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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!

Panasonic Lumix S1 review so far

22 Mar 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 the debut bodies in a new L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma. See how their quality compares in my review so far!

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.

Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S review - preview

15 Feb 2019 Gordon Laing

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. Check out my preview!

Canon EOS RP review so far

14 Feb 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. Check out my comparisons and samples in my review-so-far!

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 so far

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!

Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S review - preview

08 Jan 2019 Gordon Laing

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 architectural photography, and is the first full-frame ultra-wide zoom to take relatively compact and affordable 82mm filters. Check out my preview!

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!

In Camera book - perfect photos out-of-camera

17 Dec 2018 Gordon Laing

In Camera is a book by Cameralabs' 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! A great gift for beginner or advanced photographers!

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 2018

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!

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