Recent Gear Articles

We Review the Godox SL60D II: The First Really Good Budget Video Light?

If you’ve followed my work for any time now, you might be familiar with my obsession with lighting. Lights are perhaps some of my favorite things to review. This time around, I decided to give budget lights a try, more notably Godox. It shocked me, somewhat. Read on to find out why.

Perfect Power Solution for Photographers on the Road

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Bluetti AC60 compact power station. This device was already great on its own. But, I had a critique about its capacity of only 403Wh. Today, I show how to extend the AC60 to become the perfect power solution for the road and the office.

What Was the Best Lens of 2023?

2023 has been one of wildest and most exciting years in recent memory when it comes to lenses. If you missed out on some of it, check out this awesome video that discusses the best releases of the year.

How Good Is the Affordable Viltrox AF 20mm f/2.8 Lens?

Viltrox has quickly grown from a relatively unknown company to a highly respected manufacturer known for creating some of the most affordable lenses out there — lenses that still offer very good performance a lot of the time. At less than $200, the AF 20mm f/2.8 continues that tradition. But can it deliver the results expected of a modern lens? This great video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

The Ultimate Portable Set Up for Photographers

Having a completely portable office with multiple screens will revolutionize how you shoot on location. The good news is that this particular set-up is easy and it doesn't have to break the bank.

A Look at the Remarkable New Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera

The Sony a9 III is arguably the most important camera release of the last several years, and on paper, it looks incredibly capable. How does it hold up in practice, though? This excellent video takes a look at what you can expect.

Here Is What Gear I Will Upgrade in 2024

The new year is right around the corner. While many are rushing to buy things for Black Friday, I am waiting patiently for January and February. There are two reasons behind this choice: financials and availability. But enough about timing. Here is the gear I will upgrade in 2024.

Three Useful Gift Ideas for Photographers for Under $100

If you're looking for a gift for your photographer friends, spare them the lens mugs that they probably already have five of. Instead, here's a list of three useful but reasonably priced accessories that will make life a little easier for the shooter in your life.

Important Things to Do When You Purchase a Camera

Getting a new camera can be an exciting experience. With so many buttons and menu options, it's easy to feel overwhelmed trying to set everything up perfectly right out of the box. In this helpful video, an experienced photographer provides her top five tips for getting started with a new camera.

This Is One of the Most Legendary Lenses Ever Made

The Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM is an extraordinary telephoto lens from decades past that remains a modern classic. Despite its 35-year-old optical formula, its spectacular performance on high-resolution sensors, rich history, and mythical reputation in the Canon ecosystem still make it relevant for knowledgeable enthusiasts today. Check out what it can do.

The Joy of Vintage Lenses

In the relentless pursuit of pixel-peeping perfection, it's easy for photographers to get caught up chasing the latest ultra-sharp lenses engineered to neutral precision. While these impressive modern optics have their place, an increasing number of photographers are finding magic in the flaws and imperfections of vintage glass.

This Ultra-Cheap f/0.95 Lens Is a Surprise Dream

Wide-aperture 50mm lenses are some of the most popular out there, with their versatility making them at home in a huge range of genres and applications. For APS-C shooters, the Brightin Star 35mm f/0.95 offers that classic combination at an extremely affordable price, and it surprises with some impressive results. This great video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

Leaving the DSLR Behind for This

As a professional photographer, I have a love-hate relationship with cameras. I love them because they enable me to pursue my passion, but I also find them frustrating at times. However, amid this complex relationship, I've managed to discover one camera that embodies everything I love about photography while sparing me from the aspects I dislike.

Still a Great Option for Many: Fujifilm X-T4 Re-Review

Yet another re-review of a discontinued but still very valid camera. The Fujifilm X-T4 slightly moved away from what made Fujifilm unique, but not in a bad way. It pushed the series into new areas and appealed to the dual creator quite confidently. Is it still worth getting today?

A Review of the Versatile Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Lens

Many photographers seek a versatile "do-it-all" zoom lens to use for the variety of shooting scenarios they face, keeping it mounted to their camera at all times. This type of lens tends to offer a useful zoom range as well as a moderately fast aperture around f/2.8 or f/4. For Fujifilm shooters looking for this kind of walkaround optic, this helpful video review examines the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it practice.

