Lenses by Chris T

Good lord it takes me forever to update. That's probably due in no small part to my involvement in getting Reviewed.com's Lenses site up and running. 

Check it out for yourself-but definitely check out the science pages. That's where you can see my heatmaps generated by my recent foray into R programming. That was a fun project to work on. The testing? Not so much: for every lens review published, we tested three. Meaning, the total corpus of data used for that scoring model was enormous. 

Anyways, I'm very proud of it- I think my design chops and burgeoning coding skills have done well for each other. I've been doing all sorts of things in R to try to make life easier, but those projects aren't as pretty.

Welcome Back by Chris T

Wow, it's been a while. 

I'll admit I haven't stayed on top of my updates, but a lot has been going on since I last posted. Few photo gigs, some freelance stuff, CES is always a lot of work.

Anyways, hope the re-design is to your liking—Kyle Looney did an outstanding job sprucing the place up a bit, and you can now sift through personal and professional shots via the main page. In the coming days, I'll be snowed in, so you can bet I'll have a little bit of time to sift through some old work to post.

So much snow in Boston. Photo by Chris Thomas.

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I've had more than my fair share of experience shooting in snow, and I was thrilled to share USAToday's front page with Tom Brady the day after the Super Bowl with this article talking about it. If the terrible weather has done anything nice, it's allow me to spend a little more time on product photography

I definitely miss shooting in warmer days, but the extra indoor time is great to sand off rough edges in your technique, and obsess a little more about what makes a good article/graphic. 

Flagship smartphones are a source of intrigue, but often some consternation. It's amazing to me how much more I care about interface after reviewing most of the most popular models

Cameras have been interesting, and I've been shooting product photography here and there for other writers. Nikon's D750 is a pretty one, as is the Panasonic ZS40. I also shot one, two, three GoPro cameras (with cameos from my dog).


Anyways, if you're in the Boston area, stay warm! And learn how to cross country ski; looks like the T might crumble faster than anticipated with the upcoming funding cuts.

More Content for the Content Gods by Chris T

Quick update—


Man, those Iris Pro chips are cool.

MacBook Pro (NVIDIA GT 750M) review

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (laptop)

Also shot photography for a departed coworkers' review: 
Asus Zenbook UX301LA


Got to check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro.


Lots of stuff here, but the highlights are fun.

Tested a bunch of waterproof cameras, but the Olympus TG-3 stands head and shoulders above the pack. The Canon D30 lags a bit behind.

The Nikon 1 J4 is a decent consumer camera with ultra-fast video framerate capabilities.

For M43 shooters, the Sigma ART 60mm f/2.8 DN lens is an economic way to get great shots.

Sony's third update to the RX100 is a step-up, and there are some fun infographs in this one made by yours truly.

Same goes for the review centered around the Samsung NX3000—with a certain new puppy in the sample shots.


Minor minor minor thing, but I did model for a shot in the Grado S80e review :)