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DJI Phantom 1 meets Airport Commuter

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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:

T489 Airport Accelerator 01AS

Accelerator loaded with an assortment of Nikon Gear

Airport Accelerator with Canon Gear

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:

T487 Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Divider Kit 02S

T487 Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Divider Kit 01S

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.

The organiser pouches pictured between the arms are the Cable Management 20 V2 – other sizes and types are also available, and you can see the full range HERE.

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.

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

Mark Pain in the shot

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Being Ready “Before the moment” ensured Mark Pain was able to capture this extraordinary image:

Tiger's ball heads straight towards Mark's camera

 

Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain stood fast as Tiger Wood’s golf ball headed straight for him during Saturdays play at this years Ryder Cup held at Celtic Manor in Wales back in October.

Tiger Woods, the American world No 1, was partnering Steve Stricker in the fourball against Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher (European Team) at the Ryder Cup. Tiger’s second shot to the 18th was a little wayward and landed in the crowd to the right of the green. The usual funnel opened up so Tiger could see the green and play his third shot in from the area trampled by spectators, a chip onto the green. However, he duffed his third shot, and it didn’t make it to the green, he sent the ball directly towards Mark who was crouched at the feet of the watching spectators.

Its the sort of shot that Tiger hits perfectly 999 times out of a 1000


“Its the sort of shot that Tiger hits perfectly 999 times out of a 1000” says Mark, but not on this occassion. Milliseconds after Tiger struck the ball it hit the lens hood of Mark’s 24-70mm lens and ricocheted into trusty Nikon D3s body before hitting him in the chest rolling onto his Think Tank Speed Changer then falling to the ground and coming to rest at his feet.

Mark tells me that thankfully it didn’t hurt him as the camera took the sting out of the shot, however the glare form Tiger was something else. “He knew he’d hit a bad shot and I wasn’t in the way, but it gave him something to focus on I guess.”

Your shot has had some impressive claims made about it on the internet Mark, I’ve seen quotes about it being “instantly iconic” and “Tiger gives us the best golf shot ever.” Are you surprised how big a shot it became and how fast? “Yes, indeed. It’s amazing CBS News interviewed me live for about 4 minutes and the guy with the cigar in the crowd behind Tiger was flown over to the States to be interviewed on the Today show.”

Has your mobile phone calmed down yet? “Yes it has, it was crazy for a week or so after I took the picture and the Mail on Sunday article was published, it really is amazing how many times it’s listed on Google, its been used on so many other sites and blogs, it’s a shame they don’t pay for usage.”

What about other news or golf magazines? “Yes, I’ve had calls from as far afield as Japan and Brazil that want to use the picture, it really is a globally recognised image and at least the magazines pay. Sports Illustrated used the image over two pages as a magazine opener, which is pretty impressive. Golf Digest ran a nice piece in the US too. There is also a nice little piece in the winter issue of Nikon Pro magazine”

I see that you’ve put the image in question as the splash page on your website, has it increased traffic at all? “Yes it has, but I think that as the picture is on so many sources and my name that people have searched for “markpain.com” and come to the page that way as nobody seems to have hyperlinked it in anyway”

Can you tell me a bit more about how you set up for the shot? “It was a tough call as to which lens to use, the shot was at around 70mm, so I took the 300mm off the D3s and grabbed my 24-70mm out of my Lens Changer 50 so I had 24-70 on one body and the 70-200 on the other. Covering the bases in case we were moved back when Tiger set up. When Tiger hit the shot I kept the camera on him to see his reaction, little did I know that the ball was heading my way and thats how I got the shot! The picture of me moving away and Tiger glaring at me was shot by Matthew Harris who was obviously in a different spot.”

Which belt do you use your Speed Changer on Mark and what other Modular Components do you use? “I’ve got a Speed Belt with my Speed Changer in the middle to the front, I then have a Lens Changer 25 and a Lens Changer 50 which are really brilliant with the zip down extensions they cover most of the lenses I’ll ever need to carry. I also have a Lightening Fast for my flash and some spare batteries and just in case for anything else I have a Whip it Out.

The really really great thing about the system and especially at this years Ryder Cup as the weather was so wet and muddy is the rain covers that come free with each component, I’m certain it saved my kit and kept it working when others were having problems.”

How long have you been using Think Tank gear for Mark? “I guess I’ve had the Speed Belt and the pouches for 3 or 4 years now and of course I’ve got one of the Airport International roller cases which is superb and goes literally everywhere with me.

To be honest all the Think Tank bags do exactly what you need them to do, most of the guys who cover golf pretty much full time all use Think Tank, you can wear it all day and have no problems what so ever and as I said mines 3 or 4 years old and still going really strong.”

