I am an amateur photographer currently living in Herefordshire. My father gave me my first camera when I was a teenager – an Agfa Rapid – and my interest in photography developed from that gift.
Since retiring a tad early in 2014, I have been able to focus on my photography full time. I love sport and was delighted to be given the chance to photograph the Worcester Wolves matches, having taken many school trips to the club. Here’s a monochrome image taken at the Worcester University Arena this season:
I also love to photograph big birds [eg Bewick’s swans at Slimbridge, red kites at Gigrin].
When I can get to the coast I also like to photograph action:
I am working on a monochrome series of coastal imagery – here’s one currently in the set which will be printed on matt paper:
With the help of Beacon Camera Club members, you tube and trial and error, I have been developing the skills to create more abstract imagery:
My grand day out! The BBL Cup Finals Arena Birmingham – January 29th 2018
I have a left shoulder injury and an obvious lens choice [70-200mm f2.8ii ] had to stay at home as the shoulder wouldn’t tolerate hefting it about all day. Taking both the Speed Freak and the Airport International enabled me to take more gear than I could physically carry – rucksacks are out of the question at the moment. When I arrived at the arena, photographers were very restricted and I had to experiment with the primes from the corner of the court selected from the roller bag [ which was secured secured to a chair with the built in metal cable – a great feature]. Deciding that I couldn’t get the shots I wanted from the corner of the court, I managed to create enough space next to the basket to move in a chair next to the lad whose job it was to wipe up the sweat from the court when the players clattered to the ground. This enabled me to support the camera with my left elbow resting on the bag on my knees. At half time, at the other end of the court, I had to sit on the floor. My bag helped a great deal again – supporting my shoulder. At the end of the 3rd quarter, I stood up to stretch my legs out [much muttering amongst fellow photographers about sore knees], took a couple of steps away from my position to lose my spot within seconds to a guy who just nipped in and sat down! Lesson learnt…. Thanks to Tom Bennett of Razorlight Imagery for the mug shot of me holding his camera, taken shortly after I lost my spot on the floor.
ThinkTank Airport International V2
The gear in the two Think Tank bags I took to Arena Birmingham for the BBL cup final on January 28th was as follows:
- Canon 24-70 II f2.8
- Canon 300mm f4
- Canon 135mm f2.8
- Canon 200mm f2.8
- Canon 16-35m II f4
- Canon 35mm f1.4
- Olympus OMD EM1 Mk2
- Olympus 12-40 f2.8 PRO
- Olympus 7-14mm f.28 PRO
- Think Tank Card pouch – more spare cards
- Fuji X100T
ThinkTank Speed Freak:
- Canon 15mm f2.8
- Canon 1DX2
- Think Tank Card pouch – spare cards
- Blower brush
- Systema waterbottle
- 2 spare 1 DX batteries
- 2 spare Olympus batteries
I have two waist bags: The Speed Freak and the Speed Racer. I am most comfortable with the Speak Freak for my basketball photography.
At a home match, I can take move around easily with all the lenses I need without having to be concerned about the security of my kit. The belt is broad enough to be comfortable and the external pockets give plenty of space for cards, my phone and money and a snack. In the lid, there is an easy place to stash lens wipes, a spare card and business cards; I now avoid putting anything metal here as an allen key escaped once and lightly scratched the back of my camera. The Airport International also takes a shedload of gear; I believe the latest version has a more robust handle but I am not prone to dragging my bags up flights of stairs so it is not a drama for me.
It would be fair to say that I am a ThinkTank convert; I have 6 of their bags; all well made, hi spec material and created by sensible people who put handles where you need them!
Snapperstuff will be at the Photo Show again this year at the NEC; I always call in for a chat and usually come away with a bargain. J
You can find more of Linda’s work at the Beacon Camera Club website here:
If you’d like to see Linda in action she’ll be courtside for the Worcester Wolves at the Arena for their home games.
Beacon Camera Club in Malvern – are also running their annual showcase event at the Swan Theatre, featuring Joe Cornish, on 14 July. If you’d like to see and hear one of Britain’s greatest landscape photographers get your ticket here: BEACON CAMERA CLUB
Rotation 180° Professional 38L Deluxe – Discovering nature with Craig Sinclair
Craig Sinclair is a British photographer from the South West of the UK. Currently studying a degree in photography with the Open College of the Arts. He got his first Nikon DSLR in 2010 as a Christmas present and has always had an interest in photography.
