Author: The Overrated Photographer

I am a forty something year old Melbourne based photographer covering a broad range of genre’s from sports to portraits and travel. My introduction into photography started with doing some kitesurfing photos, but with the arrival of my first daughter, my focus shifted to family and the vast majority of my photos are either family or street. I still try to get extreme sports when I am not kitesurfing myself. My current non-personal photography work is confined to charity and not-for-profit engagements where I am engaged in photography for a number charity events to give back to the community and help support fund raising for these organisations. These include the homeless and cancer events. I do not currently do any paid commercial work as I run a successful non-photography business and this allows me to explore my personal creativity with photography.

Welcome to number 2 spot, Sony…

Contrary to what the title sounds like, this isn’t a congratulatory blog to Sony for lifting themselves to #2. They were #1 when it came to the best mirrorless cameras on the market. Like Microsoft, Apple, Nikon and Canon previously, they got lazy. They thought the competition was too far

My Pelican 1550 Repair Project – Part 1

In a previous blog post, I previously mentioned I was embarking on a Pelican repair project. I was looking to buy one, but someone offered the case for free, and I thought it was worth trying to refurbishment. At worst, I could buy a new case later, and it would

ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro v2.0 Review (Via Shotkit.com)

This is a review I put together for shotkit.com There are a few brands that have become synonymous with camera bags. ThinkTank is one of those brands. Founded nearly 15 years ago, they’ve built an established following due to the quality of the bags they produce. I don’t think you’ll

The Tamron apologists are out in full force…

With Sigma’s release of the 24-70mm ART, there seems to be a floury of Tamron apologising for something, and I’m still not quite sure what. The Tamron is a great lens. The challenge is when a manufacturer releases a good lens, suddenly owners of similar lenses feel they need to

Sony 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Review

This is a review I put together for shotkit.com In 2017, Sony released the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G lens. The 24-105mm lenses form a popular “do it all” or travel lens, and it was only a matter of time before Sony joined the race. Some manufacturers have hit the mark

ONA Astoria Review (via Shotkit.com)

This is a review I put together for shotkit.com As much as I love backpacks, there are times where nothing beats a messenger bag. I think every photographer should have at least one in their camera bag arsenal. Despite brands having a side access point on modern backpacks, you still

Pelican repair – my new project

Someone offered me a relatively well used Pelican 1550 which I’ve decided to take on as a project. I’ve been wanting a pelican case but the intended purpose is largely as a storage case for all my camera gear to go into when not in use so buying a new

Wacom Cintiq 16 Review (via Shotkit.com)

This is a review I put together for shotkit.com I’ve always been a fan of Wacom tablets, but the models without displays never did it for me. Conversely, the models with displays were too expensive for the kind of use cases I had. I’m not a heavy post-processor so my

Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM Review (via Shotkit.com)

This is a review I put together for shotkit.com I have very little loyalty to brands, and I buy what is best for my individual needs. I own several Sony lenses, but also have a selection of other manufacturers in my bag: Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron. I often get asked

Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN ART Review

In 2014, Sigma said the size of the Sony mount made it difficult to make fast glass for Sony. In 2019 they released an amazing piece of fast glass in the form of the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN ART. It’s also one of the first Sigma lenses to be

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