Dec 112016

When the digital revolution arrived to photography, one of the side-effects was a demand for enterprise class storage even by the most amateur of photographers. Every digital photography course ever offered has always hammered this point:

Always use the best quality storage devices and always make sure you have two backups.

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Jul 292016

As I have previously stated, a good camera bag is a necessity for any photographer who decides to use something other than his/her smartphone to capture images. Cameras tend to attract stuff that you always need to have on hand (just in case). But the bag must also protect the camera and its lenses from mishap and mayhem, yet comfortably carry all that stuff and fit into your style of photography. Since I prefer to shoot in urban settings, I need a bag that will carry my mirrorless kit plus my personal stuff in as small a package as possible. While some view leather as a luxury, working-class leather makes for a tough, durable bag that is light and easy to care for. How often do cowboys buy saddles? Same principle applies here.

Copper River Bags of Nevada City, CA makes some excellent bags out of leather, Water Resistant Cotton Duck Canvas and 1000 Denier Cordura. Their line of camera bags come in small (10″ – the size I am reviewing), medium (14″) and large (15″). All of their products are hand made in the USA which is very refreshing to encounter these days. CRB also makes camera accessories like padded camera inserts (one is included with your camera bag), leather camera straps, leather sketchbooks, leather conditioner and leather initial plates. This list only scratches the surface of the list of bags they make. Click here if you want to see the complete catalog of bags they make. Continue reading »

May 122016

Bags. Ever since cameras became small enough to be truly portable, photographers have been stuffing them into bags/satchels/rucksacks/etc. So, as part of the photographic experience, how you lug your stuff is almost as important as the stuff you are lugging. Cameras and lenses contain lots of glass and fiddly bits, so chucking them in an old burlap bag won’t cut it. Thus the photo bag industry was born.

Adorama has, of late, been introducing their own lines of photographic products: Flashpoint Lighting, Glow Light Modifiers, 3Pod Tripods[1], and now camera bags. Adorama has unveiled their 24/7 line of camera bags starting with the Traffic Collection. The Traffic Collection consists of six bags ranging from a pouch, two holsters, a shoulder bag, a messenger bag and a sling style backpack. I am reviewing the latter.

Disclosure: Adorama contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their new line of bags. I was sent a review sample for this purpose. No other compensation was provided to me.

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Apr 162016

The Olympus Pen-F is the latest iteration in the venerable line of PEN cameras. Like all of the PENs of recent vintage, this one is a digital Micro Four-Thirds camera. Unlike the PENs of recent vintage, this one has a built-in viewfinder (FINALLY) and a very sexy retro inspired design (think the digital love child of the film Pen-F and a Voigtländer Bessa R4A rangefinder). And that is just the start.

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Mar 172016

Once upon a time, there was a Danish company that decided to make medium format digital cameras. This company was made up of hard working engineers who wanted to make the best medium format digital camera in the world. To this end, the engineers strived for perfection in all of their endeavors. But the software available for developing the images captured by their very fine cameras did not satisfy them. So they got their software engineering friends to write a program to do the job the way they wanted. They did so and the software they created made their photographs look even more amazing.
Photographers from around the world loved the Danish camera company and their software. But the Danish cameras were very expensive, and some of the poor photographers wept that they could not take such beautiful images with their Japanese cameras. The Danish camera company felt bad for the poor photographers and decided to make their magic software compatible with their Japanese cameras. This made the poor photographers very happy as they could now make images almost as beautiful as the Danish cameras.

-excerpt from Mother Goose’s History of Phase One



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