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Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AI-s vintage lens review

08 Jul 2024 Gordon Laing

The Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AI-s was one of the most desirable standard lenses when it came out in 1981 and an ideal choice for anyone who wants to explore vintage optics today. Find out why in my retro review, 43 years later!

How to photograph fireworks

04 Jul 2024 Gordon Laing

Firework displays can be spectacular but present a number of challenges to capture in-camera. In my simple guide I'll share my tips and techniques for photographing fireworks!

Canon EOS 300D Rebel retro review

01 Jul 2024 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS 300D, or Digital Rebel, was the first affordable consumer DSLR. Launched in 2003, it became the first DSLR many of us bought - including myself! I revisit it 21 years later to tell its story!

Nikon Z 35mm f1.4 review so far

01 Jul 2024 Thomas

Nikon's second 35mm prime lens surprises with a focal ratio of f1.4 and a low price. Find out more about the features of the Z 35mm f1.4 in my preview!

Fujifilm instax WIDE 400 review

20 Jun 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm instax WIDE 400 is an analogue instant camera that uses the largest instax WIDE film. It’s amazingly the first new instax WIDE camera in 10 years! Find out what's new!

Panasonic Lumix GH7 review

20 Jun 2024 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix GH7 is a high-end camera based on Micro Four Thirds and packed with features to delight hybrid shooters and videographers. Find out why you'll want one in my review!

Canon RF 35mm f1.4L VCM review so far

06 Jun 2024 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 35mm f1.4L VCM is a high-end wide-angle prime lens for EOS R cameras. Canon describes it as a hybrid lens, optimised for photo and video. Find out everything I know in my review so far!

Panasonic Lumix S9 review

22 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix S9 is a compact full-frame camera aimed at content creators, packing the 24 Megapixel photos, 6k video and IBIS from the S5 II, plus some neat new features. Here's my review!

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN II Art review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN II Art delivers the classic range and aperture beloved of wedding and event shooters, now in an upgraded Mark II version with better features and quality. Find out why it offers great value in my review!

Fujifilm XT50 review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T50 is aimed at photographers who want the quality and style of the higher-end X-T5, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable body. Here's my review!

Fujifilm XF 16-50mm f2.8-4.8 review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 16-50mm f2.8-4.8 is a compact, general-purpose zoom for X-series cameras. It’s the official replacement for the 12 year-old XF 18-55mm, so here's my review!

Fujifilm GFX 100S II review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX 100S II is a medium format mirrorless camera with 102 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k video. It’s the successor to the GFX 100S from 2021 and improves the stabilisation, battery life, burst speed and subject detection, and is priced a little lower too. Check out my first-looks review!

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Nikon Z review

30 Apr 2024 Thomas

Tamron's 28-75mm f2.8 Di III G2 is an attractively priced zoom now also available for Nikon's mirrorless cameras. Can it deliver the goods even when tested at 180MP resolution? Find out in my in-depth review.

Sony Cyber-shot R1 retro review

29 Apr 2024 Gordon Laing

Launched in 2005, the Sony Cyber-shot R1 was a high-end prosumer camera packing a Carl Zeiss 5x zoom and a large 10MP APSC sensor with Live View. Find out what made it special in my retro review!

Sony Cyber-shot F828 retro review

08 Apr 2024 Gordon Laing

Back in 2003, Sony launched the Cyber-shot F828 the fifth model in the series to use an L-shaped design with a twisting body. It built on the earlier F717 and later gained cult status for its infra-red capabilities. Find out how it performs 21 years later in my retro review!

Fujifilm instax mini 99 review

28 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The instax mini 99 is an instant camera designed for Fujifilm’s instax mini film. It’s aimed at anyone who wants more control than a budget model, like the Mini 12, while remaining a fully analogue camera. Here's my review!

Nikon Z 28-400mm f4-8 VR review

28 Mar 2024 Thomas

The Nikon Z 28-400mm f4-8 VR boasts a huge 14.3x zoom range but weighs only 725g. Is it the perfect lens for those who want to travel light and not change lenses in the middle of things? Find out in my in-depth review.

Sigma 50mm f1.2 DG DN Art review

26 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 50mm f1.2 DG DN Art is a standard prime lens with a bright aperture for Sony E and Leica L mount cameras. See why it's one of the best 50's to date in my review!

Sigma 500mm f5.6 DG DN Sports review

13 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 500mm f5.6 DG DN OS Sports is a light and compact super-telephoto prime lens aimed at sports, wildlife and aviation photographers. Here's my full review!

Hasselblad 907X & CFV 100C review

07 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Hasselblad 907X & CFV 100C is a medium format camera with 100 Megapixels, built-in 1TB SSD, tilting screen, and a modular design that lets you breathe new life into vintage lenses or use modern optics for some of the best-looking images I’ve seen. Check out my in-depth review!

Lomography Lomomatic 110 review

06 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Lomomatic 110 from Lomography is a new pocket-sized camera that takes 110 film cartridges. Find out how I got on re-living my 1970's film fantasy in my review!

Fujifilm X100 VI review

20 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X100 VI is the highly-anticipated successor to the X100 V, packing their latest 40 Megapixel APSC sensor and IBIS into a body only a fraction thicker and heavier. I went hands-on with the X100 VI for my review so far!

NONS SL660 instant SLR review

05 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

The NONS SL660 is a fully analogue, manual SLR camera designed for instax Square film. In my review I'll show you how practical it is for those who want more control over their instant photography!

Sony Cyber-shot F717 retro review

02 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

Back in 2002, Sony launched the Cyber-shot F717, the fourth model in the series to use an L-shaped design with a twisting body. It built on the earlier F707 to deliver one of the best in the series to date and gained later popularity for its infra-red capabilities. Find out how it performs 22 years later in my retro review!

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