Category: Reviews

Leica Q – First Weekend and Initial Thoughts

Ever since the Leica Q first came out, I’ve had an interest in owning one. However, the price was always more than I was willing to spend. Fast forward a few years, and the price on the original Leica Q has come down to a more reasonable level. I was able to find a used ...

Washington Park and Uwajimaya – Fuji 80mm f/1.7 GF Lens Initial Thoughts

There definitely is something special about the images produced with the Fuji medium format system. They have a depth to them that isn’t reproducible with smaller sensor cameras. Part of me wants to go all in and go crazy with the system, but due to it’s poor high ISO noise performance and slow focusing, I ...

Fuji GFX 50R – First Weekend Early Review

I’ve been enjoying Fuji X series cameras since the X-T1 was released. Fuji does a good job of releasing newer cameras at regular intervals, ongoing firmware updates of older cameras, creating sharp lenses, and producing pleasing colors. For crop sensor cameras, they are my go to brand, as well as the first brand I recommend ...

Rode Lied About the Wireless GO II

I use the original Wireless GO quite frequently. However, now I’m starting to also use a Zoom F2 for the 32 bit floating WAV recording that it offers and syncing audio in post. This is important to note, because when Rode first released the Wireless GO II, the original listing on B&H clearly stated that ...

iPhone 12 Pro Max – Good Enough to Replace a Camera?

In many ways, yes! I purchased the iPhone 12 Pro Max when it became available. Now that it can shoot RAW natively (latest iOS update), I’m finding it a wonderful camera for when we’re out and about. Now, it won’t replace my cameras, but it replaces point and shoot cameras like the Ricoh GR III ...

AirPods Max might not be for you. Vs Sony WH-1000XM3 WH-1000XM4, Bose 700, & Sennheiser Momentum 3

There’s more to Bluetooth headphones than I initially realized. It’s more than just sound quality and more than which version of Bluetooth (i.e. 4.2, 5.0, etc.). In this video, I discuss and share my experiences with four different pairs of headphones and discuss why the AirPods Max might not be the best pair of Bluetooth ...

Advanced Color Grading w/ LOG in LumaFusion Using a New App Called “Video LUT Editor” – 4K HQ Canon EOS R5

This morning, I was searching the web for tips on color grading LOG footage in LumaFusion. I ended up finding a video about an app call “Video LUT Editor.” It looked promising, so I contacted the developer about doing a review. They were happy to give me a code to download it for review purposes. ...

8K 24P Fuji X-T4 Kaza Leather Case Review. The Controversy About Soft Shutter Releases. Thumb Grips!

Disclaimer: I shot this video after work, dadding, karate class, and probably later in the day than I should have. Please ignore the hair.

Testing the Fuji 27mm at the Federal Way Rhododendron Garden Review

Arguably one of the worst lenses for the Fuji X-Mount, I bought one used. After testing it out, I can say for certain, it isn’t one of their best. Still, I like it! Here are my random thoughts on this lens: It’s lightweight Small Flares (can be a good thing creatively) Slow focusing Cheap Sharp(ish) ...

8K Leather Half Case Reviews Kaza Fuji X T4, Gariz Fuji X100V, Sony a7RIV, Lim’s Nikon Z6. EOS R5 RAW

In this video, I review and discuss various leather half cases as well as soft shutter release buttons and thumb rests. Lots of non essential photography gear that enhance the user experience.

Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 Review for Fuji X Mount Cameras

$329 vs $899 – The Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 vs Fuji’s 23mm f/1.4 – which is better? The short answer, hands down, is the Viltrox. It’s been years since I’ve owned the Fuji branded 23mm f/1.4 lens. In fact, the last time I used that lens was on an X-T1. Needless to say, it’s been a ...

Nikon Z6 – Intermediate Lighting Setup with the Aputure AL-MX and Face Tuning in DaVinci Resolve

In this video, I illustrate the benefits of the Aputure AL-MX LED as well as illustrate two features of DaVinci Resolve that I use to enhance my video. Affiliate Link to Amazon to purchase the Aputure AL-MX: https://amzn.to/2PeEUi0

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org vs Ghost vs Static Site Generators – Shot on a Nikon Z6 in N-Log

I’ve used them all – WordPress.com, self hosted WordPress.org, Ghost Pro, Ghost on Digital Ocean, Gatsby, 11ty, Jekyll, Hugo, and Posthaven. After using them all, I’ve gone back to WordPress.com and am using the business account. In this video, I share all of the reasons why and discuss the cost as well. 4/14/2020 Update: Since ...

Budget Lenses for the Nikon Z6: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 and Nikon 60mm Macro f/2.8D

It’s ridiculous that Nikon is charging $1,300 for an f/4 lens. If it were an f/2.8, I’d pay more, but for an f/4, $1,300 is quite steep. Looking for a viable alternative, we enter the world of used F-Mount glass – there’s quite a lot of it out there for some great prices! In this ...

A Review of the Panasonic S1R When Shooting Sports

Before today’s shoot� The only sport that I shoot on a frequent basis is karate (at the dojo where I train) – usually belt tests (like today) and tournaments. I primarily use a Sony a9 and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. That combo really does everything that I need, and it does it spectacularly well. Today’s ...

Nikon Z6 ProRes RAW Expectations vs Reality

This article is a work in progress. Keep checking for updates… The moment that Nikon announced that they would be bringing ProRes RAW to the camera, I was beyond excited. I already knew it had a great video sensor, and the possibility of being able to have photo RAW like editing in video sounds awesome. ...

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 ...