Tamrac Anvil Super 25 Review

I was recently asked if I was interested in reviewing the Tamrac Anvil Super 25 backpack.
I get lots of similar requests and turn most down due to lack of time (or interest).
But, every so often, the request is for a product that I think is interesting, think you will find interesting or simply holds a good position in its niche.
The Anvil Super 25 meets all three of those criterion and I said yes. read more

MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L Review

There are a mind-numbing number of camera backpacks on the market today –
B&H
carries 501 of them as of review time (including single-strap sling bags).
However, the majority of these are not designed to carry the really big lenses.
If the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens needs to be carried, remaining options are very few.
I have long carried my 600 f/4 in a Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag and
while this case has some advantages over the FirstLight 40L, weight and backpackability are not two of them.
As you probably guessed from the name, the FirstLight 40L is designed to be as light as possible and as a backpack, it is made to be very comfortable while carried on the back.
As indicated by the 40L, this pack’s storage space is voluminous.
With MindShift gear in the name, quality construction is the expectation. read more

MindShift Gear Trailscape 18L Review

I’m of the belief that one cannot have too many camera cases and backpacks, but … the number of models being introduced seems overwhelming.
However, every so often one catches my attention.
That was the “case” when MindShift Gear announced the Trailscape 18L.
This backpack appeared to be the ideal option for when a smaller backpack was needed and at my request, MindShift Gear was kind enough to provide me with an evaluation sample. read more

Best Transition Bags

Training for a triathlon is important, monitoring hours and miles and times, as well as nutrition and general health. Preparing for such an event also means having the right equipment, such as a good fitting wetsuit, the right sized bike, and light running shoes. Equipment, however, also includes things not directly related to the competition. For example,  sunscreen, the right socks, and of course, the transition bag. Transition bags, or also known as triathlon bags, are specially made to organize and fit all the necessary gear. Choose from some of the best, highest quality bags to assure all the gear gets where it needs to go.
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Accessories for the Nikon D3100

Even a Nikon D3100 digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera does not reach its full potential until outfitted with the right accessories. Genuine Nikon brand camera cases fitted to the D3100 model as well as functional and compact tripods, spare batteries and memory cards for enduring long photographic journeys without access to electricity, and a host of specialty lenses for every shot are just a few of the must-have items for the dedicated photographer. Brick-and-mortar electronics stores and camera shops may carry a handful of accessory options, but serious shoppers can find everything they need by browsing online shopping sites like eBay. read more

MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Review

Probably few would think that I didn’t have enough camera cases (touching on CCCHD),
but still, a new backpack being delivered makes any day feel like Christmas day.
While I have favorite photo subjects, I stay very generalized in my pursuits, enabling me to evaluate gear in the way it was designed to be used and allowing
me to relate to those pursuing a wide range of subjects.
Because I carry a variety of kit sizes, ranging from a single camera and lens up to multiple cases of gear requiring a
Multicart,
to locations ranging from my front yard to sporting events and from commercial shoots to the remote wilderness, I utilize a wide variety of packs.
I don’t get time to create reviews for all of them, but minimally attempt to highlight some of the best coming through. read more

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional Review

I have used a lot of great camera cases and backpacks over the years, so it takes a lot to impress me.
But, MindShift Gear, a sister company to Think Tank Photo, has done just that with the MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional.
This pack is very innovatively designed with extreme quality of materials and workmanship found throughout the product.
In addition, this may be the most comfortable backpack I’ve carried to date. read more

Best Cameras for Nature Photography

While many nature photographers do not mind carrying heavy cameras and materials for their perfect shot, there are some who would prefer a lighter, easy to carry nature photography cameras. With the technology advancing with each passing day, there are such cameras that combine nature photography with the ease of lighter, more portable cameras. Lets look at some of these below. read more