Lens test for UV photography 27mm – 58mm

June 9th, 2018

In this post I'll share a few test shots taken with a selection of my lenses from 27mm - 50mm. The goal of this test is simply to see which lenses pass enough UV light to make them usable for reflected ultraviolet photography.

UV photograph of lenses tested

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Hoya U360 & U340 UV pass filter comparison

April 29th, 2018

I recently purchased a pair of Hoya U340 and U360 UV pass filters, for potential use in reflected UV photography. The filters let through a small amount of IR, so cannot be used for UV photography by themselves, but need to be combined with an IR cut filter. Thankfully I already have a Schott BG40 filter that will cut IR.

So in this post I thought I'd share the results of my test comparing the Hoyas against the Baader U and Schott UG11 UV pass filters.

Hoya U360 & U340 UV pass filter comparison

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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

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. [...]

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. [...]