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f-stop Guru UL backpack review

20 Jan 2021 Gordon Laing

A good backpack is an important accessory for any photographer and over the last five years I’ve relied on the f-stop Guru UL. In this long-term test I’ll show you why the Guru UL has become my favourite photography backpack!

Sony FE 12-24mm f2.8 GM review

18 Jan 2021 Thomas

The Sony FE 12-24mm f2.8 G Master is an ultra-wide zoom 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!

Sony FE 35mm f1.4 GM review

13 Jan 2021 Gordon Laing

The FE 35mm f1.4 G Master is a high-end wide-angle prime lens for Sony’s e-mount mirrorless system and one that’s corrected for full-frame bodies. It’s Sony’s fourth 35 in the native e-mount, but the first to join the flagship G-Master series. Find out why it’s their best 35 yet in my full review!

Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM review

12 Jan 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS R mirrorless system. It becomes the cheapest model in the RF catalogue to date while also featuring a number of improvements. Check out my review to see how it compares to the older EF version!

Best vegetarian meals

06 Jan 2021 Gordon Laing

I love cooking and wanted to increase the number of vegetarian dishes for everyday family meals. Here are my favourites: quick, easy and very tasty!

Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 STM review

04 Jan 2021 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 STM is a budget zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. Costing less than half the price of the RF 24-105mm f4L, it actually turned out to be a lot better than I expected and in my review I’ll show you why it’s the kit zoom the Rf system has been waiting for!

Nikon Z 50mm f1.2 S review

21 Dec 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 if it's right for you in our full review!

Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM review

14 Dec 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM is the first super-zoom lens for Canon’s full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. It sports a flexible 10x optical range with IS and snappy focusing. Find out why one of the most affordable models in the system is one of the most compelling in my review!

SanDisk Extreme Pro v2 SSD review

08 Dec 2020 Gordon Laing

The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD v2 is a rugged, pocket-sized USB drive that exploits the size, speed and robustness of solid state drives. It works with Macs and PCs, as well as some phones, tablets and consoles. Find out why you'll want a portable SSD in my review!

DJI Pocket 2 review

07 Dec 2020 Gordon Laing

The DJI Pocket 2 is a small camera designed for filming handheld video. Like the original Osmo Pocket, it employs a gimbal-mounted camera for smooth stabilisation with the electronics packed into a small stick-like handle, so you’re ready for action without any accessories. Find out if the upgrades make it the best small camera for handheld filming!

Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN review

01 Dec 2020 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN is a mild wide prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in Sony-e and Leica L-mounts. Launched alongside a new 24 and 65mm as part of Sigma’s I series, the 35 adopts vintage styling to stand out in a crowded market. Find out how it compares in my full review!

Sigma 24mm f3.5 DG DN review - preview

01 Dec 2020 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 24mm f3.5 DG DN is a compact prime lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and, at the time of testing, available in Sony e and Leica L-mounts. Find out more in my preview!

Sigma 65mm f2 DG DN review - preview

01 Dec 2020 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 65mm f2 DG DN is a compact prime lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and, at the time of testing, available in Sony e and Leica L-mounts. Find out more in my preview!

Sony FE 12-24mm f4G review

30 Nov 2020 Thomas

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 small and light barrel. Find out how it compares to new rivals in our in-depth review!

Black Friday best camera deals 2020

26 Nov 2020 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 camera gear. So if you're shopping for a new camera, lens or accessory, check out my guide to the best deals this Holiday Season! PS - check back for updates!

Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art review

25 Nov 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art is an ultra-wide-angle lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and currently available in Sony E and Leica L mounts. We've now fully tested it against rivals for our full review!

DJI Mini 2 Review

24 Nov 2020 Adam Juniper

The DJI Mini 2 is a brand new replacement for the 249g Mavic Mini. It drops the "Mavic" but retains essentially the same folding airframe. Why, you might wonder, is a drone getting a significant refresh less than 13 months after launch? Find out in my full review!

Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 review

23 Nov 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 full review!

Sigma 105mm f2.8 DG DN Macro Art review

17 Nov 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 105mm f2.8 DG DN Macro Art is the first macro lens in Sigma’s DN-series, designed for mirrorless cameras with Sony E or Leica L-mounts. Check out my complete review to find out how the all-new optical design measures-up!

Nikon Z TC-1.4x TC-2.0x teleconverter review

14 Nov 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z TC 1.4x and TC 2.0x are the first tele-converters for the Z-series mirrorless system. Introduced with the Z 70-200mm f2.8 pro zoom, they extend the reach of compatible lenses without the cost or bulk of buying a new model. Find out how they both perform on the Z 70-200mm in our in-depth review!

Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S review

10 Nov 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 completes the trinity of pro zooms for Nikon's Z system. Check out my full review!

How to photograph fireworks

05 Nov 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!

Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM preview

04 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM is a compact telephoto zoom for the EOS R mirrorless system. It uses an extending barrel that makes it comfortably shorter and more transportable than the previous EF version. Check out my preview for more details!

Moon Photography Tutorial

02 Nov 2020 Gordon Laing

The Moon is one of my favourite subjects to photograph and in this tutorial I'll show you how to take great photos of it including exposure, phases, Earthshine and how to plan a Moon-rise with a landscape in the foreground!

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