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Canon RF 35mm f1.4L VCM review so far

06 Jun 2024 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 35mm f1.4L VCM is a high-end wide-angle prime lens for EOS R cameras. Canon describes it as a hybrid lens, optimised for photo and video. Find out everything I know in my review so far!

Panasonic Lumix S9 review

22 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Panasonic Lumix S9 is a compact full-frame camera aimed at content creators, packing the 24 Megapixel photos, 6k video and IBIS from the S5 II, plus some neat new features. Here's my review!

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN II Art review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN II Art delivers the classic range and aperture beloved of wedding and event shooters, now in an upgraded Mark II version with better features and quality. Find out why it offers great value in my review!

Fujifilm XT50 review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T50 is aimed at photographers who want the quality and style of the higher-end X-T5, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable body. Here's my review!

Fujifilm XF 16-50mm f2.8-4.8 review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm XF 16-50mm f2.8-4.8 is a compact, general-purpose zoom for X-series cameras. It’s the official replacement for the 12 year-old XF 18-55mm, so here's my review!

Fujifilm GFX 100S II review

16 May 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX 100S II is a medium format mirrorless camera with 102 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k video. It’s the successor to the GFX 100S from 2021 and improves the stabilisation, battery life, burst speed and subject detection, and is priced a little lower too. Check out my first-looks review!

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Nikon Z review

30 Apr 2024 Thomas

Tamron's 28-75mm f2.8 Di III G2 is an attractively priced zoom now also available for Nikon's mirrorless cameras. Can it deliver the goods even when tested at 180MP resolution? Find out in my in-depth review.

Sony Cyber-shot R1 retro review

29 Apr 2024 Gordon Laing

Launched in 2005, the Sony Cyber-shot R1 was a high-end prosumer camera packing a Carl Zeiss 5x zoom and a large 10MP APSC sensor with Live View. Find out what made it special in my retro review!

Sony Cyber-shot F828 retro review

08 Apr 2024 Gordon Laing

Back in 2003, Sony launched the Cyber-shot F828 the fifth model in the series to use an L-shaped design with a twisting body. It built on the earlier F717 and later gained cult status for its infra-red capabilities. Find out how it performs 21 years later in my retro review!

Fujifilm instax mini 99 review

28 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The instax mini 99 is an instant camera designed for Fujifilm’s instax mini film. It’s aimed at anyone who wants more control than a budget model, like the Mini 12, while remaining a fully analogue camera. Here's my review!

Nikon Z 28-400mm f4-8 VR review

28 Mar 2024 Thomas

The Nikon Z 28-400mm f4-8 VR boasts a huge 14.3x zoom range but weighs only 725g. Is it the perfect lens for those who want to travel light and not change lenses in the middle of things? Find out in my in-depth review.

Sigma 50mm f1.2 DG DN Art review

26 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 50mm f1.2 DG DN Art is a standard prime lens with a bright aperture for Sony E and Leica L mount cameras. See why it's one of the best 50's to date in my review!

Sigma 500mm f5.6 DG DN Sports review

13 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 500mm f5.6 DG DN OS Sports is a light and compact super-telephoto prime lens aimed at sports, wildlife and aviation photographers. Here's my full review!

Hasselblad 907X & CFV 100C review

07 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Hasselblad 907X & CFV 100C is a medium format camera with 100 Megapixels, built-in 1TB SSD, tilting screen, and a modular design that lets you breathe new life into vintage lenses or use modern optics for some of the best-looking images I’ve seen. Check out my in-depth review!

Lomography Lomomatic 110 review

06 Mar 2024 Gordon Laing

The Lomomatic 110 from Lomography is a new pocket-sized camera that takes 110 film cartridges. Find out how I got on re-living my 1970's film fantasy in my review!

Fujifilm X100 VI review

20 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X100 VI is the highly-anticipated successor to the X100 V, packing their latest 40 Megapixel APSC sensor and IBIS into a body only a fraction thicker and heavier. I went hands-on with the X100 VI for my review so far!

NONS SL660 instant SLR review

05 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

The NONS SL660 is a fully analogue, manual SLR camera designed for instax Square film. In my review I'll show you how practical it is for those who want more control over their instant photography!

Sony Cyber-shot F717 retro review

02 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

Back in 2002, Sony launched the Cyber-shot F717, the fourth model in the series to use an L-shaped design with a twisting body. It built on the earlier F707 to deliver one of the best in the series to date and gained later popularity for its infra-red capabilities. Find out how it performs 22 years later in my retro review!

Panasonic Lumix S 100mm f2.8 Macro review

10 Jan 2024 Gordon Laing

The Lumix S 100mm f2.8 is a compact macro lens with 1:1 close-up capabilities. It’s designed for the full-frame L-mount system, including bodies from Panasonic, Sigma and Leica. Find out how it performs in my review!

Nikon Z 600mm f6.3 VR S review

09 Jan 2024 Thomas

The Z 600mm f6.3 VR S is Nikon's third long telephoto designed for compact build and light weight. In my full review I compare size, weight, features, and performance with Nikon's other long telephoto lenses.

Fujifilm X100V long term review

31 Dec 2023 Gordon Laing

This is my long-term review of the Fujifilm X100V, a camera that’s become a bit of a modern classic, not to mention a regular companion on my own trips for several years. As the X100V approaches its fourth birthday, a successor is inevitable, but it’s worth discussing what makes it special and equally what it doesn’t do so well.

Nikon D80 RETRO review

29 Dec 2023 Gordon Laing

The Nikon D80 is a classic DSLR from 2006 with one of the last large CCD sensors in the series. Find out why it's become the best DSLR under $99 in my retro review!

Sony A9 III review so far

30 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

The Sony Alpha 9 III is a supremely quick 24 MP full-frame camera, with a global shutter that allows 120fps bursts, flash sync up to 1/80,000 and photos and videos that are free from distortion. Here's my review so far!

Black Friday best camera deals 2023

22 Nov 2023 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 Canon gear!

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