What’s in my bag? (Nov 2018)

November 16th, 2018

In this post I'll share what I've currently got in my camera bag. Bear in mind that the kit I use may not suit what you shoot or the way you like to shoot. Although I do shoot some more 'considered' photography (such as UV), this is just a general purpose kit for taking snaps while out on a walk. It would likely also be my kit to take out when travelling, but I haven't had time to do any of that lately.

For what I use my gear for, it could be argued that I might as well just use a phone. And I wouldn't necessarily disagree with that. But I like using a 'proper' camera and the added flexibility it gives. Anyway, with that out of the way, let's look at what's in my camera bag.

What's in my bag? (Nov 2018)

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Adding an aperture to an irisless lens

August 18th, 2018

I have a few projection lenses that can be adapted for taking photos with. The catch is these lenses have no aperture control, so they can only be shot wide open. I thought that it should be possible to add an iris either in front of or behind the lens to overcome this problem.

In this article I'll share my results, comparing a lens with a built-in iris, placing the iris behind the lens, and placing the iris in front of the lens. But if you want the quick answer, if you want aperture control then you'll need to buy a lens with a built-in iris.

Adding an aperture to an irisless lens

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Canon 55-250mm STM on A7R II

July 30th, 2018

There is currently a dearth of small, lightweight short to medium telephoto lenses for the Sony E mount 'full frame' cameras. And while some may be introduced in the future, I suspect they will be priced quite high.

So I thought I'd see how the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens performs on my A7R II. This is a lens designed for APS-C, but the A7R II has enough megapixels that using an APS-C crop isn't a disaster.

Canon 55-250mm STM on A7R II

The main points I wanted to check with this lens were:

  • Does it cover a usable imaging area larger than APS-C?
  • How well does it work with a 1.5x teleconverter?
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LowePro FastPack 350 camera bag review

June 30th, 2018

I just purchased a new camera bag, so I thought I'd do a review of my old camera bag, the LowePro FastPack 350. I guess it's a bit odd doing a review of a bag that is quite old and no longer produced. However, I'm sure there is still old stock being sold off, or you might be looking at buying one second-hand. So hopefully this review will prove helpful.

LowePro FastPack 350 camera bag review

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Lens test for UV photography 27mm – 58mm

June 9th, 2018

Testing a selection of lenses with focal lengths between 27mm and 58mm to see how suitable they are for ultraviolet photography, in terms of the amount of UV light they pass. [...]


Hoya U360 & U340 UV pass filter comparison

April 29th, 2018

A comparison of the Hoya U360 and U340 filters against the Baader U and Schott UG11 filters for reflected ultraviolet photography. [...]


Andoer CL-50LS Arca-Swiss QR lever clamp review

April 14th, 2018

A quick review of the Andoer CL-50LS Arca-Swiss quick release clamp with lever release, and the benefits it offers over a standard QR clamp with knob release. [...]


Leica M – Sony E mount adapter review

March 23rd, 2018

A review of a couple of cheap eBay Leica M - Sony E/FE mount lens adapters - one unbranded, and one branded as Dollice. [...]


IR cut filters compared

March 1st, 2018

A look at the B+W 486 UVIR cut filter, Tiffen Hot Mirror filter, Tiffen T1 IR cut filter, and Schott BG40 IR cut filter to see how they compare for taking visible light photos on a full spectrum converted camera. [...]


Storing / organising photography gear

December 6th, 2017

Explanation of how I store and organise the various photographic equipment I use, covering lenses, cameras, lighting gear, batteries, filters, and more. [...]