Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Review: Panasonic DMC-G85MK 12-60mm Kit Lens

Let me start by stating that the camera division of Panasonic are a collection of clear thinking, creative geniuses working with very capable engineers to realize these Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras packed with...

…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...
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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...

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...

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...

From Here To Eternity Zoom: Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 is The Perfect Bridge Camera

Let me start by saying that I recently bought the FZ2500 that I am reviewing from Samy’s Camera. So, I must admit bias here. Yep, one of the hazards of working with Samy’s Camera...

Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro Review

When one mentions the name Tamron the first thing that comes to mind is the legendary lens with a great reputation ….ta da.. the 90mm Macro. Well, Tamron has worked very hard to up...

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...
sigma review

Is it Sigma or is it Zeiss? That is the question: Sigma 20mm 1.4...

I am Ralph Elliott Starkweather, a professional photographer with over 40 years of experience and a customer of Samy's Camera since they first opened their doors. My goal with this and upcoming reviews will be...