Man I am awful at regular updates by Chris T

So as you've probably guessed, I've been busy (shocking, I know). Here's a brief roundup of stuff I've published in the last year. I added a section of portrait photos on the front page, and I've been pruning/replacing images in the other galleries to reflect my more current publishes.


Planar magnetic cans are awesome, and Audeze's Sine are cool as hell; expensive, but not as bad at the AK T8ie. However, you can never go wrong with an old favorite like the ATH-M50x, or maybe a wireless set of buds like the Decibullz Wireless


I spent most of my time this year on imaging, so this one's gonna be a long segment—get a bag ready. First the awesome: Sony's A7R II is incredible, and Panasonic's GX85 with dual-IS is absolutely insane, along with the higher-end GX8. Panasonic's G7 is also pretty decent, but lags behind the GX85. Canon's 5DS is a megapixel monster, and Fuji's X70 is one of the all-time great point-and-shoots.

I reviewed a few disappointing models too, including the Canon EOS 80D, and the Canon EOS M3.

Getting back to point-and-shoots:

Nikon's AW130 still rocks, even after a year.

Nikon's AW130 still rocks, even after a year.


I took a deep dive on Chromebooks and who they're a good choice for. Not my usual format, but I think it worked fairly well.

I got all the paperwork through, and May 1st was the 1st anniversary of my personal company,! I've had a few clients so far, but it's nice to have.


That's it for now, but I imagine I'll be publishing soon. You can always follow me on twitter at @cthomastech for more timely updates.

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'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.