“I am passionate about wildlife, nature and landscapes and our impact as human beings on the environment and the planet (Just like MindShift Gear’s philosophy). Photography is an adventure to me, I love learning about different cultures and I am seeking to develop a greater appreciation for the history of photography and contemporary art photography as well as building on my technical skills as a photographer. I am an avid believer in sharing knowledge and experience within the Photography community”
Craig is a customer of Snapperstuff and kindly allowed us to share his photography work and thoughts of his purchase. Before we get to his review check out the pics he sent us to share…
So first of all what does Craig fit into his
R180º Professional Deluxe?
Just one of the many options for packing out the MindShift Gear Rotation180° Professional 38L Deluxe:
- Nikon D7200 DSLR x 2
- Nikon MB-D15
- Nikon 35mm
- Nikon 50mm
- Nikon 18-105mm
- Nikon 200-500mm with LensCoat Real tree
- Nikon Trigger release cable
- Op/tech USA camera strap
- Hoya Polariser filter
- Petzl Tikka head torch
- Multi tool pocket knife
- There were also 2 cheese and pickle rolls but I ate them
- Nature Valley Bar
- Spare Batteries
- Embrava Water Bottle
- Notebook and pen
- Think Tank SD Pixel Pocket Rocket
- Hand sanitizer
- Sun screen
- Buff multifunctional headwear
- Cleaning cloths and Dust Blower
- North Face Sun Hat
- Jack Wolfskin Waterproof Jacket
- MP3 Player
- i-Phone (used to take this photo!)
- A good study book – ‘Regarding the pain of others’ by Susan Sontag
- I also used a Manfrotto 190 tripod
Craig’s thoughts on the
MindShift Gear R180
Professional Deluxe Backpack
The rucksack has a very solid, robust design. Compared to other rucksacks I own, this bag has phenomenal padding, using memory foam throughout the pack and on the arms of the bag. Why is this important to me? I injured my spine some years back, so comfort is essential for me and this bag delivers 120% in that field. I am used to carrying fairly heavy camera gear on long treks and up mountains, you very quickly realise if a bag is suitable or not as it can get very uncomfortable and you will be miserable, unable to focus on taking great shots. This bag is designed to carry heavy loads for a sustained period of time in comfort.
“You could easily do a couple of days trek or longer with this setup”
One piece of advice I would give with any loading up for a trek, don’t be tempted to overload your rucksack simply because you have the capacity. Just because you can take everything doesn’t mean you need to. Try to think practically about your load up. This rucksack does deliver on capacity. I am able to go with a variety of different configurations depending on the shoot and how long I intend to be out for a trip or shoot. You could easily do a couple of days trek or longer with this setup, there is also the option for attaching some additional gear to the bag. There are ample pockets and compartments throughout the entire bag. The 3L capacity hydration compartment on the side is a great addition. I found the front pleated pocket, which runs the length of the bag from top to bottom, the best place to store my raincoat; easily accessible and keeps a wet coat separate from my camera gear.
The deluxe version of the bag which I have, comes with some great accessories, notably for me these were the photo insert and the top pocket. The photo insert enabled me to put my Nikon 200-500 lens securely in the main compartment of the bag along with a second Nikon D7200, there was also room for more gear if I needed it. The top pocket gives you that little bit of extra storage for things like your SD card holder, keys, snacks and i-Phone.
One of the little quirks I discovered was the way the arms of the rucksack move freely and independently with your walking movements as opposed to being really rigid like other rucksacks, this is a really key design feature.
Observations and things to note:
Rotating belt pack
“always remember to clip the waist belt”
Whilst testing the bag out on a trip to a local nature reserve, I had mistakenly forgotten to clip the belt pack’s waist belt around my waist. Whilst walking through the woods listening to my friend talk about the array of wild orchids on show, I saw this fascinating little red cardinal beetle, I had to get a shot! I went to whip around the belt pack and nearly dropped the whole belt pack on the floor, much to my friend’s amusement. Thankfully no beetles were harmed in the making of this review! It’s just an observation but always remember to clip the waist belt. Thankfully MindShift Gear have thought of everything and the belt pack is actually attached to the bag using a small clip in latch clipped to the inside of the bag (which can be unclipped to use the pack independently), so the waist pack didn’t fall to the ground.
