Category: Reviews

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.


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.


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.


Zoom F2 Field Recorder – The unfinished review – a major fail

Whilst putting together this review of the Zoom F2 field recorder, I came across too many issues that made it impossible to complete the review as originally planned. This mostly unscripted review may help you with your purchasing decisions. Please excuse the inclusion of my spontaneous babble but I had already wasted too much time on this device and thought better of wasting more. This particular Zoom F2 was a big fail but I’m not sure that there isn’t a common issue with this device.


Review: New Neewer 44mm Low Profile Ball Head. Great price, but does it perform?

Having recently returned three other ball heads for various problems, does the New Neewer 44mm low profile ball head perform any better?


Pergear TH3 Pro ball head review. A seemingly very popular item. Any good?

The Pergear TH3 Pro ball head receives glowing reviews on Amazon, does this reviewer agree?