Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Petersen Automotive Museum

Two Zeiss Touit Reviews For The Price Of One

Let me just start with this that immediately comes to mind: Zeiss...man...Zeiss!!! Zeiss is almost Godlike in the world of glass.  Zeiss lenses have long been my choice of glass for my own professional...
Sigma 50-100mm 1.8 art lens

Sigma 50-100mm 1.8 Art Lens Review

There is something so Zen and Japanese about the way Sigma approaches the world of photography. They have managed to develop both some of the most incredible lenses as well as some very unusual...

REVIEW: The Panasonic Lumix G9 – What More Could You Ask For?

A few weeks ago at Samy’s Camera, I was handed a slick black box with graphics with the new G9 from Panasonic Lumix inside. After unboxing and putting a battery and lens on the...

No Pain No Gain: Sigma 85 1.4 Lens Review

No Pain no Gain.....this is one helluva a lot of glass from Sigma. First impression on a Canon 5D Mark III: substantial heft! Who needs to pump iron; This will do! The gains are incredible sharp...

…So Began My Friendship with Graham Nash

I have been writing camera, lens and product reviews here at Samy's Camera since last year. As I have written, I have been a professional and fine art photographer for many decades now. In the...

Priced to Sell: Nikon B500 Review

Are you looking for an affordable gift for a family member or maybe even yourself? This Nikon B500 is priced to sell. Are there better cameras out there? Of course; but, for this price, you...

Size Matters Deux – Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Digital

Let me call it as it is and slightly contradict the title. Also, this will be a continuation of exploring the digital medium format arena. The contradiction is that I have gotten amazing results...

Review: The Phototools Table Top Photo Kit

I have to admit that after reviewing many of the products from Phototools which is exclusive to Samy’s, I am amazed at the thought of detail and the build of the various photographic products...

Sony α9 Features Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor

The Sony a9 is packed with so many options and features for what ever comes in front of your lens; so, please excuse me for cheating and copying and pasting from Sony the most...

Review: Phototools Beauty Dish with Grid (32 In.)

When one is testing a beauty dish, it helps to find willing beauties to pose for the review. Fortunately, we have two brave enough to face my lens here at Samy’s Playa Vista. So, with...