Reviews

  • DSLRs
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a 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… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • DSLRs
  • Mirrorless Cameras
  • Reviews

EasyCover Silicon Skin for Camera Bodies

EasyCover silicon skins work like a protective glove for a camera body. Here's what they are and aren't. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G Lens

A collection of photos of taken with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens that gives an idea of how it performs… Read More

March 25, 2020
  • DSLRs
  • Power
  • Reviews

A Less Expensive Battery Grip for the Nikon D810 and D800

For the past few months I've been shooting a Vello BG-N7 battery grip on a Nikon D810. It retails for… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G DX Zoom Lens

Here's a collection of photos I've taken with the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G lens for DX cameras to give a sense… Read More

January 8, 2018
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Adding an Arca-Style Foot to the Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

If you have a Sigma 150-600mm Sports and are looking to use it on Arca-style tripods or gimbals, here's a… Read More

September 18, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

A collection of photos taken with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens to give an idea of how it… Read More

January 8, 2018
  • Backup
  • Reviews

Backing up Photos to the Cloud with CloudBerry

There are several different apps that can automate and schedule backups of photo archives to different cloud storage providers. CloudBerry… Read More

August 18, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods
  • Tripods

Hands-On with the Really Right Stuff TVC-32G Ground Pod

The Really Right Stuff TVC-32G Ground Pod might be short, but don't let that fool you. It's an unusually strong… Read More

January 8, 2018
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

A collection of photos I've taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G to give an idea of how it performs in… Read More

January 8, 2018
  • Adventure Cameras
  • Reviews

Adding a Silicone Skin on the Olympus TG-5 Tough Camera

Looking to add a silicone skin to your shiny new Olympus TG-5 camera? Here's a quick rundown of what the… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye Lens

Here's a collection of photos I've taken with the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens to give a sense of how… Read More

January 8, 2018
  • Monopods
  • Reviews

Review of the Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

The Oben CTM-2500 is a solid yet light carbon fiber monopod. It stands up to 64 inches tall but collapses… Read More

July 5, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens

A collection of sample photos taken with the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens to give an idea of… Read More

February 14, 2019
  • Monopods
  • Reviews
  • Tripod Heads

A Solid Tilt Head for Monopods: Oben VH-R2 Review

Oben's VH-R2 Tilt Head for monopods is a solidly built tilt head that can handle the weight of most telephoto… Read More

June 28, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods
  • Tripods

Hands-on with the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod

The Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod doesn't have bells and whistles, but it just might be… Read More

June 28, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6G VR ED Zoom Telephoto Lens

A collection of photos taken with the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G under various conditions to give a sense of how it… Read More

June 14, 2017
  • Power
  • Reviews

A Modular System for Charging Camera Batteries

The headline feature of the Watson Duo Charger is that it has swappable charging plates that make it compatible with… Read More

June 15, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Tripod Heads

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… Read More

June 19, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with a Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens

A collection of sample photos taken using the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4 lens with an emphasis on travel photography. Read More

June 20, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Tripod Heads

Review of the Oben BC-166 Dual Action Ballhead

The Oben BC-166 heavy-duty ballhead doesn't try to do fancy. It aims for no-fuss, rock-solid support and easy adjustment. And… Read More

June 20, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

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… Read More

June 28, 2017
  • Current Favorites
  • Power
  • Reviews

My Current Favorite Powerbanks

A rundown of the external USB powerbanks that have earned a regular place in my travel kit for one reason… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • Kickstarter
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

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… Read More

March 21, 2018
  • 360°
  • Reviews

Remote Shutter for the Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh CA-3 Remote Shutter Release is a simple, quick remote shutter release that now works with the Theta S… Read More

March 22, 2018
  • Books
  • Reviews

Best Books on Taking Photos of Children and Families

One of my unsolicited pieces of advice I give to friends and family who are new parents is to take… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • iPhone Photography
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Shooting Macro Photos with the iPhone 7 and OlloClip Macro Pro Lens Set

If you're looking to get in even closer than the iPhone 7's camera can do, a snap-on lens like those… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with the Sony RX100 V Compact Camera

I've been shooting with the newest version in Sony's RX100 compact camera line, the Sony RX100 V. Here's a collection… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Filters
  • Reviews

Polarizing Filter Shootout: Tiffen vs Hoya vs B+W vs Nikon

I've been putting some of the most popular circular polarizing filters to the test. Here are some side-by-side results. Read More

February 11, 2020
  • Books
  • Reviews

Your Family in Pictures, by Me Ra Koh | Review

Photos of your kids are likely to be some of your most precious photos. This book aims to help you… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • 360°
  • Reviews

Silicone Skin Sleeve Case for the Ricoh Theta S and Theta SC

The distinctive design of the Ricoh Theta S and Theta SC has its benefits, but a silicone skin case improves… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Sample Images

Photos Taken with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art Lens

A collection of sample images taken with Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. Read More