I found it takes some getting used to releasing the latch to pull the waist pack around to your front and I found sometimes I couldn’t get the latch to release so I left the side flap up. I think this was mainly down to me using the wrong motion to release the latch.
TIP: Here’s a an overview of the MindShift Gear r180 Professional Deluxe backpack, you’ll see a nice demo of releasing the magnetic clip within the first 30 seconds.
The rain cover
On another trip to a different nature reserve we were out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a thunderstorm, a great chance to try out the rain cover! I found it was a little tricky initially to work out how to get the rain cover on, to be fair it was bucketing it down with rain with thunder and lightning overhead. So my advice is to try out the rain cover before you need to use it, so you know how to put it on properly. It’s a really good design now I have tested it out and keeps the bag dry, which is the point! The rain cover allows you access to continue using the waist pack. The waist pack also comes with its own independent rain cover.
“I absolutely love this rucksack, it’s extremely versatile. I can now focus on taking great shots and not worry about my gear”
TIP: Here’s a demonstration on how to attach your rain cover, it’s definitely worth testing before heading out!
Click here for more information on the MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional Deluxe
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BackLight 26L Backpack
takes a trip to the Arctic Circle
with Steve Gosling
Steve Gosling a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (his ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs).
Steve’s images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of his work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. His work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.
What did Steve fit into the
BackLight 26L Backpack
My Backlight 26L is usually loaded with my Phase One medium format system:
- Phase One A-series camera with IQ350 digital back
- Rodenstock lenses – 23mm, 35mm and 70mm
- A set of Lee graduated and ND filters
- Accessories – batteries, memory cards, head torch, waterproof covers
Steve’s thoughts on the
MindShift Gear Backlight 26L…
Carrying a heavy medium format system camera plus lenses across a variety of terrains in all weathers has led me to search long and hard for the ideal backpack. I never found a solution that really worked for me until I came across the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional. My previous review of that bag can be found here – https://snapperstuff.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/mindshift-gear-rotation-180-professional-deluxe-around-the-world-with-steve-gosling/
My MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional has been around the world with me from Europe to the USA to Antarctica and it’s still my favourite backpack. However there are rare occasions when it’s just too large to take on some aeroplanes – it doesn’t fit into the overhead compartments of the smaller planes used by some regional airlines. For example, earlier this year I went to the Lofoten Islands off the coast of Northern Norway and this required 3 flights from the UK to my destination and the last leg was in a plane not much bigger than a local bus (OK a bit of an exaggeration, but it was small!). Knowing how well made the MindShift Gear bags are constructed I looked for an alternative in the range and came across the Backlight 26L. Like the Rotation 180° Pro the outer is of a robust material and the compartments are well padded to protect my kit. It also comes with a rain cover for those times when the elements take a turn for the worse (something I was anticipating in Northern Norway in February). One advantage it has for me and the gear I travel with – it has a dedicated pouch into which I can place my laptop and/or iPad. There’s also an additional compartment in the front to put my gloves, scarf, hat etc.
“In short it’s an ideal backpack
for the outdoor photographer”
Although the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L does not have the rotating belt pack of its larger sibling, it does still enable me to access all of my gear without removing the bag and placing it on the floor. This can be done by swinging the whole bag to the front and accessing the main compartment from the rear (see photo). This is great when I’m working in locations where I don’t want to put the pack down and the rear access means that the back of the bag doesn’t get covered in mud or sand on those occasions when I do put it on the ground.
I have encountered two minor problems with the backpack in use. The first is that any large gear located right at the bottom of the compartment is difficult to access when the backpack is swung to the front. Not a big deal – now I’m aware of this I pack the bag to avoid the issue by locating smaller items at the bottom. The second issue requires some attention from MindShift Gear – the grab handle at the top of the backpack is not as substantial as the one on the Rotation 180° Pro although the bags are capable of carrying similar load weights. I have heard of some cases where the grab handle has failed – thankfully not a problem I’ve experienced but then I don’t just rely on the grab handle when picking up my kit.
With those two provisos I can highly recommend the MindShift Gear Backlight 26L. It’s not replaced my Rotation 180° Pro as my go to backpack but when I need something smaller it fits the bill ideally.
