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Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 tripod review

24 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

The Manfrotto 190 is a flexible and solid tripod designed to suit photographers seeking a serious, stable platform. A significant step-up from budget models, the 190 series strike a compelling balance between price and performance. I tested the latest MT190XPRO3 in my review!

Nikon D850 review

21 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

The D850 is Nikon's highest resolution DSLR to date with a new 45 Megapixel full-frame sensor, coupled with fast 7fps shooting. The D850 also inherits the 153-point AF of the D5 making it perfect for sports and wildlife. In our in-depth review we test the D850 for both landscape and pro sports shooters!

Canon EOS M100 review

20 Nov 2017 Ken McMahon

The EOS M100 is the smallest, cheapest and most beginner-friendly camera in Canon's mirrorless range, but shares the same 24 Megapixel APSC sensor with confident autofocus as its higher-end siblings. Find out if it's the best entry-level camera in our review!

Instax Share SP-3 review

13 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

The Instax Share SP-3 is Fujifilm's first instant photo printer to use its Instax Square format. It'll wirelessly print photos stored on your phone or via a variety of social networks, or if you have a compatible Fujifilm camera you can print direct. Find out if it's for you in my video review!

Panasonic Lumix G9 preview

08 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

Panasonic's Lumix G9 is a high-end mirrorless camera and joint flagship with the GH5. It shares the 20 Megapixel sensor with 4k movies up to 60p, but enhances the photo quality, improves stabilisation, boasts a huge viewfinder and shoots at 20fps with AFC. Check out my hands-on preview!

Sony FE 24-105mm f4G OSS review so far

06 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 24-105mm f4G OSS is a general-purpose zoom for Sony's full-frame mirrorless cameras that takes you from wide-angle to short telephoto. Sporting a constant f4 focal ratio, optical stabilisation, weather-sealing and a light body it's an ideal walk-around lens. Check out my samples so far!

Canon SELPHY CP1300 review

01 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's SELPHY CP1300 is a compact wireless photo printer that produces 6x4in postcard-sized lab quality prints from phones, tablets, laptops, computers or cameras via Wifi, direct USB or by inserting SD cards or USB storage. Find out more in my video review!

Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC G2 review

30 Oct 2017 Thomas

Tamron's 24-70mm f2.8 VC G2 is the second version of its popular general-purpose zoom for full-frame DSLRs. The new model improves the AF, adds weather-sealing and supports customization via the TAP console. Thomas finds out if it's the best 24-70mm f2.8 in his in-depth review!

Sony Alpha A7r III review

25 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's Alpha A7r Mark III is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 42.4 Megapixels, 4k HDR video and 10fps burst shooting. It keeps the sensor of the Mark II but upgrades the AF speed, adds twin SD slots, an AF joystick, PC Sync port, and the viewfinder and Z battery of the A9. Check out my review-so-far!

Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III review

23 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III is a compact mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at photographers who want the flexibility and quality of an interchangeable lens camera without the size and cost of higher-end bodies. Check out my in-depth review!

Sony FE 50mm f1.8 review so far

18 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 50mm f1.8 is an affordable standard prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras with a bright f1.8 focal ratio that's ideal for delivering shallow depth-of-field effects. There's lots of 50mm options for Sony's cameras, but the FE 50mm f1.8 is by far the most affordable with autofocus.

Canon G1X Mark III preview

16 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark III is a high-end compact sporting the same 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor as the EOS 80D. The Mark III also squeezes a 3x / 24-72mm zoom, EVF, fully-articulated touchscreen, Wifi and 1080p video into its weatherproof body. Check out my hands-on preview!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review

09 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS 6D Mark II is an 'affordable' full-frame DSLR which upgrades the original 6D with a higher resolution 26MP sensor, improved autofocus, faster burst shooting, greater connectivity and an articulated touchscreen. Find out if it's for you in my in-depth review!

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 review so far

04 Oct 2017 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm's XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 is a general-purpose zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers a flexible 27-84mm equivalent range with a brighter than average aperture. The balance of features makes it one of the classiest kit zooms around. Check out my sample images!

Oppo UDP-205 review (for audio)

29 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Oppo UDP-205 is a high-end 4k UHD Blu-Ray player with audiophile credentials. I tested it as a local network streamer, USB DAC, surround processor and even pre-amp connected direct to my power amps! Find out why it's my ideal front-end in my review!

Canon EF 24-105mm STM review so far

26 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM is a general-purpose 4.4x zoom designed for full-frame DSLRs. It's Canon's third 24-105mm, but the first with STM motors for smooth and quiet focusing in live view and movies. With great quality at half the price of the L version, it's a bargain!

Sony RX10 Mark IV review

25 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The RX10 IV updates Sony's high-end super-zoom retaining its predecessor's 24-600mm / 25x zoom and OLED EVF, but inheriting the RX100 V's sensor for phase-detect AF, 24fps bursts and 4k. There's also a touchscreen and Bluetooth; here's my review-so-far!

Fujifilm XE3 review

22 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XE3 is a mid-range mirrorless, aimed at enthusiasts who want X-series quality and lenses in a compact body. It shares the XE2's viewfinder but upgrades the sensor and includes a touchscreen, AF joystick and Bluetooth. Check out my in-depth review!

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 review-so-far

18 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm's XF 10-24mm f4 is an ultra-wide zoom for its X-mount cameras. Delivering a 15-36mm equivalent range, it's ideal for expansive landscapes, large architecture, or simply big group shots when you can't step back any further. My review-so-far!

Sony FE 85mm f1.8 review-so-far

11 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

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. Check out my sample images!

Manfrotto XPRO BHQ2 ball head review

10 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The MHXPRO-BHQ2, or XPRO for short, is Manfrotto's top ball head, designed to quickly and smoothly adjust substantial loads before locking them securely in place. Weighing half a kilo and supporting loads up to 10kg, it's a substantial and reliable option without costing the Earth.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM review-so-far

08 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF-S 18-135mm IS USM is a general-purpose zoom for cropped-sensor DSLRs It sports a flexible 7.5x / 29-216mm range taking you from wide to tele - ideal for travel and general use - and a new AF system that's fast for action but smooth and quiet for movies. Check out my samples!

Sony FE 28mm f2 review-so-far

04 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 28mm f2 is a compact and affordable wide-angle for Sony mirrorless cameras. The size and weight make it a perfect companion for Sony's smaller bodies, while a pair of optional adapters transform it into a 21mm ultra-wide or 16mm Fisheye. Check out my sample images!

Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA review-so-far

30 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 55mm f1.8 ZA is a prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras that delivers close to standard coverage on full-frame bodies. It was one of the first lenses available for the FE mount, but remains a popular premium option. Check out my sample images!

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