About Me
Hello, my name is Ryan Mense and I'm a Twin Cities-based artist specializing in nature and wildlife 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 Phase One and Sony.
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.
Reviews
I've reviewed many cameras, lenses, and other photography-related accessories. Check them out below. You can support my content by using my included affiliate links to buy these items.
Cameras
• Sony a9 for wildlife - Review | Buy
• Sony a9 for sports - Review | Buy
• Sony a7 III - Review | Buy
• Sony a7 II - Review | Buy
• Sony a7R III - Review | Buy
• Sony a7R II - Review | Buy
• Sony a7S II - Review | Buy
• Sony a6500 - 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
Lenses
• Sony FE 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6 GM OSS - Review | Buy
• Sony 24–105mm f/4 G - Review | Buy
• Sony FE 12–24mm f/4 G - Review | Buy
• Sony FE 16–35mm f/2.8 GM - Review | Buy
• Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Contemporary - Review | Buy
• Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA - Review | Buy
• Sony FE 70–200mm f/2.8 GM - Review | Buy
• Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 - Review | Buy
• Sony FE 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 - Review | Buy
• ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 - Review | Buy
Camera Bags
• Tenba Solstice Backpack - Review | Buy
• Langly Multi Camera Backpack - Review
• Lowepro StreetLine BP 250 Backpack - Review | Buy
• Mountainsmith Spectrum Backpack - Review | Buy
• Tamrac G-Elite G26 Backpack - Review | Buy
• Tamrac Anvil Slim 15 Backpack - Review | Buy
• Booq Python Catch Shoulder Bag - Review | Buy
Accessories
• Manfrotto TwistGrip Smartphone Clamp - Review | Buy
• LensCoat TravelHood - Review | Buy
• Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripod for Sony - Review | Buy
• Capture One Webcam Cover - Review
• Manfrotto XUME Magnetic Filter Adapters - 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
• JOBY GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit - Review | Buy
• AUKEY Clip-on Circular Polarizer for Smartphones - Review
• AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod - Review | Buy
• JOBY GripTight PRO Video Mount - Review | Buy
• Tamrac Goblin Pouches - Review | Buy
• Fotodiox Tough E-Mount - Review | Buy
Tech
• Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone - Review | Buy
• Huawei Mate 9 Smartphone - Review | Buy
• VAIO Z Canvas Tablet - Review
Software
• Pixelmator Pro - Review
• Creatic - Review
Books
• “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