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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?

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 […]

The Fujifilm XF 27/2.8 pancake lens-a mini review of a mini lens

The Fujifilm XF 27/2.8 pancake lens-a mini review of a mini lens

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers These days I get asked a lot, it would seem, what camera to […]

The wheel comes full circle-getting to know the Nikon D800

The wheel comes full circle-getting to know the Nikon D800

Over the years, of all the cameras I have ever owned (and there have been quite a few), only a very few stand out as being superbly well engineered and the type of camera you know you were going to feel sad farewelling. My Sinar F2 view camera was one such, along with my Minolta […]

To laptop or not to laptop…that is the question

To laptop or not to laptop…that is the question

  The Acer 772G notebook- a review. Whether we like it not, being a digital photographer means using a computer and software. The days of handing over a roll of film to the lab and waiting for them to process it have long gone. This means capital investment and upgrading from time to time. And […]

The Phase One IQ 160- the devil is in the detail

The Phase One IQ 160- the devil is in the detail

  Bemusement. [n.] – confusion resulting from failure to understand bafflement, befuddlement, bewilderment, mystification, obfuscation, puzzlement, confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion – a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behaviour; “a confusion of impressions” Background Some years ago I went with a friend, who is a professional painter, […]

The Fujinon 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens- a first look

The Fujinon 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens- a first look

I have a favourite place, about 25 minutes’ drive from my home, where I like to go and make photographs. It is a great place to visit and as I am coming to understand its particular rhythms, I am learning to predict its moods and sense the best times to be there. Dawn is an […]

PRODUCT REVIEW:  The Fujifilm X100s and WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Fujifilm X100s and WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens

  The duckling becomes a swan   About two years ago, being something of an early adopter, I was excited when I heard that Fujifilm were about to release the X100, so not long after it was released, I went into my favourite camera shop and purchased one. I kept it for about a month […]

She’s a hard road finding the perfect tripod- a tale of two sales

She’s a hard road finding the perfect tripod- a tale of two sales

  Kia ora tatou: Anyone who tells me that gear doesn’t matter is missing the point. It does. Often, when we take up photography, we are gear–obsessed (for some of us that never changes- and that is OK). Then we may pass through a phase where it is all about the image, dammit, and a […]

The Sony RX-1: A first look

The Sony RX-1: A first look

Kia ora tatou:  As many of you know, I write for f11 magazine. Through an agreement with the Honourable Ed., I hold back my articles for him, to give them time to propagate out there. Now it is time to put them up here… Enjoy. The mirrorless bandwagon appears to have been powering its way […]

Oloneo PhotoEngine-a review

Oloneo PhotoEngine-a review

  There are times when a great product just needs time to mature and grow, before it makes its way out into the world. Some time ago I received an email, inviting me to try a new RAW converter which was in Beta. My computer froze, coughed and then spat it out. But that was […]

First look review-the Fujifilm X-E1

First look review-the Fujifilm X-E1

  Those of you who are regular readers of F 11 magazine will have seen this article. Some of you, however, don’t necessarily read it, and so, as part of a gentleman’s agreement with Tim Steele, the editor, i agreed to hold off publishing it on my blog until the magazine had been out for […]

The muscle car of cameras- a photowalk with the Nikon D800

The muscle car of cameras- a photowalk with the Nikon D800

Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine ~ Henry Miller There is something about a muscle car that is infinitely satisfying and makes no sense whatever. A long time ago, I had a brief flirt with terror and my mortality when I had the chance to drive a Smokey-and-the-Bandit Pontiac Transam, in black (of course) […]

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