Gibbon calls an emergency at the zoo ;-)

Just a bit of fun. Original footage available to licence at:… &…

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.

Unknown Hero. Air Vice Marshal George Lott. RAF 1922-1959.

I was honoured to be involved in the production of a book that charted the career of George Lott who entered the RAF at 15 years of age as a boy mechanic and retired some 37 years later with a rank of Air Vice Marshal. The book was written by the man himself albeit unbeknown to his family until the manuscript, documents and photos were discovered after his death in 1989.

As part of his long career George Lott commanded a Hurricane squadron in 1940 during WW2.

The book in PDF format is available for purchase at:

Macro footage of ants finding and transporting dead insects. Panasonic G9 & Tamron 90mm Macro lens.

Some macro footage of tiny Red Wood ants (8mm-ish) that can be seen discovering and moving some relatively heavy loads in the form of other dead insects.

Shot with the Panasonic G9 & the Tamron Adaptall 90mm macro lens (72b) which I reviewed here:

Some of this footage is available to licence at:​ or…

Nature: True Glory. Filmed in stunning 4K cinematic widescreen. Panasonic G9 VLOG-L

A rare insight in to the true glory and splendour of nature, brought to you in stunning 4K cinematic widescreen. Filmed with the Panasonic G9 and Olympus 40-150 F2.8 Pro Lens using the M43-AFD-21. Music: Bach – Prelude in C Major by Ian Post. License number: 873408

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.

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.

Panasonic G9 & Olympus 40-150 Pro lens go to the Zoo in 4K V-LOG L

Between lockdowns during 2020 we managed to find time to visit the zoo taking the the Panasonic G9 & the Olympus 40-150 F2.8 Pro lens. Mostly manual focus, manual exposure and shot on a tripod (one shot handheld). The profile on the G9 was V-LOG L. I can’t include all of the clips that I shot because I am using some of them for other projects but there is still a broad spectrum of scenes to demonstrate the camera and lens. Hope you enjoy it, cheers.