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Sigma 56mm f1.4 review

10 Dec 2018 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 56mm f1.4 is a short-telephoto lens available for Sony E (APSC) or Micro Four Thirds mounts, on which it delivers equivalent coverage of 84 or 112mm respectively. The focal length and bright f1.4 focal ratio make it ideal for events as well as street or tighter urban views. Find out why it's become a favourite in my review!

Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 review

04 Dec 2018 Thomas

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 is a short telephoto prime lens for Sony’s e-mount mirrorless cameras. It’s a perfect lens for portraits, weddings or events whether mounted on a full-frame or a cropped body and includes optical stabilisation. Find out how it compares to Sony’s 85mm lenses in Thomas’s review!

Camera gear of the year

03 Dec 2018 Gordon Laing

2018 was a strong year in the photography world with a lot of exciting new cameras, lenses and accessories. In my camera gear of the year guide I'll highlight the highest-performing, most useful and enjoyable products I've reviewed this year!

Sony FE 85mm f1.8 review

26 Nov 2018 Thomas

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. In Thomas's review he compares it against rivals from Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma and Sony!

Best camera deals 2018

22 Nov 2018 Gordon Laing

Black Friday is approaching and many stores have already started discounting! I've sifted through the deals to find the best bargains on cameras and photography gear. So if you're shopping for a new camera, lens or accessory, check out my guide to the best deals this Holiday Season. PS - check back for updates!

Nikon Z7 review

20 Nov 2018 Gordon Laing

The Nikon Z7 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at enthusiasts and professionals, featuring 45 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, 493 embedded AF points and 9fps burst shooting. Find out if it's right for you in my in-depth review and video demo!

Nikon Z 35mm f1.8S review

14 Nov 2018 Thomas

The Nikon Z 35mm f1.8 S is the first wide-angle prime lens for Nikon’s mirrorless Z-system. A popular focal length for street photography and general-use, it features an f1.8 focal ratio and fast and quiet focusing. Thomas compared it to several rivals for his in-depth review!

Fujifilm XT3 review

12 Nov 2018 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T3 is a high-end mirrorless camera which debuts the new 26 Megapixel X-Trans IV sensor with much improved autofocus, burst shooting and movie capabilities, including 30fps bursts and 4k video at 60p in 10 bit. Find out why it's become one of my favourite cameras in my in-depth review!

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 review

05 Nov 2018 Thomas

The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 is a general-purpose zoom for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers a classy step-up from Sony’s entry-level FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6, and is less than half the price of the FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM. Find out if it's the ideal kit zoom for Sony full-framers in Thomas's review!

Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM review so far

29 Oct 2018 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM is a general-purpose zoom for Canon’s EOS R mirrorless system. It delivers a popular range that takes you from wide-angle to short telephoto, with a constant f4 focal ratio, optical stabilisation and Nano USM focusing. Ahead of my full review, check out my sample images!

Canon RF 50mm f1.2L USM review

25 Oct 2018 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 50mm f1.2L USM is a standard prime lens for Canon’s EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. One of the first four native RF lenses, Canon claims it’s their ultimate 50mm in terms of quality. To find out I compared it against the classic EF 50mm f1.2L USM in my in-depth review!

Nikon Z 24-70mm f4S review

22 Oct 2018 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f4S is a general-purpose zoom for Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens features a constant f4 focal ratio, fast and quiet focusing, and a compact design that’s a perfect match for Z bodies. Thomas puts it through his vigorous tests for his full review!

Canon EOS R review

15 Oct 2018 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 30 Megapixels, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 4k video and fully-articulated touchscreen. It’s the first full frame mirrorless camera from Canon and launches the new RF lens mount. Find out if it's the camera you've been waiting for in my in-depth review!

DJI Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom review

08 Oct 2018 Adam Juniper

The DJI Mavic 2 is a mid-range drone available in two versions with different cameras: the Zoom has a 2x optical zoom and 1/2.3in sensor, and the Pro has a fixed lens but a larger 1in sensor for a slightly higher price. Find out if these are the drones you're looking for in Adam's review!

Rode VideoMic Me-L review

02 Oct 2018 Ben Harvey

The Rode VideoMic ME-L is a small microphone designed for iPhones with Lightning ports. It's aimed at vloggers, interviewers and musicians who want to capture higher quality audio than the phone's built-in microphone. Hear the difference in Ben's review!

Sony RX100 VI review

01 Oct 2018 Gordon Laing

The Sony RX100 VI is a high-end compact aimed at enthusiasts. It takes the earlier Mark V with its 20 MP sensor, EVF, confident focusing and 4k video, but squeezes a longer 24-200mm range into essentially the same body. Find out why it's one of the best pocket travel cameras in my final review!

Photokina 2018 show report

28 Sep 2018 Gordon Laing

Every two years the photography world gathers at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, to show off their latest products and unveil their plans for the future. It’s a huge show, so let me be your personal guide in my 16 minute show report!

Fujifilm GFX 50R review - preview

28 Sep 2018 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-styled medium format mirrorless camera with 50 Megapixels and a built-in electronic viewfinder. It’s thinner and lighter than the original GFX 50S but sports the same quality. Check out my preview for more details!

Fujifilm Instax SQ20 review - preview

25 Sep 2018 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm Instax SQ20 is an instant camera which uses the Install Square format. Like the SQ10, it’s a digital model, letting you view images on-screen and edit them before deciding whether to print. New features include frame-grabbing from video and a 4x digital zoom. Check out my preview!

Panasonic Lumix S1R review - preview

25 Sep 2018 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!

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 review

24 Sep 2018 Ken McMahon

The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a massive 125x range, taking it from an equivalent of 24-3000mm. The P1000 has a 16 Megapixel sensor, can film 4k video and has a built-in OLED viewfinder and fully-articulated screen. Check out Ken's review!

Canon SX70 HS review - preview

21 Sep 2018 Gordon Laing

The Canon SX70 HS is a super-zoom camera with DSLR-styling, 20 Megapixels and a 65x / 21-1365mm optical zoom. The SX70 HS keeps the body, zoom and flip-screen of its predecessor, but upgrades the resolution and viewfinder while adding 4k video and 10fps. Find out more in my preview.

Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM review so far

20 Sep 2018 Gordon Laing

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. I've been shooting with a final sample, so check out my review-so-far!

Canon SX740 HS review

17 Sep 2018 Ken McMahon

The Canon SX740 HS is a pocket super-zoom with a 40x / 24-960mm range, 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, Wifi and Bluetooth. It's a mild refresh over the SX730 HS, but now employs the latest DIGIC 8 processor to support 4k video and 10fps bursts. Find out if it's for you in my review.

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