Reviews

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

Photos Taken with a 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.

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 is one of the simplest, and it works with a wide range of cloud services.

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.

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

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.

Nikon D3400 Sample Images Collage

Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

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

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.

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.

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.

JPEGmini Pro Review

JPEGmini Pro promises that their proprietary algorithm can dramatically reduce the size of JPGs with no discernible loss in quality. So I put their secret sauce to the test.

Oben CT-3581 Travel Tripod

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 fiber construction, twist locks, and a convertible monopod. Here’s how it stacks up.

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.

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.

Spyder5PRO Colorimeter

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 look their best when viewed elsewhere. Here’s my hands-on review of the Spyder5PRO from Datacolor.

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 assortment of exposure combinations.

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.

Smartphone Apps for Tracking the Sun, Moon, and Stars

Whether you’re trying to make it for magic hour, line up the sun or moon with a landmark, or just want to make sure your subject is shown in the best natural light, smartphone apps that calculate the location of the sun and moon for any location on earth for any date and time can come in very handy.

MOVO

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 up in both features and price than some alternatives. Here’s my hands-on review.

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 order to speed up your site. Here’s how it works in practice.

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 Wireless

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.

Geotagging Software

Here’s a roundup of software that will take your photos and a GPS tracklog and marry them together to geotag your photos.

GPS Trackers for Photographers

For travel photography, location matters. Whether you’re trying to track your adventures on a map or enter caption information in the image metadata, it helps to know exactly where a photo was taken.

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.