The hairstyle and the philosophy
of a Buddhist monk…
Travelling to a location within the Arctic Circle in February I expected extreme weather conditions – wind, rain, snow & ice. In the days immediately prior to my trip photographer friends of mine were there and experiencing regular snowstorms – fantastic for moody images. I was full of anticipation. Of course I took suitable precautions for me and my gear. In terms of clothing several layers were the order of the day – Merino wool base layers for top & bottom halves, thick socks, liner gloves, waterproof & windproof outer gloves, down filled jackets and a thick waterproof outer layer. Fully dressed I resembled the Michelin man – not a pretty sight but functional.
Sods Law of course determined that we arrived to sunshine and blue skies (still very cold though!) – weather conditions that dominated most of our week there. Holiday weather I call it and not my favourite for atmospheric landscape photography. In years gone by I would have driven myself into a spiral of negativity – wandering around, chuntering to myself about my misfortune, letting the frustration build up to a point where my creativity diminished to zero. But as I’ve got older I’ve acquired both the hairstyle and the philosophy of a Buddhist monk. I’ve learnt to accept that what will be, will be and I can’t change the weather. My approach these days is to adapt, to be flexible and respond to what I find, forgetting any predetermined notions of how I’d like things to be and instead going with the flow. This is better for my creativity, my blood pressure and my sanity!
Click here for more information on the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L
Why not join him on a workshop…
Steve’s next landscape workshop is in in the lovely village of Grasmere centrally located to visit the surrounding lakes and fells. It’s a 5 Day Workshop – 30th October to 3rd November 2017. He is running this alongside Mark Banks. You can see their full programme here: https://www.stevegoslingphotography.co.uk/index.php/workshops/20-5-day-lake-district-workshop
Further information on Steve and his upcoming workshops can be found on his website: www.stevegoslingphotography.co.uk
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Connor found his dream bag…
Urban Disguise 40 Classic
Connor has worked at Imagex (one of our specialist retailers) for just over 3 and a half years. Yet he has been a photographer for the past 6/7 years, specialising in sports and weddings. For fun he enjoys street photography.
Connor has seen and tested a lot of bags over the years and now he has found one that is just right for him and his gear; check out his thoughts below…
Why does Connor love the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 Classic so much?
For me, working within photographic retail has meant I’ve never been able to find the perfect day-to-day bag, until now that is! I need to take my camera gear (a medium size mirrorless set-up) along with a laptop and an array of diaries and notebooks. Sure I have bags that can carry my camera set-up like a dream, but carrying all the daily stuff needed for work seems to put these bags out of use. Similarly, no laptop bag I’ve ever owned has been able to carry my camera at the same time, until now. The ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise 40 Classic is the perfect bag for me to use 5 days a week.
“not flashy, but it’s clean and classy”
The Urban Disguise Classic is an elegant, understated bag, which I find the perfect look for work. It’s not flashy, but it’s clean and classy. The sleek design looks tidy and the leather front adds a professional feel, whilst the nice wide strap makes it easy to carry around a heavy bag for long periods of time.
What can Connor fit in his bag…
An average day would mean me stuffing the following into the Urban Disguise 40:
- Fuji X-Pro2
- Fuji XF 16mm f1.4
- Fuji XF 50-140mm f2.8
- Fuji 35mm f2
- Dell XPS 15
- Power Cables (organised within a ThinkTank Photo Cable Management 10)
- Computer Mouse and Cleaning Kit (organised in a ThinkTank Photo Powerhouse Air)
- Memory Cards (organised in a ThinkTank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket)
- Ipad Mini
- 2 A4 Hardback Notebooks
- A mass of paperwork…
All of this fits effortlessly into the Urban Disguise 40 Classic and it means I rarely have to switch round and change my bag set-up daily. The main section of the bag (designed for camera equipment) is nice and deep, well padded and easy to organise. Obviously the bag has to be deep to accommodate a laptop, however it would have been nice to have the ability to stack lenses within the main section. Anyone who knows Fuji will know that the 35mm is a tiny lens, and so having this at the bottom means a lot of space is wasted. Opening the main section is easily done with just one Gladstone opening style zip, which stretches at one side to avoid any nasty scratches to your camera.
