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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 travelling photographer

The travelling photographer

I often get asked this question: I am going for a holiday to Malawi/Vietnam/XX. What gear do you think I should take with me? Meaning: which bits of kit do I take and which do I leave at home? The next question I am supposed to ask is: what gear do you have? Then we […]

The Sony NEX-5n-a first look.

The Sony NEX-5n-a first look.

The Sony NEX-5n-a first look. I often get asked by people planning to travel overseas what I would consider to be the best camera to take. My initial answer (and it is not flippant) is: the one you own. However there are all sorts of wonderful choices available today and some of them are not […]

The Sony Alpha 77-a (P)review

The Sony Alpha 77-a (P)review

How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, “I could have done that!” -Anonymous When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his […]

The Fujifilm X-100.A pocket retro-rocket.

The Fujifilm X-100.A pocket retro-rocket.

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. -Oscar Wilde Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself. Rita Mae Brown Disclaimer: this is a camera review for photographers, not gear […]

The trials and tribulations of the Travelling Photographer…

Kia ora tatou: Recently I  had a  phone conversation with a keen club photographer, which went something like this: Hi Tony, I am going to Andorra next month and I was wondering if you could help me. UhUh… I was wondering which lens to buy, to take with me. Do you think I should take […]

0-100 in 6 months-the Amazon habit

In a recent post, I talked about my favourite books. Well I have been adding to them. My collection of PhotoShop How-to’s has suddenly mushroomed, courtesy of a nasty and virulent Amazon habit. There is a reason for this. An expensive reason. I have just upgraded my 1Ds Mk II to the MK III. Apart […]

Mother Theresa- a crisis of faith

O happy soul, whose body has risen from the Earth which you wander and tread on during your sojourn in this world. Made to be the very mirror of Divinity, you have been crowned with divine imagination and intelligence. –Hildegard of Bingen Kia ora tatou: In the space of three days, three people who barely […]

Like rats’ feet inside the head

Kia ora tatou: Every so often we need to feed our idea bank, to take fresh look at what we are doing, to put our picture-making concepts under the microscope. Books are a great way to do this. Some are old friends; they reinforce the path we are taking or add to our knowledge. Others […]

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