Category: Reviews

Do Not Buy the Sony a6600 for Vlogging

A terrible choice for serious vloggers – do not buy this camera if you intend to vlog.

Rode Lavalier Go Test – Is It Worth Buying?

I’m not sure I hear much of a difference between the regular Rode VideoMic GO and the Lavalier Go. Was it worth $79 and the trouble to deal with the lav? Leave a comment below.

2019-09-29 RNI All Films 5 Pro Presets / Profiles / LUTS Review for Lightroom

Disclosure: I received a promotional copy of this software for review. I have not been monetarily compensated for my opinion. Try RNI All Film 5 for yourself! Here’s a link to the demo version over at their website. Who isn’t on the lookout for a better and easier way to edit your photos with a ...

The Leica 75mm f/2 Summicron SL – Is It Worth The Cost?

How to Grade Nikon Z6 N-LOG Footage in DaVinci Resolve 16 Using a SpyderCHECKR 24

The Nikon Z6 has been out for almost a year, and grading the N-Log footage is still a bit of a challenge. Recently, Nikon announced their own LUT, but the results are quite awful. I’ve been determined to find an easier way to grade the footage with great results. In this video, I demonstrate how ...

Sigma 45mm f2.8 for L Mount (on the Panasonic S1R) – Review

If I had to sum up the review of this lens in one word, it would be “meh.” It’s sharp enough at f/4 and higher, but at f/2.8 the lens is soft and disappointing – especially as you get closer to your subject. Build wise, it feels cheap and extremely light. It’s a decent lens, ...

Think Tank Retrospective 7 V2.0 – What Really Fits?

Every review I looked for on the Think Tank Retrospective 7 v.2, was less than helpful. Actually, they were awful. So bad in fact, that I had to make my own video. All I wanted to know was does an iPad Pro 2018 12.9″ fit with a pro level DSLR. Yes it does! You don’t ...

Memorial Day Fun and a Review of the Ricoh GR III

5/28/2019 update. This entire review was done on the default firmware 1.0 that shipped with the camera. I found out after my initial review, that there have been two minor firmware updates. I’ll need to do a follow up article in the following weeks to come with the newest updated firmware. I’ve been using the ...

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 Review – Can it replace Lightroom and Photoshop?

Disclaimer: ON1 provided me with a fully licensed copy of Photo RAW 2019.5 for me to give an unbiased and full review. Photo RAW 2019.5 has a really impressive feature set, but is plagued with performance issues. That being said, I use it as my desktop catalog – it does a fantastic job with that. ...

iPhone Xs Max Camera Review

Recently, I upgraded to the iPhone Xs Max. There’s a million reviews out there about the phone and camera specs, so instead, I prefer to look at real world photos. Most of these were shot with the default camera app, but a few were shot with Lightroom in DNG mode. Also, most of these photos ...

Nikon D300S Review – A DSLR on the Cheap

The point of this review is to see what can be done with an older and inexpensive DSLR and lens. The most expensive piece of equipment used in this review was my iPhone to edit the video and process the images. Unfortunately, the camera shoots videos in the now obsolete AVI format which caused it ...

Puyallup Spring Fair & Panasonic S1R and 24-105mm f/4

Even though the S1R is weather sealed, I used one of these: http://fotosharp.com/original_camera_rain_covers.html. It covered most of the camera, but not the lens when fully extended. Rain got on the extended parts of the lens and I was concerned as the zoomed lens retracted fearing that water would get trapped inside. Fortunately, everything was fine. ...

Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Museum and Rhododendron with the Fuji 16mm f/2.8 brief review.

Spring is happening, so it was a great time to get out and enjoy the sights. This was my first outing with the Fuji 16mm f/2.8 and while it’s a nice little lens, it’s not like the f/1.4 version in terms of it’s close focusing ability. According to the specs on B&H the minimum focus ...

Sony a9 and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review – When Shooting Karate Events

The karate school that I attend has over three hundred students. It’s a very busy school with classes every day of the week, belt tests quarterly (for those that have earned their stripes), and a couple of in house tournaments a year. With that many students, it takes a lot of volunteerism to help the ...

The 2018 iPad Pro is a Pain in the iOS – review, tips, tricks, workarounds, and recommended apps.

Why Even Get an iPad? That’s a great question, and one that I’m not even sure I have a good answer to. I guess it’s because it’s light weight, portable, convenient, compact, powerful, responsive, and extremely quick to navigate around and use – unlike a desktop OS. The newest 12.9” iPad Pro that I’m using ...