London Camera Exchange – LCE – has branches all over the UK and an easy to use store locator on their website here:
The LCE Reading branch has been hidden for some time under scaffolding, enduring some major works happening to the flats above them…
Despite this, it is BUSINESS AS USUAL for the team who are all passionate photographers too!
STORE MANAGER – ANDY
The store manager Andy is currently gearing up for The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford from 17 to 19 July 2015 and then some time photographing the wildlife… if the weather holds ;0)
His current gear comprises of:
- EOS 5D mkIII
- EOS 7D
- 8-15mm Fisheye
- 17mm TSE
- 24mm TSE
- 100mm f2.8 IS macro
- 16-35mm f2.8
- 24-70mm f2.8
- 70-200mm f2.8
- 300mm f2.8 IS
- 1.4x converter
- 2x converter
- Fuji Xpro 1 + 18-55, 10-24 + 23mm + 35mm
Of course Andy needs some bags to house all this gear…
Pictured from top to bottom:
Think Tank Photo – Retrospective 7 – fits all his Fuji gear
… and a plethora of Cable Management 10, 20 and 30 sizes along with DSLR Battery Holder 2 & DSLR Battery Holder 4 & AA Battery holders (with green trim) – All these are used for keeping remotes, LED torches, batteries, flashguns etc. (Andy’s fairly certain I’m pretty sure I have at least doubled the amount of Cable Management cases now
Andy also has the Mindshift Gear Filter Hive for his LEE filters (pictured below).
I love wildlife photography, birds and mammals, and I’m often found talking to animals when no one is looking! I also love Aviation photography, Cityscapes, Landscapes and a little bit of Motorcross… Basically anything that isn’t a human being!
You can see Andy’s images on his website here: www.hardpointphotography.com
AND… if you venture past the scaffolding into LCE Reading you will see some of his super shots adorning the walls of the store!
SALES ASSISTANT – MARK O’NEILL
I like photographing buildings, landscapes and weird stuff underground, usually at night…
His gear comprises of:
- 14-24mm f2.8
- 24-70mm f2.8
- 80-200mm f2.8
- 50mm f1.4
- 105mm f2 DC
Mark won the 1st International Light Painting Awards in 2013 with this image:
If you’re interested… it’s not too late to enter the 2015 International Light Painting Award – closing date is 1 August 2015.
Mark recently participated in the OPEN FOR ART 2015 event in Reading – from 3-5 July 2015. “It’s a three-day Town Centre arts festival to showcase Reading’s hidden talent and creative industries.” 29 venues in Reading town centre volunteered to host a trail of pieces from local artists – on the streets, in shop windows and disused buildings. Along with the art trail there were heritage walks, workshops and events for everyone to participate in throughout the weekend event. Perhaps this is one for your 2016 diary!
If you’d like to meet Andy, Mark and find out more about their photography passion, you can visit them at the LCE Reading store, and of course you can also get a great range of Think Tank Photo and MindShift Gear from the store too!
Remember to check out the LCE Summer Specials and get the photo gear you need ahead of The Royal International Air Tattoo while you’re there…
We’re heading out to Santa Rosa, just north of San Francisco to join the Think Tank Photo (TTP) team in their 10th anniversary celebrations and looking forward to catching up with all their team on their home turf.
Deciding upon public transport to get to the airport, the big question: what bag or bags to take?!
For me I decantered my lighting equipment and stripped the dividers out of my Airport Security roller, then filled this with clothes and personal gear for the hold. Thankfully the built in TSA zipper lock for the main compartment saved me scrabbling around in search of a padlock at home.
Now for hand luggage I’d normally take my Canon DSLR gear, laptop, tablet, chargers, and other gadgets and utilise the Airport International roller for all this. I like to give my body a rest from carrying gear whenever I can, and one bag also means I’m less likely to loose stuff enroute…
Flying with British Airways this roller fits perfectly in their carry-on bins, and even when heavily laden with big glass I’ve yet to exceed their 23kg carry-on limit with it. Also having the ability to put the laptop inside the roller (utilising the low dividers) gives peace of mind and ease of access for security checks.
