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Sony a7r IV Mirrorless Camera

Sony a7R IV Review

Sony has released a new version of their flagship full-frame mirrorless camera: the Sony a7R IV. After having been shooting with it quite a bit, here’s my take.

Sony a7R IV Sample Images

Sony a7R IV Sample Images

Here’s a collection of images shot with the Sony a7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera under different lighting conditions and with different settings to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

Sony FE 12-24mm G f/4 Zoom Lens

Sony FE 12-24mm F/4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Review

The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G zoom lens has an ultra-wide perspective that adds a lot of drama and packs a lot of scene into the frame, but it manages to do it without the distracting parts that you often get at such extreme focal lengths.

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Sony RX100 VII Sample Images

Here’s a sampling of photos I’ve taken with the Sony RX100 VII, the latest in Sony’s high-end compact camera line.

Sony RX100 VII Compact Camera

Sony RX100 VII ISO Range Examples

The high-end compact Sony RX100 VII camera has a relatively narrow ISO range from 64 through 12800. Here are some example shots showing what that means in real-world shooting.

Ricoh GR III

Ricoh GR III ISO Range Examples

The Ricoh GR III has an ISO range from 100 to 102400. Here are some high-resolution practical examples of how that translates in real-world shooting.

Sony a7r IV Mirrorless Camera Front View

Sony a7R IV ISO Range Sample Images

I’ve been out shooting with the brand-new Sony a7R IV, the full-frame flagship model in Sony’s mirrorless camera range. Here are some side-by-side examples taken through the ISO range from ISO 50 to ISO 102400.

Sony RX100 VII Compact Camera Lens Barrel Zoomed in

Sony RX100 VII Zoom Range

The Sony RX100 VII high-end compact camera has a 24-200mm optical zoom and two kinds of digital zoom that go beyond that. Here’s what each type does, along with practical examples.

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Lumix S 24-105mm ƒ/4 Zoom Lens Sample Images

I’ve recently been out shooting with the new Lumix S 24-105mm ƒ/4 on the also-new Lumix S1 full-frame mirrorless camera. Here are some images taken with the combination with an emphasis on examples showing how the lens performs in real-world shooting.

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Ricoh GR III Sample Images

I’ve been out shooting with the new Ricoh GR III high-end compact camera. For good reason, the GR cameras have long had a cult following among street photographers and travel photographers. Here’s a collection of high-resolution sample images I’ve taken with it.

Sony a6400 mirrrorless camera

Sony a6400 Hands-on Review

Here’s my hands-on review of the Sony Alpha a6400, Sony’s newest addition to its compact mirrorless interchangeable lens range.

Sony a6400 Photos

Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Sony a6400 to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Sony a6400 High ISO Sample Images

Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Sony Alpha a6400 mirrorless camera using high ISOs from ISO 6400 up through ISO 102400.

Ricoh GR II High ISO Sample Images

Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Ricoh GR II in an effort to provide some practical examples of how the Ricoh GR II performs in low-lighting shooting conditions.

FujiFilm X-T3 with Fujinon 18-55mm f2,8-4 zoom lens

Photos Taken with a Fujifilm X-T3

Here’s a selection of images I’ve taken with a Fujifilm X-T3 to give a sense of how it performs under different real-world shooting conditions.

Sony DSC-HX99 Compact Camera

Sony HX99 Review

The Sony HX99 is a tiny camera with a massive zoom. It makes for a very good and versatile everyday travel camera that easily fits in your pocket. Here’s my hands-on review.

Photos Taken with a Sony HX99 Compact Camera

The Sony HX99 compact camera packs a massive zoom into a tiny camera as well as including some features you might not expect in a camera of this type. Here are some photos I’ve taken with the HX99 to provide some practical examples of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

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Sony HX99 Recommended SD Cards

Here are some recommendations on which SD card to get for the Sony HX99 so that you can use all of the camera’s features.

Photos Taken with a FujiFilm X-T2

Here’s a collection of travel-type photos I’ve taken with a FujiFilm X-T2 mirrorless camera. 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS cropped sensor.

FujiFilm X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3 SD Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Fujifilm X-T3 has to offer you’ll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.

Olympus TG-5

Olympus TG-5 SD Card Recommendations

The Olympus tough TG-5 doesn’t come with an SD card as standard. So which should you get? Here are some practical recommendations for cards that are fast enough to take advantage of all the TG-5’s features.

Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Sample Images

Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 Lens Sample Images

The Sony E 16mm ƒ/2.8 lens is fast and tiny, making it a very attractive option for travel photography. Here’s a collection of travel photos to give a sense of how it performs under real-world conditions.

LensBaby SOL 45

Hands On with the LensBaby SOL 45

LensBaby have released a new model in their range of special effects lenses. This one, the SOL 45, has a focal length of 45mm and combines selective focus and tilting. Here’s my review and some photos taken with it.

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Which Battery to Get for the Sony RX0

Battery life isn’t one of the Sony RX0’s strengths. Whether you’re looking for spares, a replacement battery, or external chargers, here’s a rundown of the options.

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Photos Taken with a Sony RX0 Camera

The Sony RX0 is tiny and looks like an action camera that’s built for shooting video, but it’s a surprisingly capable stills camera as well. Here are some example photos I’ve taken with it to give a sense of its real-world performance.

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Sony RX0 Camera Hands-on Review

The Sony RX0 is tiny, rugged, and waterproof. But while it might look like Sony’s answer to GoPro, it packs a surprising amount of high-end features and power.

