Samuel Spencer

Samuel Spencer

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Joined on Oct 6, 2014

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Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review

The LED100WB-56 is a wall-powered, dimmable LED light source that does things a little differently. We take a closer look in our studio. Read more

SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery

A-mount has returned with the a99 II, this time armed with the 42MP BSI CMOS sensor from the a7R II, as well as some tricks of its own. We hit the streets to see how the added tech makes this SLT behave. See gallery

Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review

The EOS M5 is Canon's most ambitious mirrorless camera yet, combining enthusiast-friendly controls with Dual Pixel autofocus and a well polished touchscreen interface - but how does it fare in a crowded market segment? Find out in our full review. Read more

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Sample Gallery

The Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro offers 1:1 magnification for a relatively minimal investment. We took it to our local conservatory and around the neighborhood to see how well it performs when getting extremely close to our subject. See gallery

Gear of the Year: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017

Continuing our 'Gear of the Year' series, staffer Sam Spencer discusses a lens that has made a significant visual contribution to the site this year – the latest Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro. Read more

Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits

Man’s best friend isn’t necessarily the most cooperative portrait subject. After spending some time photographing dogs (and a few cats) awaiting adoption at a local shelter, we’ve learned some lessons and have a number of tips for better pet portraits. Read more

Which instant camera should I buy? 2016 Instax mini roundup

The holidays are upon us, and one of the easiest ways to give the gift of photography this season is with a comparably inexpensive instant camera. We decided to compare eight cameras that use the Instax mini format and figure out what's what. Read more

It's finally here: Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art sample gallery

The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art is finally here, with a question almost as big as the lens itself: is it worth the wait? And, is it worth the weight? To find out, we wasted no time taking it out to shoot some portraits. See gallery

Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review

The Pentax K-70 is an upper entry-level DSLR that combines enthusiast level features and clever use of its image stabilization system at a fiercely competitive price. So what did we make of it? Read more

Pentax 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE real world sample gallery

The Pentax 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE is the first Pentax lens to use the new 'Pulse Autofocus Motor'. Although it is a bit darker than the old 55-300, autofocus is much faster and virtually silent. Take a look at our samples to see how sharp this handy new zoom is. Read more