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Read the latest reviews of the latest cameras, lenses, smartphone accessories in and more. We are Australia's leading distributor of camera and video equipment and our photography experts are here to share their product reviews and valuable incites. Whether you're a seasoned photographer looking for some extra tips and inspiration or a beginner, we want to be able to provide you with the information you need to grow your passion for photography.

  Date Posted: 16 April 2021

I'm excited to announce that I was invited by @haidafilter as their Ambassador and Co-photographer. Haida is a well-known brand for its high-end professional filter products. After testing and using their amazing filter system, I was very impressed with their innovative and convenient designs as well as their superior quality. My favorite filter system is the Haida M10 Filter Holder plus their Red-Diamond Series filters. This holder system allows for fast filter setup and ease of operation. It can handle up to two 100mm square filters plus a drop-in filter. The setup is super easy and fast, requiring no screw-in threads at all. It is made from aviation-grade aluminum and PC materials, which makes it so strong and durable while also lightweight. My most used filters are Haida Red-Diamond ND filter ND3.0 (10 stops) and Red-Diamond Soft Graduated ND filter GND 1.2 (4 stops). These filters are made of shockproof double strength optical glass, because of the Nanopro Multi-coating ...


  Date Posted: 15 February 2021

Samyang reprises another of its favourite prime focal lengths for its next Canon RF autofocus lens, creating yet another hard-to-resist value proposition. OUR VERDICT Following its award-winning 14mm autofocus ultra-wide for the RF mount, Samyang reprises another of its favourite prime focal lengths for its next AF RF offering, creating yet another hard-to-resist value proposition. It's well made and can hold its own against more expensive alternatives, making it a very compelling option for Canon RF system users looking for a fast prime. Pros: Affordable Well made optically Weather sealed Cons: No in-camera lens corrections Exposure metering and autofocus can malfunction If you’re a lens maker then, after the obligatory ‘fast fifty’, the next badge of honour is an F1.4-speed 85mm short telephoto prime – the classic portrait lens. You just have to do one, but the optical design leaves nowhere to hide. It looks deceptively simple, but there are man...


  Date Posted: 22 January 2021

Tenba's new Solstice Backpacks are designed for adventurous photographers, filmmakers, and creatives who are always on the go. It combines aspects of both a standard backpack and a single-strap sling bag to keep your gear accessible at a moment’s notice. The Tenba Solstice series is available in three different sizes - 12L, 20L and 24L. Our partners at Tenba Australia supplied us with the larger 24L offering, which is the subject of our review. The Soltice design offers better security with its rear access opening, all in an incredibly lightweight yet rugged construction. Perfect for use everyday and in all conditions, the bag features a water repellent nylon exterior, with a tuck-away rain cover for more extreme weather. The bag fits one or two dSLR cameras with room for an additional 5 to 7 lenses and small accesories, as well as a laptop or tablet up to 13". While the other two models won’t accommodate the same amount of gear, all three bags have a similar design and...


  Date Posted: 27 November 2020

Convenience: Introducing an all new compact gimbal that comes at an affordable price with a robust design that allows you to take your adventures further than before! The FeiyuTech AK2000C gimbal features a seven hour battery life and lightweight, aluminium alloy construction that is guaranteed to get the job done with minimal effort. Its quick-release locks on all three axes enables you to keep everything safe and secure when packed away. Battery Life: This gimbal's impressive 7 hour battery life supports boost charging, enabling you to quickly recharge in just an hour and can be continuously charged during high-intensity shooting. Load Capacity: The FeiyuTech AK2000C gimbal has a load capacity that can reach an impressive 2.2kg. With its ultra-light body and high load capacity, this gimbal is the perfect travel companion. Performance: The performance capability of this gimbal is nothing to sneeze at. Its OLED Touch screen makes operation smooth and easy for anyone, eve...


 

Introducing the Samyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE Full Frame Lens, with Amazing New Astrophotography Features! Samyang has just announced the latest addition to their Tiny Series lens line-up with the introduction of a new AF 24mm F1.8 FE large-aperture wide-angle prime lens, for Sony full-frame E mount cameras. The lens is both tiny and lightweight to suit Sony’s smaller compact camera systems. The Samyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE weighs only 230g/8oz and measures just 71mm/2.79 in length. It has a 9- bladed iris, 58mm filter thread, 87.3deg wide-angle field of view, and a close focus distance of just 0.19m/0.62ft. NEW Infinity Focus Feature for Astrophotography The AF 24mm F1.8 FE lens features a new function titled “CUSTOM MODE” made specifically for astrophotography. This mode is operated through the newly designed FOCUS HOLD button. The function allows you to move the focus directly to infinity, by clicking the button when entering the mode. Since the factory default infinity value ma...