We first met David Wren while he was working with one of our Think Tank Photo retailers, London Camera Exchange, in Guildford. We met up with him at the start of his summer tour with O’Neill Wetsuits UK & Butta as their official photographer.
“Travelling around the UK with the UK O’Neill wetsuits team and Butta for their summer tour #busvibes is great. The tour is sponsored by Olympus and we are visiting different surf spots and sponsoring surfing events across the UK throughout the summer, which is great fun!
Here, the boys from the band Sunset Sons treated us to a gig on the bus deck and we held a wicked SUP race, where the winner took home an O’Neill wetsuit.
There are six of us on the bus with all our gear, working & sleeping in close quarters! So, we have to be selective about our gear as there is not a lot of space. Everything I have with me I need, and nothing that doesn’t get used.”
Here’s David’s Camera & Video Gear which he fits in the Think Tank Photo Airport International v2 roller:
CAMERA & VIDEO & SOUND GEAR:
- Canon 5D mk3 (without grip)
- Canon 7D (without grip)
- Canon 15mm fisheye
- Tokina 11-16 f2.8
- Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VR
- Canon 50mm f1.4
- Canon 100-400mm mk1 f4.5-5.6
- Canon 430 EX II flash
- Nikon L35 film camera! with colour film: Kodak Portra 400
- Olympus TG4 Camera (Olympus are Sponsoring the O’Neill Wetsuits UK & Butta 2015 Summer tour #busvibes)
- Rode video mic pro
- Lens Pens
- Pocket Wizards mini TT1 & Flex TT5
- AA chargers
- Hahnel Giga T Pro II – Wireless Timer Remote = for time lapses & cables for this
- x8 LPE-6 batteries for Canon
- x8 AA batteries
- Flash sync cables
- x2 variable ND filters = different sizes
Here’s David’s tripod & monopod which he fits on the outside of the Think Tank Photo Airport International v2 roller:
- MM294C4 manfrotto carbon fibre monopod with RC234 head
- MT055CX PRO3 manfrotto tripod for video with 2 way video fluid head
David’s POST PRODUCTION GEAR is protected in the Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 v2 laptop bag:
- iPad mini 3
- iPod shuffle
- 15” mac book pro
- iPhone 5C
- apple mouse
- x2 WD 2TP passport hard disks in hard cases
- memory card reader
- Charges for all
- Parker pen
David also uses these Think Tank Photo accessories to keep all his accessories tidy and quickly findable:
- 8AA battery holder – for x8 AA batteries
- DSLR 2 battery holder – for x2 Canon 5D/7D batteries
- Red Whips – to keep the cables tidy!
- PPR with union flag – wallet for CF cards
“Olympus are Sponsoring our summer 2015 O’Neill Wetsuits UK tour, which has given me the chance to play around with the fully waterproof & shock prove Olympus Tough TG-4. It’s remarkably good for something so small compact, with fast focusing & frame rates in the water. I can shoot in raw and 1080p HD video with the TG4 and the quality is extremely high for the sensor size, which has definitely exceeded my expectations!”
“Passenger clothing is sponsoring me and I’m enjoying getting to surf as often as possible on the tour and the picturesque sunsets from our wooden shack !!”
David has just got the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 canvas shoulder bag for when he needs to take a little less gear out and about with him, so we’ll see how he’s getting on with this later in the summer…
David will be on tour until 10th August – to catch up with the tour keep an eye on their facebook page:
You can find out more about O’Neill Wetsuits UK and Butta here:
You can see more about Olympus and Passenger Clothing here:
To see more of David Wren’s work follow these links to his Website and Instagram pages:
We met up with Pete from LCE – London Camera Exchange – Winchester branch to find out which backpack from the Think Tank Photo range is the smallest fit for the DJI Phantom quadcopter and accessories.
We found that the DJI Phantom Series 1 fits very snugly in the Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter backpack, with room for the controller, monitor, action camera, some spare batteries and the blades.
Take a look at how this gear fits in the Airport Commuter:
The Airport Commuter backpack weighs in at 1.5 to 1.9kg, depending on the number of dividers used. The external dimensions are 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H) and the shape is rectangular, so this is an ideal bag for airline travel. Of course you’ll need to check out your preferred carrier for their carry-on allowance!
For those of you that prefer more space around the DJI Phantom quadcopter, then the larger Airport Accelerator backpack is ideal. With external dimensions of 35.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm (14″W x 9″D x 20.5″H) and weight of 1.9 to 2.5kg (depending on dividers used) it provides even more space for accessories too. There is also a separate pocket for your laptop and tablet.
These photos give you a guide to the bag size when fitting Canon and Nikon gear inside:
The dividers that come with the Airport Accelerator are for standard DSLR gear, however Think Tank Photo have now produced a special divider set for this backpack – the Airport Accelerator DJI Phantom 2 Divider Kit – to maximise best use of space when fitting the DJI Phantom and accessories:
As you can see, compared to the Airport Commuter there is more space around the quadcopter, and greater capacity for accessories. The special dividers allow for storage in between the quadcopter arms, and also the divider kit comes with x4 protective rotor mount thread caps.
