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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 14-24mm f2.8 S review - preview

17 Sep 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 together with the Z 24-70mm and Z 70-200mm, completes the trinity of pro zooms for Nikon's Z system. Check out my preview!

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 - preview

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…

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

14 Sep 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM 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. Check out my sample images!

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!

Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 review so far

03 Sep 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 hands-on review-so-far!

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.

Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art review

26 Aug 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art is a mild telephoto lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras with E-mount and L-mount. It’s the second large aperture prime lens in Sigma's ART series for mirrorless cameras. Find out why it's the best 85mm we've tested in our full review!

Autel EVO II Review

24 Aug 2020 Adam Juniper

The Autel EVO II is the best folding drone money can buy, comfortably knocking the ageing Mavic 2 series off its flagship spot thanks to its more capable airframe, better flight time and, of course, headline-grabbing 8K video. Find out more in our full review!

Canon RF 35mm f1.8 Macro review

17 Aug 2020 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. Find out why it's a must-have lens for all EOS R owners!

Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS review

11 Aug 2020 Thomas

The Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 is a small and relatively light super-zoom with a huge 10x zoom-range. Together with useful close-up capabilities, it's an ideal travel companion. Find out if it's right for you in our full review!

Canon EOS R6 review

10 Aug 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS R6 is an upper mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 20 Megapixels, 4k 60p video, built-in stabilisation, bursts up to 20fps and a fully-articulated touchscreen. Find out how it performs for photography in my latest update!

Sony A7S III review

28 Jul 2020 Gordon Laing

The Sony A7S III is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at pro videographers. It films 4k 120p, has a flip-screen, the best EVF to date and much more! Find out why it could be the best pro video camera in my review!

Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD review

20 Jul 2020 Thomas

The Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is an all-in-one zoom for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It's lighter and more affordable than having both Tamron's 28-75mm f2.8 and 70-180mm f2.8, albeit lacking the constant f2.8 aperture. Find out how it compares to rival super-zooms in our full review!

Canon EOS R5 review

20 Jul 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS R5 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera with built-in stabilisation, 20fps shooting, 8k video and dual card slots. The third EOS R body looks set to transform Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system. My review now includes a full report on the R5 for photography!

Nikon Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR review

13 Jul 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.3 VR is the first super-zoom designed for Nikon’s mirrorless cameras with Z-mount and corrected for full-frame sensors. Check out our complete review!

Canon RF 600mm / 800mm f11 review so far

09 Jul 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 hands-on first-looks review!

Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro review so far

09 Jul 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM is a short telephoto lens for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Announced in July 2020 and available from October, it’s one of the more affordable lenses in the system to date. Check out my preview!

Sony FE 12-24mm f2.8 GM review

07 Jul 2020 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 12-24mm f2.8 G Master is an ultra-wide zoom lens with a constant f2.8 aperture, designed for Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras. It becomes the widest full-frame f2.8 zoom and means Sony now offers focal lengths from 12 to 200mm with a constant f2.8 aperture. Find out more in my review!

How to photograph fireworks

03 Jul 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!

RevoRing filter adapter review

30 Jun 2020 Ben Harvey

The RevoRing is a cunning filter adapter from H&Y that saves you from carrying, fitting and swapping multiple step-down rings. A variable mechanism allows it to adapt one larger filter to multiple lenses, and fit it quickly too. Check out our review!

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