Photography Gear

Reviews and news on photography gear.

Fujifilm Digital Film Emulation Profiles

Fujifilm cameras come with several film emulation profiles built-in. You can apply them in-camera if you’re shooting JPG or apply them in processing if you’re shooting RAW.

Fujifilm X70 Sample Images

Fujifilm X70 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of high-resolution sample images I’ve taken with the Fujifilm X70 compact digital camera, including macro and low-light.

Sony RX1RII Camera

Sony RX1R II Hands-on Review

Sony’s new RX1R II marks the very high end of pocketable cameras. It has a 42-megapixel full-frame sensor, a fixed f/2 Zeiss lens, and boatloads of features. It also has a price to match.

How to Share 360° Photos

So you’ve shot some cool new 360 degree photos. How do you share them so other people can see them? Here are some places to start.

Fastest microSD Cards

Fastest MicroSD Card Speed Tests

Need a fast microSD card? If you’re shooting 4K, 5K, or 8K video, high-speed burst-mode photos, or some other demanding use, speed matters. These are the results from my speed tests of the fastest microSD cards.

Platypod Pro Max

Platypod Pro Max – Review

The PlatyPod Pro Max is a bigger, broader platform that’s designed for larger DSLR and on-the-go video rigs.

The Go-Anywhere Platypod Pro

It’s a baseplate with tripod studs and a few screws. But this tiny package is a surprisingly flexible way to mount a camera.

Oben CT-3581 Travel Tripod

Oben CT-3581 Travel Tripod – Hands-on Review

With this travel tripod, Oben is aiming at the cheaper end of the market while still retaining features like carbon fiber construction, twist locks, and a convertible monopod. Here’s how it stacks up.

Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of images I’ve taken with the Nikon D5300 and a Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens.

InCase DSLR Pro Pack Camera Bag

Hands On with the InCase DSLR Pro Pack

The InCase DSLR Pro Pack is a backpack-style camera bag to fit a laptop, tablet, and your camera gear and is best suited to urban-style travel or commuting.

SD Memory Cards

Fastest SD Card Speed Tests

With cameras getting improved 4K, 5K, and even 8K video recording and burst shooting features all the time, some of them need the write speeds that only the fastest SD cards provide. So here’s a roundup of the fastest SD cards based on my independent tests.

GoWorx FreeRide Smartphone Mount

GoWorx FreeRide Phone Mount

The GoWorx FreeRide is a smartphone cradle mount that attaches directly to GoPro mounting accessories without the need for an adapter.

Polaroid Cube+ (Polaroid Cube Plus)

Polaroid Cube+ Action Camera Review

I put Polaroid’s second-generation action cam, the Polaroid Cube+, to the test to see how it performs and see whether it’s a viable alternative to the GoPro HERO4 Session.

USB Chargers for DSLR Camera Batteries

USB Chargers for Camera Batteries

Many cameras come with an AC battery charger. But charging from a USB power source can be far more convenient when you’re traveling. The good news is that there are USB chargers out there for the batteries used in common camera models, even if you have to hunt a little to find them.

WD MyPassport

WD MyPassport Wireless Review

The WD MyPassport Wireless is a portable hard drive that can be used to stream media to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. But it’s also a cost-effective option for backing up your photos while traveling.

Nitecore EA11 Flashlight

A Go-Anywhere Flashlight for the Camera Bag

A small, reliable flashlight is a very handy thing to keep in your camera bag just in case. I’ve been testing out the NiteCore EA11, a tiny, rugged flashlight with impressive brightness.

New Lenses from Nikon

Nikon has announced updates to some of its pro telephotos, as well as a new, versatile DX zoom lens that is an especially good fit for travel photography.

Sigma 35mm f1.4 for Nikon

Sigma 35mm f1.4 for Nikon Hands-on Review

Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 prime lens is a direct competitor to Nikon’s version. But there’s a very big difference in price. Here’s how the Sigma performs in real-world shooting.

Travel Tripod Reviews

A good tripod can sometimes make or break a great photo. Here are my hands-on reviews of some of the best travel tripods available.

Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod

Manfrotto Befree Travel Tripod – Hands-on Review

Manfrotto’s Befree carbon fiber travel tripod aims to be lightweight, and lightweight it is. At only 2.4 lbs–and that’s including the head–it qualifies as ultralight. Here’s my take on how it performs in real-world use.

Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-on Review

Fujifilm has a new contender for the best mirrorless camera. On paper it looks impressive. Here’s how it performed in real-world shooting.

Lens Filter Size Marking

How to Find the Lens Diameter of a Camera Lens

When buying filters or lens caps you need to know the diameter of your lens. But you don’t need to break out a ruler. You just need to know the code. And once you know what to look for, it’s easy. Includes lens filter size charts for major brands.

Better Protection for Memory Cards

Memory cards are very resilient, but they do break, and they can get lost. CompactFlash cards are also pretty solid, but you can get sand and grit in the sockets. So it’s good to look after them rather than risk losing all your hard work. Here are two very good options.

Tiffen Variable ND Filter Review

An ND filter blocks light, meaning you can use a slower shutter speed or larger aperture. The Tiffen Variable ND Filter sounds great on paper, offering flexibility and convenience. Here’s how it performs in practice.

Time-Lapse Photography with a Panasonic Lumix GF1

One of my few complaints about the Panasonic Lumix GF1 is that it doesn’t have a built-in intervalometer to take time lapse shots. But for about $50-$70 you can get a third party timer cable release that does the job quite nicely.

Digital Memory Cards

Do Camera Memory Cards Wear Out?

Digital memory cards are tough little things, but it’s still possible to wear them out. At least in theory. But it’s not a practical concern for the vast majority of photographers.

What is a Prime Lens?

You might have heard recommendations that if you want the fastest and sharpest lenses you should use prime lenses. So what is a prime lens?