Ralph Elliott Starkweather

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...