About Me
Hello, my name is Ryan Mense and I’m a wildlife cameraperson passionate about birds. Through bird photography and filmmaking, I seek to capture the fascinating details of their world and in turn captivate the people who collectively influence their well-being. These amazing animals are a status beacon of the planet’s health and in many cases, we find that help is needed. It’s my goal to work with conservation organizations and ethical companies to promote their efforts of service to nurturing wildlife.
My photography journey started in the early 2000s and my path has crossed several genres of focus. Today, I use the knowledge I’ve gained over the years to help others with the craft.
Since 2014, I’ve worked as a features editor and writer for Fstoppers, a free online resource for educating photographers and professional creatives. My contribution of over 600 articles largely includes camera gear reviews and industry news. You can check out my articles here on Fstoppers. I’m also in charge of selections for the Photo of the Day feature and manage the @officialfstoppers Instagram account.
In 2019, I began self-publishing educational video content to my YouTube channel which includes bird photography techniques and product reviews. I’ve collaborated with top brands such as Sony, Atomos, Tamron, Sigma, and Seagate.
Most recently in 2021, the most well-known online photography publication PetaPixel asked me to join the team. There, I write gear reviews for the latest photography products as well as conduct camera and lens comparisons based on real-world use. You can find a list of my published articles here. I also manage the @petapixel Instagram account.
Reviews
I’ve reviewed many cameras, lenses, and other photography-related accessories. Check them out below. Many of the "buy" links contain affiliate code that allows me to make a small amount of money on each purchase at no extra charge to you. For a list of the products I'm currently using, visit my gear list.
Cameras
Sony FX6: Review | Buy
Sony FS5 II: Review | Buy
Sony a1: Review | Buy
Sony a9 for wildlife: Review | Buy
Sony a9 for sports: Review | Buy
Sony a7 III: Review | Buy
Sony a7 II: Review | Buy
Sony a7R IV for portraits: Review | Buy
Sony a7R IV for wildlife: Review | Buy
Sony a7R III: Review | Buy
Sony a7R II: Review | Buy
Sony a7S III: Review | Buy
Sony a7S II: Review | Buy
Sony a6600: Review | Buy
Sony a6500: Review | Buy
Sony a6400: Review | Buy
Sony a6300: Review | Buy
Sony RX10 IV: Review | Buy
Sony RX100 VI: Review | Buy
Sony RX100 V: Review | Buy
Sony RX1R II: Review | Buy
DJI Air 2S: Review | Buy
Phase One XF: Review | Buy
Pentax K-3 II: Review | Buy
Sigma fp L: Review | Buy
Camera Bags
Shimoda Action X70 Backpack: Review | Buy
ONA Clifton Backpack: Review | Buy
HEX Raven DSLR Mirrorless Bag: Review | Buy
HEX Cinema Backpack: Review | Buy
Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW: Review | Buy
Lowepro StreetLine BP 250 Backpack: Review | Buy
Tamrac G-Elite G26 Backpack: Review | Buy
Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack: Review | Buy
Tenba Solstice Backpack: Review | Buy
Langly Multi Camera Backpack: Review | Buy
Mountainsmith Spectrum Backpack: Review | Buy
Booq Python Catch Shoulder Bag: Review | Buy
Tech
Seagate Backup Plus Portable: Review | Buy
Seagate Backup Plus Slim: Review | Buy
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone: Review | Buy
Huawei Mate 9 Smartphone: Review | Buy
VAIO Z Canvas Tablet: Review | Buy
Software
Topaz Labs DeNoise AI & Sharpen AI: Review | Buy
Topaz Labs Mask AI: Review | Buy
WeatherScout: Review
Pixelmator Pro: Review
Creatic: Review
Lenses
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS: Review | Buy
Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS: Review | Buy
Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS: Review | Buy
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM: Review | Buy
Sony FE 100–400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS: Review | Buy
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM: Review | Buy
Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G: Review | Buy
Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM: Review | Buy
Sony FE 24–105mm f/4 G OSS: Review | Buy
Sony FE 12–24mm f/4 G: Review | Buy
Sony FE 16–35mm f/2.8 GM: Review | Buy
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA: Review | Buy
Sony FE 70–200mm f/2.8 GM OSS: Review | Buy
Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM: Review | Buy
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8: Review | Buy
Sony FE 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS: Review | Buy
Sony E 70–350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS: Review | Buy
Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD: Review | Buy
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD: Review | Buy
Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2: Review | Buy
Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2: Review | Buy
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2: Review | Buy
ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2: Review | Buy
Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports: Review | Buy
Sigma 150–600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM: Review | Buy
Accessories
Atomos Ninja V: Review | Buy
Atomos Shogun 7: Review | Buy
Sennheiser MKE 200 Microphone: Review | Buy
Really Right Stuff PG-01 Pano-Gimbal Head: Review | Buy
LensCoat LegCushion: Review | Buy
LensCoat LegWrap Pro: Review | Buy
LensCoat TravelHood: Review | Buy
AquaTech Soft Hood: Review | Buy
Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone Clamp: Review | Buy
Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripod for Sony: Review | Buy
Manfrotto XUME Magnetic Filter Adapters: Review | Buy
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit: Review | Buy
JOBY GripTight PRO Video Mount: Review | Buy
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v3: Review | Buy
Cotton Carrier Systems G3 Camera Harness: Review | Buy
SpiderLight Backpacker Kit: Review | Buy
Benro ProAngel Tripod: Review | Buy
B+W XS-Pro KSM HTC-POL MRC-Nano Filter: Review | Buy
AUKEY Clip-on Circular Polarizer for Smartphones: Review
AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod: Review | Buy
Tamrac Goblin Pouches: Review | Buy
Fotodiox Tough E-Mount: Review | Buy
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