Lee Filters Graduated Neutral Density Review

INTRODUCTION A STAPLE FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS Welcome to my Lee Filters Graduated Neutral Density review. Every landscape photographer will probably have a set of Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters and a Circular Polarizer (CPL) in their bag. I have a set of 3 Lee Filters GND in my bag for like, years now. It has almost never left my bag, and I bring it with me even when I go travelling. That goes to show how much I cannot survive without the set of Lee GND Filters, and in this review,…

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Hoya R72 Infrared Filter Review

INTRODUCTION THE WORLD OF THE UNSEEN Ever wondered how the world in IR looks like? Welcome to the Hoya R72 Infrared Filter review. So this Hoya filter, the R72 is related to IR. But what does it exactly do, apart from sounding very sci-fi? As much as some people like to think that it “converts” a normal camera into an IR camera – It does not. This filter only blocks out visible light. So before you buy the Hoya R72, please check if your camera is capable of capturing lights in…

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Haida 10 Stops Neutral Density Filter Review

INTRODUCTION THE BLACK GLASS Welcome to my review on the Haida 10 stops ND filter. ND filters have always been a staple to landscape photographers. While the “usual suspects” have always been 1 to 3 stops ND filters, some use a very dark ND filter of 10 stops and above for long exposures, even in broad daylight. This is what I call it “the black glass”, an interesting filter that allows slow shutter speed in daylight. Why would we want slow shutter speed in daylight? Well, flowing clouds, silky smooth waters and motion blur.…

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Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Review

INTRODUCTION THE BIRTH OF ANOTHER KING? Welcome to my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G lens review. In 2007, Nikon released a beast called 14-24mm f/2.8 into the wild. It is sharp, crisp, solid, and has little distortion at 14mm. It is an excellent all round lens, and people had no qualms crowning it the king of ultra wide lens. A few years later in 2010, Nikon released another ultra wide, the 16-35mm f/4 lens. However, it is not meant to replace the king, but to be the successor of 17-35mm f/2.8. Still, this lens…

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Godox Witstro AD360 Review

INTRODUCTION FLASH OR STROBE? Welcome, to my Godox Witstro AD360 review – a confusing gadget. While Godox brands it as a flash, it uses an external battery pack and a bulb. It also packs the power of a strobe, when it is using the standard hotshoe mount. Flash, strobe or both? You decide. This is one interesting flash strobe thing that I have used for over a year now. It combines both the portability of a flash, and the power of a strobe. Very affordable too. If you hunt for…

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Samyang 8mm f/3.5 CS II Fisheye Lens Review

INTRODUCTION SOMETHING LOOKS FISHY Welcome to my Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens Review. Looking to do something different? Try capturing the world through the eyes of a fish. Fisheye lenses are kind of extreme. Some people love it to bits, some hate it to shreds. But one thing we can all agree on – the fisheye offers a different perspective. Even if you do not like the fish, you can always de-fish with Photoshop and get a regular ultra wide angle photo. That said, fisheye lenses are generally not cheap. Definitely a…

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Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer Filter Review

INTRODUCTION SPREAD THE GOLD-BLUE POISON!? Welcome to my Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer filter review. This is an interesting filter that I have used for years, and it turns water into a stream of gold. But let me first address the “poisoning” part. Here in Singapore, we have a very special way to categorize our gear. The better the gear, the more irresistible it is, the more “poisonous” it gets. So yes, this is another of my evil posts to poison people with the filter called Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue.     OUTLINE THE OVERVIEW Website :…

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FlashQ Q20 Camera Flash Review

INTRODUCTION THE ALMIGHTY ALL-IN-ONE Welcome to my review of the FlashQ Q20 camera flash. For those who have not heard of the Q20 yet, this is not just any regular Joe flash. It is a complete flash system with color gels, LED video light, and even wireless transceivers – All compacted into one package that fits into your pocket. How cool is that!? This is literally the Swiss army knife of camera flash. But given it’s size, how well will the Q20 satisfy a “heavy gunner” such as myself? How well will…

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Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G Review

INTRODUCTION THE LEVEL UP LENS Welcome to my Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G lens review. 50mm is one of the more versatile focal length used in portrait, street, food, product and just about any kind of photography. While many photographers probably started with a cheap and plastic fantastic 50mm f/1.8 lens, there are a few who wants more performance from the 50mm range. This is where the very fast f/1.4 shines – if you are willing to pay a price for it. But is it really worth to pay the price for…

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Kenko Astro LPR filter Type II Review

  EXPENSIVE ASTRO MIRACLE FILTER? Welcome to my Kenko Astro LPR filter review, and this is one heck expensive filter. Priced at 32000 JPY or about USD 320 for the 77mm version, this is the most expensive filter I have bought till date. But what is so interesting and so good about this filter? Well, the name of the filter will sort of explain itself – Astro Light Pollution Resistant (LPR) filter. In most modern cities, you will not see the stars because the night skies are concealed by light pollution from the city…

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