Ralph Elliott Starkweather

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...
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...
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 Lens Review

There's that dynamic duo again. Legendary Leica and Panasonic are a photographic marriage made in heaven and they are together again in the form of the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4-6.3 lens. With this...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...