Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Canon 5D Mark IV: Bang for your Bucks

Canon 5D Mark IV Bang for your bucks. Canon is just that, a lot of bang for your bucks. This is a great camera to add to your arsenal. As digital cameras get more and...

PhotoTools Travel-Ready Tripod Review

How many of you rely on the incredible high ISO ability on your new cameras to shoot in very low light situations? Many of you might see that there is a deal with the...

The Nikon D3400 is Light & Simple to Use

First impression: Wow. The Nikon D3400 fits into my not-so-small shooting hand perfectly; not to mention, the camera is super light. It's a solid little camera that will eliminate all day camera carry fatigue on...

Samy’s Cameras: Panon 120 Widelux 1500 & 35mm Widelux

Samy called me into his office and handed me these two old panoramic gems made in the days of Yore in Japan.  I am very familiar with these cameras since I owned the F8 model...

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...

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...

…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...

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...

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...

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...