However, as this trip is a short one I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to road test the new Urban Approach 15 (UA15) backpack and Urban Approach 10 shoulder bag… oh and take less stuff!
It’s not until I try out each bag that I really appreciate the little nuances that really make the TTP bags stand out from the crowd.
Gear wise I opted for my Fuji mirrorless system, Lee filters, iPad, Bose music system, chargers of course, and last minute thankfully remembered my plug adapters for the USA!
The UA15 backpack, with its tapered front, is incredibly deceptive in size and I was really surprised at just how much gear can be comfortably configured in this slim, smart, neat little bag.
The big bonus with this is the ability to slide it over the extendable handle of a roller, thanks to the addition of a fabric strip across the back of the bag, which doesn’t affect the comfort when wearing it. This made my walk to the train station and the change to the bus pretty smooth running.
Breaking with habit I also packed the Urban Approach 10 (UA10) for the small bits I was likely to want quick access to on the flight, and also for fitting the Fuji gear and iPad in when wandering around the town. Like the back back this is incredibly light and surprisingly capacious.
The UA10 combines the features of several shoulder bags in the Think Tank Photo range:
=> the lightness and strength of the CityWalkers with the ‘X’ clasp to secure the front flap and padded shoulder strap
=> the Retrospective Velcro fastening also on the front flap along with the silent feature for added security and quick access to the main compartment, grab handle allowing you to slide this over the roller handle, and expandable front pocket
=> the Urban Disguise Classic clutter free smart exterior with leather accent along the front flap, with rear pocket for small papers or accessories
=> the Mirrorless Mover expandable side pockets for a small water bottle and perfectly sized interior to fit 10″ tablet and mirrorless or micro 4/3rds gear
Now my fellow traveller and business partner, aka my Pa, opted for one bag as carry on and a small Stuff It pouch on the belt for necessities.
His choice bag was the Airport Accelerator – a rectangular backpack equivalent size to the Airport International roller and fits the BA luggage bin perfectly, yet fits so much more as there’s no extendable handle to cater for. Weighing in at 2.3 kg (check this) prior to packing and having dedicated pockets for both 15″ laptop and 10″ tablet, this provided the perfect solution for him to maximise his carry-on.
Pa finds this bag extremely comfortable to wear, and the easily adjustable straps make for best fit and easy to get on and remove without having to contort your arm. Oh and it’s cool and he likes it!
As well as these bags, the Travel Pouches both small and large make for great toiletry and clothes carriers, and the new CF/SD & Battery wallet keeps the small camera bits together.
So, prior to catching up with the TTP guys we’re heading to the the Schultz Museum and a pit stop at Willy Bird’s!
The countdown is on to Europe’s biggest annual photographic Convention.
The Societies 2014 Convention runs from 15-20 January, and we’ll be exhibiting with the Societies Trade Show, over 3 days, from Friday Jan 17-19, at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU.
Friday, 17 Jan = 10-5pm
Saturday, 18 Jan = 10-5pm
Sunday, 19 Jan = 10-4pm
Registration for FREE ENTRY to the Trade Show has now been extended to 10 January 2014, after this the cost is £6.
Over 100 exhibitors are preparing to show the latest products and services from the photographic industry.
Phil Jones, The Societies’ CEO says, “There is no question that this show is a ‘must-do’ event for all serious photographers”
He added, “Many of the trade have negotiated special deals for the 2014 Trade Show. There will also be a range of free demonstrations from some of the key players within the industry, such as Adobe, The Flash Centre, onOne Software, Fujifilm…to name a few.
Our 2014 Convention will simply be the biggest event of its kind ever held in Europe – and our message to photographers is simple ‘Don’t miss it’.”
For more information on The Societies 2014 Convention, please visit the link below:
We will be exhibiting the brands we represent here in the UK & Ireland:
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.