Reviews - The Overrated Photographer


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Yes, it's a rebranding. Nothing major, the old domain will remain for the time being and it will be pointed to the new website No, I'm not any less overrated than I was before, still the same mediocre photographer, the same articles. (Continue Reading)

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 - A non-landscape photographer's review

A couple of months back I was offered pre-release Laowa 9mm for review by the local distributor in Australia. At the time I was fairly busy with work and I'm not a big landscape person, so I ended up turning it down and waiting for my own copy. The release took longer than expected, so in hindsite I probably should have taken them up on it. (Continue Reading)

Meike MK-XE3G Grip for Fujifilm X-E3

As the admin of a Fujifilm X-E3 and the Fuji X Aus groups I sometimes get offered some gear for the group, either to review or for giveaways from companies looking to get their brands out. Believe it or not, I even get offered random things like mobile phone cases.(Continue Reading)

UN 39mm square hood review (for XF27mmF2.8)

If you haven't worked this out already, I'm a square lens hood fan. If they made a square hood for my iPhone, I'd probably buy it. The 27mm is an amazing little lens, compact, sharp and other than the plastic construction, there is not much to complain about but it's been missing a hood and there aren't many decent hood options available for it. Yes, I get that pancakes are supposed to be compact, but the X100 is the same conceptual with a host of hoods available from Fujifilm. (Continue Reading)

Did some temporary repairs to my XF27mm square hood until the replacment arrives. Seems to have done the job. The combo now looks like a mean ass combo with the X-E3.

Fujifilm X-H1 Review

The Fujifilm X-H1 launch has come and gone and I have had my hands on one for a little while now. It's the most expensive APSC camera developed by Fujifilm to date and also the first one to feature IBIS. The arrival has not been without controversy, there have been some changes made to exposure compensation, a larger size and it probably wasn't helped by Sony's release of the full frame A7iii which has come in at a similar price. (Continue Reading)

Fuji XF100-400F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Review

There isn't a lot of choice when it comes to long lenses from Fujifilm. There is Fuji XF100-400 or the...ummm...nope, that's it. You could potentially look at the XF50-140 with a tele converter, but it doesn't really play in the same range as the XF100-400 which is a 150-600 by full frame standards, and my experience with 2x converters is frankly pretty dismal from a loss of IQ perspective. (Continue Reading)

Orange Monkie Foldio 3 Review

Orange Monkie isn't new to the photography market, and the Foldio 3, as it's name suggests, is not the first of its kind. As the 3rd and largest iteration of the Foldio produced to date, it is another Kickstarter venture that has seen considerable success on Kickstarter with more than $800,000 raised. Given Orange Monkie's history of delivery, I decided to bite the bullet and buy one to see if they were any good. (Continue Reading)

Godox XPro-F Trigger Review

The XPro-F has finally hit the market and I managed to get my hands on one of the first ones from Godox. These are my pure unadulterated unbiased thoughts, with the exception of my perceptions of Godox to date which have been largely positive. (Continue Reading)

Fujifilm X-E3 Grip (MHG-XE3) Review

Making a small camera bigger may seem like a pointless exercise for some people but in the case of the X-E3 and some of the other small Fujifilm bodies, it's a popular option. (Continue Reading)

Fuji XF27mmF2.8 Review

I've always heard the XT27mmF2.8 was an underrated lens, but it only really when I got my X-E3 that I got one to trial it with the X-E3 as an X100 replacement, that I truly understood what people were talking about. (Continue Reading)

Meikon X-T2 Waterhousing Review

I've been wanting a decent water housing for a while. It's a symptom of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), once you have everything you want, you find more things to want. In my case, one of the areas I play in is kitesurfing, and whilst to 100-400 is great to take photos from a distance, the option of a waterproof housing gives you a complete different perspective. (Continue Reading)

Sirui P-326 Review

When it comes to tripods, there are a few brands that everyone knows: Gitzo, Manfrotto, Vanguard, Slik, some like Gitzo are on the high end, some like Slik on the low end. Over the last couple of years, there have been some newer brands like Benro, Mefoto and 3 legged thing entering the market. Whilst Gitzo is widely considered the best tripod manufacturer on the market, there is a fair chunk of the market who don't want to spend that kind of money on a tripod, and to be honest, some of the other brands offer 80% of the quality at about 30-40% of the price. I currently have a Benro which is pretty heavy duty and meets all of my requirements from a tripod perspective. (Continue Reading)

Fujifilm X-E3 Review

The Fujifilm X-E3 is Fuji's fourth iteration of the X-E series camera. It was the X-E1, X-E2, X-E2S and now the X-E3 (although I stand corrected if I missed one). I'd love to say my journey started with the X-E1, but back in those days, I was in Nikonland oblivious to the world of mirrorless. (Continue Reading