Find out more about the DJI Phantom quadcopters and Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter and Accelerator backpacks from Pete at London Camera Exchange in Winchester.
You can check out Pete’s work on his website here: www.pete-rawlinson.co.uk
FYI: We filmed the video of the DJI Phantom 1 fitting in the Airport Commuter using Canon, Sony and GoPro cameras.
The SWPP Societies 2013 trade show is almost upon us!
Trade Show Dates and Opening Times
11-13 January 2013 – 10:00-17:00
New Venue Hilton London Metropole
For full information on the Societies’ 2013 Convention including tickets explained, seminar schedules, Big L Challenge, hotel layout plus more, please see the Societies’ 2013 Convention website: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/
The SWPP 2013 show will be offering a broad range of learning opportunities designed to expand the proficiency of photographers and brings together a rich selection of talent within the photographic industry:
Snapperstuff will be exhibiting at the SWPP 2013 Trade show – Hilton London Metropole, 11-13 January, 10:00-17:00, King Suite, Stand K52, K53, K54!
We are proud to now represent the following brands, which we’ll have on display for you to check out:
We caught up with multi-award-winning Guardian Sport Photographer Tom Jenkins over the summer and took a look at what gear he fits in his Airport Security:
Here’s what Tom says:
This is the typical kit I take to a football match. Layout is as follows anti-clockwise from top left:
1/ 24-70mm 2.8
2/ underneath hidden 70-200mm 2.8 on top SB900 flash and 1.4 converter.
3/ mini tripod head (for remote), 28mm 2.8 for remote
5/ D3s, D3, spare battery
6/ 500mm f4 with on top mini tripod legs and pocket wizards.
For a football match I would also take another D3 body plus 300mm f2.8 in a laptop bag with my mac. Waterproof gear goes in front pocket of Airport Security along with stool. Monopod down the side of the bag.
Tom is offering a Masterclass to Fixation customers, in London. He’ll be sharing his techniques and ideas, inspiration and creative drive, as well as suggesting essential tools for creating the perfect image of the greatest sporting moments.
ABOUT TOM:I started being a professional sports photographer in 1989. For the vast majority of the time since I have worked for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. Of the many international events I have covered probably the 5 World Cups and 3 Olympics stand out as the highlights. As a lover of sport and photography it has to be the best job in the world! One of the best pieces of advice given to me right at the start of my career was to ‘get yourself down to Fixation. They will sort it out!’. Ever since I have relied on them to fix my gear (be it Nikon, Canon then Nikon again!) and find me new equipment. Quite possibly I couldn’t do my job without the back-up I get from everyone at Fixation.
The Masterclass will be on Tuesday the 4th of December from 6:30pm.
Tickets are strictly limited to 35 delegates for this very special evening.
Ticket price of £45 will entitle you to a signed copy of Tom’s new book “In the Moment” (cover price £30) as well as access to a whole raft of very special discounts on the kit that Tom uses on a day-to-day basis including:
ThinkTank Photo, Pocket Wizard, Aquatech, Lastolite, Manfrotto, and more… plus special offers on Nikon Pro gear and accessories!
Call Fixation on: 020 7582 3294 to reserve your place, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can purchase “In the Moment” from Fixation or from The Guardian
In Store Event with Clifton Cameras
Friday 30 November 2012
from 9:30am to 5pm
Nikon will be showing off there new D600 and V2 and J2 compact system cameras at Clifton Cameras. There will be a large range of cameras and lenses on show to try out and Nikon representative will be on hand for any technical questions.
Along with Nikon, Snapperstuff will be in store showing the latest Think Tank Photo bags and demonstrating the awesome Think Tank bag system that is so popular with our customers.
We will also be demonstrating: Enlight Photo (frio, orbis, ioShutter), Peak Design (Capture Clip) & Green Clean (cleaning solutions)
On top of this there will be some fantastic exclusive offers available on the day.
SEE YOU THERE!
Check out these links to reviews of the Airport 4-Sight, the Think Tank Photo roller bag on 4 wheels:
Path-Tech review of the Airport 4-Sight on their trip to Havana, Cuba:
Digital SLR Photography’s Editorial Team gave the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker their ‘Highly Rated’ award in their September 2012 issue!
Does my kit fit? Streetwalker
Rowenna Cox from Morris Photographic said:
I’m just kicking myself for not getting one earlier. The Streetwalker is such a lifesaver! It’s completely deceptive… Awesome stuff!
Here’s the gear I can fit’s into my Streetwalker:
- Nikon D90
- Lensbaby Composer
- Tokina 100mm f2.8
- Sigma 70-300mm f4 -5.6
- Sigma 150-500mm f5 -6.3 ‘the monster’
- Sigma 10-20mm f4 -5.6
- If I don’t take the Lensbaby, my Cokin P Series filter wallet will fit in there.