Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Review

As you have probably figured by now, I am a big fan of Sigma. Sigma of Japan spent a bit of time meditating a few years ago; about the time the Elder Yamaki head...

Fun-tography: Nikon D5600 Review

So simple, so small and lightweight; but don’t be fooled. Small size matters here with this little powerhouse, the Nikon D5600. If you are a two-camera shooter, you can carry one of these around...

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...
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...

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...

PERFECTION: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART Lens Review

I feel so honored to have been able to test this incredible lens, thank you. Thank you Mr. Yamaki and thank you to your employees in Aizu, Japan, who strive for perfection in what...

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...

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...

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...

…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...