The laptop compartment on the Urban Disguise 40 is well padded and a perfect fit for my XPS 15 with no room for it to wiggle around whilst I’m walking. This section has two zips, with the ability to secure them with the use of a standard padlock. All the zips on this bag are ThinkTank Photo’ standard YKK reinforced zippers, meaning that vigorous daily use will not result in any zips falling off or getting stuck. The front compartment features the ‘Sound Silencers’ we are used to seeing on ThinkTank Photo bags, especially useful if you need to grab a pen out of your bag during an important meeting. Alongside the Velcro, ThinkTank Photo have added a buckle to the front compartment for added security. The flexibility of the front compartment means the bag can remain elegant and sleek when you need to transport a minimal amount of kit, but can expand considerably to house an extensive amount of gear. Small touches like the two elasticated pouches on either side – perfect for water bottles – make the ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise Classic bags stand out from the rest.
“impeccably constructed and well thought out”
It’s rare that I can say I’ve found a bag to suit a specific need, but I would never go back to using any other bag for daily work. Previously I’d have taken my laptop and paperwork in a conventional laptop bag and lugged around a separate camera bag at the same time, but with the ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise I don’t need to. It houses everything I need on a daily basis, looks stylish and professional, is extremely comfortable to wear for walks between meetings, as well as being impeccably constructed and well thought out.
Click here to learn more or to purchase a ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise Classic 40 (also available in other sizes).
Fake Guinness anyone?
Behind the Scenes: How to create a St Patrick’s day promotion!
Step One: Pouring the perfect pint? It’s easy! Take 1 pint glass, 1 bottle of Coca-Cola, 1 can of whipped cream. One imitation Guinness coming up!
Step Two: Find a good setting – ah the top of this lovely red Biffa bin lid looks perfect!
Step Three: Find someone to take the photo and laugh at you when the whipped cream remains on your upper lip.
Step Four: Review your hard work over a crisp refreshing pint of Guinness.
If you really want to know, to shoot the real version we used a Fuji X-Pro2 and XF 35mm f2 in Acros film simulation mode with a slightly enhanced green filter to add contrast. 1/2000″ / ISO 200 / f2
Looks great and they clearly had fun, think I’d be tempted to find the nearest pub for a pint though!
You can find Connor at Imagex, but sadly not for long as he is going onto pastures new! (Good Luck Connor)
Small but MIGHTY
The Urban Approach 15
Ross Grieve, New Zealand born photographer has been mastering his art for over 20 years. Ross now resides in the beautiful rolling countryside of Pembrokeshire in Wales. He is an accomplished photographer who has won many awards including UK Pet Photographer and Welsh Master Fashion & Portrait Photographer, and recently Welsh Master Press & PR Photographer of the Year. He is also a passionate Street Photographer. Ross has travelled to far-flung parts around the world on assignment including Thailand, The Maldives, Ras Al Khaimah, Japan, Sweden and Australia.
Since becoming an Ambassador for Panasonic, he has won yet more awards and is leading the way in 4K & 6K Photography. Ross’ fun filled, action packed photograph of a water fight included his three children who have since become the face of the GH4 campaign in Europe. Ross was one of two photographers involved in the Lumix GH5 global campaign. Check out the film here https://youtu.be/ddQmJUYcXho
He has used many of Think Tank Photo’s products over the years and for over a year now he has been using the Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15. Have a read of what he thinks of the bag and see how much he manages to fit in this bag. First though, check out a few of Ross’ great pics!
Here is what Ross thinks of the Urban Approach 15…
I have been using Think Tank products for many years, I used to use the Thinktank Airport International V2 for all of my DSLR kit. When I made the transition to Mirrorless cameras and the Panasonic Lumix system I needed something smaller, stronger, and just as robust to give me the protection to my equipment that I have had with the Think Tank Photo Airport International. Furthermore I wanted something that was discrete and durable.
I saw the Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15 and I thought I’d give it a try. At first glance it looks small; but surprisingly it had the capacity to carry my 15 inch MacBook Pro, plus all of my other equipment comfortably.
It looks like an ordinary backpack, which is something I like straight away. I don’t want to draw attention to myself when I have this on my back especially when I am in a city.
