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...

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...

Lens Review: Sigma 100-400mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary

As I was being handed the Sigma 100-400mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary to test and review I saw the size and thought, oh, here we go - a super heavy telephoto lens. When I...
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Test Shot

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Review

Panasonic has definitely been a big player in the world of digital photography and digital video for many years now. My first tiny digital camera, back in 2009, with very impressive handling and quality...

Sony RX100 V Review: Big Things Come in Small Packages

Imagine being able to put an incredibly powerful and feature-rich camera that can do almost everything you want in your shirt pocket. Well, it does exist in the small Sony RX100 V. I have had...