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Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art review-so-far

18 Jul 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art is a standard zoom corrected for full-frame sensors and available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLR mounts. It upgrades its decade-old predecessor with ART-level optics and stabilisation. Check out Thomas's review-so-far with comparisons and samples!

DJI Spark review

17 Jul 2017 Adam Juniper

The Spark is DJI's smallest and most affordable drone to date, opening the possibility - and fun - of a flying camera to anyone considering a premium compact. Drone expert Adam Juniper took the Spark on holiday for his in-depth review. Find out why he loved it and why you need one!

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 review-so-far

14 Jul 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is a compact DSLR aimed at entry-level buyers. Available in three colours, it sports a 24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for movie and live view focusing, a fully-articulated touchscreen, and Wifi with Bluetooth. Check out my sample images and movies!

Nikon 8-15mm f3.5-4.5 fisheye review

13 Jul 2017 Thomas

The Nikon 8-15mm f3.5-4.5E ED is the first Fisheye zoom for Nikon DSLRs, delivering a 180 degree field-of-view to both cropped and full-frame bodies, while also offering a full circular Fisheye image to full-frame. Find out how it performs in Thomas's in-depth review!

Leica DG 8-18mm f2.8-4 review

11 Jul 2017 Gordon Laing

The Leica DG 8-18mm f2.8-4 is an ultra wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds. Mounted on a Panasonic or Olympus mirrorless body, it delivers coverage of 16-36mm, providing a flexible range from modest to ultra-wide. Find out why it's become my favourite MFT wide lens in my review!

Fujifilm Finepix XP120 review

10 Jul 2017 Ken McMahon

Fujifilm's FinePix XP120 is a waterproof camera that can dive to 20m and survive temperatures of -10c as well as drops from 1.75m. There's a 5x / 28-140mm zoom, 3in screen and Wifi. Ken compared it to the high-end Olympus TOUGH TG5 in his review. Find out which is your ideal waterproof camera!

How to photograph fireworks

04 Jul 2017 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!

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS review

03 Jul 2017 Ken McMahon

The PowerShot SX730 HS is Canon's flagship pocket superzoom. Like its predecessor, it packs 20 Megapixels and a 40x / 24-960mm zoom into a pocket body, now with a tilting screen and Bluetooth. Find out how it compares to the Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 in Ken's review!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II preview

29 Jun 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS 6D Mark II is an 'affordable' full-frame DSLR which upgrades the original 6D with a higher resolution 26MP sensor, improved autofocus, faster burst shooting, greater connectivity and an articulated touchscreen. Find out more in my hands-on preview!

Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 review

27 Jun 2017 Gordon Laing

The XF 50mm f2 is a short telephoto prime lens for Fujifilm's mirrorless X-series. Delivering a 75mm equivalent field-of-view, it's perfect for portraits with blurred backgrounds or tighter urban and landscape views. I've been comparing it against the XF 56mm f1.2 so find out which is best for you in my review!

Nikon 28mm f1.4E review

26 Jun 2017 Thomas

The Nikon 28mm f1.4E is a medium wide lens corrected for full-frame DSLRs. It fills a gap between the existing 24mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4 lenses in the Nikon lineup, and features high-end optics, tough build quality and a price to match. Find out why Thomas reckons it's worth the price in his review!

Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 review

23 Jun 2017 Gordon Laing

The XF 23mm f2 is a wide lens for Fujifilm's mirrorless X-Series. Delivering a 35mm equivalent field-of-view, it's an ideal general-purpose lens and perfect for street shooters. I've been comparing it against the XF 23mm f1.4, but ahead of my review, here's some sample images!

Solar Eclipse Photography

21 Jun 2017 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 two Total Solar Eclipses and in my guide will explain everything I've learned!

Olympus TOUGH TG5 review

19 Jun 2017 Ken McMahon

The TOUGH TG5 is a high quality waterproof camera from Olympus that's designed for rugged photography. Waterproof to 15m, freezeproof to -10c, and sealed from dust and sand, you can take it anywhere. Find out why it's the best rugged camera Ken's tested in his review!

Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

12 Jun 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm SQ10 is the latest Instax cameras which can output small instant prints. It's the first model in the series to output square photos and the first to employ a digital sensor, screen and storage, letting you choose what and when to print. Find out if it's for you in my review!

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 review

05 Jun 2017 Ken McMahon

The Lumix TZ90, or ZS70 as it's known in North America, is the latest in Panasonic's enormously successful pocket travel zoom series. It packs a 30x / 24-720mm zoom, 4k video, RAW files, built-in EVF and now features a tilting touchscreen and 20MP. Find out if it's for you in my review!

Fujifilm X100F review

30 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm's X100F is a high-end compact aimed at enthusiasts and street photographers. Fourth in the X100 series, the X100F packs Fuji's latest 24MP sensor into a fixed-lens 35mm f2 compact with a hybrid viewfinder, AF joystick and ISO dial, and as such becomes a compact fixed lens version of the X-Pro2. Check out my full review!

Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS review

22 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master is a telephoto zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the longest reach of Sony's e-mount lenses and boasts high performance for subjects near and far. I've been using the FE 100-400mm at a variety of events on Alpha A9 and A7r Mark II bodies. Check out my experiences and images so…

Sony FE 12-24mm f4G review-so-far

17 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 12-24mm f4G is an ultra-wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. It delivers the widest coverage in the e-mount lineup to date, and exploits the short sensor to mount distance of mirrorless to achieve a smaller and lighter barrel than rivals for DSLRs. I've been shooting with it, so check out my sample images!

Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM review-so-far

17 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Sony's FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master is a wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The fifth G Master lens, it completes a 'trinity' of f2.8 models, joining the FE 24-70mm f2.8 and FE 70-200mm f2.8. It aims for high resolution and attractive bokeh, while maintaining quality at all distances. I've been shooting with it, so check out my samples!

Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850 review

15 May 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 if it's for you in my review!

Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head review

10 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Geared tripod heads let you fine-tune your camera's position in three axes with a twist of the appropriate knobs, but have traditionally been large, heavy and expensive accessories. Bucking the trend is Manfrotto's XPRO, the lightest and most affordable geared head to date. In my review I compared it against the Junior 410 geared head.

Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 OS review

08 May 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 OS is one of the smallest, lightest and most affordable long telephoto zooms around. Corrected for full-frame bodies, it's available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLR mounts and works on Sony mirrorless with the MC-11 adapter. In his in-depth review, Thomas finds out how it compares against rivals that are generally more expensive.

Fujifilm VPB-XT2 review

05 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster is a dedicated battery grip for the XT2 body. It goes beyond basic grips by tripling the life, extending movie clips, boosting AF, shortening lag and accelerating the top mechanical burst speed from 8 to 11fps while also providing a headphone jack and AC power. Find out why it's the must-have accessory for (almost)…

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