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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…

In Camera - perfect photos out-of-camera

07 Mar 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!

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!

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review-in-progress

16 Feb 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 Lumix GH5 review-in-progress!

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!

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D preview

15 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS 800D, or Rebel T7i as it's known in North America, is an upper entry-level DSLR, aimed at photographers wanting a step-up from the most basic models. It features a 24 Megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a 45-point viewfinder AF system, and a fully-articulated touch-screen. Find out more in my EOS 800D / T7i preview!

Morocco Tips for Photographers

07 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

Looking for a great holiday destination with wonderful photo opportunities? Check out my guide to driving across Morocco!

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM review

06 Feb 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EF 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS range of DSLRs. It's the long-awaited replacement for the EF 50mm f1.8 II, Canon's most successful lens, yet one that's 24 years old. The latest version promises smoother out-of-focus effects and a closer focusing distance. Find out why it's a no-brainer in my Canon EF 50mm…

Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 review

31 Jan 2017 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 is a mid-range mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. It employs a 16 Megapixel sensor which supports 1080 and 4k video, the latter exploited in Panasonic's 4K Photo modes. The built-in IS has been upgraded, the body now weather-sealed and the viewfinder enlarged. Find out why it's one of the best…

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview

25 Jan 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a medium format mirrorless camera with a 51.4 Megapixel sensor that's 1.7 times larger than the full-frame 35mm format. It's the first model in Fujifilm's new GFX system, aimed at photographers who want the ultimate in image quality. I've been shooting with a pre-production body and all three of the new lenses, so check out…

Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II review

23 Jan 2017 Gordon Laing

The Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II is the company's flagship mirrorless camera. It boosts the resolution to 20 Megapixels, improves the AF system, shoots faster at 18fps with CAF or 60fps with SAF, films 4k video and features a fully-articulated touch-screen and a weather-proof body with twin SD slots. Check out my OMD EM1 Mark II review!

Fujifilm X100F preview

20 Jan 2017 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm's X100F is a high-end compact aimed at the demands of enthusiasts. Like its predecessors, it packs Fuji's latest sensor and processing into a fixed-lens 35mm (equivalent) f2 compact with a hybrid viewfinder; as such the X100F can be considered as a fixed-lens version of the X-Pro2, sharing the same 24 Megapixel sensor and the same hybrid viewfinder with its…

Fujifilm XT20 preview

20 Jan 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XT20 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, 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 XT2. The XT20 shares the 24 Megapixel sensor and image processor of the XT2, inherits the improved AF system and 4k video. See my preview.

Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art review

17 Jan 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 85mm f1.5 Art is a short telephoto prime lens designed for full-frame bodies and available in Canon EF, Nikon and Sigma mounts. It's a highly anticipated update to the previous 85mm f1.4 from Sigma and anyone following the Art series won't be disappointed as Thomas declares it the best 85mm f1.4 with autofocus he's tested!

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review

09 Jan 2017 Ken McMahon

The RX10 III updates Sony's high-end Bridge Super-zoom retaining its predecessor's 1 inch 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, super-slow motion modes, electronic viewfinder and flip-up 3-inch screen. What's new is the lens, tripling the reach of the earlier RX10 II with a range of 24-600mm. Find out if it's the bridge camera for you in Ken's review.

Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850 preview

04 Jan 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 more in my preview!

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 preview

04 Jan 2017 Gordon Laing

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, but the big headlines are the 4k movies and 4k Photo modes. See my preview for more.

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8E VR review

27 Dec 2016 Thomas

The 70-200mm f2.8E is Nikon's latest version of the classic, bright, telephoto zoom. Nikon's done a complete optical redesign to improve performance. They've also made some external changes, swapping the focus and zoom rings and adding extra function buttons to the lens. Find out if it's worth the extra in our Nikon 70-200mm f2.8E review!

Sony RX100 V review

19 Dec 2016 Gordon Laing

Sony's RX100 V is the fifth model in its enormously successful line of compacts for enthusiasts. It keeps the body, tilting selfie-screen, popup viewfinder and 24-70mm lens of the Mark IV. But the 20 Megapixel sensor now features 315 embedded phase-detect AF points and shoots at 24fps with CAF. Find out if it's the best high-end compact in my review!

Nikon COOLPIX B700 review

06 Dec 2016 Ken McMahon

The Nikon COOLPIX B700 is a mid-range super-zoom with a 60x range and 16 Megapixels. It has a hinged screen, records 4k video and features built-in Wifi with Nikon's SnapBridge technology. It's a good specification for the money, but up against compelling competition. Find out of it's worth spending the extra in Ken's review!

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