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Sony Cyber-shot S70 retro review

17 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

In early 2000, Sony launched the Cyber-shot S70, packing the latest 3 Megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss-branded zoom and a wealth of features at a price that undercut most rivals. It became my first digital camera and 21 years later I've powered-it up for my latest retro review!

Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 review so far

14 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 100-400mm f5.6-8 is a low-cost telephoto zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system that’s aimed at sports and wildlife. I went hands-on for my preview!

Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM review so far

14 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 16mm f2.8 STM is a compact ultra-wide prime lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system, aimed at landscape, architecture, astro-photography and vlogging. I went hands-on for my preview!

Canon EOS R3 review

14 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS R3 is high-end mirrorless camera aimed at pros who demand the fastest speed and toughest body. It’s Canon’s most powerful mirrorless camera to date, so I've put together an in-depth review for you!

Sigma 24mm f2 DG DN review

09 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 24mm f2 DG DN is a wide-angle prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, and available in Sony-e and L-mount versions. It’s aimed at anyone who wants a fast-aperture wide angle prime without the cost or heft of 1.4 models. In my review, find out how it compares to a growing collection of rival options!

Sigma 90mm f2.8 DG DN review

09 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 90mm f2.8 DG DN is a short telephoto prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, and available in Sony-e and L-mount versions. It’s aimed at anyone who wants a classic portrait lens in a compact barrel at a reasonable price. In my review, find out how it compares to a growing collection of rival options!

Nikon Z 28mm f2.8 review

06 Sep 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z 28mm f2.8 is a compact mild wide-angle for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras, available in two versions. The special edition shares the vintage styling of the Z fc body, while the upcoming standard model looks like previous Z lenses. In my review I tested the SE version, but they're optically identical, so find out how it measured-up!

Fujifilm GFX50S II review so far

02 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX50S Mark II is a medium format mirrorless camera with 51.4 Megapixels and built-in stabilisation. It takes the body of the GFX100S but fits it with the 51.4 Megapixel sensor from the original GFX models to hit a more affordable price point while still delivering more than enough detail for most of us. Here’s my review so far!

Polaroid Now Keith Haring review

23 Aug 2021 Gordon Laing

The Polaroid Now is an instant camera that delivers large square prints with minimal effort. It’s available in a variety of finishes including a Keith Haring edition adorned with the pop artist’s iconic graphics. Find out how it compares to Polaroid Go and Fujifilm’s INSTAX in my review!

Canon XF605 review so far

18 Aug 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon XF605 is a professional camcorder aimed at solo videographers. It sports a built-in 15x stabilised zoom, a 1in-type sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, unlimited 4k video up to 60p, and a broad range of pro connectivity. Find out more in my review so far!

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS review so far

16 Aug 2021 Thomas

The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS Sport is a long telephoto zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with Sony E and Leica L-mounts. It complements Sigma's 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary for those who need more reach. Check out our review so far!

Canon PowerShot G1 retro review

23 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

In October 2000, Canon launched the PowerShot G1, the first in a series of hugely popular cameras aimed at enthusiasts that continues over two decades later. Find out the story behind it 21 years later!

Canon RF 400mm f2.8L RF 600mm f4L review

20 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

The RF 400mm f2.8 and RF 600mm f4 are the two largest and most expensive lenses for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system to date. Unashamedly aimed at pro sports and wildlife photographers, they represent Canon at the top of their game. Find out why EOS R is ready for anything in my review of both lenses.

Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.8 review

18 Jul 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.8 is one of two macro lenses for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. It achieves 1:1 (1x) magnification without the use of bellows or extension tubes and is corrected for full-frame. Check out our full review!

Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S review

12 Jul 2021 Thomas

The Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S is one of two macro lenses for Z-mount mirrorless cameras. It achieves 1:1 (1x) magnification without bellows or extension tubes and is corrected for full-frame cameras. Check out our full review!

Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro review

05 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

The Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro is a wide to standard zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. It delivers a 16-50mm equivalent range, taking you from ultra-wide to standard coverage, making it a very flexible walkaround option whether you’re shooting stills or filming video. Find out why it’s become my favourite general-purpose zoom for M43 in my review!

Nikon COOLPIX 100 retro review

02 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

In 1996 Nikon entered the consumer digital camera market with the COOLPIX 100. It cost $500, had one third of a Megapixel and was built-into an industry-standard PCMCIA card, so you could simply slot the camera into a compatible laptop. 25 years later I review it once more!

Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM review so far

29 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM is a compact, ultra wide zoom for the EOS R mirrorless system and corrected for full-frame bodies. Announced in June 2021, it’s the widest lens in the RF system to date, and extends the range available in smaller, lighter and more affordable f4 models.

Polaroid Go review

28 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Polaroid Go is the World’s smallest analogue instant camera and the cutest camera I’ve ever used. It uses new Polaroid Go film that produces tiny square prints in the classic Polaroid style. Essentially a shrunken version of the Polaroid Now, I took it around Brighton in my review, comparing it to the INSTAX Mini!

Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC review

17 Jun 2021 Thomas

The Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC is a long telephoto zoom designed for Sony’s mirrorless cameras and corrected for full-frame. It complements Tamron's 70-300mm or 70-180mm f2.8 for those who need more reach. Find out if it's right for you in our complete review!

Fujifilm XF 18mm f1.4 review

14 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 18mm f1.4 is a wide-angle prime lens for the X-series mirrorless system, delivering standard wide angle coverage equivalent to 27mm when mounted on an X-series body. I've now updated my first-looks review with sample images from a final production model!

Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS retro review

11 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS was a high-end super-zoom camera launched in 2001, sporting a 10x / 37-370mm equivalent range, and becoming Canon’s first digital camera to include optical image stabilisation! Find out how it performs 20 years later!

Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro review

07 Jun 2021 Thomas

The Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro is a very special lens: one of only a handful that can deliver up to 5x magnification without the use of bellows or extension tubes. It’s corrected for full-frame cameras, and set to 5x can capture an area of just 4.8x7.2mm. In his review Thomas finds out if it’s the best macro for…

Nikon COOLPIX 900 retro review

04 Jun 2021 Gordon Laing

The COOLPIX 900, launched in 1998, was Nikon’s third digital camera, but I’d argue their first aimed at photographers. 1.2 Megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, white balance presets and a cunning split-body, the 900 had it all! Find out why it was one of my favourites in my retro review!

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