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

April 14th, 2018

This is an initial review of the Andoer CL-50LS quick release clamp. At the moment I haven't actually used the clamp a great deal, and so I will update this review at a later date if I find any problems (or just to confirm that it is still working well X months later).

I will be reviewing this clamp from a point of view of how the clamp is useful (and better than other clamps) to me. Of course your needs for a clamp may be quite different to mine. The main two uses (I bought two) of this clamp for me are as a quick release plate on my pano head, and as a quick release plate on my gimbal. It should also be noted that I normally use my camera(s) with an L plate bracket.

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

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Leica M – Sony E mount adapter review

March 23rd, 2018

This will be a fairly short review of a couple of cheap eBay Leica M to Sony E mount (AKA FE mount and NEX mount) adapters.

Cheap Leica M to Sony E mount (AKA FE mount and NEX mount) adapters review

One is an unbranded adapter, just labelled with 'Leica M - Nex'. It was sold on eBay as Leica M Mount Lens to Sony E Adapter Macro Focusing Helicoid NEX-5T 7 6 A7 and cost the grand sum of £4.69.

The other adapter is the Dollice L/M - Nex. The item I bought was sold as Leica M to Sony E Mount NEX Lens Adapter Camera A5100 6000 5000 3000 NEX-6 7 A7 and was more expensive, coming in at £5.09.

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IR cut filters compared

March 1st, 2018

I recently purchased a Schott BG40 IR cut filter, so I thought I'd do a comparison to see how it stacks up against my B+W 486 UVIR cut filter and Tiffen Hot Mirror filter. The purpose (at least for me) of a UVIR cut filter is so I can use my full spectrum converted camera for taking 'normal' photos.

IR cut filters compared

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Storing / organising photography gear

December 6th, 2017

When you first get into photography, storing your gear is very easy. You won't have much gear, and you can just store it in your camera bag. But when you get a larger amount of equipment, with some of it being more specialized gear that you only need to use every once in a while, then storing gear can become more of an issue. You need some way of keeping it organized so that you can easily find what you need when you need it. And ideally, stored in a way that doesn't take up a lot of room.

So in this post I thought I'd share how I store my gear. It's not perfect, and just because it works for me, doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you. But hopefully it will give you some ideas. Maybe you'll even be able to give me some helpful ideas to improve my gear storage?

Storing and organising photography gear / equipment

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More UV flash and torch tests

August 16th, 2016

Test of Convoy S2+ Nichia LED 365nm UV torch for reflected UV and UV induced fluorescence photography & if clear plastic on a flash reduces UV transmission. [...]

An hour in Gwangju

August 10th, 2016

A few photos from an hour spent on a short walk in Gwangju, South Korea in November 2015. [...]

Sigma 24mm f2.8 macro & Nikon Series E 100mm f2.8 lenses mini-reviews

April 25th, 2016

Very brief reviews of the Sigma 24mm f/2.8 macro AF lens and Nikon Series E 100mm f/2.8 manual focus lens. Including IR hot spot and UV pass tests. [...]

Fixing up the Haoge mini ball head

February 28th, 2016

How to fix the Haoge mini ball head by adding a safety pin to it so that the head cannot separate when used at an angle. [...]

Cheap Chinese Mini Ball Head Review

February 14th, 2016

Review of two cheap Chinese mini ball heads - a generic unbranded model and a Haoge branded model, and how they compare to a much more expensive Manfrotto. [...]

Converting a cheap umbrella softbox into a stripbox

January 6th, 2016

How to take a cheap umbrella softbox and turn it into a stripbox by using it with the umbrella only part-only. [...]