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Pentax K-S2 targets the family photographer with handy mix of enthusiast, consumer-grade features
    The division between consumer and enthusiast cameras is rather black and white, but we live in a world with many shades of grey. Chances are good that your camera is shared between multiple family members with different needs and…
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Affordable Panasonic GF7 launches with GX7 image pipeline, selfie-friendly body design
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Just published my hands-on preview of the brand new Nikon D5500. Want to know what's new, and what I thought of the handling? Read on!
 
Nikon D5500 debuts with smaller body; adds touch-screen to the D5300 and shoots a third longer
    If you're in the market for an affordable, compact DSLR, Nikon has news for you today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Nikon D5500 DSLR, aims to mirror the success of the earlier D5300, reimagining…
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We've just finalized our Panasonic FZ1000 review, complete with a detailed side-by-side comparison against the Sony RX10. Want to know which large-sensor long-zoom belongs in your camera bag? Find out in our Panasonic FZ1000 conclusion!
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If you've got a Blackmagic or Bolex camera, Firmware Friday is all about you this week!
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DxO Optics Pro v10.1 is here with support for six new cameras and smartphones, including the iPhone 6 series and Canon 7D II. Read on to find out what else is new:
    A month after it completely overhauled its flagship Optics Pro image processing application, not to mention its other imaging apps for Mac and Windows, French software company DxO Labs is back with another update. This time around,…
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The bullet-stopper: Ultra-fast Vela One strobe makes high-speed photography safe and affordable
    Want to try your hand at really high-speed photography, but put off by the costs and dangers of an air-gap flash? (One such model, Maurice Ribble's Airgap, will run you US$2,000 and jumps 16,000 volts across two electrodes…
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#CapturingBDA with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and loving this shot with the Dramatic Tone filter!
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Canon 6D vs 7D Mark II: The full-frame DSLR versus the fully-featured, and at the very same price!
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FastRawViewer update refines interface, pairs better with Adobe apps
    If raw shooting is par for the course in your workflow, you're typically faced with a choice: See lower-quality JPEG previews of your images when browsing, or wait what seems like an eternity to switch between real-time rendered…
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Casio Asia has just launched one of the most unusual cameras we've ever seen -- the "kawaii" Casio EX-MR1 selfie cam!
    We've seen some curious cameras over the years, but the latest offering from Casio -- whose cameras are no longer officially sold in the US market -- really takes the cake. The Casio EX-MR1, sold under the tagline
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Want a Pentax 645Z, but don't want to wait while you save the cash? Good news -- Ricoh Europe is now offering interest-free financing on the 645Z and its medium-format lenses:
    If you read our Pentax 645Z review, published a couple of months ago, you already know that Ricoh's mighty medium-format DSLR is one seriously impressive camera. It's also very affordable by medium-format camera standards…
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    Senior Reviews Editor, 2014 - present
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    News Editor, 1999 - 2014
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Mike Tomkins caught the photography bug early, when he received a Kodak Ektra 200 camera as a childhood birthday present. Growing up as an expat kid in Hong Kong, there was no shortage of interesting subjects, and he quickly outgrew the limitations of a basic 110 camera. A passion for TTL viewfinders was ignited when he stepped up to his first SLR, a Praktica BX20.

An early proponent of digital photography, he nonetheless wasn't willing to sacrifice a proper viewfinder in the quest to move on from film. A network engineer living in the United Kingdom at the time, Mike settled on the first camera that truly fit the bill: Sony's legendary Cyber-shot Pro. Not only did that camera launch him into the world of digital photography, but it also turned out to be the start of a new career. Back-and-forth correspondence with Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells to pool info on the Sony quickly turned into a job offer, and Mike joined the Imaging Resource team as News Editor and camera reviewer in January 1999.

Now settled in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mike and his family are blessed to be but a stone's throw from a million photo opportunities in the picturesque Smoky Mountains.

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