Daven Mathies

Daven Mathies

Daven began writing at a young age for no other reason than to teach himself how to type. He later took up photography to learn how cameras worked. His love for the tech eventually turned into a passion for the crafts facilitated by it. He has spent the last six years writing about photography — and still yearns to be a better typist.
Articles
Photography

Starting a vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability.
Product Review

When your phone camera disappoints, grab the Olympus E-PL9

With a healthy dose of style, solid performance, and beginner-friendly controls, the E-PL9 is the perfect camera for the smartphone generation. Well, other than an actual smartphone.
Photography

The Ursa Mini Pro is a cinema camera beast, but an approachable one

Combining the best of professional and consumer technologies, the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro is an approachable, relatively affordable cinema camera for anyone from Hollywood directors to YouTube stars.
Product Review

Fast, sharp, tough: Pentax’s new 50mm F1.4 ‘Star’ lens shines bright

Composed of 15 glass elements and weighing in at a 2 pounds, the Pentax Star series 50mm F1.4 is no ordinary 50mm lens. The $1,200 premium prime seeks to compete with the likes of the Sigma Art series, and it easily succeeds.
Photography

The Mission Workshop Radian is the one bag to rule them all

With durable construction, adaptability to any environment, and enough capacity for cameras, computers, and a week’s worth of clothes, the Radian is one epic adventure pack -- if you can afford it.
Product Review

Pentax K-1 II is a new camera wearing old clothes

The original Pentax K-1 felt like a purpose-built camera for landscape photographers, but the Mark II offers little in the way of tangible improvements. It’s still a good camera, but it doesn’t warrant an upgrade.