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March 23, 2023 Powerness Hiker U500 Power Station and SolarX S120 Panel Review

I started reviewing portable power stations a few years ago because of the many crossover applications for photography like powering lights on location, charging cameras and other equipment, and even providing power for camping treks off-grid.  I’ve now reviewed product from 5 different companies and have gained a gro [Read more...]

February 27, 2023 Growatt Infinity 1500 Portable Power Station and UPS Review

I’ve reviewed portable power stations and solar panels from 4 different companies at this point, but the Growatt Infinity 1500 portable power station and UPS system is my favorite thus far if you are looking for serious backup performance.  I break down the various strengths in my video review below, but here are a fe [Read more...]

April 21, 2022 Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Solution Review

Several months ago I took a chance on Jackery, a company that specializes in remote power options like powerful battery systems and portable solar panels, and reviewed their Explorer 300 and SolarSaga 100 (solar panel) combination.  I was very impressed with the build and execution of the package, and I’ve taken to fr [Read more...]

March 31, 2022 NiSi V7 Landscape Filter System Review + Gallery

My first encounter with the company NiSi was actually to review their first lens.  NiSi has historically been a company that has made filters for other people’s lenses, and a search of their products shows a lot of filters with very high reviews.  But at some point they clearly decided that their optical glass ex [Read more...]

February 14, 2022 Jackery Explorer 300 + SolarSaga 100 Portable Power Review

As a gear reviewer with a sizable following, I’ve become accustomed to the daily routine of being pitched new products by companies from around the world.  In most cases I simply respond with a kind, “No thank you” and explain that either the product is not a good fit with my audience or that I’m [&h [Read more...]

December 2, 2021 Godox MF12 Macro Ring Light System Review

  Macro photographer is a blast.  It opens up a whole new world of details that the naked eye simply can’t see, and the resulting images are often ones that delight viewers.  But macro photography has a major challenge:  the laws of physics dictate that as you get into macro range your effective apertur [Read more...]

October 4, 2021 Godox V860III Camera Flash Review and Gallery

  Godox has become one of the few companies that reliably pumps out new flash and strobe options on a regular basis.  I did my first Godox review in mid-2019, and, since that point, I’ve done at least a half dozen others.  I’ve used bargain flashes in the past, and the bargain origins of the […] [Read more...]

December 7, 2020 Godox AD 300 Pro Review

Godox has developed a strong following for their lighting products due to a winning combination of good engineering, reliable performance, and reasonable pricing.  They saw a gap between their “pocketable” Godox AD200 Pro Flash unit and the considerably larger AD400/600 units.  The solution is the AD300 Pro [Read more...]