Here, “Gear” is a broad term referring to any type of physical technology I use in my life. For software see Software Use.

10 conversations about this topic.

  • 30 March 2024


    IMatch is the software used to manage our family library of photos and videos called Mediabank. It has supported the family’s Photography in all forms for many years. I’ve owned every version since IMatch 3 over many years. It is a powerful digital asset management application. During that time the built-in features of the application have become more powerful and what I once needed scripting for, is now built-in.

    • 11 March 2024


      Calibre is a cross-platform eBook management tool. It allows you to manage the metadata present in your eBooks. I use Calibre because Digital Rights Management is Unhealthy and share the database with calibre-web because I like its interface better.

    • 11 March 2024


      calibre-web provides a web interface into Calibre. I prefer it for quickly reviewing my library and marking books as read. This software is installed on my Synology DiskStation DS920+.

      • 3 January 2024

        Canon R50 Mirrorless

        Santa brought me a Canon R50 camera for Christmas in 2023. It's a noticeable improvement on the Canon 400D for Photography. Compared to the 400D, this camera gives me: Live view on the back screen More focusing points +/- 3 stops of exposure bracketing instead of +/- 2 ISO significantly greater than 1600 Lighter body 4K video recording More pixels of the mega kind Interface and technology that is 17 years further forward Hi-res viewfinder Sensor SizeResolutionPixel Pitch1APS-C6000 x 40005.34 µm Lenses Refer My Camera Lenses for a list of the lenses I have available to me.

        • 3 January 2024

          My Camera Lenses

          Lenses for my Canon R50 and Canon 400D Photography. LensMin. FocusFilterLens HoodCanon RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3IS STM0.20m @18mm (AF)0.15M @ 18mm (MF)ø49mmEW-53Canon RF-S 55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM0.73m at 210ø55mmET-60BCanon EF-S 17–85mm f4-f5.6 USM)0.35m @macroø67mmEW73BCanon EF 50mm f1.8 STM0.35mø49mmES68.

          • 27 September 2023

            Canon 400D DSLR

            Info on my Canon 400D camera.

            • 27 September 2023

              My Photography Gear

              A summary of my current photography gear (cameras, lenses and accessories). With a bit of a wishlist as well 😉.

              • 23 September 2023

                Celestron SkyMaster 20x80 Binoculars

                I have some very beefy binoculars for stargazing.

              • 24 August 2023

                Tap Water or Rust

                Tomorrow I take delivery of my CPAP machine and have been researching what water I should use in the humidifier. The prevailing wisdom for CPAP machines is that one must use distilled water. From my research tonight I put this in the same category as “You must drink 2 litres of water a day”. Sounds good, but is incorrect.

              • 5 January 2023

                A Short Sennheiser Momentum 4 Review

                For the last 4-5 years I’ve used my Sennheiser 4.50BTNC headphones every day. The BTNC stands for Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling. For Christmas 2022 I was gifted a pair of Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones. They are two generations newer and a level above the 4.50BTNCs. Differences: better fit on the ears not as tight on the head wider soundstage clearer sound improved bass better noise cancelling insane battery life (close to 60 hours) .