TIP: In busy cities use a cable tie to lock your bag, it’s more discreet than a padlock
When you open the Urban Approach 15 you will be surprised by the variety of space options that you can have in such a streamlined bag. The simple velcro system allows you to configure the compartments to suit your needs. In my opinion the best features are: the loop on the back, allowing me to slip the Urban Approach over the handle of my main luggage bag, which is very useful at any airport or train station; the chest clip for added comfort; the easy access zip pocket at the front, which is great for business cards and passports; and obviously, the flexibility of the customisable sections, which protect my equipment.
Is it durable? Yes very. Since I have been using it for about 18 months, it still feels snug to wear. It has been used in variety of environments and in all weather, and there is no damage. A rain proof cover is supplied with the bag.
Therefore, the Urban Approach is the ideal bag to transport your camera equipment safely, and it caters for all eventualities- a coastal walk, over seas travel, sport events, street photography, the list goes on.
So, what can you fit into this little gem?
This is the contents of my photography bag. I think you will agree I can get quite a lot in a small amount of space, without compromising any protection of my equipment.
The list for this shot is:
- Two Passports
- Joby Gorilla Pod
- Business Cards
- Lens Wipes
- Charging Cable
- HPRC SD Card Case
- Battery Chargers
- Leica 100-400mm Lens
- Lumix 12-35mm Lens
- Leica Nocticron 42.5mm Lens
- Leica 12mm Lens
- Think Tank Powerhouse Pro (Sold Separately)
- Lumix GH5 with a Leica 12-60mm Lens and a Eddy Cam Strap
- Spare Batteries
- Lumix GX8 with a Leica 15mm Lens
- Notebook and pens
- MacBook Pro 13 inch
For further information or to purchase the
Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15 click here.
The saying “don’t work with children and animals” springs to mind…
If you would like to know more about Ross, you can find him on:
Colin Morris v. ice-cream & Storm Doris
Colin Morris is part of a great team working at one of our specialist retailers imagex in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Colin has many years of photographic retail knowledge and experience. Not forgetting he’s a talented photographer too.
Colin has seen and tested many bags over the years and so we asked him what he thought of the MindShift Gear SidePath.
Before that though, have a sneak peak of some of his work..
So what did Colin think of the MindShift Gear SidePath bag…
“When using a camera bag, I tend to stuff a bit more into it than I probably should. For me I like to pack my camera, 3 or so lenses, some lunch, a jumper and some waterproofs.
The MindShift Gear SidePath bag allows me to fit all of my camera gear inside and I have the added security of knowing that no-one can open the rear-zipper section for my camera when the bag is on my back. The bag feels comfortable on my back and is no problem at all to carry on a day out.
I have used the bag in awful weather and it’s never let me down. I also managed to buy a tub of ice cream and forgot to take it out of the bag, meaning it melted inside my bag, with all of my gear inside. Luckily my gear is weather sealed, but even the bag came out looking brand new after a quick spin in the washing machine.
As a summer day pack the bag is superb, but when I want to pack a little extra warmth in the winter the bag could’ve perhaps been a little bigger”
Colin uses Olympus and he packed:
- Olympus E-M1 II
- Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens
- Olympus 40-150mm f4.5-5.6
- Olympus 9mm Fisheye
- Olympus M.Zuiko 50mm f1.8
MindShift Gear SidePath versus Storm Doris…
I was recently asked to take some photos for a local garden centre. So the night before I charged up all my gear, checked it over and bundled it all nicely into my SidePath bag.
I arrived at the garden centre, had a cup of tea and got to work. As luck would have it, the infamous storm Doris decided to show up just after I started. Stormy skies do make for some great photos, but not when I can’t stand up. The trees at the garden centre were blowing over and the plants were coming out of their pots. Everything had gone to pot (if you’ll pardon the pun). One thing that worked without fail was my MindShift bag! Not a single drop of rain got inside the bag. A job well done.
SidePath bag = 1 : Storm Doris = 0
For more information about the MindShift Gear SidePath backpack, click here.
If you’d like to meet Colin you’ll find him at imagex. Where you can also find stock of MindShift Gear bags and accessories.
imagex sponsors The Bicester Camera Club
For more information visit their website http://www.bicestercamera.club/
You can also find Colin on…
(Click on the logo to be directed to his page)
UltraLight Dual 36L
– On an adventure with Sam Mossop –
Sam Mossop – a great photographer who works at one of our specialist photographic retailers – Wilkinson Cameras in Kendal, gave us his thoughts on the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L.
