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Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS review

22 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master is a telephoto zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the longest reach of Sony's e-mount lenses and boasts high performance for subjects near and far. I've been using the FE 100-400mm at a variety of events on Alpha A9 and A7r Mark II bodies. Check out my experiences and sample images…

Sony FE 12-24mm f4G preview

17 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 12-24mm f4G is an ultra-wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the widest coverage in the e-mount lineup to date, and exploits the short sensor to mount distance of mirrorless to achieve a smaller and lighter barrel than rivals for DSLRs. I've been shooting with it, so check out my sample images!

Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM preview

17 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master is a wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The fifth G Master lens, it completes a 'trinity' of f2.8 models, joining the FE 24-70mm f2.8 and FE 70-200mm f2.8. It aims for high resolution and attractive bokeh, while maintaining quality at all distances. I've been shooting with it, so check out my samples!

Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850 review

15 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that's aimed at anyone upgrading from a phone or compact camera. It features a 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 1080p or 4k video, built-in Wifi and a touchscreen that flips up by 180 degrees for selfie shooting. Find out if it's for you in my review!

Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head review

10 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Geared tripod heads let you fine-tune your camera's position in three axes with a twist of the appropriate knobs, but have traditionally been large, heavy and expensive accessories. Bucking the trend is Manfrotto's XPRO, the lightest and most affordable geared head to date. In my review I compared it against the Junior 410 geared head.

Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 OS review

08 May 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 OS is one of the smallest, lightest and most affordable long telephoto zooms around. Corrected for full-frame bodies, it's available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLR mounts and works on Sony mirrorless with the MC-11 adapter. In his in-depth review, Thomas finds out how it compares against rivals that are generally more expensive.

Fujifilm VPB-XT2 review

05 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster is a dedicated battery grip for the XT2 body. It goes beyond basic grips by tripling the life, extending movie clips, boosting AF, shortening lag and accelerating the top mechanical burst speed from 8 to 11fps while also providing a headphone jack and AC power. Find out why it's the must-have accessory for (almost)…

Sony Alpha A9 review

28 Apr 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's Alpha A9 is a new flagship mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor and fully electronic shutter featuring 20fps shooting, silent operation, 1/32000 shutter, 4k video, dual SD slots, bigger battery, touchscreen and AF joystick. I've been testing a final production sample, so check out my review-in-progress!

Fujifilm SQ10 preview

19 Apr 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm SQ10 is the latest in the line of Instax cameras which can output small instant prints. It's the first model in the series to output square photos and the first to employ a digital sensor and screen. Images are captured with a 3.6 Megapixel sensor, after which you can apply a selection of filters before saving onto a…

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 preview

19 Apr 2017 Gordon Laing

Panasonic's Lumix TZ90, or ZS70 as it's known in North America, is the latest in the company's enormously successful line of pocket travel zooms. It packs a 30x / 24-720mm range, 20 Megapixels, 4k video, a tilting touchscreen and built-in EVF. Find out more in my preview!

Fujifilm XT20 review

17 Apr 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XT20 is a mid-range mirrorless camera that takes the 24 Megapixel sensor, image processor and AF of the XT2, and complements them with a touchscreen and popup flash. So you get the quality of the XT2 in a smaller and more affordable body - find out if it's for you in my in-depth review!

Nikon D7500 preview

12 Apr 2017 Gordon Laing

The D7500 is Nikon's latest upper mid-range DSLR, successor to the D7200 and slotting between the D5600 and D500. It inherits the 20.9 Megapixel sensor and image processor of the D500, to deliver the same image quality and 4k video. The 51 point AF of the D7200 remains, but it now shoots faster at 8fps. It loses the twin SD…

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 review

10 Apr 2017 Ken McMahon

Panasonic's Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 is a super-zoom camera with a 60x / 20-1200mm range, 18 Megapixels and 4k video. The screen's now touch-sensitive and both it and the viewfinder are more detailed than before. There's also 1080p at 120fps and USB charging. Find out if it's the bridge super-zoom for you in Ken's in-depth review!

