Aputure Fresnel 2X: twice the output, small price

We all know what a fresnel lens can do from observing a lighthouse. The lamp in a lighthouse is not all that powerful. It’s the lens that sits in front of the bulb that intensifies the light output to a level that ships can use it as navigation aid from a large distance. Aputure’s Fresnel 2x is a fresnel lens for intensifying the light from an Aputure LS120D and LS300D. It also works with Aputure’s budget Amaran lamps. I tested with the Amaran 100d and 100x.… Read More Aputure Fresnel 2X: twice the output, small price

The LIGHTBRIDGE Cine Reflect Lighting System, for photographers too

If you’ve ever had to lighten a scene and couldn’t do it properly without lugging around back breaking numbers of flags and other devices to stop the light from spreading and spilling, you should take a look at the LIGHTBRIDGE CRLS (Cine Reflect Lighting System), a lighting system based on lightweight aluminium reflectors that don’t spill. CRLS is used in cinematography but begs to be discovered by photographers.… Read More The LIGHTBRIDGE Cine Reflect Lighting System, for photographers too

Meet Photo Mechanic Plus, the database-driven photo management solution for professional photographers and photo journalists

Photo Mechanic Plus is a new version of the application for ingesting, managing and processing image files before and after you edit them. The Plus version includes all the features of Photo Mechanic with the addition of an image database for making catalogues of every photo you’ve collected on both online and offline storage… Read More Meet Photo Mechanic Plus, the database-driven photo management solution for professional photographers and photo journalists

GoPro’s The Remote reviewed

Until recently, there was no way to remotely control the HERO8 and HERO9 Black as these cameras weren’t compatible with the existing Smart Remote. The Remote is the next generation remote control. In trying it out, I found it to be a mixed bag of experiences. It works well but really there should be a good user guide and The Remote does lack a couple of features I expected it to have.… Read More GoPro’s The Remote reviewed

Amaran 100x review

Aputure’s Amaran 100x is a video and photography COB LED lamp that delivers 2470 lux at 2700K and 3400 lux at 6500K and a 1m distance without the Hyper Reflector and has a colour temperature range of 2700-6500K. It’s the colour temperature customisable sibling of the Amaran 100d with the same form factor and the same affordable price. I tested the lamp under several circumstances.… Read More Amaran 100x review

Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

The Mercury Helios 3S is an aluminium dual-port 85W charging Thunderbolt 3 expansion box with a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port for an 8K display. The Mercury Helios 3S accepts one PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single or double-width cards. You can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. OWC added the capability to install a U.2 Shuttle in the Helios 3S. My test unit came preconfigured with OWC Aura P12 Pro SSDs.… Read More Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle