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Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD Canon review – Excellent Value and a Great All Rounder


The zoom range 70-200, or thereabout, is one of the real classic lenses, an absolute “must” for sports and photojournalism. The faster the maximum aperture the better, but most important of all it must ...

Nikon 1 S1 review: A new product line for the Nikon Hybrid system


Launched in January 2013 the Nikon 1 S1 is a new product line in the Nikon 1 Hybrid Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens series. Targeted at advanced through to expert enthusiasts after a lightweight camera for ...

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS review: promising point and shoot or prospective pro-level camera?


This year’s theme for high-end compacts is undoubtedly the switch over from CCD to BSI CMOS sensors, but maker’s are having to work hard to make the cameras attractive to those users who might ...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review – Expert Compact: Panasonic is back in competition


Even though smartphones have eroded the sales of digital compacts at the lower-end of the market, the high-end models using relatively large 1/1.7-inch type sensors continue to be popular. The DMC-LX7 is Panasonic’s compact ...

Nikon 1 J3 review: A new midrange offering doesn’t shine


Released just a month after being announced at CES 2013 alongside a new lower-end sibling (the Nikon 1 S1), the new Nikon 1 J3 now takes its place as the midrange model in Nikon’s ...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review


Hybrid is a word used both positively and negatively, quite appropriate for the photographic industry. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 wears this badge: "Hybrid", a mix of system and compact. It has a range of ...

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM


Another intriguing offering in our database is the Canon EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM. It’s pricey at $1,270 but appealing as an ultra compact (if still relatively heavy at 720g) model, thanks to the ...

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Sony


At around $420, this relatively affordable, compact and lightweight (420g) full-frame zoom with an 11x range and minimum focus distance of 0.49m (19.3in) sounds like an appealing option. As for image quality, it’s a ...

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS


While this practically pocket-sized lens will only appeal to Panasonic and Olympus Micro 3/4 users, with an 35mm equivalent focal length of 200-600mm f/4-5.6, this lens may seem like an attractive option for wildlife ...

Pentax smc DA Star 300mm F4 ED IF SDM review


Our final comparison, for the sake of objectivity, is the $1,400 Pentax smc DA Star 300mm f/44 ED IF SDM. On a Pentax DSLR this lens is the 35mm equivalent to a 450mm f/4 ...

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5 56 USM


With a DxOMark score of 14.6 on a full frame EOS 5D Mk II, dropping to 11 on a EOS 7D, the EF100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM has homogenous sharpness across the focal range, good resolution ...

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM


One of the single most versatile lenses for wildlife Canon’s EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM scores reasonably well on a full-frame camera with a DxOMark score of 15.4, however on APS-C EOS 7D that ...

Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Nikon


The Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM is interesting for its longer focal lengths, equivalent to a 180-600mm on a Nikon DX body (and slightly more on a Canon APS-C). On a full-frame ...

Wildlife Lenses: telephoto-zoom round up

With the vagaries of photographing wildlife, the flexibility of a telephoto zoom would appear to be an attractive solution. However, image quality is often a compromise at the maximum aperture and longest focal length, ...

Pentax Q10 review – Is smaller better?


Announced in September 2012, the Pentax Q10 is the second in the Pentax Q series and lays claim to being the smallest hybrid camera currently available, offering interchangeable lenses in a package barely larger ...

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD review: A uniquely versatile pro-worthy alternative


Announced in February 2012, the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens Di VC USD is the latest full-frame, fast aperture standard zoom from the Saitama, Japan-based optical firm and is the first of its type to ...

CP+ 2013: A feast of new lenses announced in Japan

The annual CP+, or Camera and Photo Imaging Show, takes place in Japan, the heartland of the photography hardware industry. With new lenses covering wide-angle through to extreme super-telephoto and options for all the ...

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM review: The ideal standard zoom?


Introduced in November 2012 as the proposed ‘kit’ lens for the EOS 6D, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens represents an interesting move for Canon – despite two well respected lenses in this ...

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