June 7, 2017
  • DSLRs
  • Sample Images

Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

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

April 24, 2020
  • Power
  • Reviews

Celestron Firecell USB Battery Pack, Flashlight, and Handwarmer

The FireCel battery is a pocket-sized external 2500mAh battery for charging devices on the go. It also includes a red… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • Compact Cameras
  • Sample Images

Sony RX1R II Sample Images

A collection of photos shot with the Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

Hands-on Review of the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer

I put SanDisk's UHS-II SD memory card reader to the test. It's in their Extreme PRO range. Read More

June 14, 2018
  • Compact Cameras
  • Sample Images

Ricoh GR II Sample Images

A collection of sample images shot with the Ricoh GR II compact camera. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Compact Cameras
  • Sample Images

Fujifilm X70 Sample Images

A collection of high-resolution sample images shot with the Fujifilm X70 compact digital camera. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Mirrorless Cameras
  • Sample Images

Fujifilm X100T Sample Images

A collection of high-resolution sample images shot with the Fujifilm X100T camera. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Hands on with the MeFOTO Globetrotter Air Travel Tripod

The new MeFOTO Globetrotter Air is a compact aluminum travel tripod designed for use with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Here's… Read More

June 7, 2017
  • Compact Cameras
  • Reviews

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… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Instant
  • Reviews

The Instax Mini Instant Film Camera – The Best-Selling Camera You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Its image quality is so-so, and it uses something you might have thought was extinct: instant film. But the Fujifilm… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Power
  • Reviews

Fospower PowerActive Waterproof and Drop Proof External Battery Pack

If you're looking for an external USB battery pack that's more rugged than the usual, this one's waterproof, snow proof,… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Review of the Vanguard VEO 235AB Travel Tripod

Vanguard has a new VEO collection of travel tripods. I've been trying out the VEO 235AB, the model in the… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

3 Legged Thing Albert Travel Tripod – Hands-on Review

My hands-on review of one of the larger and taller tripods that 3 Legged Thing have put out. This one… Read More

February 19, 2019
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

3 Legged Thing Leo Travel Tripod Review

My hands-on review of the smallest in 3 Legged Thing's new Equinox line of carbon fiber travel tripods: the Leo. Read More

November 5, 2019
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket ‘Pod Review

Really Right Stuff has put out a new ultra-portable table-top tripod, the TFA-01 Ultra Pocket 'Pod. Here's my hands-on review. Read More

February 19, 2019
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

Fastest MicroSD Card Speed Tests

If you're using a microSD card for 4K video or other demanding use, speed matters. These are the results from… Read More

May 20, 2020
  • Reviews
  • Video
  • Video & Livestreaming

Mevo, the Live-Action and Live-Editing Camera

Livestream have put out a new live-action, real-time editing camera, the Mevo. Here's my hands-on review. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Books
  • Reviews

Food Photography, by Corinna Gissemann – Book Review

Food photography isn't easy, but it's also very possible to take great photos without fancy gear or studios and with… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Backup
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

NextoDI NVS2801 Portable Memory Card Backup Device – Review

The new NextoDI NVS2801 memory card backup device will especially be of interest to photographers shooting with CFAST 2.0 or… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Review of the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM Sports Telephoto Zoom

A hands-on review of the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM telephoto zoom lens. It's the first lens… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods
  • Tripod Heads

Review of the Gitzo GH1382TQD Center Ball Head for Travel Tripods

I put the smallest and lightest of Gitzo's new center ball tripod heads to the test. It's designed as the… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

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… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Tripod Heads

Review of the Arca Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead

A hands-on review of the unconventional Arca Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead. Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Optimizing
  • Reviews
  • Wordpress for Photographers

JPEGmini Review

JPEGmini promises that their proprietary algorithm can dramatically reduce the size of JPGs with no discernible loss in quality. So… Read More

November 6, 2019
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Review of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Supertelephoto Zoom Lens

Sigma has two super telephoto zoom lenses in their current range. Lately I've been putting the less expensive and smaller… Read More

November 6, 2019
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Review of the Oben CT-3581 Travel Tripod

With this travel tripod, Oben is aiming at the cheaper end of the market while still retaining features like carbon… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Review of the Kirk TT-1 Mini Table Top Tripod

The Kirk TT-1 is an unusually solid table-top tripod rated for loads up to 100 pounds but is small and… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • 360°
  • Reviews
  • Tripods

Best Tripod Stands for the Ricoh Theta S Spherical Camera

Shooting spherical 360° panoramas with a Ricoh Theta S has a distinctive challenge: having the tripod take up as little… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Review of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikon has come out with a new version of its 24-70mm zoom lens that adds Vibration Reduction. I've been shooting… Read More

June 19, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Review of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens

I've been putting the new Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens through its paces. Read More

February 14, 2019
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Sirui T-2205X Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Review

As part of my ongoing series trying to find the best travel tripods available, I put the Sirui T-2205X to… Read More

April 4, 2017
  • DSLRs
  • Sample Images

Nikon D5300 Sample Images

A collection of high-resolution sample images shot with the Nikon D5300 with a Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens. Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Macro Lenses for Outdoor Flower Photography // Nikon 200mm f/4D IF-ED

