Ryan Mense

39 Flips | 1 Magazine | 194 Likes | 1 Following | 3 Followers | @ryanmense | Saint Paul-based photographer · Features editor, writer, PotD for Fstoppers

Brace Yourselves: The Used Camera and Lens Market Might Be Ready to Explode

Maybe now, ironically, is the best time of all to be a DSLR user.<p>With Nikon preparing to disclose all the details of their mirrorless camera, Canon …

Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone Clamp: Does Money Buy Happiness?

Just like many other product lines that cater to smartphone users, the clamp arena is saturated with clones and cheaply made accessories. So when …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: Dual Leica Lenses On a Sleek Smartphone

In order to stand out from the competition, smartphone companies are placing a lot of their focus on developing the best cameras possible for their …

Sony RX100 VI Hands-On Rundown

Last week, Sony unveiled their latest compact camera. Now here’s the clickbait: 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 Zeiss lens, 24 fps continuous shooting while …

AquaTech Soft Hood Versus LensCoat TravelHood: Which Is the Best Collapsable Lens Hood for Big Glass?

For lenses 200mm on up, a collapsable travel hood may be something to consider in order to free up bag space. In this comparison review I check out a …

Fstoppers Reviews the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens

Sony’s longest reaching zoom lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras, the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS, offers versatile shooting possibilities with an …

Sony Alpha

Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripod for Sony Alpha Cameras

Given the rising popularity of Sony Alpha cameras, it would be stupid not to cater specifically towards that crowd, right?<p>The Manfrotto Befree …

Cameras

Amazon Keeps Sending Me a Children's Game Instead of a $1,000 Camera Tripod

Unless Gitzo has really changed up their tripod product lineup, I think something peculiar might happening over at Amazon.<p>Last Sunday I ordered a …

Capture One Pro Webcam Privacy Cover Review: No, Really

It’s not often that a product comes by that revolutionizes the way we work and pushes humanity forward. Well anyways, let’s talk about this Capture …

MacBook Pro

Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto XUME Magnetic Filter Adapters: A Different Take on Threaded Lens Filters

One of the biggest disadvantages to circular screw-on filters is the time and attention needed to get them properly seated in the threads and …

Cameras

How to Balance Reality and Creativity in Your Images Using ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1

Through editing photos, many people aim to produce work that remains grounded in truth while still adding a bit of themselves and their personal …

Tutorials

Sony's Best Lens Isn't a G Master

Before anything else, this is the one lens every Sony mirrorless shooter should own. And no, it’s not part of their premium and pricey G Master …

Cameras

Fstoppers Reviews the Tenba Solstice Camera Backpack: The Best Daypack for Photographers?

Geared towards the outdoor photographer who needs a day bag for their camera gear and accessories, the Tenba Solstice caught my eye as a promising …

Fstoppers Reviews the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v3, a New Slim Camera Carrying System

Are you getting real tired, real quick of the ol' shoulder strap method of carrying your camera around? Me too, and I've been on a journey to rid …

Must-See New Features of ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1, the Professional All-in-One Photo Editor

A free update to ON1 Photo RAW 2018 made sweeping improvements to performance and image quality and also introduced new features. From importing and …

Canon: Top Dog or Underdog?

Canon is king, but they sure aren’t getting that level of respect from photographers. What does this mean for their future?<p>The camera industry is in …

Cameras

Stop Doing This to Your Photo's Highlights

In the first year or so of learning how to edit images, photographers are completely bombarded by information regarding the dos and don’ts for what …

Tutorials

The Sony a7 IV: What's Coming Next

We now know that the Sony a7R III and a7 III have sorted out many of the major complaints with mirrorless cameras, such as battery life, overheating, …

Cameras

Hands-On With the Sony a7 III: A New Normal

One week ago, Sony introduced the a7 III full-frame mirrorless camera which redefined what a “base model” should be. Here’s my first-look …

Cameras

We Can Now Schedule Posts to Instagram, but Why the Celebration?

Yesterday, Instagram announced that they had made some changes in what they will now allow to performed automatically. With this update, Instagram …

Fstoppers Reviews Pixelmator Pro: Not the Photoshop Alternative You're Looking For

In late November 2017, Pixelmator Pro was released to those eagerly awaiting a new photo editing solution on the Mac. Whether it was to finally …

First Hands-On Look at the Sony a7R III

Following the announcement of the Sony a7R III, I had the chance to use the new a7-series flagship mirrorless camera for an evening of studio …

Fstoppers Reviews the Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit for DSLR Cameras

Announced earlier this month and shipping soon, Joby has updated their line of GorillaPod tripods with new designs. Replacing the previous GorillaPod …

Quick Review of the Aukey Clip-on Circular Polarizing Filter for Smartphones

The circular polarizing filter is one of the most important pieces of equipment to own as a photographer. Its effects are one of the few that can’t …

First Hands-On Impressions of the Sony RX10 IV, the All-In-One Bridge Camera With 24 fps Stills Shooting

Last week Sony announced the latest updates to their lineup of RX cameras which utilize a small but powerful one-inch sensor. I had the opportunity …

How to Use the New Live Photo Effects in iOS 11

One of many changes and improvements contained in the upcoming iOS 11 update for iPhones and iPads is the ability to add effects to Live Photos. The …

Fstoppers Reviews the AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod

Akin to the store brands that are found next to the name brands on the shelves in a brick-and-mortar supermarket, AmazonBasics products have become a …

A Trip to the Woods: Wildlife and Bird Photography With the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera

Since the new Sony a9 announcement and subsequent release, it’s been earmarked as an honest competitor to the sports and wildlife scene. As time went …

Fstoppers Reviews the Huawei Mate 9 Smartphone With Dual-Lens Leica Cameras

Leica is a company that is synonymous with premium quality at a premium cost in the photography industry. So when Leica co-engineered their …

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands'

In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these …