Sony 100mm f/2.8 GM STF Lens & NEC Photography Event

Sony have released a new 100mm f/2.8 GM STF lens. It’s meant to have really good bokeh, so don’t be confused by the somewhat narrow aperture. Its transmission (the amount of light it lets in) is incredibly poor due to the special glass element. It’s too early for any reviews as of yet but I expect it’s going to be great for those interested in that sort of thing. Continue reading “Sony 100mm f/2.8 GM STF Lens & NEC Photography Event”

Pacific Crest Trail News

Having spent about £2,000 on a new computer, I realized that it brought me unhappiness because it just reminded me that I’m going to be indoors more often.

I have this huge desire to travel and although my VISA was declined I thought I’d apply for an ESTA in hopes I could at least hike for 90 days. Unfortunately, it too was declined (16/01/2016). Once your VISA is declined, I have been told that it’s pretty much guaranteed that your ESTA will also be declined.

I don’t know of a single place that attracts me like California does. I have looked at the Te Araroa in New Zealand. Are there any nice places to photograph on that trail? The Pacific Crest Trail is really beautiful. Getting a Canadian eTA is probably pretty easy but again, despite how large the country is, nothing quite attracts me like the PCT. I may try again in 2018. The last year went by really quickly, so perhaps a PCT 2018 hike isn’t unfathomable.

This whole thing has got me thinking about migration laws.

If a VISA is set up such that Americans are afraid you’ll live there permanently and you’ll have to prove you’re an asset to the country, why don’t such people just apply for a green card? I think countries should do better jobs at exporting illegal people because then maybe they won’t be so afraid of innocent people like myself having a VISA.

I’ve never been arrested. I’ve never had so much as a speeding ticket and I’ve had my license for ages! I’ve never been in debt. I’ve never required any large loans. Ugh…

On a happier and completely irrelevant note, I’ve bought an x-rite colour passport. If anyone would like a free colour profile for a Sony a7rII, let me know.

I’m also fairly up to date with computer components now and I can offer suggestions on what to buy if anyone is thinking of upgrading.

Godox TT685S TT600S X1T-S and TT350S 2.4G HSS Camera Flash

I have recently bought a couple of flashes, they seem great so far. They’re much better value for money than the Sony flashes, in my opinion.



The Godox TT685S and TT600S are almost identical except one has TTL and the other doesn’t. The X1T-S transmitter is a little bulky on my Sony a7rII but it works well.


I’ll write a full review after Christmas but I definitely recommend checking them out :).

I haven’t bought a Godox TT350S yet but it works with the same transmitter and it’s a smaller flash, requiring only 2AA batteries as opposed to the others which require 4AA batteries. You might also want to give that a look.

Another website update and photography related information

Hello everyone,

After my visa was declined semi-recently, I’ve been thinking a lot and doing “soul searching” as they say. I don’t want to write about my plans too much after this post as I did that regarding the Pacific Crest Trail and it was sort of for nothing (I will come back to the Pacific Crest Trail hike one day, but I’ll be broke after I buy this photography equipment.) I’m embarrassed about it to say the least, and I feel highly apologetic to all the companies I emailed regarding sponsorship.

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