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Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 review

23 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 is a very bright prime lens for X-series mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers short telephoto coverage that’s ideal for portraits. It’s also the first f1.0 lens with autofocus for mirrorless cameras. Find out what it can do in my full review!

Black Friday best camera deals 2020

21 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

It's that time of year when we're bombarded by bargain offers, so I've sifted through the deals to find the best buys on camera 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!

Sigma 105mm f2.8 DG DN Macro Art review

17 Nov 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 105mm f2.8 DG DN Macro Art is the first macro lens in Sigma’s DN-series, designed for mirrorless cameras with Sony E or Leica L-mounts. Check out my complete review to find out how the all-new optical design measures-up!

Nikon Z TC-1.4x TC-2.0x teleconverter review

14 Nov 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z TC 1.4x and TC 2.0x are the first tele-converters for the Z-series mirrorless system. Introduced with the Z 70-200mm f2.8 pro zoom, they extend the reach of compatible lenses without the cost or bulk of buying a new model. Find out how they both perform on the Z 70-200mm in our in-depth review!

Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S review

10 Nov 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S is a professional ultra-wide angle zoom for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. It’s the third native zoom with a fast f2.8 focal ratio and completes the trinity of pro zooms for Nikon's Z system. Check out my full review!

How to photograph fireworks

05 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

Firework displays can be spectacular but present a number of challenges to capture on-camera. In my simple guide I'll share my tips and techniques for photographing fireworks whether you're shooting New Year, 4th July or any other celebration!

DJI Mini 2 Review

05 Nov 2020 Adam Juniper

The DJI Mini 2 is a brand new replacement for the 249g Mavic Mini. It drops the "Mavic" but retains essentially the same folding airframe. Why, you might wonder, is a drone getting a significant refresh less than 13 months after launch? Find out in my full review!

Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM preview

04 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS R mirrorless system. While the new RF 50mm f1.8 STM may cost roughly double that of the previous EF version, it becomes the cheapest model in the RF catalogue to date while also featuring a number of improvements. Check out my preview for more details!

Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM preview

04 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM is a compact telephoto zoom for the EOS R mirrorless system. It uses an extending barrel that makes it comfortably shorter and more transportable than the previous EF version. Check out my preview for more details!

Moon Photography Tutorial

02 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Moon is one of my favourite subjects to photograph and in this tutorial I'll show you how to take great photos of it including exposure, phases, Earthshine and how to plan a Moon-rise with a landscape in the foreground!

Sony ZV1 vs A7C review

26 Oct 2020 Gordon Laing

In this review I’ve directly compared the Sony ZV1 against the Sony A7C, two very different cameras but both aimed at a very similar audience. The ZV1 is a fixed-lens compact while the A7C is a full-frame mirrorless that costs around three times the price. Find out which is best for video creators in my review!

Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro review

19 Oct 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM is a short telephoto lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system, and one of the most affordable in the system to date. Perfect for portraits and close-ups, find out why it's a no-brainer for EOS R owners in my review!

Fujifilm XS10 review so far

15 Oct 2020 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-S10 represents a new branch in the X-series, delivering the power and quality of the X-T series with a 26 Megapixel APSC sensor and uncropped 4k video, but with a more approachable control system, along with built-in stabilisation. Find out everything you need to know in my hands-on first-looks review!

Canon RF 600mm / 800mm f11 review

12 Oct 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 600mm and 800mm f11 are very compact super-telephoto lenses for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Find out why they're more usable than you'd think in my full review!

Canon EOS 850D Rebel T8i review

05 Oct 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS 850D / Rebel T8i is a mid-range DSLR with a 24mp APSC sensor, 7fps bursts, 4k video and a fully-articulated screen. It sits at the top of the triple-digit EOS or Rebel series, which puts it directly below the EOS 90D. Find out how they compare in my review!

Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L review

28 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 100-500mm is a telephoto zoom for the full frame EOS R mirrorless system. Physically it’s only 15mm longer and an impressive 200g lighter than the earlier EF 100-400, while zooming 100mm further. In my full review I'll compare them both!

Canon EOS C70 review - preview

24 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS C70 is the smallest and lightest member of the Cinema EOS range and the first to employ the RF lens mount. It’s aimed at documentary, news, corporate, social media and event videography, combining the pro capabilities of the Cinema EOS series with the compact form factor of the EOS R range. Find out more in my preview!

Fujifilm INSTAX SQ1 review

21 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The INSTAX SQ1 is the latest instant camera from Fujifilm to use INSTAX square film. Like the hugely popular INSTAX Mini series, the SQ1 is a fully analogue camera, ejecting small prints which gradually develop before your eyes. Find out which INSTAX is best for you in my review!

Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S review

21 Sep 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is a pro telephoto zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. Alongside the earlier Z 24-70mm f2.8 and newer Z 14-24mm f2.8, it completes the holy trinity for the Z system, providing 14-200mm at f2.8. Find out whether it meets or surpasses its already excellent predecessor in our in-depth review!

Nikon Z 50mm f1.2 S review - preview

16 Sep 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 50mm f1.2 S becomes the third standard prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. A popular focal length for street photography and general-purpose use, it features a bright f1.2 focal ratio. Find out more in our preview!

GoPro Hero 9 Black review

16 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The GoPro Hero 9 is the 2020 edition of the popular action camera series that’s also carved a successful niche in the vlogging and webcam Worlds. It’s a rugged block of a camera, waterproof to 10m / 33feet, that now captures 5k video or 20 Megapixel photos, has improved stabilisation and timelapse facilities as well as a new front screen…

Sony A7C review so far

15 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The Sony A7C is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 Megapixels, 4k video up to 30p, built-in stabilisation, rangefinder styling and a fully-articulated touchscreen. It’s Sony’s smallest and lightest full-framer to date, packing the photo and movie quality of the A7 III into a more compact body that’s barely larger or heavier than the A6600. Find out more in…

How to photograph bees

08 Sep 2020 Alan Adler

Find how to take great photos of bees without dedicated macro gear or even leaving your home. Guest writer Alan Adler is not just the inventor of the legendary Aeropress but also a passionate photographer who reveals his favourite cameras for bees don’t have to be specialist or expensive!

Panasonic Lumix S5 review

02 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, a fully-articulated touchscreen and 10 bit 4k up to 60p. In my full review find out why the most affordable full-framer from Panasonic to date could also be it’s most compelling.

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