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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!

DJI Air 2S review

15 Apr 2021 Adam Juniper

The DJI Air 2S is a mid-range drone with a half hour flight time, powerful obstacle avoidance, and a one-inch sensor camera capturing 5.4k video or 20 Megapixel photos. It makes a number of improvements over its predecessor to become arguably the best consumer drone to date. Check out our review!

Fujifilm XF 18mm f1.4 review so far

15 Apr 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. It’s a higher-end alternative to the existing 18mm f2 pancake lens, with an extra stop of aperture and weather-sealing. I went hands-on with a pre-production sample for my first-looks review!

Canon EOS R3 review so far

14 Apr 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 I'll unveil everything I know so far in my preview!

Sigma 24mm f3.5 DG DN review

12 Apr 2021 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. In my full review I'll compare it to the Sony 24mm f2.8 G!

Viltrox AF 85mm f1.8 II review

07 Apr 2021 Thomas

The Viltrox AF 85mm f1.8 II is the cheapest large aperture 85mm lens with autofocus for Sony E-mount, Nikon Z-mount and Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless cameras. Find out how it compares to rival short telephotos in Thomas's review!

Sony A1 review

05 Apr 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony Alpha 1 is a high-end mirrorless camera with a 50 Megapixel full-frame sensor, built-in stabilisation, 30fps bursts and a wide array of video modes including 4k 120p and 8k 30p. It’s positioned above the A7 and A9, combining speed, high resolution and pro video with a price tag to match. Find out if it's the ultimate mirrorless in…

Canon EOS R5 fw v1.3 update

30 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

In March 2021, Canon released new firmware for the Canon EOS R5, R6 and 1Dx Mark III which brings a selection of updates. In this article and video I'll show you what's new!

Sony FE 24mm f2.8 G review

23 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 24mm f2.8 G is a compact wide-angle prime lens for the e-mount mirrorless system. 24mm is a popular focal length, striking a very usable balance between 28mm and ultra-wide models. The 24 2.8 G delivers sharp results and fast focusing from a compact weather-sealed barrel. Find out if it’s the perfect wide prime for you in my…

Sony FE 40mm f2.5 G review

23 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 40mm f2.5 G is a compact lightweight prime lens designed for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. 40mm delivers slightly wider than standard coverage, striking a compelling balance between traditional 35 and 50mm lenses. In my full review find out why it could be your next standard lens!

Sony FE 50mm f2.5 G review

23 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 50mm f2.5 G is a compact standard prime lens for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. Announced in March 2021 and costing $599, it delivers natural-looking standard coverage that’s ideal for general-purpose use. Long enough for simple portraits and small group shots, but short enough for some natural and urban views, and a practical option for grabbing details around…

Sony FE 50mm f1.2 GM review

16 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 50mm f1.2 G Master is a standard prime lens with a very bright aperture for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. The 50mm focal length delivers natural-looking coverage, but the fast 1.2 aperture allows very shallow depth-of-field effects, while Sony’s latest G Master optics promise both high resolution and smooth rendering. Here’s my full review!

Rode Wireless Go II review

08 Mar 2021 Gordon Laing

The Rode Wireless Go II is a compact wireless microphone system that supports two transmitters, internal recording and USB connections to cameras, phones and computers. This makes it one of the most flexible microphone systems around from podcast interviews to upgrading your Zoom audio. Here’s my full review!

DJI FPV review

02 Mar 2021 Adam Juniper

The FPV is DJI's first drone designed for 'first-person-view' racing with goggles, while also sporting reasonable camera capabilities. Can DJI take-on a racing market dominated by DIY drones? Find out in Adam's review!

Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro review

01 Mar 2021 Thomas

The Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS is a medium telephoto for Sony's mirrorless cameras. It was Sony's first Macro corrected for full-frame bodies, upon which it'll deliver 1:1 / 1x magnification. In our full review see how it compares to the newer Sigma 105mm DG DN Macro!

Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 DG DN review

24 Feb 2021 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 DG DN is a general-purpose zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras, available in Sony e or Leica L mounts. It provides a more affordable option for those who want a walkaround zoom with an f2.8 aperture but can’t stretch to pricier not to mention heavier models that zoom wider to 24mm. Check out my full review!

Sigma 65mm f2 DG DN review

16 Feb 2021 Thomas

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 if it's right for you in our review!

Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM review

07 Feb 2021 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 in-depth review!

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