Mike Tomkins

Mike Tomkins

DPReview Contributor
Lives in United States Knoxville, TN, United States
Works as a Freelance writer and photographer
Joined on Aug 20, 2001
About me:

Previously the Senior Reviews Editor at Imaging Resource, Mike Tomkins caught the photography bug around the age of 12, when he received a Kodak Cross as a childhood Christmas present. Growing up as an expat kid in Hong Kong, there was no shortage of interesting subjects, and he quickly outgrew the limitations of a basic 110 camera. A passion for TTL viewfinders was ignited when he stepped up to his first SLR, a Praktica BX20.

An early proponent of digital photography, he nonetheless wasn't willing to sacrifice a proper viewfinder in the quest to move on from film. A network engineer living in the United Kingdom at the time, Mike settled on the first camera that truly fit the bill: Sony's legendary Cyber-shot Pro.

Not only did that camera launch him into the world of digital photography, but it also turned out to be the start of a new career. Back-and-forth correspondence with Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells to pool info on the Sony quickly turned into a job offer, and Mike joined the IR team as News Editor in January 1999, becoming Senior Reviews Editor by 2014.

With IR beset by financial difficulties from late 2019, Mike switched to freelancing for DPReview from early 2020. Now settled in Knoxville, Tennessee, he and his son Geoffrey are blessed to be but a stone's throw from a million photo opportunities in the picturesque Smoky Mountains.

Editorial content

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Field review: Panasonic S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 Macro OIS

The Panasonic Lumix S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 Macro O.I.S. is a moderately sized, moderately far-reaching and optically-stabilized telephoto zoom lens for full-frame or APS-C L-mount cameras. Read our review to find out how it performs.

Adobe Camera Raw vs. Olympus Workspace: Which app should you use?

When Olympus released the E-M1X sports camera in late 2019, the company also released a modern editing app called Olympus Workspace. Is it fully featured and fast enough to replace an Adobe-based editing workflow? Let's find out.

Comparison Review: Can VueScan or SilverFast archive your film better?

Being cooped up inside doesn't mean you have to take a break from photography. If you've got negatives from way back when, what's the best software around to scan them? Check out our in-depth comparison to find out.

Tamron 17-70 F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD field review

The Tamron 17-70 F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is a compact general-purpose lens for Sony's APS-C, E-mount mirrorless cameras. So how does it perform? Read our review to find out.

Adobe Camera Raw vs. Sony Imaging Edge Desktop: Which is your best bet?

In our latest software shootout, we put Adobe Camera Raw up against Sony Imaging Edge Desktop. Is the free Sony software a substitute worthy of your consideration? Find out here.

Adobe Camera Raw vs. Nikon ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D: Which should you be using?

Is it really necessary to pay for photo editing software when it already comes included with your camera purchase? We test Nikon's own editing apps against the industry go-to.

Exposure X6 software review: Faster than ever and even more capable

Exposure X6 is the latest Adobe Lightroom competitor from Exposure Software. With great image quality, impressive speed and powerful features, it's a compelling option that doesn't require a monthly subscription.

Review: Does the Canon Rebel T8i DSLR make sense in an increasingly mirrorless world?

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i (also known as the EOS 850D or Kiss X10i in some markets) is a 24MP DSLR aimed at first-time DSLR buyers and enthusiasts. Read our full review to find out how it performs.

Adobe Camera Raw vs. Canon Digital Photo Professional: Which should you use and why?

Is it really necessary to pay for photo editing software when it already comes included with your camera purchase? We test Canon's own editing app against the industry go-to.

Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget

Although image stabilization technology has come a long way, there are few things you can do to improve your low-light or telephoto images more than using a tripod. In this roundup we take a look at four travel tripods and pick our favorite.