Now that spring has finally arrived, here's a hands-on review of using the Nikon 200mm f/4D IF-ED macro lens for… Read More

April 6, 2020
  • Camera Bags
  • Reviews

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… Read More

April 4, 2017
  • Lenses
  • Reviews

Review of the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S

A hands-on review of Sigma's flagship super telephoto zoom for sports and wildlife photography. Read More

June 28, 2017
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

Fastest SD Card Speed Tests

With cameras getting bigger and better HD video recording and burst shooting features all the time, some of them need… Read More

May 26, 2020
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews
  • Workflow

Lexar Professional Workflow Memory Card Readers

Lexar has come up with a new way to streamline the chore of downloading photos from your memory cards to… Read More

June 28, 2017
  • Display Calibration
  • Reviews
  • Workflow

Review of the Spyder5ELITE for Desktop Display, Laptop, & Projector Color Calibration

The Spyder5ELITE is the top model in the Spyder5 display color calibration range. Here's how it compares to the Spyder5PRO. Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

Varavon Baby T3 Mini Tripod

The Varavon Baby T3 Mini Tripod is short, but that small stature comes with its virtues as a travel tripod. Read More

April 4, 2017
  • Backup
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

Review of the ColorSpace UDMA3 Portable Memory Card Backup Device

My hands-on review of the new ColorSpace UDMA3 portable memory card backup device. Read More

February 13, 2018
  • Backup
  • Reviews
  • Workflow

Review of the RocketStor Thunderbolt Dual-Bay Hard Drive Dock

Hard drive docks for naked hard drives have been available with USB interfaces for several years. Now there's a new… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • iPhone Photography
  • Reviews

GoWorx FreeRide Phone Mount

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

May 19, 2020
  • Display Calibration
  • Reviews
  • Workflow

Calibrating a Display with the i1 Display Pro

A correctly calibrated display helps in your photo processing workflow and ensures better end results. Here's how the i1 Display… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Display Calibration
  • Reviews
  • Workflow

Calibrating Your Display with the Spyder5PRO

Using a color calibrated monitor can save a lot of time, aggravation, and ink, and helps ensure that your images… Read More

June 8, 2017
  • Mirrorless Cameras
  • Sample Images

Panasonic Lumix GF1 Sample Images

A collection of sample images shot with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 under different conditions, of various scenes, and with an… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Optimizing
  • Reviews
  • Wordpress for Photographers

WP Smush Pro Image Optimizer for WordPress

WP Smush Pro builds on the oldest of the cloud image optimization services. Here's how the reborn version stacks up. Read More

January 25, 2017
  • Optimizing
  • Reviews
  • Wordpress for Photographers

ShortPixel Image Optimizer for WordPress

There are several cloud-based image optimization services available for Wordpress. I put ShortPixel through its paces to see how to… Read More

December 6, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Timelapse Photography

MOVO MTP-10 Timelapse Panning Base

The MOVO MTP-10 is one of several devices for adding rotation and panning to timelapse captures. It's a significant step… Read More

April 5, 2017
  • Reviews
  • Timelapse Photography

Camalapse 4 360-Degree Panning Timelapse Base

If you're looking for a way to spice up your timelapse captures, adding some rotation can be a good start.… Read More

April 4, 2017
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

Which Lexar Memory Card Reader is Better?

Lexar has two USB memory card readers available. One is marketed as the professional model; one isn't. I put them… Read More

May 7, 2020
  • Optimizing
  • Reviews
  • Wordpress for Photographers

Kraken.io Image Optimizer for WordPress

Kraken.io is a Wordpress plugin and cloud service combination that aims to reduce to file size of your images in… Read More

January 25, 2017
  • Optimizing
  • Reviews
  • Wordpress for Photographers

Optimus Image Optimizer for WordPress Review

Optimus is a plugin and cloud service combination that promises to dramatically reduce the filesize of your images and speed… Read More

January 25, 2017
  • Reviews

Review of the Ricoh GW-3 0.75x Wide Conversion Lens

If you're looking to make the Ricoh GR II lens wider, from 28mm to 21mm, you'll be after the Ricoh… Read More

March 22, 2018
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

3 Legged Thing Brian Travel Tripod Review

I've been testing out the EVOLUTION 3 Brian Carbon Fiber Tripod System from 3 Legged Thing. Here's my hands-on review. Read More

April 4, 2017
  • Backup
  • Memory Cards
  • Reviews

Digital Foci Picture Porter Advanced – Hands-on Review

The Digital Foci Picture Porter Advanced is feature-packed. Here's how it stacks up in real-world use for backing up photos… Read More

December 4, 2019
  • Action Cameras
  • Adventure Cameras
  • Compact Cameras
  • DSLRs
  • Mirrorless Cameras
  • Power
  • Reviews

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… Read More

June 13, 2018
  • Reviews
  • Travel Accessories

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… Read More

February 6, 2019
  • Reviews
  • Travel Tripods

3 Legged Thing Rick Travel Tripod

The Rick is a lightweight carbon fiber travel tripod from 3 Legged Thing. Here's my hands-on review. Read More

April 4, 2017