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Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA review

24 Apr 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA is a wide-angle prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras. Launched with the original A7 full-frame bodies, it remains a popular choice for anyone wanting the most compact general-purpose lens for the system. Find out how if it’s still a contender against multiple rivals and alternatives in our full review!

Canon EOS 250D Rebel SL3 review so far

23 Apr 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS 250D / Rebel SL3 is a compact DSLR aimed at first-time buyers looking for a step-up from the cheapest models. You get a 24MP APSC sensor, optical viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and mic input, and while the 4k is limited, the 1080 enjoys great autofocus. See my review-so-far for details!

Panasonic Lumix S1 review

16 Apr 2019 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix S1 is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 MP, built-in stabilisation and 4k 60p video. Launched alongside the 47 MP Lumix SR1, they’re Panasonic's debut bodies in their L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma. I've completed my in-depth review of the more affordable Lumix S1 here so find out how it compares to rivals and if it's…

Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S review

15 Apr 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is a general-purpose pro zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. The first zoom in the Z series with an f2.8 focal ratio, it also features a dedicated focusing ring, custom button and OLED display. Find out if it's worth paying the premium over the f4 model in our in-depth review!

Sony vs Canon 135mm - can a 23 year-old lens…

08 Apr 2019 Gordon Laing

Owners of the Canon EF 135mm f2L USM consider it a legend, but can a 23 year old lens really compete with a modern design? Ben Harvey pitches the blisteringly-sharp Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM against his beloved Canon to find out.

Panasonic Lumix G90 G95 review - first-looks

05 Apr 2019 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix G90 / G95, is a mid-range mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, with a 20 Megapixel sensor, built-in stabilisation, a viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen, and unlimited 4k recording. I had a chance to try out a pre-production sample to bring you my first-looks preview!

Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S review so far

04 Apr 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is a compact ultra-wide angle zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. This fourth native lens in the Z system is ideal for landscape and architecture, and is the first full-frame ultra-wide zoom to take relatively compact and affordable 82mm filters. Check out my samples and results in my review-so-far!

Canon EOS RP review

01 Apr 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS RP is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with 26 MP, an electronic viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and cropped 4k video. Pitched at a lower-level than the EOS R, it’s Canon’s most affordable, not to mention lightest, full-frame body to date. Find out if it's right for you in my full review!

Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA review

25 Mar 2019 Thomas

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, so in his in-depth review, Thomas compares it to several alternatives to help you make the right choice!

Fujifilm XT30 review

18 Mar 2019 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T30 is a mid-range mirrorless, aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality and flexibility of the X-system, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable package than the flagship X-T3. Indeed it becomes the second body to feature the 26 Megapixel X-Trans IV sensor. Check out my in-depth review!

Zeiss Batis 40mm f2 CF review

11 Mar 2019 Thomas

The Zeiss Batis 40mm f2 CF is a short standard prime lens designed for Sony e-mount mirrorless cameras. The 40mm focal length falls between more common 35mm and 50mm models, but is closer to ‘normal’ coverage on a full-frame system, while the close focusing distance makes it more useful than many rivals. Find out if it’s for you in our…

Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art review

06 Mar 2019 Thomas

The Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art is a short standard lens designed for full-frame sensors and available in Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Sony E and Leica L mounts. The 40mm length falls between more common 35mm and 50mm models, but is actually closer to ‘normal’ coverage with a natural perspective that’s ideal for general-use. Thomas compares it to rivals in his in-depth…

Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM review

04 Mar 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM is a standard prime lens for the EOS M mirrorless system, delivering 51mm equivalent coverage coupled with a fast focal ratio that’s ideal for shallow depth-of-field effects. It's the lens the EOS M faithful have waited seven years for. Find out if it was worth the wait in my in-depth review!

Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM review

26 Feb 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 135mm f1.8 G Master is a telephoto prime lens for its Alpha series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, delivering a classic telephoto view with minimal distortion and very shallow depth-of-field effects. I tested a final production sample for my review.

Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM review

11 Feb 2019 Thomas

Sony's FE 85mm f1.4 GM is a high-end prime lens for its mirrorless cameras. The short telephoto focal length and bright f1.4 focal ratio make it ideal for portraits and the de-clickable aperture ring is ideal for video work. Thomas compared it to the Sigma ART and Zeiss Otus, as well as the budget Sony f1.8 versions to help…

Olympus OM-D E-M1X review

06 Feb 2019 Gordon Laing

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at sports and wildlife pros, featuring a 20 MP Four Thirds sensor, 18fps with CAF, 4k up to 30p, up to 7.5 stops of stabilisation, and claims of the best weather-proofing around. It’s also the largest, heaviest and priciest OMD yet. Find out if it’s the ideal pro action camera…

Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review

04 Feb 2019 Thomas

The Zeiss 25mm f2.0 Batis is a wide-angle prime lens designed for Sony’s mirrorless cameras, delivering a popular field-of-view that’s wider than 28mm without the distortion related to even wider options. In my review I’ve compared it against Sony’s more expensive but faster FE 24mm f1.4, as well as the Sigma 24mm f1.4 ART and Zeiss Otus 28mm for good…

Panasonic Lumix S1R review

01 Feb 2019 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix S1R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 47 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k 60p video. Launched alongside the 24 Megapixel Lumix S1, they’re the debut bodies in a new L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma. Find out more in my preview!

Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM review

28 Jan 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master is a wide-angle prime lens designed for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras. The lens delivers a popular field-of-view with a bright f1.4 focal ratio that's ideal in low-light and for a shallow depth-of-field. Find out why this is one of the best 24mm lenses we've tested in our full review!

Sony A6400 review

23 Jan 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony A6400 is a mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k video, powerful AF, built-in viewfinder and touchscreen that flips-up by 180 degrees to face the subject. Successor to the A6300, it's Sony’s best camera yet for vlogging. Check out my full review!

Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM review so far

18 Jan 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM is a mild wide-angle lens for the EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. It’s the smallest, lightest and cheapest lens for the system to date, and a flexible all-rounder with 1:2 close-up capabilities. Ahead of my full review, check out my sample images and videos!

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 review

14 Jan 2019 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 is an ultra wide zoom designed for Fujifilm's X-Series mirrorless cameras. It delivers the widest coverage in the system to date, making it ideal for landscape, architectural and astrophotography. It's an unashamedly high-end lens and you can find out more in my review!

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review

07 Jan 2019 Ken McMahon

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a high-end compact aimed at enthusiasts. It inherits the controls, viewfinder, multi-aspect ratios and 24-75mm f1.7-2.8 lens of the original but upgrades the resolution, adds a touchscreen, Bluetooth and the latest 4K Photo modes. Check out our full review, comparing it to the Canon G1X III and Sony RX100 VA!

Nikon Z 50mm f1.8S review

18 Dec 2018 Thomas

The Nikon Z 50mm f1.8S is a standard prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z mirrorless cameras. A popular focal length for street photography and general-purpose use, it’s the third native Z lens to be released, but up against several adapted rivals. Find out why Thomas finds it the best choice it in his in-depth review!

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