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Solar Eclipse Photography

18 Aug 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!

Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro review-so-far

16 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS is a medium telephoto for Sony's mirrorless cameras. It's the first Sony Macro corrected for its full-frame bodies, upon which it'll deliver 1:1 / 1x magnification from a distance of 28cm. A sharp performer, check out my sample images in my review-so-far.

Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E VR review

15 Aug 2017 Thomas

The Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E is a stabilized 4.3x telephoto zoom corrected for use on full-frame Nikon DSLRs. It's the successor to Nikon's popular but 11 year old AF-S 70–300mm 4.5–5.6G. Thomas finds out how it compares to this and other rivals in his review!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 review

14 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Instax Mini 9 is the latest affordable instant camera to use Fujifilm's hugely popular Instax Mini film. It's based on the best-selling Mini 8 and adds a selfie mirror and close-up accessory, as well as coming in five pastel colours. Find out if it's the best low-cost instant camera in my review!

Long exposure photography tips

11 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

Long exposures can be used to create beautiful and mysterious-looking images, transforming landscape or city scenes without any post-processing. It's become one of my favourite techniques, and in my tutorial I'll explain everything you need to know to get started with long exposures.

Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS review-so-far

09 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 G Master is a pro telephoto zoom for Alpha mirrorless cameras. One of the first G Master lenses, it delivers high resolution details with attractive rendering of blurred areas. I've compiled a wide variety of sample images in my review-so-far!

Nikon Coolpix W100 review

07 Aug 2017 Ken McMahon

Nikon's COOLPIX W100 is a low-priced rugged camera designed for active kids and adults. Waterproof to 10m, freeze-proof and surviving drops from 1.8m, it's a camera you can take anywhere. Find out why it's one of the best waterproof compacts in Ken's review!

Sony E 18-105mm f4 review-so-far

03 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f4G OSS is a general-purpose 5.8x motorized zoom for Sony's cropped-frame / APSC mirrorless cameras, including the A5000, A6000 and original NEX ranges, where it delivers a 27-158mm equivalent range. Check out my sample images from a trip to Thailand!

Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 review

01 Aug 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. Find out how it compares to the XF 23mm f1.4 in my in-depth review!

Nikon Coolpix W300 review

31 Jul 2017 Ken McMahon

The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is a rugged waterproof compact with a 5x optical zoom and a 16 Megapixel sensor. It keeps the 24-120mm zoom of the earlier AW130 and 30m water-proofness, and upgrades it with 4k video and better wireless. Find out why it's a great all-rounder in Ken's review!

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art review

28 Jul 2017 Thomas

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art is a standard zoom for full-frame DSLRs, available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. It upgrades its decade-old predecessor with ART-level optics and stabilisation. Find out if it's a worthy addition to the ART series in Thomas's review!

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 review

25 Jul 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is a compact DSLR that's a step-up from entry-level models. Available in three colours, it sports a 24MP sensor with confident movie focusing, a fully-articulated touchscreen, and Wifi with Bluetooth. Find out why it's one of the best DSLRs for the money in my review!

Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 review

24 Jul 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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