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Fujifilm X100 VI review

20 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X100 VI is the highly-anticipated successor to the X100 V, packing their latest 40 Megapixel APSC sensor and IBIS into a body only a fraction thicker and heavier. I went hands-on with the X100 VI for my review so far!

NONS SL660 instant SLR review

05 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

The NONS SL660 is a fully analogue, manual SLR camera designed for instax Square film. In my review I'll show you how practical it is for those who want more control over their instant photography!

Sony Cyber-shot F717 retro review

02 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

Back in 2002, Sony launched the Cyber-shot F717, the fourth model in the series to use an L-shaped design with a twisting body. It built on the earlier F707 to deliver one of the best in the series to date and gained later popularity for its infra-red capabilities. Find out how it performs 22 years later in my retro review!

Panasonic Lumix S 100mm f2.8 Macro review

10 Jan 2024 Gordon Laing

The Lumix S 100mm f2.8 is a compact macro lens with 1:1 close-up capabilities. It’s designed for the full-frame L-mount system, including bodies from Panasonic, Sigma and Leica. Find out how it performs in my review!

Nikon Z 600mm f6.3 VR S review

09 Jan 2024 Thomas

The Z 600mm f6.3 VR S is Nikon's third long telephoto designed for compact build and light weight. In my full review I compare size, weight, features, and performance with Nikon's other long telephoto lenses.

Fujifilm X100V long term review

31 Dec 2023 Gordon Laing

This is my long-term review of the Fujifilm X100V, a camera that’s become a bit of a modern classic, not to mention a regular companion on my own trips for several years. As the X100V approaches its fourth birthday, a successor is inevitable, but it’s worth discussing what makes it special and equally what it doesn’t do so well.

Nikon D80 RETRO review

29 Dec 2023 Gordon Laing

The Nikon D80 is a classic DSLR from 2006 with one of the last large CCD sensors in the series. Find out why it's become the best DSLR under $99 in my retro review!

Sony A9 III review so far

30 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The Sony Alpha 9 III is a supremely quick 24 MP full-frame camera, with a global shutter that allows 120fps bursts, flash sync up to 1/80,000 and photos and videos that are free from distortion. Here's my review so far!

Black Friday best camera deals 2023

22 Nov 2023 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 Canon gear!

Voigtlander 50mm f1 Nokton review

20 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The Voigtlander 50mm f1 Nokton may have a standard focal length, but the f1 aperture is a whole stop brighter than 1.4 and allows dramatic, buttery bokeh. I tested the version for Canon EOS R!

In Camera book - perfect photos out-of-camera

19 Nov 2023 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!

DJI Osmo Pocket 3 review

17 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 is a compact camera aimed at vloggers and content creators. It continues the concept of previous models, but improves on them in every regard. Find out why you'll want it in our review!

Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VC G2 review

06 Nov 2023 Thomas

The 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 is the second generation of Tamron’s small and light telephoto zoom. Designed for Sony’s E-mount mirrorless cameras Tamron added optical image stabilization plus a highly configurable focus set button, custom switch, and focus ring. Can it improve upon the optical qualities of its predecessor? Find out in my full review!

Canon RF 200-800mm f6.3-9 review so far

02 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 200-800 f6.3-9 IS USM is a super-telephoto zoom for EOS R cameras. Could it be ideal for distant wildlife and sports? Find out in my review so far!

Canon RF 24-105mm f2.8L IS USM Z review so far

02 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-105 f2.8L IS USM Z is a high-end zoom aimed at those who shoot photos and video. It looks set to be be popular at events and weddings. Here's my review so far.

Canon RF-S 10-18mm f4.5-6.3 review so far

02 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF-S 10-18mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM is a compact ultra-wide angle zoom for EOS R cameras with cropped APS-C sensors. Find out more in my review so far!

Canon EOS D30 RETRO review

30 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

The EOS D30 was the first DSLR built entirely by Canon. Teased in the Year 2000 and sporting 3.25 Megapixels, it was ground-breakingly affordable. Find out its story and how it performs 23 years later in my latest retro review!

Kingnovy 7in mini laptop review

23 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

Can a $200 mini laptop from AliExpress really be the best option for photographers who want to travel light? I find out in my review of the Kingnovy 7in mini laptop!

Nikon Z 135mm f1.8 S Plena review

18 Oct 2023 Thomas

The Nikon Z 135mm f1.8 S becomes only the second Z-series lens with a name: "Plena". Nikon emphasizes the "beautiful, well-rounded bokeh of outstanding sharpness and clarity". Can it beat the excellent Z 85mm f1.2 S? Find out in my full review!

Canon PowerShot Pro70 RETRO review

16 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

The Canon Pro70 was the first PowerShot aimed at pros and enthusiasts who couldn’t stretch to the cost of DSLRs of the day. It sported 1.7MP, a 28-70 zoom, flip screen and RAW files, packed into an SLR-styled body. I took it out 25 years later for this retro review!

Canon RF 10-20mm f4L IS review-so-far

11 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 10-20mm f4L IS is an ultra-wide full-frame zoom for the EOS R system. It's the World's widest lens with AF, so find out how it compares in my review so far!

Sigma 10-18mm f2.8 DC DN review

05 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 10-18mm f2.8 DC DN is an ultra wide zoom for APSC mirrorless cameras, and available in Fujifilm X, Sony E and Leica L mounts. Here's my review!

Solar Eclipse Photography

02 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

A Total Solar Eclipse is one of nature's most spectacular sights: as the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun it gradually obscures the disc until the faint wispy Coronal atmosphere is revealed! I've photographed three Total Solar Eclipses and in my guide will explain everything I've learned!

Panasonic Lumix G9 II review

14 Sep 2023 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix G9 Mark II is a mirrorless camera sporting a new 25 MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with even faster bursts and phase-detect autofocus! Find out more in my review!

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