Sony 16-35mm gm, godox ad200 pro and godox v1 reviews, general news, etc.

Hey everyone,

I’ve decided to skip going to Scotland this year as I can’t really afford it, and I’m going to go to Canada again next year. I would like to visit a few new places such as Jasper and perhaps visit some places I’ve already been to. I am interested in taking better photographs of bears and wolves next time. If I can find the funds, I would like to get a telephoto lens. As I know Canada a lot better than before, I feel I can plan my trip way better too. I am, without question, going to concentrate more on photography and blogging while I travel and I probably won’t hike 15-20 miles each day every day, haha. I don’t regret my decision last year, I think it fundamentally changed me as a person for the better but I’ve simply learned a few things along the way and how I want to do things differently in the future :).

One thing I have learned with this website is that it’s actually really hard to keep putting out content. Even if that content is a poorly worded review (I’m guilty of plenty of those), it takes quite a lot of time. That said, I think I am getting better at it and my site looks tidier these days :).

Godox V1-S, Godox AD200 Pro and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master Lens Reviews

I am still waiting for my Godox V1-S to arrive. My Sony 16-35gm has been here a while and so far I love it. I am also going to sell off some stuff I don’t use, sell my Godox AD200 and then buy the Godox AD200 Pro. I’m hoping with the money I make, it will cover the small difference in price. These three things will be the reviews I’ll focus on next.

At some point I’d like another AK-R1 kit because they are an absolute game changer in terms of speed. Shooting inside houses has to be done as quickly as possible and being able to put a 1/4 CTO gel on quickly makes a huge difference.

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!


Website Update

I’ve started editing this site a bit. I’ve made a sort of index page to make it easier to see reviews. I’m going to try make a “recommended equipment” section at some point too. I notice there are a lot of photographers who’re better than me, but they don’t always know about all the equipment on the market. Unless you google a lot, it’s hard to keep track.

I’ve also changed the font sizing. It should not work with high resolution displays.

Photochirp website updates

Within the next week or two, I’m going to be making these changes to this website:

  • Scalable font sizes for different screen resolutions e.g. 4k screens will be easier to read
  • A page listing reviews and the various pages

At the moment, I’ve temporarily made an “all pages” page, but it’s an ugly mess (I’ve left it there because viewing links on mobile is problematic). Ultimately I want to have the pages listed in a sort of table format, with headings. There is a drop down menu on the PC but it’s not very easy to see all of the pages I have written.

Future updates:

  • I’d like to kill off some of the advertisements (hopefully that doesn’t have an effect on SEO) as they’re ugly
  • Remove the portfolio page (I don’t update it frequently enough and a separate portfolio site will be live fairly soon)
  • Perhaps a new theme altogether

As usual I have other more important stuff to do, but I can start on the first two points tomorrow.