Sony a7 III Sample Images

Here are some high-resolution sample photos I’ve taken with the Sony a7 III mirrorless camera to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

Sony a7 III High ISO Sample Images

The cameras in Sony’s Alpha range are well-known for their superb sensors. I’ve been shooting with the latest model, the Sony a7iii, at high ISOs to find out how well it performs in real-world shooting in low-light conditions at high ISOs. Here are the results and some examples.

Sony Alpha a7iii

Silent Shooting with the Sony a7 iii

Some cameras say they have a silent shutter, but when you go to use it they turn out to just have a very quiet shutter. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the one on the Sony a7iii really is silent. Here’s how to set it up.

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Prime Lens Sample Images

The Sony 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA lens is one of Sony’s high-end lenses. On full-frame sensors it offers a normal perspective and is especially good for low-light and selective focus shooting. Here are some sample photos I’ve taken with it.

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Sony a7R III Sample Images: ISO Range

The Sony a7r iii has a well-earned reputation for boasting an extraordinarily good sensor, and it has an ISO range from 50 up through 102400. I shot some real-world examples through the ISO range to see how the ISO settings compare side by side.

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera

FujiFilm X-T2 ISO Range Sample Images

The FujiFilm X-T2 has an ISO range from 100 to 51200. Here’s a collection of sample images shot across the full ISO range to give an idea of how to performs in real-world shooting.

Sony Alpha a6000 memory cards

Sony a6000 Memory Card Recommendations

Here are some recommendations for which memory cards work best in the a6000. In some shooting modes, the Sony a6000 can be picky about what memory card you put into it.

WD My Passport Wireless Pro

WD My Passport Wireless Pro Hands-on Review

The WD MyPassport Wireless Pro combines an SD memory card reader, an internal hard drive, and a rechargeable battery into a pack-friendly device for backing up photos from a memory card while traveling.

Nikon D7500 SD Card Slot

Nikon D7200 Memory Card Recommendations

Here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that work well in the Nikon D7200, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

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Nikon D7500 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with the D7500 to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

Bolt VM-210 Macro Lights

Review of the Bolt VM-210 Flexible Macro Flash

The Bolt VM-210 is a macro light with two light sources on flexible arms. It might look like some kind of bug with two antennas hanging out over the lens, but it’s a very versatile approach to macro lighting.

Nikon D7500 High-ISO Examples

To give a sense of the Nikon D7500’s high-ISO performance, I’ve put together a some example photos shot at a range of ISO settings.

How to Use the Nikon D7500’s Virtual Horizon Tools

The Nikon D7500 has built-in virtual horizon tools that provide a more precise alternative to the old-fashioned bubble level method of making sure you’re shooting level. Here’s how to use the three different versions of it.

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Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Sample Photos

Here are some samples of photos I’ve taken with Nikon’s AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

Canon Rebel T6 Memory Card Recommendations

The Canon Rebel T6 doesn’t come with a memory card as standard. So here are some recommendations for SD cards for the Canon Rebel T6 that offer a good combination of working well in the T6, reliability, being readily available, and good value for money.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Olympus TG-5

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample photos I’ve taken with the new Olympus TG-5 camera to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions with a range of settings and subjects.

Nikon D3400

Nikon 18-55mm Lens Zoom Range

Here are some practical examples that show the zoom range of the Nikon 18-55mm lens in case you’re trying to decide which lens bundle to go with.

Leica X-U Waterproof Camera

Leica X-U Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with a Leica X-U under different conditions and at different settings to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Nikon D5500 Sample Images

Nikon D5500 Sample Images

A collection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D5500 to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Search and Replace Plugins for Wordpress

Whether you’re moving from HTTP to HTTPS, moving a site to a new domain, or updating links, there are times you might need site-wide search and replace to speed things up. Here are some options for Wordpress.

Joby Ballhhead X

Joby Ballhead X Review

While it’s designed to be paired with the Joby GorillaPod Focus flexible tripod, the Joby Ballhead X is very good on its own terms as a small, strong, and affordable ballhead for a travel tripod.

Sigma USB Dock UD-01

Using Sigma’s USB Dock for Lens Updates and Tweaking

Sigma has a USB dock for its newer lenses that allows you to update the lens’s firmware and customize some of the lens’s core functions like autofocus and optical stabilization. Here’s how the USB dock works and what you can do with it.

New Wide-Angle Lenses from Nikon

Nikon has announced three new wide-angle lenses: a 28mm f/1.4 and 8-15mm fisheye zoom for FX sensor cameras and a 10-20mm ultra-wide zoom for DX sensor cameras.

PaltyPod Ultra

Platypod Ultra Review

The latest Platypod, the Ultra, is another ultra-mobile and super-flexible mount that can be used as a tiny travel tripod or as a secure mounting point in all sorts of ways.

Nikon D3400 Batteries and Chargers

Nikon D3400 Battery & Charger Options

A rundown of some of the good options for batteries and chargers that are compatible with the Nikon D3400, including Nikon’s own as well as some good ones from aftermarket manufacturers.

Nikon D3400

Best Books on the Nikon D3400

If you’ve just bought yourself a Nikon D3400, or even if you’ve had one for a while and are looking to make use of more of its features, here’s a quick rundown of what I think are the best books on using this camera.

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Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

A collection of high-resolution photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D3400 under real-world shooting conditions.

Sony RXR1 II (DSC-RX1RM2) Sample Images

Sony RX1R II Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with the Sony RXR1 II high-end compact camera under different shooting conditions.

Ricoh GR II Sample Images

Ricoh GR II Sample Images

Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with the Ricoh GR II compact camera under different lighting conditions and scenes.