The Camera Companies Do Not Want You to Know This

In 2023, we seem to be bombarded with so many new cameras and tech throughout the year. It seems to kick up a notch every October when new releases intensify. However, just how relevant are all of these latest releases to us as individual users? Will they dramatically change how you take photos or even the results?

Testing the Megadap ETZ 21 Pro Lens Adapter in the Field

I’ve used more than a few camera systems over my career. In the abstract, this can be a positive thing: diversity of equipment means you’ve got a lot of different ways to capture an image or tell a story, but more practically, this means I’ve got a lot of gear that doesn’t typically communicate well with each other. Sooner or later, I find preference in one system over the other, meaning a fair amount of kit ends up collecting dust.

A Review of the Nikon Zf Mirrorless Camera

Retro camera designs can stir nostalgia, but when investing in high-end gear, photographers need more than appearance. Functionality, versatility, and innovation must also be of a high level. So, does Nikon's Zf mirrorless camera deliver substantive performance to match its throwback aesthetic? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect.

We Review the Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM Lens

Canon sent me the RF 28mm f/2.8 STM for a review. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this small pancake lens. However, it grew on me, and I enjoyed using it more than I would like to admit. It has only one downside, and that is its size.

Apple Magic Keyboard 2 Long-Term Review: Still My Favorite

As someone who spends more time typing than shooting pictures, I value the keyboard I use quite a lot. Having tried a number of keyboards over the years, I still stick with the Apple Magic Keyboard. Here is why.

A Review of the Tamron 17-50mm f/4 Di III VXD Lens

Tamron has become one of the industry's favorite brands, creating a range of lenses that offer impressive performance and image quality at highly competitive prices. One such lens is the 17-50mm f/4 Di III VXD, which offers very practical capabilities that make it a nice option for landscape and architectural photographers. This great video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

Don't Miss This Beast of a Camera

Released between 1987 and 2007, the GX680 is most well known for its sheer size and weight. It lives up to its "beast" reputation, with many photographers feeling it was far too large to use outside of a controlled studio environment. However, as demonstrated in this video, the GX680 can in fact be used in the field for select applications like landscape photography.

A Decade of Evolution: Cameras Now Versus Cameras From 10 Years Ago

Over the past decade, the realm of photography has witnessed a rapid transformation driven by rapid technological advancements. Cameras today stand as marvels of innovation, vastly different from their counterparts from just 10 years ago. In this article, let's delve into the technological differences between cameras now and those from the past decade, exploring whether these advancements translate into significantly better image quality and examining how technology has reshaped the landscape of photography.

How Sony Broke the Canon and Nikon Stalemate

Sony is rapidly rising as a leading camera manufacturer. This article explores how their innovative E mount system and bold approach to features have challenged the Canon and Nikon's duopoly in the photography industry.

7 Reasons the Rode Wireless PRO Mic System Is Excellent

Good audio is essential for producing quality videos, yet it's something that's often overlooked by beginner and hobbyist content creators. One of the easiest and most effective ways to instantly upgrade your videos is by investing in a dedicated microphone rather than solely relying on your camera's built-in mic.

A Review of the Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm f/2.5 Lens

Voigtlander is known for creating manual focus lenses that offer excellent image quality and robust build quality. The MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm f/2.5 offers a focal length useful for portraiture in tandem with 1:1 macro capabilities, making it an especially versatile option. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

Accessories To Optimize Your iPad or Tablet for On-The-Go Editing

If you want to pack light everyday and still be able to get a lot of work done, a tablet can definitely step up for some of the post-production work that you do. With the help of these tools, you’ll be able to fully utilize the capabilities of your tablet computer.

Which of These Premium Lenses Is Better for Demanding Professional Work?

The Canon RF 100-300mm f/2.8 L IS USM and Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS are two of the most extreme new lenses on the market right now, meant to help professional sports, wildlife, and bird photographers capture stunning images no matter how demanding the conditions. How do these two top-shelf options compare? This excellent video comparison puts them both to the test.

