Ralph Elliott Starkweather

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...

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: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a Camera for the Serious Photographer

The new Olympus camera model name, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, takes the prize for the longest name/model designation for a camera I have ever encountered; so appropriate because is has a long list...

…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: 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...

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...

Review: Nikon D7500 Digital SLR

When us amateur and professional photographers who have been around for a few decades, the Nikon (outside of the USA pronounced Nick-0n) brings to mind some of the greatest historical images made on film and,...

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...

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...

Review: Sigma 14mm 1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

Here I go again, Sigma is one helluva great company pulling off the impossible. Who would have thought that a super wide angle 14mm could be engineered into a super fast lens with an extremely fast...