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Gordon Laing
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Photographer, traveller and lover of good food!
Photographer, traveller and lover of good food!

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Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM review - arguably the best wide zoom!

I'm delighted to finally put some time aside to review one of the most exciting lenses in the EF catalogue: the EF 11-24mm f4L USM, a true exotic with an impressively bulbous front element. It delivers wide to extremely wide coverage with impressively sharp details and minimal distortion across the framer and throughout the range. This makes it ideal when shooting large buildings inside and out, expansive landscapes or simply very large group shots. Find out how it performs across the range on a demanding EOS 5Ds body in my Canon 11-24mm review!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EF_11-24mm_f4L_USM/
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Canon launches EOS M6: a new mid-range mirrorless!

Canon's EOS M6 is a mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth refocusing in stills and movies, a tilting touch-screen and 1080p video. Canon's sixth mirrorless may not have a built-in viewfinder nor 4k video, but vloggers will love the combination of a screen that faces the subject, a microphone input and the confident movie AF. The addition of Bluetooth maintains a connection with your phone for easier connectivity and if you really want a viewfinder, an optional EVF accessory mounts on the hotshoe. Find out more in my hands-on Canon EOS M6 preview which includes a video overview at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_M6/
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Canon EOS 77D - a new mid-range DSLR with a hands-on preview!

The Canon EOS 77D, or T7i as it's known in North America, is a mid-range DSLR, aimed as a step-up from entry-level models without the complexity or bulk of higher-end bodies. Like the EOS 80D, the EOS 77D employs a 24 Megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth and confident AF on stills and movies. The optical viewfinder features a new 45-point / all cross-type AF system while burst shooting is rated at 6fps with AF. There's also a fully-articulated 3in touch-screen and built-in Wifi with Bluetooth to maintain a connection with your phone. The 77D will be available with a new, shorter kit 18-55mm zoom and there's an optional Bluetooth remote control. Find out more in my hands-on Canon EOS 77D preview at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_77D/
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Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM review - a no-brainer for EOS DSLRs!

You want to shoot in low light? You want nice blurred backgrounds on your portraits and macro shots? You need a lens with a bright aperture and a small f-number. But there's no need to break the bank: one of the best options for Canon DSLR owners also happens to be the cheapest lens in the EF catalogue, the 50mm f1.8 STM. This lens replaces the 24 year old 50mm f1.8 II, bringing smoother focusing for movies, more rounded aperture blades, a closer focusing distance and a more robust lens mount, while still managing to come close to the magical price point of around 100 Dollars, Pounds or Euros. I've been using the 50mm f1.8 STM since it was launched, and decided it deserved a proper review. So find out how it compares to the old EF 50mm f1.8 II on both APS-C and full-frame bodies, along with the benefits over typical kit zooms - and ultimately why it should be in the bag of every Canon EOS DSLR owner, whether they have an entry-level model or a top-end full-framer! All in my review at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EF_50mm_f1-8_STM/
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Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 review

Panasonic's Lumix G80 / G85 is a highly compelling entry into the competitive mid-range market. Like most rivals at this price point, the G80 / G85 offers a viewfinder, articulated touch screen, loads of manual control and Wifi, but goes beyond the pack by additionally packing great quality 4k video, built-in stabilisation that rivals industry leader Olympus, and a weather-sealed body and kit zoom; the icing on the cake is Panasonic's innovative 4k Photo which exploit 4k video to shoot 8 Megapixel 'stills' at 30fps, or adjust the focus or effective depth-of-field after the event. It all adds up to a camera that's hard to beat for the money.

I've completed my in-depth review which includes a detailed look at all the key features, loads of comparisons with rival cameras, an hour long video / podcast with Doug Kaye and much more!

As always if you enjoy what i do, please support me anytime you shop for anything at Amazon, B&H or Adorama by simply first clicking through to them via the links on my reviews - or by treating me to a coffee or yourself to a Cameralabs T-Shirt! I couldn't go into anywhere near this degree of detail without your support - thanks!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_G80_G85/
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Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 review!

Hi everyone, here's the latest podcast / video from Doug Kaye and I, this time all about the Lumix G80 / G85, a great mid-range mirrorless camera! My full, final review at cameralabs.com will be ready in a day or two...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQfOD_wGwxk&t

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Fujifilm GFX 50S review - a brief tour and look at quality

Hi everyone, here's a quick - for me - 4.5 minute video overview of the new Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera. I have a quick look around the body, controls, ports and menus, show a video clip, then take a closer look at the image quality from a pre-production body which already looks fabulous.

My preview article at cameralabs also now includes a selection of sample images and a comparison of noise levels at each ISO sensitivity - check it out at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_GFX_50S/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XML541KY39U

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Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II review - one of my biggest reviews to date!

The Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II is a tough, fast and confident professional camera that banishes any remaining myths or limitations regarding mirrorless, and in particular, the Micro Four Thirds format on which it's based. The dust and splashproof body feels great in your hands with carefully considered and tactile controls, dual card slots and a larger than average battery. The electronic viewfinder and fully-articulated touchscreen allow you to compose with ease. The built-in stabilisation has become even better, staying at least a step ahead of rivals. But perhaps most impressively the continuous autofocus and movie quality, a pair of Achille's heels on earlier Olympus bodies, have been upgraded to a point where they'll compete against any camera in its class.

As indeed it should for the asking price, so the question is whether it's worth the money. I'll help you decide in one of my biggest reviews to date, involving over a month of testing, more than 20,000 words written, loads of comparisons, a wide variety of sample movies and images, and a 70 minute video / podcast detailing all the features. It may not be the first review of the camera, but it's one of the most detailed you'll find and I'd love to hear what you think!

As always, reviews of this length are a major commitment for a one-man operation, so if you find my work useful, please do support me whenever you shop for anything at Amazon, B&H or Adorama by first clicking through to them via the links on the reviews. Or buy me a coffee or grab yourself a Cameralabs T-shirt! I really appreciate your support, thanks!

#OMDrevolution

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM1_Mark_II/

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Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art review - A fab telephoto prime!

Sigma really is on a roll with its Art series and the latest 85mm f1.4 prime is another great lens! In Thomas's review you'll see how it out-performs any other 85mm f1.4 lens with AF that he's tested and even gives the much more expensive - and manual focus only - Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 a run for its money. Check it out at the link below and as always if you like what we do at cameralabs, please support us when you shop at Amazon, Adorama or B&H by first clicking through to them via the links on the reviews - thanks!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sigma_85mm_f1-4_DG_HSM_Art/
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Sony RX10 Mark III review - one of the best photo-video hybrids upgraded!

Sony's RX10 Mark III is the third-generation of its high-end bridge camera series. Like its predecessors, it's aimed equally at stills photographers and demanding videographers with a wealth of photo and movie options, the latter including 4k video and a raft of slow motion modes up to 960 / 1000fps. New to the Mark III is a longer zoom, boasting a 25x range equivalent to 24-600mm. This joins the existing high res viewfinder, tilting screen, mic and headphone jacks of earlier models to become a more versatile shooter. Ken compared it closely against the more affordable Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500, so check out his Sony RX10 III review to discover which one's best for you!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Cyber-shot_RX10_III/
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