A Review of the New Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens

There are some awfully impressive lenses available on the market right now, but many of them are prohibitively expensive, and that has allowed a range of third-party manufacturers to fulfill the needs of countless photographers and filmmakers with more affordable options. Once such company is Sigma, and their new 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports lens looks like quite a winner. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in use.

Why You Need an Everyday Camera

As someone who has had a passion for photography from a very young age, I would have loved nothing more than to have been able to carry a camera with me everyday while I was growing up. The memories I would have today would no doubt be ones I either relish having or cringe at looking back now!

A Review of the New Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens

The new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports is here, and it brings with it the promise of great performance and image quality at a very reasonable price. How does it hold up in practice? This great video review takes a look at what you can expect.

What Photographers Really Want for Christmas

Please, no more mugs shaped like lenses. No more photography pun t-shirts. Photographers, filmmakers, and content creators; send this article to the gift givers in your life for some handy hints on what gifts you would actually like to receive.

An In-Depth Preview of the Alice Camera

The Alice Camera is hailed as the camera for creators, boasting the ability to streamline your workflow and make you grow faster. Is it all it is advertised to be? This hands-on preview tells all.

A Review of the Fujifilm XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR Lens

For Fujifilm photographers who want a ton of reach, the XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR offers focal lengths out to the equivalent of 914mm, making it a tempting option for sports and bird photographers. Can it up with the demands of those genres, though? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in use.

Lots of Exciting Canon Lenses Are Likely on the Way

Rumors are swirling in the photography world about Canon's plans to release four new fast prime lenses in the first half of 2024. According to sources, Canon is developing four new L-series primes that will give photographers faster glass and improved performance for shooting in low light and creating beautiful bokeh.

Why Do Photographers Love New Gear So Much?

Photographers have an insatiable appetite for new gear. The excitement of unboxing a new camera, lens, or accessory provides a rush of inspiration that compels us to get out and shoot. But why does acquiring the latest and greatest equipment motivate us so much?

A Review of the Fujifilm GFX100 II Mirrorless Medium Format Camera for Wedding Photography

The Fujifilm GFX100 II medium format mirrorless camera is the latest refinement in the company's respected line of GF series cameras, and with capabilities like faster burst speeds and improved autofocus, it has become an even more tempting alternative to traditional full frame setups. Can it keep up with a demanding genre like wedding photography? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect in usage.

Sigma Announces the 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens

Sigma, well known for creating lenses that perform as well or even better than first-party lenses at highly competitive prices, has announced the new 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports. Here's everything you can expect from the lens.

Will Canon's Next Major Camera Have a Global Shutter?

With Sony unveiling a new flagship a9 III model featuring a global shutter sensor, speculation instantly swirled whether Canon would follow suit for its next generation of mirrorless cameras.

A Review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3

The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 is here, and it takes a respected device and adds a nifty new design and a nice range of new features and upgrades. This great video review takes a look at the new device and the sort of performance and video quality you can expect from it in use.

A Look at the Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 XF Lens

Viltrox has quickly endeared themselves to many photographers by offering extremely affordable lenses that often offer performance and image quality far beyond what their prices might suggest. Their latest offering, the AF 75mm f/1.2 XF, promises Fujifilm users an extremely wide aperture in tandem with a short telephoto focal length, which should capture the attention of budget-conscious portrait and wedding photographers everywhere. This great video review takes a look at the lens and just what you can expect from it in usage.

A Review of the New Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera

The Sony a9 III is here with a groundbreaking global shutter, and it looks like a remarkably capable camera. What can you expect from it? This excellent video review takes a look.

Is Multi-Shot High Resolution a Gimmick?

Are high-resolution images created from multiple images taken by the camera a gimmick? Is it possible that they can actually create higher-quality images? But isn't it too difficult to shoot and process these images? What about all the storage space that they need? All your questions are answered in this video!

Billingham Anniversary Edition: Iconic Camera Bags Get a Limited Makeover

Billingham, the UK-based family business famous for its camera bags since 1973, is marking its 50-year anniversary. To commemorate half a century of production, the company has released a limited edition series of their most popular bags, each fashioned in black canvas and leather with red stitching, signaling a departure from their usual styling cues.