Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. Unlike most photographers, the area I work in has been absolute mayhem which has impacted my ability to do much writing. I used to write a couple of articles a week for Shotkit.com, at the moment I’m writing one review every 3-4 weeks with a backlog of about 5 items to get through. Continue reading “Embarking on some video work”
My review on the Peak Design Everyday Messenger published on Shotkit In 2016, over twenty-five thousand backers put their hard-earned cash down on the Peak Design campaign making it one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history. The bags … Continue reading Peak Design Everyday Messenger Review (via Shotkit.com)
I know a lot of people have been waiting so I thought I’d post some high resolution shots. Nothing exciting. I’ve had it for 24 hours and the weather was miserable.
Many of the photos are mediocre. I shoot sports and portraits and it’s not an ideal time to get hold of models for either right now due to the Covid 19 lockdowns. Continue reading “Tamron 70-180mm High res samples”
Image: From AMD’s Ryzon 3900X Product Page
So I’m here at the point of replacing my current aging Macbook Pro 15″ and I’m stuck with a dilemma. It’s been running as a desktop for a while and it’s getting to a point where it needs a bit of a kickstart.
Normally I replace year after year but I’ve watched the Apple pricing rise a lot faster than the cost of living is going, and I say this as someone who is in a fairly good place financially. I’ve ended up letting it lag and now it’s about 5 years old and reaching its end of life.
Continue reading “Goodbye, Apple, it’s not me, it’s you…”
I don’t normally write non-photography related posts on this blog, but I think were all facing an unprecedented crisis in the coming weeks and months. Life as we know it will change and some of the freedoms we take for granted will disappear temporarily.
I’m going to avoid a doom and gloom post. I think most of us are pretty nervous about what is to come and no one really knows what state the world will be in 6 months time. As a result, I wanted to wish everyone well. It’s a pretty surreal atmosphere at the moment.
Continue reading “The world is changing – wishing everyone well”
For those who don’t know, there has been some publicity around a situation where Hillary Duff posted a video to her followers of her confronting a random photographer who was filming a sports event that her child attended. https://pagesix.com/2020/02/22/hilary-duff-blasts-creepy-photographer-for-taking-pictures-of-her-kids/ Now I don’t want to get into whether he was paparazzi or not. For now I want to assume he isn’t and approach the issue of whether he was wrong or right from a pure photographer perspective. Lots of people have been quick to defend the photographer from a pure legal perspective and that’s the issue I want to address here. … Continue reading Morality and professionalism vs Legality – The Hillary Duff question
This is a review I put together for shotkit.com In 2019, Sigma released their first DG DN lens – the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN ART. This was one of the first Sigma lenses to be made for a full-frame … Continue reading Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN ART Review (via Shotkit.com)
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 behind to catch up and the competition just leap frogged them. Continue reading “Welcome to number 2 spot, Sony…”
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 cost me nothing other than my time on the refurb. At best, I’d save a couple of hundred dollars on a new case and help recycle something that might have otherwise found its way to the dumps. Continue reading “My Pelican 1550 Repair Project – Part 1”
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 defend their lenses. It’s as if, someone else releasing a better lens, suddenly makes a lens they were perfectly happy with…bad.
Their lens didn’t get any worse. It’s not producing worse photos. It’s the same great lens it was 12 months ago, but there is a better lens and that hurts their feelings. The only way to do that is to try convince people that this new evil lens isn’t any good and that people don’t need it. Crisis averted. Continue reading “The Tamron apologists are out in full force…”