About - Ryan Mense


Hello, my name is Ryan Mense and I’m a Wisconsin-based artist specializing in bird and landscape photography.

Since 2014, I’ve worked as a features editor and writer for Fstoppers, an online resource for educating photographers and professional creatives. My contributions largely include camera gear reviews, industry news, interviews, and opinion essays. 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.

I’ve collaborated with top brands such as Sony, Phase One, Manfrotto, and Seagate.

Artist Statement

My goal is to create art that obeys a technical workflow for impeccable quality and refined aesthetics, while also interpreting my subjects in a way that best reflects my feelings and vision.

My work comprises of using professional photographic equipment to best capture the scenes that I spend a lot of time searching and waiting for. I process and adjust the images in a way that best expresses the emotion I experienced while on location. Because every detail of the image is explored in post-processing, the final product is deliberate and fully-realized.


I’ve reviewed many cameras, lenses, and other photography-related accessories. Check them out below.


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 – Review | Buy

Sony a7R III – Review | Buy

Sony a7R II – Review | Buy

Sony a7S II – 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

Phase One XF – Review

Pentax K-3 II – Review | Buy


Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS – Review | Buy

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM 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 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/1.8 – Review | Buy

Sony FE 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 G OSS – Review | Buy

ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 – Review | Buy

Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM – Review | Buy

Camera Bags

ONA Clifton Camera and Everyday Backpack – Review | Buy

HEX Raven DSLR Mirrorless Bag – 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

Mountainsmith Spectrum Backpack – Review | Buy

Booq Python Catch Shoulder Bag – Review | Buy


LensCoat LegCushion – Review

LensCoat LegWrap Pro – Review

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


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


WeatherScout – Review

Pixelmator Pro – Review

Creatic – Review

Books and Tutorials

“Secrets of Stunning Wildlife Photography” by Steve Perry – Review

“Treasured Lands” by QT Luong – Review | Buy

“The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography” by Glenn Randall – Review | Buy

“Street Photography” by Gordon Lewis – Review | Buy

“More Than a Rock” by Guy Tal – Review | Buy

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