Whenever I’m asked about a particular piece of gear – or if I’m considering a purchase of my own – I tend to use a few resources time and time again to help in my data-gathering stage.
In no particular order – with some explanation:
- DPReview: These folks have been around for a while and they have a great camera database. They are now starting to piece together a lens collection – but it’s fairly small right now. Their thriving forums add to the richness of this site.
- Photozone: The definitive site, in my opinion, for lens review information. Their data driven glass reviews anchor my down-select process. Couple this with the tabulated user feedback – and this is a very useful site.
- Steve’s Digicams: A classic site that can add a lot of information to your search.
- PopPhoto and Outdoor Photographer: Magazines that cover a lot of cameras, printers, and accessories in their reviews.
- CNET: Now I realize CNET reviews pretty much anything that uses electricity – but its broad swath can really be helpful.
- Amazon.com: This idea of reviews by the masses for the masses has some merit – and can help tip the buyer of particular trends.
In my experience, the big missing includes updated consolidated film scanner reviews. If you know of one – or if you have any other personal favorite photo gear review sites – please leave them in the comments below.