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.
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!
I’ve uploaded a review of the vanguard hard case. I hope it helps someone save a buck or two compared to pelican.
Camera hard case
I’ve been searching for a few new items for interior / real estate photography. I’ve just ordered a hard case vanguard 46d (not the foam model) for my photography equipment and that’ll be here thursday hopefully. I’ll review it and mention why I bought this model, its dimensions, etc. in the review.
I think I’ve made my final decision to get the Godox AD200 Pro and not the Godox V1 for now. There’s a few reasons for this… One, you can take off the head with the Godox AD200 Pro. So you can pack them in foam and they’re less likely to break than a bigger/heavier item wobbling about (the Godox V1 is obviously a smaller flash but as you cannot remove the head, it’s effectively bigger). The Godox AD200 Pro has a better mounting system too, as there’s a couple of threads to screw onto. I would still like the Godox V1 but my budget doesn’t allow for both at the moment.
Wide angle lens
Next up is lenses… I really need a circular polariser and those for the 12-24 are expensive. I also need to lighten my load for landscape photography, so for now I think I’ve decided on buying the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master lens. I won’t order it until the vanguard 46d hard case arrives. I already have a CPL, so there’s no extra cost there.
Small footprint lightstand
Lastly, I need a small footprint lightstand for a speedlight or the Godox AD200 Pro. This is where it might make sense to actually buy the Godox V1 (it’s lighter and won’t tilt a light-stand so easily). Ideally I want something that folds very compact, and the legs don’t stick out a mile. I’m not going to be using heavy modifiers so the legs don’t have to be super stable. If anyone has any ideas, let me know! It has to be compact because I have to be able to get this stuff on public transport.
Here is my mostly final design for my business website. It’s a minimalist WordPress theme, so if anyone is interested in buying it, let me know.
Ultimately I’ll end up buying both I’m sure and I said I would review the Godox V1 Round Head Speedlight if I got one, but I feel a Godox AD200Pro would be more useful. They are not much bigger than a speedlight and they’re easier to attach to a tripod.
The Godox AD200Pro will have better colour consistency compared to the Godox AD200, and the screen on the back is recessed. This will actually make a difference for me because I sometimes stand mine up on the ground (if I’m firing the flash at the ceiling for example) and the buttons get marked. Though I may end up devising a better solution for that. Flashes weren’t really designed to be used that way, haha.