Camera backpack mini review

After looking around all the shops and comparing prices and trying to find a new bag I came across a good quality bag at a reasonable price.

The bag I bought was the Naneu Pro Uban Gear U120 Backpack which cost $147.

This is a large backpack with enough storage to hold up to a 300 f/2.8 lens with the body attached, or 2 bodies a couple of lenses and a flash (Depending on your configuration via the interchangeable padded dividers). It also has a rear compartment which can accommodate a 15.4" screen laptop. There is also 2 front storage compartments, a water bottle holder, tripod holder, padded waste strap and a headphone grommet (For your mp3 players etc). Also the camera storage compartment also has a padded divider which is designed to keep your gear safe from dust and damage (So wh…

My 40D mini review

I got the camera on Friday and spent the weekend just getting familiar with it (And the weather wasn’t that great). I took it out yesterday for its first shoot (You can see a few photos from the shoot in my folio).

Its a nice improvement over my 20D, AF is faster and the viewfinder is also very nice and was the main reason for the upgrade. As soon as I tried it for the first time I knew I wanted one!

The LCD still sucks in bright daylight! Very hard to read the menus which is a little disappointing. :(

Also, the menu system is also not as good as the one in the 20D.

I still haven’t tried the liveview mode in real world shooting yet. But the live view function will come in handy for those awkward shooting positions (I was using a angle finder C for these situations with my 20D)…

The pitfalls of owning a SLR

As some of you may know from my previous journal entries that I recently acquired a new lens (Canon 100-400 IS). The lens has been great, BUT it has attracted allot of attention and brought allot of attention towards me while out and about shooting.

In the past month I have received more “comments” about my gear then I have in the whole time I’ve been shooting! :P

Here are some examples of the comments I’ve overheard since I got this lens:

“Look at the size of that lens”
“That must have cost a fortune”
“Thats a really big camera”
“Look mummy that man has a telescope”
“Thats a F ’in big a** lens”
“That must be heavy to carry around all day long”
“Thats a lens only professionals use”

The things you do to get the shot!

Being a landscape photographer I find myself in unusual situations and shooting positions to “Get the shot” Well today I found myself standing in the middle of a river to get into a good position to shoot some fast flowing rapids! I thought it would be a good way to clean off the mud I had all over my shoes from my earlier walk along the river bank through thick mud since it had been raining overnight and was still drizzling while I was out shooting (It ended up poring down with rain as I left).

There I was standing knee deep in fast flowing water with my 20D and 17-40 lens and my monopod, Meanwhile the few people who where out enjoying the view from the river bank must had thought I was mad! :D
When I finished and crossed back to the river bank and walked out with my pants dr…

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