Before we do check out these beautiful shots taken by Sam –
Broken jetty at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, sunshine and warmth during the pre sunset, temperature dropped drastically when sun set but I had all warm clothing in my bag with all the gear.
Isthmus Bay, Keswick at sunset, balancing on rocks in the water was helped by slinging back on to shoulder to set up tripod and filters for long exposure of sunset.
Rydal Water at night, Milky Way visible, short hike to the water itself, plus climb up to Rydal Caves and Loughrigg Fell.
What does Sam think of the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L?
I have been using the MindShift UltraLight Dual 36L for some time now and have found it to be an incredibly versatile bag for general photography trips and longer walking in the hills. The first thing that strikes me about this bag is just how light it is for a 36L bag, this is even with the additional inserted case for camera equipment, it really lives up to the UltraLight name. The camera bag is split into two main sections, an upper section for personal equipment or photographic gear and a lower section with a removable padded case intended for photographic equipment. This insert can be removed to function as an external camera bag in its own right slung over your shoulder with the supplied strap, I found removing the insert and using it as a base to swap lenses quickly was very useful especially in wildlife and scenic areas where you never know what is round the next corner and are changing lenses frequently.
“it really lives up to the UltraLight name”
I have been using the bag for walking in the Lake District and for photography trips around the local area. Being able to pack in all the photographic equipment I need including my camera + 1-3 extra lenses along with my filter system and a tripod and then be able to also carry a 3L water bladder and waterproof coat and trousers, food, first aid and survival equipment is absolutely invaluable. The weather on higher ground is incredibly variable and so packing everything you need is essential especially for winter walking. The tripod holder is on the outside centre of the bag which is key for longer walks as the weight of the tripod is not pulling down on one particular side.
The Mindshift UltraLight bag is made of a lightweight but tough, water resistant material on the outside and a high quality durable inner material. The advantage of the bag being made of rugged water resistant material is that even if you do need to put the bag down you know it will be fine on any wet ground and will not soak through in the minute or two you need to access the bag. With the adjustable chest and waist strap you can really tailor the fit of the bag to make it comfortable for long periods of time. The bag comes supplied with waterproof covers for the bag itself and the removable case so you can be safe from rain in all scenarios, the waterproof cover will also fit over a tripod mounted on to the bag.
“In short, the bag is light weight, practical, versatile and comfortable even when loaded with equipment”
How much gear does Sam pack?
Well, this much…
- Sony A7ii body + attached Sony FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS
- Canon EF 70-200 F4L USM + attached Sigma MC11 adapter
- Cokin 100MM filter system bag
- Giottos Tripod
- Sony Remote Release
- CamelBak 3L hydration reservoir
- LED Torch
- LED Headtorch
- Survival Bag
- Winter Gloves
- Polar Buff
- Thermal Hat
- Waterproof Coat
- Spare batteries/cards/cleaning cloth
- First Aid Box
- Bags Waterproof Cover
- Waterproof Trousers
In the next video Sam packed his astrophotography camera equipment:
- Sony A7ii + attached Sony FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS
- Sony FE 28MM F2
- Samyang 14MM F2.8 + attached Nikon adapter
- Canon EF 70-200MM F4L USM + attached Sigma MC11
Click here for more info on the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L
It’s like winter clothing for your gear… .
I used the bag for a night time walk to Rydal up to Rydal caves and then on to Loughrigg in just below 0 degree temperatures. The bag kept my equipment relatively warm even though the outside of the bag was actually being coated in condensation when I stopped, due to the temperature. For several shots and extended periods of time the bag was on the floor and no moisture got inside the bag, I could just rely on the bag and carry on taking photographs.
Whilst walking up Helm Crag and around the Easedale Horseshoe as thick cloud and snow closed in on me being able to carry all my photography equipment comfortably and safely, being protected from the elements and still able to navigate with map and compass and keep warm in the winter clothing I was able to pack meant that a potentially miserable situation was actually fairly enjoyable. Even if there was very little photographic opportunity with 5 metres visibility.
If you’d like to meet Sam you’ll find him at Wilkinson Cameras Kendal. Where you can also find stock of MindShift Gear bags and accessories.
If you want to see more of Sam’s work find him on…
(Click on the logo’s to be directed to his page)