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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!

Canon EOS R3 review so far

02 Jun 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, and In my latest update I got to see it in person!

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II review so far

25 May 2021 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mark II is a mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds format aimed at hybrid shooters and videographers. Announced in May 2021, it’s the successor to the four year old GH5, a popular workhorse for pro-videographers. Updates include live streaming direct from the camera, expanded video modes and log as standard. Find out more in…

Lunar Eclipse Photography

21 May 2021 Gordon Laing

A Total Lunar Eclipse is one of Nature's most spectacular displays and a great deal easier to photograph than a Solar Eclipse, not to mention more frequent too. In my guide I'll explain how to photograph a lunar eclipse or blood moon!

Canon PowerShot 600 retro review

20 May 2021 Gordon Laing

The PowerShot 600 was Canon’s first consumer digital camera, launched in 1996 and sporting a fixed 50mm equivalent lens, PC Card storage and half a Megapixel. In this episode of Dino Bytes, I’ll see how the PowerShot 600 compared to rivals at the time and how it performs 25 years later!

Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift review

10 May 2021 Thomas

The Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift is the widest shift lens available for full-frame cameras. The front-end can be shifted 11mm in any direction to minimise perspective distortions when shooting architecture or interiors. Thomas tests it in his latest in-depth review!

Sony DSC F1 retro review

09 May 2021 Gordon Laing

Sony launched its first consumer digital camera, the DSC-F1 in 1996. It boasted 0.3 Megapixels, 4 MB of built-in memory and a lens housing that rotated 180 degrees for comfortable waist-level shooting or selfies. Find out how it all began in my retro review!

Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO review

04 May 2021 Thomas

The Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO from Venus Optics is one of very few macro lenses which can focus from infinity to 2x magnification. Plus this full-frame lens is available in a wide variety of mounts including DSLR and mirrorless. Find out how it performs in our review!

Fujifilm GFX 100S review

03 May 2021 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX 100S is a medium format mirrorless camera with 100 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k video. This fourth model in the GFX series inherits the sensor from the flagship GFX 100 but packs it into a more compact and much more affordable body. Find out why it's the best GFX to date in my review!

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art review

27 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art is a wide angle lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras in Sony e and Leica L-mounts. Successor to Sigma’s first Art lens, the new model has high aspirations so I’ve compared it against Sony’s FE 35 1.5 GM as well as Sigma’s f1.2 and f2 models! Find out which is the best 35 for…

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 40 review

21 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The INSTAX Mini 40 is the latest instant camera to use Fujifilm’s enormously popular INSTAX Mini film. It's essentially the Mini 11 with vintage styling, but as you'll find out in my review, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master review

20 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 14mm f1.8 G Master is an ultra-wide angle prime lens for the full-frame e-mount mirrorless system. It’s not only Sony’s widest prime lens to date, but one of only two 14mm lenses in existence with a bright f1.8 aperture. Find out everything you need to know in my full review!

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