Well Mark, congratulations on a brilliant picture, I’m really pleased that you were helped to get the shot because you were able to Be Ready “Before The Moment” with your Think Tank Photo gear, I hope it wins you a few competitions.

Mark Pain is glared at by Tiger Woods - photo Matthew Harris

No image manipulation, no staging, just straight forward top quality sports photography.

For further reading see: Mail on Sunday’s article

See Mark’s website: www.markpain.com

My gear’s too heavy: how can I spread the weight? part 1

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‘The photo kit I have is heavy! It is too heavy to be supported around the neck!’ (customer feedback 2010)

Wearing camera gear around your neck and over your shoulders for prolonged periods, may cause you aches and pains and eventually damage your neck and, or back…

For times when you need to carry camera equipment on your body a one good solution is to spread the weight across your body using a combination of belt and harness with pouches attached for your camera equipment.

For those of you who need a light weight solution with minimum bulk, the Think Tank Photo belt, harness and pouch system could be what you are looking for.

Think Tank Photo Modular System
Think Tank Photo Modular System

There are three options to choose from with the belt:
Thin Skin – webbing only, so very lightweight – great for hot countries, times when you need to travel light or carrying a few small pouches
Pro Speed Belt – lightly padded, for more support and comfort, and to carry an average amount of gear
Steroid Speed Belt – double rail, padded, extra wide for support and comfort and to help spread the weight of heavy gear, especially good for those with back problems

Think Tank Photo Pro Speed Belt with Speed Changer & Whip It Out
Pro Speed Belt with Speed Changer & Whip It Out

Two harness options:
Pixel Racing Harness v2 – Harness affixes to all three styles of Think Tank Photo belt & helps spread the weight of the gear across the torso, not just the waist or hips
Belly Dancer Harness – is a one size fits all belt and harness that clips at the back & helps spread the weight of the gear across the torso, not just the waist or hips

Pixel Racing Harness with belt & Lens Changer 50 & Whip It Out
Pixel Racing Harness with belt & Lens Changer 50 & Whip It Out
Pixel Racing Harness attached to Pro Speed Belt (rear view)
Pixel Racing Harness attached to Pro Speed Belt (rear view)
Belly Dancer Harness
Belly Dancer Harness

Lightly padded pouches for three typical zoom lenses:
Lens Changer 50 or Large Lens Drop In = Canon 16-35 f2.8 OR Nikon 14-24 f2.8 (in each case with lens hood in position)
Lens Changer 35 or Lens Changer 50 = Canon 24-70 f2.8 OR Nikon 24-70 f2.8 (in each case with lens hood in position)
Lens Changer 50 = Canon 24-70 f2.8 OR Nikon 24-70 f2.8 (with lens hood inverted)
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down = Canon 70-200 f2.8 OR Nikon 80-200 f2.8 (can fit lens with hood in position or inverted AND tripod collar in place)
Whip It Out = Canon 70-200 f2.8 (with lens hood in position BUT no tripod collar)
Lightning Fast
= flash / strobe / speedlight or battery pack

Modular Pouches
Modular Pouches
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down

Non padded pouches for your specific lenses:
Skin 50 = Canon 16-35 f2.8 OR Nikon 14-24 f2.8 (in each case with lens hood in position)
Skin 50 or Skin 75 pop down = Canon 24-70 f3.8 (latter pouch with lens hood in position)
Skin 75 pop down = Canon 70-200 f2.8 OR Nikon 80-200 f2.8 (can fit lens with hood in position or inverted AND tripod collar in place)
Skin Strobe = flash / strobe / speedlight or battery pack

Skin pouches
Skin pouches

Pouches for the camera bodies:
The Chimp Cage – for pro DSLR body
Skin Chimp – for pro DSLR body or holds a semi pro body with up to a 24-70 lens on it (also has pop down feature so can accommodate lens hood in position AND inverted)

Chimp Cage
Chimp Cage
Chimp Cage interior
Chimp Cage interior

All the Think Tank Photo pouches come with a fully seam sealed rain cover, for the times when it is bucketing down!

Look out for Part 2 next week for more techniques to spread the weight…

orbis™ ring flash episode 006 – from Prep to Page

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“From Prep to Page”, the first mini-documentary from enlight photo:

Sit back, put your feet up and follow orbis™ shooter and adventure photographer Graeme Murray from prep, to packing, to shooting an editorial mountain-biking assignment.

Watch Graeme on assignment 6 hours into the deep New Zealand rain forest as he carries all his gear in, through and out. See his location lighting setups and the results.

Then see the beautiful Carena West filmed with a Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 bring the short film to a conclusion.