Month: May 2012

Airline Carry-on travel guide (June 2012)

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Copyright: Helen Atkinson 2012

With the Summer holidays on the horizon we thought a summary of current Airline Carry-on weights & dimensions* would be helpful… so, here are the weights & dimensions for popular flights out of the UK & Ireland:

Aer Lingus (shorthaul & longhaul) – under 10kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Aer Lingus (regional) – under 7kg – 48 x 36 x 21 cm

American Airlines – 56 x 35 x 23 cm (max) & personal item e.g. laptop or handbag with total dimensions not exceeding 91cm (length + width + height)

bmi – unlimited – 55 x 40 x 23 cm

British Airways – 23 kg – 2 pieces – 56 x 45 x 25 cm & 45 x 36 x 20 cm (laptop or handbag which must fit under seat in front of you)

easyJet – unlimited – 56 x 45 x 25 cm

flybe – 10 kg – 50 x 35 x 23 cm

First Choice – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Jet2 – 10 kg – 56 x 45 x 25 cm

Monarch – 10 kg – 56 x 45 x 25 cm

Ryanair – 10 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Thomas Cook Airlines – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Thomson Airlines – 5 kg – 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Virgin Atlantic – 6 kg – 56 x 36 x 23 cm

*Note: all carry-on weight and dimension allowances are subject to change at any time by the airlines, so please ensure you check with your preferred airline for accuracy prior to travel, to avoid disappointment.

We welcome your feedback on this, especially your experiences traveling with the Think Tank Photo bags, and if you have any other carry-on info you’d like to share please let us know. Thank you.

ioShutter Timelapse in Bristol Harbour

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Freia & Helen took the ioShutter to Bristol Harbour for a Time-lapse shoot.

Here’s how they did the shoot…

With very little planning & preparation we gathered the key things we needed…

  • ioShutter N3 cable (Canon fit)
  • Tripod (Manfrotto)
  • Camera (Canon 5D MkII)
  • iPhone 4S (you can use an iPad or iPod Touch instead)

…then we headed for Bristol Harbour to find a good location for our Timelapse. After a wee bit of wandering we found a good spot on Pero’s Bridge and set up the tripod & camera.

Next we connected the ioShutter cable to the iPhone and turned on the ioShutter LITE App (that’s the free one).

We chose the intervalometer setting of: Every 5 secs for 10 mins to trigger the camera’s shutter, and here’s the result:

Next we thought we’d compare the Timelapse option of the LITE App with the PRO (paid for one) and found heaps more functionality, so we set the intervalometer every 1 second for 10 mins and here’s the result:

While the ioShutter was working its magic we hung the phone in the blue bag that comes with it on the tripod and kept an eye on the passing pedestrian traffic to ensure our gear stayed in place!!

It really was as simple as that :0)

With hindsight we made a list of things that should be checked before going out to do Time lapse photography:

  • Ensure your sensor is clean – every little spec of dirt will show up!
  • Remember to install the App before your shoot… otherwise you may get a little frustrated waiting for it to load…
  • Remember to bring the quick release plate (Camera to Tripod attachment)
  • Bring an umbrella if the weather’s not looking too good
  • Set the file quality to JPEG only so you can fit plenty of shots on your card (& for quicker post production)
  • Remember to turn your iPhone to Airplane Mode as this could interrupt your shoot
  • Charge all your batteries before heading out!

How to do POST-PRODUCTION:

We put all the JPEG images from one 10 minute Timelapse shoot into ONE folder on the computer.

Then we used some Time Lapse assembly software to create the movie.

Typing ‘Time Lapse Assembly’ or ‘Time Lapse Assembler’ or ‘Time Lapse Software’ into a search engine will give you a multitude of free & paid for software to choose from and lots of useful websites guiding you through this too.

The one we used to compile our shots was: Time Lapse Assembler (Mac) (free)

Here are the settings used:
Codec: mp4v
Framerate: 30 fps (frames per second)
Dimensions resized to: 1280 or 1024 and scaled proportionally
Quality: High or Normal

Apple’s QuickTime 7 Pro (Mac/PC) (paid) is also highly recommended.

Just for fun, here’s one of the most amazing timelapses that I think has ever been made… something to aspire to!!

Produced by Neil Lucas, narrated by David Attenborough, Executive Producer Michael Gunton for the BBC:

Woodland Timelapse from the BBC LIFE Plants series

You can see some more fantastic BBC Time Lapse footage in their online Nature Video Collections archive. (click on link)

Does My Kit Fit? Retrospective 10 pinestone

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Pete Rawlinson, Sales Specialist at London Camera Exchange in Winchester, was privilaged to be asked to test out the new Nikon 1 cameras at the press launch in Shanghai, back in October…

“I thought I’d need a bag that would better suit all my kit. Now, like most photographers, I have many different bags and cases yet none seem to be able to handle the kit I’d be taking out with me.

While at work I looked at the Retro series and thought I’d appeal to my rep, Helen’s, kind nature and ask if there were any Retro Demo bags I could borrow. Unfortunately none of these were available, but Helen kindly lent me her own Retro 10. The bag was big enough to fit all my kit plus the chargers and my vitals, phone and wallet.

