Godox V1 review & AK-R1 Gel Kit & Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM review

Hey everyone,

I’ve been a bit tormented over what equipment to buy recently. I’m gradually buying enough to have a full setup for interior photography (real estate, that kind of thing) and eventually everything I need for landscape photography as well.

I’ve just bought the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens (it hasn’t arrived yet). I love the Sony 12-24mm f/4 but I have a few complaints with it, the main one being its lack of a filter thread. You can buy kits, but they’re bulky and not ideal. The Sony 12-24mm f/4 is too wide for landscapes whereas the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM fits right in, and it’s a worthwhile focal length if it’s the only lens I take. I certainly won’t be selling the Sony 12-24mm f/4, as 12-16mm is incredibly necessary at times. It just means I’ve got a few lenses in the same focal length, and that’s a bit irritating.

I have nothing longer than 70mm, and I’d love to buy the Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM but I can’t afford everything obviously. I feel 16-35mm, despite having that focal length already covered, is the more useful lens for now.

I’m also unsure about my purchase with the Godox V1 flash. As I recommend buying Godox lighting equipment, I feel I should review as many of their products as possible. Especially as I am unbiased/not sponsored by them. If it’s not worth the upgrade over the Godox TT685 then I want people to know about it and I want to be fair to them. However, I really want a lighter tripod (the Gitzo GT1545T Series 1 Traveler) for hiking and I’m more excited about those right now. I’m not sure if the money would have been better spent on a tripod instead. That said, I feel it will be more helpful to others, to buy the Godox V1 and review it. I will try make the Godox V1 review better than all of my previous reviews, and hopefully it will be especially useful to those considering the Godox V1 vs the Godox TT685.

I bought some foam and some little things too, plus an AK-R1 gel kit. The foam is for my hard case :).

The equipment I want is always expensive, which is aggravating but I nearly have everything I want for many years to come. I’d like an Arca D4 Geared Head, light stands, a Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM and a Sony 100-400 GM and the Gitzo tripod. Once I have all those, I have a full set for everything I can think of pretty much, haha. Unless Sony start developing tilt and shift lenses!


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