Dons7er on 1/2/2017
The most distinctive feature of the Photino is the thick hinoki top ply (~1.4mm). This allows the blade to have a soft touch, even with the addition of composite material. This causes the Photino to have slow, medium-slow, medium, and fast gears.
Hinoki is reowned as an excellent soft wood for looping, and the Photino does not disappoint. With an appropriate rubber to match the gears on the Photino, usually Japanese or European for springyness, it allows for excellent looping feel, much like playing with an all-wood blade. Albeit with very muted vibrations because of the Zylon layer.
mtg6792 on 3/12/2014
First just let me say I'm not much of an EJ. After over a year of playing with the ALC I switched to this blade because I wanted more speed/power. I've used this blade for over a year now, and I'm switching. Here's why:
The Photino is thick. So thick that every hit feels reinforced, and unless you're 6-10 back, it's hard to use full strokes. I tried various rubbers on the blade, and didn't find it particularly suited to any: all of them work well for looping mid-distance, and blocking when they're on the Photino.
The problem I have with this blade is that it sucks close to the table unless you block or use really short strokes. It's not really an aggressive blade. The short game is okay with most rubbers, so I won't complain, but this blade takes away most of your power away close to and over the table.
In sum: If you're an older player looking for control, you'll like this blade. If you're someone who only likes mid-distance play, you'll like this blade. If you want power and control at the table... you probably won't like it that much unless you use slower rubbers.
blackhole on 8/14/2011
I just played a photino and i was surprised with the consistency on blocks and drives. At first, i thought i'll have a hard time looping, but i was able to adjust in just a couple of hours! I'm playing with xiom vega pro on FH and Tenergy 64 on BH. I'm very pleased with this setup!
Mateusz1983PL on 5/5/2016
I have been playing Photino for 6-7 year and it is my favourite blade ever.
With Joola Maxxx 400 rubbers on both sides it is perfection.
Amazing blade :) Hinoki, Kiri and Zylon it,s ultimate combo for me.
I will never play another blade without Hinoki. Great control and fantastic topspin rallies.
I have tested few other new blade like Nittaku Barwell Fleet and not even close feeling to mine blade :)
epistemology on 2/19/2016
I really enjoy fast rallies with this blade. Every power exchange feels like you are catching the ball in a mitt and then you're tossing it out with your hand like a major league pitcher. The extra dwell and softness gives more feel than any blade I've tried so far but it also feels slower for an off+ blade. I say feels slower but I know this is not a slow blade. The blade gives a nice medium high arc trajectory during looping and touch play is very easy. Very fun blade to play with. I play CP with this shakehand blade but it plays just fine close to the table doing full swings like for loop drives. Hitting RPB at mid distance really stands out. Expecially with MX-S on the bh.