Site changes, upcoming reviews and news

I hope everyone had a happy Easter :).

I’m currently in the process of designing a new leg hinge mechanism for regular sized tripods. I have a complaint with all of the tripods I’ve seen (I first noticed it with the 3 Legged Thing Brian tripod), and that’s the leg hinge mechanisms used. When you move the legs enough, the screws unscrew themselves. Some companies try to get around this problem with threadlocker but it’s duct tape engineering in my opinion.

I’m also currently trying to design a miniature tripod. I had an idea to design a lightweight solar panel as well, but I’ve decided to buy one instead; both of which I want to take on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017.

The miniature tripod takes priority over the tripod leg hinge mechanism.

I may remove the “code tutorials” section of the site and replace it with photography gear design ideas. At some point I want to make the site look nicer, but I have a few things on my plate right now.

I’ve also integrated Disqus into the site and migrated the few comments over.

Here’s a breakdown of my upcoming site related projects:

  • Tripod designs, miniature and large
  • Reviews of two bags, a small bag and a day hike bag
  • Review of the Yolk, Solar Paper Solar Panel. This might arrive towards the end of April but it has been ordered
  • Review of a 52mm Breakthrough Photography 6 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Possible reviews of other electronics

Lightroom CC 2016 Sony a7rII Update

You can now set the colour profile in Lightroom CC 2016 to “Camera Standard” and “set defaults”. Before, when you did this and relaunched the application, Lightroom would go back to using “Adobe Standard.”

New Sony G Master lenses

Sony have just announced some “G Master” lenses. I don’t know what to make of the name…

 

There’s an 85mm f/1.4 GM, a 24-70 f/2.8 GM and a 70-200 f/2.8 GM.

 

The Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM looks great. It has an aperture ring but you can also set it to “automatic”. This is a nice feature for videographers. If you set the aperture to f/16 in camera and “auto” on the lens, I believe it goes to f/1.4 during focusing. One small criticism I have with my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 lens, is that when I want to achieve critical focus, I have to open the aperture, focus and then close the aperture. It is not much of a concern but having aperture by wire (is that a thing now?) would mean it’d be possible for the lens to open its aperture to obtain critical focus, and then close it to the desired setting.

 

I am interested to see how sharp the 70-200 f/2.8 GM lens is but I am also curious about the focus breathing. The Nikon breathes considerably more than the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L, and a few Sony lenses have somewhat heavy breathing. If it can equal the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L for nearly everything and perhaps beat it slightly with sharpness, I believe many people will be extremely happy.

 

I am not particularly interested in the 24-70 f/2.8 GM lens, but I hope it’s better than their 24-70 f/4. The 24-70 f/4 lens isn’t anything to shout about.

 

One of the main reasons I moved to mirrorless was because of the size. Many people (mark my words) are going to complain about the size and say that the Sony mirrorless cameras are no longer small. This would be erroneous.

 

You can still go to a restaurant with a 35mm f/2.8 lens attached to the Sony mirrorless camera. It is nice to have the option of small lenses and also big lenses. Someone might only use the 70-200 f/2.8 GM lens for work based projects, and they can use the same camera for their leisure time.

 

A mirrorless user might leave their heavy lens behind, but a DSLR user often leaves their entire camera at home.

Review updates

I am going to update a lens review within the next few days. ~ updated

 

Please excuse the confusion regarding comments. It was only working with the blog “posts” before. Comments for “pages” should work properly now, and I have moved the previous comments to the relevant place.

Happy new year

Happy new year :). I’ve updated some of the site to make it more readable. There’s still plenty of bugs to fix and I need to make the theme prettier.