ONA Prince Antique Cognac Review

I've been wanting to look at an ONA Bag for a while. Call me a sheep, but after listening people whine incessantly about how much like they love their ONA's has been extremely annoying. Part of me is inquisitive to understand what all the fuss is about (the other part of me wants to tell them to stop whining). (Continue Reading)

Godox TT350F Review

Flash, or more specifically TTL & HSS has always been Fujifilm's Achilles heel. Sure you could get HSS and TTL with systems like Cactus and X, you could get some level of support, but it wasn’t native and required expensive triggers and receivers. Then the EF-X500 came out and although there was initial fanfare, it came with a premium price a lack of wireless support. Since then, we've been waiting for suitable alternatives and fortunately that day has arrived. (Continue Reading)

Fujifilm XF90mmF2 Review

I was a little lucky when I purchased my Fuji gear because I had the opportunity to get a fairly broad range of lenses in a relatively short period of time thanks to the sale of my Nikon gear. This has allowed me to spend some time getting to grips with all of my lenses. The nice thing with a catalogue like Lightroom, is that over a period of time you can look back at your photo and filter by lens. (Continue Reading)

Automatically apply film simulations in Lightroom - X-LR Review

It seems to be a fairly common scenario. People shooting RAW+JPG on Fuji so they can see what the original photo looked like at the time they took it. Whilst there are some people that use the JPG, there are a fair amount of people who shoot profiles to get a particular look with the intention of post processing the raw later, whilst the JPG goes to waste. The challenge is, without the JPG, how do you know what the profile was that you shot with? (Continue Reading)

Barbie Cam Review

As a amateur photographer and tech fanatic, I enjoy playing with new toys, particularly those that are in the technology space. It's easy to get wrapped up in the Mirrorless vs DSLR space, and forget to look around, but sometimes you need to realize there is a life outside of the interchangeable lens cameras. (Continue Reading)

Haoge 23 f/2 & 35 f/2 Square Lens Hood Review

I did an article recently on the Fuji lens hoods, and in some respects this is a follow up because it involves replacing these hoods with something which is a little more respectable. For those who want to read the article, you can find it here, but the short and the sweet of it was that the vast majority of the stock hoods supplied by Fuji were pretty dismal, the 23mm f2 and 35mm f2 being part of that group. (Continue Reading)

Fuji 23mm f/2 Review

The Fuji 23mm f/2 has already built a reputation in the short time it's been on the market. Some love it, some hate it, but the majority of the reports I have seen hold it in high regard. When I bought the Fuji 23 f/2, I did it on reputation without knowing whether it would suit my requirements. (Continue Reading)

Thumb Up Bop Soft Shutter Review

Soft shutters are weird for me in the sense that I don't get them. When I say I don't get them, I don't get why they're are required in the first place because it's the sort of thing I think Fuji, Leica and the rest of the companies should provide with the camera. Maybe I missed something on the retro train, but when you spend $1000, $2000 or $5000 on a camera and they want you to provide your own shutter, there is something wrong with that picture. (Continue Reading)

Tap & Dye Legacy Spring Clip Strap Review

Prior to getting my Fuji X-T2, I used a Black Rapid strap on my Nikon D750. A neck strap and a full frame body with pro glass is painful. With the arrival of my X-T2, I decided to go back to a neck strap as the small size of the X-T2 meant it was feasible. Sadly, most OEM straps are somewhere between "terrible" and "if this was the last strap on earth" so I decided to venture out and seek a aftermarket strap. (Continue Reading)

X-T2 Batter Grip Review (VPB-XT2)

This is a review for something Fuji call the VPB-XT2, as opposed to the logical choice Fuji could have used which was X-T2 Battery Grip. Nikon did the same but at least they had an excuse as a grip was sometimes used with multiple cameras, but Fuji wasn't content to call it the battery grip...they called it the Vertical Power Booster Grip. (Continue Reading)

Fuji X-T2 Review

There has been a lot of things posted a the internet, some good, some bad...mostly good. Granted, it's valid for good things to be said about this camera, because its a very good camera...but I've seen many Fuji fanatics get a little trapped in the hype. Hopefully we can clear that up in this review. (Continue Reading)

ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Review

There were not many things I missed after moving from Nikon to Fuji. I missed my TTL Flashes, I missed my 1000+ shot battery life, and I missed my Think Tank Retrospective 20. I sold the retrospective 20 when I sold my D750. Fortunately I had my Retrospective 5 and let's be honest, whilst the retrospective 20 was great for my full frame DSLR and a couple of full frame lenses, it's simply too big for a mirrorless beauty like the XT-2. (Continue Reading)

Pad and Quill - Rolltop backpack review

I started looking for a new backpack for work a couple of months ago as I wanted to find a backpack , while still maintaining some form of retro modern look. This turned out to be a surprisingly difficult task.

The challenge with backpacks is they aren't really designed to have an executive look, and most of the bags look about as executive as my daughter's Dora the Explorer backpack... (Continue Reading)

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