Category: Photography

Novoflex MagicBall 60mm tripod head review. Unique, is it the best ball head? Tripod hack included.

The Novoflex MagicBall tripod head is certainly unique but can it do the job? Is this possibly the way all ball heads should be made?

In this review I take a hands on look at the Novoflex MagicBall 60mm head AKA “The big one”.

Also, don’t miss the tripod hack that I use regularly, especially with a long lens.


Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 450 AW II backpack used for the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports DG DN OS

I had trouble choosing a carry case for the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports DG DN OS as I was unsure of actual sizes.

As it turns out the Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 450 AW II backpack accommodates the lens well and the case is comfortable to wear.

I thought it may be of interest to others who may specifically have this lens. There are plenty of reviews about this backpack if you want more info on it’s other attributes.


Making the most of a bad clip. Please choose the grade you like.

I shot this lion footage recently in 6K Photo mode on the Panasonic G9 using the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens. This V-LOG L clip doesn’t have much going for it but I only had one chance to capture what I could and ideally I would have got closer and been behind the fence instead of in front of it. Apparently the zoo have rules about this kind of thing, shame.

Is the clip usable and does colour grading help, you tell me, I look forward to your comments.


Test: Amazon Basics 72mm Polarising Filter CPL. An experiment in artificial voices.

A test of the Amazon Basics 72mm CPL polarising filter, which produces unexpected results!

As an experiment this is the first video that we have created from new completely with artificial voices. Your feedback is welcome!


Throw away your microphone! Artificial voices, any good?

I signed up to a new service recently because I was impressed by the voices that can be generated by this text-to-voice software. I intend to use the voices for some short upcoming videos as I am currently selling my house and moving so all my equipment is all over the place and my time is limited.

What do you think? Can these voices actually work for a video of this nature, maybe just in small doses, or do you hate them?

I created this video about lens hoods at the end part of 2020: https://youtu.be/xVKZ8vBdMeM In this current video I have replaced my voice with the artificially generated voices as a test, and for some feedback.

If you are interested in this online software the details are here: https://speechelo.com/first video that we have created from new completely with artificial voices. Your feedback is welcome!


JJC Extension Tubes MFT – Micro 4/3. Another unfinished review.

JJC Extension Tubes MFT – Micro 4/3. Yet another item that does not warrant the time and effort it takes to produce a full review.

I sometimes film a review whilst discovering the item for myself and if I reach a point where I feel that the item is not up to scratch that’s where I stop the review as to my mind there is no point in continuing to review a product that I consider is not fit for purpose. Hence, the unfinished review.


Tripods: do your legs splay? This DIY hack might be the answer!

Having used my trusty Manfrotto 055 tripod for over 30 years I have finally made a gadget that can prevent the legs splaying while it’s being carried. It’s easy to make and also speedy and convenient in use.


Cheap Chinese phone is superior to the Panasonic G9

After exhaustive testing I conclude that the cheap Umidigi F1 Play is much better than the Panasonic G9.


Extension tubes with long telephoto zooms e.g. Olympus 40-150 F2.8 Pro & Panasonic G9

Extension tubes are well known for their benefits to Macro photography but they also add extra flexibility to long telephoto zooms. I demonstrate the affect of using 26mm extension tubes with the Panasonic G9 and the Olympus 40-150 F2.8 pro lens.


Panasonic V-LOG L – It’s all in the grade – shot in 6K photo mode

A bit of fun playing with some sample colour grades applied to a clip shot on the Panasonic G9 using the V-LOG L profile. Shot in 6K photo mode I try to demonstrate how well the profile holds up (10 bit 4:2:0) under various grading tortures and also demonstrate the main benefit of shooting in the 6K mode.