New gear, buy­ing ad­vice and the world's tough­est tests

Digital Camera World - - KIT ZONE - Rod Law­ton

Do you ever use a hand­held meter? I am a bit of a fan – and in this month’s in­stal­ment in our Help Me Buy se­ries, I give you some point­ers as to what to look for in a meter, and rec­om­mend three of my favourite mod­els.

I have also been putting two high­per­for­mance sys­tem cam­eras to the test, as Nikon’s D500 DSLR takes on the Fu­ji­film X-H1 mir­ror­less model. The re­sults of this head-to-head sur­prised even me!

In our Mini Tests this is­sue, we have been look­ing at some of the best ball heads you can buy for your tri­pod. And we have been look­ing at the brave new world of 360 cam­eras – which al­most lit­er­ally give your eyes in the back of your head.

In our quest to bring you more tests than any other mag­a­zine, we have re­views of 10 dif­fer­ent lenses this is­sue. Canon’s ma­jor up­date of its 70-200mm f/4 goes for a spin, and it does not dis­ap­point. We also get our hands on Sigma’s mighty 105mm f/1.4 Art prime – which looks a beauty for por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers. Fi­nally, in our group test, we check out eight dif­fer­ent ul­tra-wide zooms.

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