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Welcome to the reviews section of this website.
From time to time I get the opportunity to test and review cameras, lenses, software and occasionally books.
If you want a nuts and bolts review, down to the last pixel, keep on going. There are other websites which will do this for you.
My approach to gear and software is simple: I turn it on and take it out in the field and see what happens and if it really is as good as it claims to be.
Good gear should help your picture-making, not get in the way.
That is , after all, why you bought it in the first place, isn’t it?

Landscape Pro-AI hits the photography world- a review

Landscape Pro-AI hits the photography world- a review

Hills Run  Rd, Maniototo, Central Otago  Fujifilm X-T1, XF 10-24/4 @ 14mm ISO 200, f11 @ 1/160s     “We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” ― Marshall McLuhan   Background I am bemused. And I can feel the winds of the future beating on my face […]

The X-Pro 2 Pt III-a jolly good slapping

The X-Pro 2 Pt III-a jolly good slapping

Approaching Rawene Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 200, 1/60s @f8 Tena koe: I have a confession. I hate tripods. I have 2 of them and I don’t particularly like either. One is a lovely little foldaway and the other is a big Induro with a 229 head. Both of them are great tripods, […]

Walking the X-Pro 2 Pt II- it’s getting under my skin

Walking the X-Pro 2 Pt II- it’s getting under my skin

Ute, Rawene, early am Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 400, 1/850s @ f8   Tena koe: It has been a while since I had a camera that got under my skin in the way that this one has. I have, over the years, handled more than my fair share. Some I hated from […]

Mind and Heart-walking the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 for the first time

Mind and Heart-walking the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 for the first time

Jared Wahake, Panguru Tavern Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 10000. 1/60s@ f5.6 Background Tena koe:  This review is a few days overdue. On Saturday, a big storm blew through Hokianga and took out the power, along with crippling the ferry upon which the district depends. Power was restored only in the early hours […]

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

Homage to Timothy O’ Sullivan, Waimamaku, Aotearoa/New Zealand  Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 VC USD. Nisi Soft Square Grad GND 0.9 + Nisi Square ND1000 Filter ISO 64, 15s @f5.6     Introduction I blinked when I opened the package and saw written on the box: Made in China. Made in China? At this price? I […]

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Wandering Albatross, Kaikoura Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55/2.8 @16MM ISO 200, I/400S @ F16     Introduction If you haven’t already installed the much-anticipated new firmware 4.00, then do it now. You owe yourself a new camera. One of the great things (among many) about Fujifilm has been the support they provide once you have made […]

Visible at 60- a book you must have

Visible at 60- a book you must have

VISIBLE: 60 WOMEN AT 60 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNY O’CONNOR PHANTOM HOUSE BOOKS WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND www.phantomhouse.com www.visibleat60.com In a world increasingly populated by the E-Book, you have to wonder about the place of the Hard copy book. I mean, logic dictates that an E-Book should be much more practical. You can put a whole library […]

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

Alien, Cathedral Square Fujifilm X1ooT ISO 200, 1/2700s@ f8 But is it worth the (facelift) upgrade? I am coming to the conclusion that Fujifilm X100/S/T owners are a quirky lot, somewhat prone to minimalism and probably into the small home movement. They definitely sit at the opposite end of the kitchen sink approach to photography […]

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 LM R WR- a working dog worth the money.

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 LM R WR- a working dog worth the money.

 Keiran O’Neill and his dogs, Ranfurly, Central Otago Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55 F2.8 LM R WR ISO 200, 1/125s @ f11 Background I have been waiting for this lens for some time. When Fujifilm entered the market with the X-Pro 1 and its 3 old-school prime lenses, a 28, 50 and 90mm full-frame equivalent, they were […]

The Fujifilm 50-140 LM OIS WR- a first look

The Fujifilm 50-140 LM OIS WR- a first look

 Tiwai Smelter at dawn, Bluff, New Zealand Fujifilm X-T1, 50-140/2.8 LM OIS WR ISO200, 1/35s @ f8     Completing the Total Trifecta Introduction I am sorry, but gear does matter. Especially if you are a Pro. Nikon owners talk about the Holy Trinity. In my brief experience with a D800, I used all 3 […]

The Fujifilm XF 18-135 -The Swiss Army knife of lenses?

The Fujifilm XF 18-135 -The Swiss Army knife of lenses?

Window, George Street, Dunedin Fujifilm X-E2, XF 18-135 LM  OIS WR ISo 1600. 1/100s @ f11  Introduction   Just to make things really clear at the beginning, I have never had much time for one-size fits-all Swiss Army lenses. My prejudice came from seeing the results from an early Nikon 18-200 VR whatever. It was […]

The Fujifilm X-T1-the wheel comes full circle

The Fujifilm X-T1-the wheel comes full circle

 Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4 R.  ISO 200, 1/80s @ f2.4 As soon as the X-T1 was announced, a friend emailed me rather grumpily. I suppose, he said, you are going to do a rave review of it. It would be nice if you could point out a few shortcomings. Well, X ( you know who you […]

X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways...

X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways…

  Bumblebee in red hot pokers. Fujifilm X-T1, 60mm/2.4. 1/160s @ f2.4   Kia ora tatou; After less than 48 hours with Fujifilm New Zealand’s pre-production X-T1 DSLR, I am excited and, given the emails and phone calls I have been receiving, I have decided to put up a super-first look. I have it for another […]

 The Fujifilm X-E2: evolution or revolution?

The Fujifilm X-E2: evolution or revolution?

Mask, Oamaru. Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55 LM OIS, ISO 400, f8 @ 1/125s From time to time I write reviews for f11 magazine, over and above my monthly column. As part of that, the Honourable Ed. gets first dibs on reviews. I dutifully wait  until it has been out in the wild for a couple of […]

CaptureOne Pro 7 - the 12000lb gorilla of raw converters

CaptureOne Pro 7 – the 12000lb gorilla of raw converters

Of gorillas and chimpanzees Let me cut to the chase. If you are anything like me, when you read a review, you probably go straight to the conclusion, read what it has to say, then decide whether you will return to the beginning and start over. Quite simply this is the most complex, fully-featured, flexible […]

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