goods!

Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM II review

13 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 G Master Mark II is a high-end telephoto zoom for the e-mount mirrorless system and Sony’s first G Master lens to receive a Mark II redesign. Five and a half years after the Mark I, which jointly launched the G Master series, find out how Sony improved an already excellent lens ln my in-depth review!

Canon RF 5.2mm f2.8L Dual Fisheye

06 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 5.2mm f2.8L Dual Fisheye is Canon’s first interchangeable lens for 180 degree VR capture and designed for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Check out my quick preview of this unique lens!

Sony Mavica MVC FD5 retro review

04 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

Back in 1997 Sony had a cunning plan: forget expensive cards, built-in memory or non-standard ports, the new Digital MAVICAs would record photos onto standard 3.5in floppies! 24 YEARS later I retro-review the first model!

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