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:
Wildlife photographer Roger Hooper is passionate about both wildlife and the environment and through his photography communicates the extraordinary aspects of our planet and the frailty of the world around us.
His next exhibition at the gallery@Oxo will be from Friday 9 August to 1 September 2013 – having been to see a couple of his exhibitions I highly recommend making a visit to see his fabulous images.
Photo of Art in the Wild exhibition at gallery@oxo, June 2013, Copyright: Helen Atkinson 2013
Roger takes his trusty Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff to ferry his gear around on his travels.
Having both wheels and a backpack is essential for Roger to work across the varied terrain, from the smooth airport terminal floors to the plains of Africa and beyond.
However, when trekking into the jungles and across other tough terrain, the Shapeshifter provides him with a great lightweight solution for carrying his gear.
In addition to this the Peak Design Capture Clip & Plate has become an essential addition to Roger’s equipment.
Clipped firmly onto his Shapshifter Peak Design Capture Clip & Plate leaves both hands free for trekking and has proved to be invaluable when climbing up to the tree tops, holding his 500mm lens on the Canon 1DX body securely in position and leaving both hands free to climb!
Photos of Roger Hooper at Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Brazil, are Copyright Roger Hooper 2013
If you’d like to can see more of Roger’s work, have a look at his website here:
Roger’s next exhibition:
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.”
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
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
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:
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:
See how much gear Freia Turland can fit in her Airport Antidote:
Professional photographer Freia Turland packed her Airport Antidote up for an adventure both for the bag and herself:
Canon 5D mkII with Battery Grip (BG-E6), Black / Blue Camera Strap and 24-70 f2.8 lens attached
16-35 f2.8 mkII
Canon Speedlite 580 EX
Special edition Pixel Pocket Rocket
Spare camera batteries, AA battery holders, lens cleaning cloth etc
Canon battery charger LC-E6E
In the front stretch pocket of the bag Artificial Intelligence 15 (included with the Airport Antidote) containing a 15” MacBook Pro (this is also included in the version 2 or you can get this separately)
Freia told Snapperstuff, “I wouldn’t normally keep a battery charger in my bag, but off to catch a series of planes to the Arctic Circle I needed to have everything in one place. I knew that the Airport Antidote met current legal international carry on requirements for my journey and was comfortable to have on my back for many hours of the day. A must with 100km snowmobile routes to make over the ice!”
Freia has the version 1 Airport Antidote, which has now been updated to the version 2 after feedback from users… find out more about the Airport Antidote™ V2.0 here…
We will show you some images from her trip here soon…
Please note: We highly recommend you check with your airline the legal carry-on allowance for both weight and size are prior to travel. Carry-on size and weight restrictions vary with different airlines and at different airports nationally and internationally.
Join the Automotive Studio Day with Pentax 645D – hosted by Clifton Cameras.
Venue: Imagist Studio, Bristol.
Date & Time: 2pm Wednesday 22 March 2012
There’s still time to join the Clifton Cameras event. See Nick Dimbleby (www.nickdimbleby.com) in action with the Pentax 645D shooting and Aston Martin in the studio, and have the opportunity to try the camera out yourself.
One our Snapperstuff Product Specialists will be on hand to advise you on the Think Tank Photo products and carrying solutions. Please feel free to bring your gear for a bespoke “fitting service”.
Snapperstuff is exhibiting Think Tank Photo and Orbis at the Focus on Imaging 2011 show.
BUT… WE HAVE MOVED… WE ARE NOW ON:
STAND L 3
Days: Sunday – Wednesday
Dates: 6th – 9th March 21010
Venue: Stand L3, Halls 9 & 10, NEC, Birmingham
Hope to see you there !