In Camera book - perfect photos out-of-camera

05 Apr 2017 Gordon Laing

In Camera is a new hardback photography book by Cameralabs Editor, Gordon Laing. It celebrates the art of JPEG photography with 100 of his travel images, all presented out-of-camera. No filter, no Photoshop, just pure photography! Each photo is accompanied by behind the scenes details, techniques and settings. Everything you need to shoot confidently in-camera!

Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art review

03 Apr 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART is a mid-length telephoto lens with a bright aperture, available in Canon, Nikon or Sigma mounts. It's corrected for full-frame DSLRs and works on Sony's mirrorless bodies with an adapter. Find out why Thomas reckons it's Sigma's best ART lens to date in his in-depth review - one of the first published!

Bangkok bites: the best streetfood in Thailand!

29 Mar 2017 Gordon Laing

Of all the countries in Southeast Asia, Thailand has a special place in my heart. It was the first country I'd visited in the region, introducing me to travel which felt truly exotic. Twenty years later I returned, determined to find the best streetfood in Bangkok. Here's my guide to finding it, photographing it and of course eating it!

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review

27 Mar 2017 Gordon Laing

The Lumix GH5 is Panasonic's flagship camera, aimed at enthusiasts and video pros. It features a 20 Megapixel sensor that's stabilized in the body, there's twin SD slots, quicker focusing, 9fps bursts, Wifi and Bluetooth. But it's the video that really impresses: unlimited 4k up to 60p with internal recording. Check out my in-depth Lumix GH5 review!

Sigma 12-24mm f4 Art review

22 Mar 2017 Thomas

The new Sigma Art AF 12-24/4.0 DG HSM is a worthy successor to Sigma's AF 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 II DG HSM model from 2011. Optical performance is very good and other aspects of the lens are also improved: The focal ratio is now a constant f4.0, AF is faster, and you get compatibility with Sigma's USB dock to fine tune various characteristics of AF…

Canon EOS M5 review

20 Mar 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS M5 is a mid-range mirrorless featuring a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, built-in OLED electronic viewfinder and a tilting 3.2in touchscreen. It'll shoot at 7fps with CAF, film 1080 60p video, and offers an always-on low-power Bluetooth link. Is it the mirrorless for you? Find out in Gordon's review.

Tamron TC-X14 / TC-X20 teleconverter review

17 Mar 2017 Thomas

With their second generation telephoto zooms Tamron also offers two new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (dubbed TC-X14 and TC-X20) which are specifically designed to work with the SP 70-200/2.8 VC G2 and the SP 150-600/5.0-6.3 VC G2. I had the chance to extensively test the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC G2 (model A025) with the TC-X14 and TC-X20. They let this zoom-lens reach…

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC G2 review

06 Mar 2017 Thomas

Tamron's SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a 2.9x telephoto full-frame zoom available in Canon and Nikon DSLR mounts. It's the second generation (A025) model with closer focusing, improved AF and stabilisation, and compatibility with Tamron's USB "TAP-in" console. In his review-in-progress, Thomas finds out if it's worth spending the extra.

Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM review

20 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM is a high-end ultra-wide zoom lens designed for Canon's full-frame EOS DSLRs. It's the World's widest rectilinear zoom lens, boasting minimal geometric distortion despite the extreme coverage. Ideal for shooting large buildings inside and out, expansive landscapes or simply very large group shots, find out how it performs in my Canon 11-24mm review!

Canon EOS M6 preview

15 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS M6 is a mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a tilting touch-screen and 1080p video. The addition of Bluetooth maintains a connection with your phone and if you want a viewfinder, an optional accessory mounts on the hotshoe. Find out more in my hands-on Canon EOS M6 preview!

Canon EOS 77D preview

15 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS 77D is a mid-range DSLR, aimed as a step-up from entry-level models. It employs a 24 Megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the optical viewfinder features a new 45-point / all cross-type AF system, and there's also a fully-articulated 3in touch-screen and built-in Wifi with Bluetooth. Find out more in my Canon EOS 77D preview!

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