The main things I really found great about this bag were;

  • Enough room for all my kit plus more
  • Not your typical “Camera Bag” (meaning I could happily walk around the streets with £8000 worth of camera equipment on my shoulder)
  • The cushioned strap was more than welcomed as I spent 5 days carrying all this kit for the whole time
  • The carrying handle made picking up my gear from the taxis, buses and boats easier than having to pick it up via the long strap.
  • The sound silencers were probably the best feature with this bag. I found this particularly handy while exploring the Buddhist temple when I had to switch over memory cards.

All in all I don’t think I could say anything negative about these series of bags and since returning from China I have bought myself a Retro 10 which has become my primary Camera Bag.”

www.LCEGROUP.co.uk

www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk

Congratulations to Pete who recently wind 3rd prize in the Sony World Photography Awards (staff competition)!
Here he is collecting his prize:  Pete collecting prize

Pete Rawlinson shooting in Shaghai with the Nikon 1 camera

Shaghai at night, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Shaghai People, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011Fellow Nikon Photographers Simon Stafford & Will Cheung (Advanced Photographer Editor) with their Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise shoulder bags in Shaghai, shot on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Shaghai, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Nikon 1 camera gear, which Pete fitted in the Retrospective 10 bag – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

To see more of Pete’s work please check out this link: www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk

To find out more on the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 and other bags in the range to can catch up with Pete in the LCE – London Camera Exchange – store in Winchester, Hampshire. Website: www.lcegroup.co.uk

You can follow LCE on Twitter here: @LCEUsedCameras

and here: @LCEOffers

You can follow LCE Winchester on Facebook here: LCE Winchester

For more info on the Retrospective range click on this link: RETROSPECTIVE RANGE

Bigger Picture Roadshow IRELAND

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Snapperstuff has joined the Bigger Picture Roadshow on tour around the UK & Ireland.

The Bigger Picture is a series of free events giving you the opportunity to come and find out more about photographic products and services from the experts.

These events are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere where photographers can spend quality time with expert suppliers in the business.

Check this website for full info on Venues, Dates, Exhibitors:

www.biggerpicutreroadshow.co.uk

Events run from 10.00am to 4pm and complimentary coffee is provided at all locations.

No need to pre-register, no admission fee and no fixed sessions.

This week we will be in NORTHERN IRELAND & IRELAND:

22 MAY 2012 = BELFAST

23 MAY 2012 = DUBLIN

24 MAY 2012 = CORK

The nearest store selling the Think Tank Photo™, Enlight Photo™ (orbis™, frio™, ioShutter™) and Green Clean™ ranges in Ireland is:

Conns Cameras in Dublin (click on link to see their website)

Does My Kit Fit? Streetwalker Pro

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After reading the ‘Does My Kit Fit? Airport International v2.0’ feature, Sports Photographer Stefano Grasso, contacted us about his experience travelling with his Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Pro backpack. Based in Italy, Stefano works internationally:

“The Airport International is definitely the best trolley we can have !!
The size is ok, BUT, as you know, mainly in Europe the problem of carry on cameras and lenses is the weight…
I have a lot of equipment to bring with me and every time is a real nightmare. Lufthansa and Swiss allow 1 piece of 8 kilos max in cabin !

The last frontier for me right now, is a 400 f2.8 + EOS body 1D IV in the Streetwalker Pro and my other equipment (200 f2, 70-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 14 f2.8, 8-15 f4, 2 bodies EOS 1D, Mac Book Pro 15″ and some more things in the Airport International.  No comment about the total weight… Sometimes some equipment flies in a Peli Case, but what a stress. I have insurance of course, but I can’t afford to miss the picture !!!

Here’s how Stefano fits his gear in his Streetwalker Pro:

1) Streetwalker Pro with Canon 400 2.8 II + Eos 1D mark IV mounted + extender 1.4x III plus + extender 2x III
2) Streetwalker Pro with the same gears but the extenders covered to avoid scratches
3) Streetwalker Pro with the same gears and plus Canon battery charger and cable packed in pluriball
4 & 5) the Streetwalker Pro shown closed with all the gear inside
… total weight… 8 kilos, more or less !!

You can see Stefano’s work here: www.stefanograsso.it & www.horse-poster.com

For more info on the Streetwalker Pro backpack click on this link:
STREETWALKER PRO

Sling-O-Matic goes for a spin

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Whilst doing an In-Store Day with Clifton Cameras we thought it would be a great opportunity to road test one of the Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic bags, so Clifton’s sales specialist Gareth took to his bike…

Copyright: Helen Atkinson

If you’re in the Gloucestershire area, then you can find out more about the Think Tank Photo bag range by visiting the Clifton Cameras store in Dursley.

Alternatively you can check out their website: www.cliftoncameras.co.uk

or give them a call on: 01453 548128

Find out more info on the Sling-O-Matic range from our website here:
SLING-O-MATIC