Wild Arctic Photography - Part I

This is Part I.  Click here to watch Part II - Waterfalls, Polar Bear Cubs and Arctic FoxI venture to the far north with Mckay Photography Academy and Poseidon Expeditions. We cruise the waters of Svalbard, Norway looking for Polar bears and finding amazing scenery!https://youtu.be/Xyi9zkr30O0The Poseidon Expedition crew was awesome, the ship the M/V Sea Spirit was comfortable and packed full of nice little touches including the 24/7 cookies and coffee bar. There was also a regular bar but I was more interested in the cookies :) A full tour of the ship is in part 2.   I am full of praise, the knowledge, and friendliness of the guides and the crew was just fantastic. See all our locations in part II.

GEAR LIST

Sony a7RIIISony 100-400 GMSony 1.4x TeleconverterSony 2.0x TeleconverterCanon 24-70 f/2.8 USM L IISigma MC-11 Adapter82mm CPL FilterPanasonic GH5Panasonic 12-35Panasonic 45-200Mavic ProQuiet PropsDrone Float SystemPolar Pro ND Filters for Mavic ProPlatypod SystemBuddiesman CF TripodOutex Waterproof housingHave questions about the gear? Send me an email toby@photorec.tvSee it all on KIT.com

A few of my favorite photos (Follow me on Instagram for more)

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Location List

  Have questions about the trip? Send me an email toby@photorec.tv

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review

Peak Design Everyday BackpackI've had the 30L Peak Design Everyday Backpack for a while now going on photo hikes and using it for everyday work. It's a very dynamic bag for sure but is it the one for you? From a Kickstarter that raised millions to a standout brand, you can tell this gear is made by photographers for photographers. It takes a bit to get used to this open side design compared to other bags but it can be a great setup for the photographer on the go.

Nice for Hiking

  • Extra compression straps for carrying more gear, including a tripod or sleeping bag
  • Can fit a DJI Phantom or Mavic easily
  • Raised pads for the back to reduce pressure on the back and increase airflow 
  • Sternum and belly straps 
  • Waterproof design
  • Good to use with the Peak Design Capture Clip
  • Top and side handles for grab and go shooting
  • More room for other gear, a coat, or food

Great for Everyday

  • Sideload design makes it easy for quickly switching lenses.
  • Carry-on compliant for air travel
  • Luggage pass through to stack on top of a rolling suitcase
  • Separate back pocket for a 15” laptop with extra storage for paper.
  • Easy access anchor snap for keys or something else
  • Theft prevention snaps that cinch down the zippers
  • A safe pocket at the top to keep business cards, cash, or other important things safe.

One of the most over-engineered bags out there, as the bag is essentially hollow, the key for the Peak Design Everyday Backpack is the special Flexfold Dividers that Velcro in to form cells to hold your gear. Compared to some bags as the zippers fully cover the bag you can get full access to all your gear simply swinging it around your shoulder. Albeit starting out you'll be trying to remember if a lens is on the left side or right when grabbing a lens. The Everyday Backpack is a well designed and thought out backpack that you'll notice a nice touch or feature days after owning the bag.Peak Design Everyday BackpackPeak Design Flexfold DividersBeing an everyday bag it's a nice dynamic design for shelving when needed for just enough gear and leaving the rest as an open backpack. Each Flexfold divider acts as a shelf in the bag with a folding design to move out of the way for larger lenses or subdivide for smaller ones. Because they do not fully hit the sides like a traditional celled design at times that does mean small items such as a lens cap may float to the bottom. I do wish the 30L came with another divider, both the 20L and 30L come with 3 oddly despite it being bigger. After getting the backpack you can do their survey for $10 and pick one up for $5 with free shipping. All-in-all the Flexfold dividers are quite innovative, find out more in the tips & features video here.30L Everyday BagAs a plus, lots of pockets! I'm usually one to push the Cocoon Grid-it as I can't find enough space in bags for the little things either shooting or working. Peak Design included side flaps with many small pockets, a small pouch on the top, and a safe pocket with a magnet for important items (great for business cards). If you need to store something larger though like a polarizer filter and keep it protected I'd suggest a field pouch or similar bag to help store the things that just don't quite fit. Larger items can be stored in the side areas while not in pockets as they stretch but without more padding, I wouldn't recommend this for fragile items like glasses but it's good for a something like a laptop charger.Thanks to the expanding design the 30L is large enough to load a DJI Phantom internally with extra space for a remote. As you fill the bag with something this large it expands to fit the need. Due to this design, the 20L is actually 12L, and the 30L a 18L bag initially. For those that pack light or have gone mirrorless, the 20L is a great fit. For those with multiple bodies or large lenses would be better off with the 30L. To get that extra space, as you raise the Maglatch top flap up brackets in the bag you gain another 8L at the cost of waterproofing at max size being more open. When hiking I managed to easily fit my duck coat in the top half of the bag this way. If you do somehow manage to max this out compression straps are hidden in the bottom and side pockets to hold a tripod or whatever gear you can't manage to stuff inside.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X9x3Tehhiw[/embed]As an everyday bag, the laptop slot is nice as I can carry a notebook and slim laptop but the area collapses when not in use to not take up space. If you are using a full size 15" laptop it will be a snug fit, especially if the main compartment is full as it expands into that area. If you have to carry a lot of paper for work I wouldn't suggest this bag as it's too tight of a fit for much with the laptop included unless you want to sacrifice a divider space or two in the main area. As the dividers collapse down easily for every day I went with one section with a DSLR, zoom, and a 50mm STM lens with plenty of room for what I need to work on that day.[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="16633,16621,16620,16608,16612,16613,16614,16615,16617,16618,16622,16627,16628,16629,16630,16632"]As a note, it's something simple but if you want plain black it's actually coming soon. I've got their charcoal design to review here but if that's not your style, just recently Peak Design has started to come out with new black designs. As of this article, it hasn't gotten to the 30L yet but can be found in their 20L Everyday Backpack, Field Pouch, and a new 5L sling pouch announced today.Overall when compared to some of the more traditional designs of other bag companies the Everyday backpack certainly catches the eye in looks but is it a good camera bag? That depends a bit on you as there is never a perfect bag ( Toby has tons). The Everyday Backpack is good for quick access but it loses out to efficiency a bit. It is expensive though compared to competition such as Toby's favorite MindShift Gear bag for $40 less which may be more convenient for those that really have to pack a ton of gear. Overall it's quite comfortable and the swing design of the arm straps can angle to size the person while the ribbed back design keeps you cool. If you are looking for something different with a great design and everyday use this might be a great bag for you.Also, check out Peak Design’s new Give a Shot program aimed at connecting photographers with non-profit’s - giveashot.org

Buy the 30L

Buy the 20L

Specs

  • Materials
    • Ultralight waxed Kodra synthetic canvas with DWR coating for weatherproofness, poly-spun mixed twill interior, compression-molded high-density EVA foam dividers and protective panels, die-cast and stamped anodized aluminum hardware with sandblasted finish and protective clear coat. Charcoal bags have Hypalon touchpoints, Ash bags have natural leather touchpoints.
  •  Lifetime Warranty
30L Everyday Bag

30L Everyday Backpack

20L Everyday Bag

20L Everyday Backpack

Volume
Min 18L - Max 30L
Min 12L - Max 20L
ExampleGear
Size
13" x 20" (up to 23") x 8"33cm x 51cm (up to 59cm) x 20cm
12" x 18" (up to 21") x 7"30cm x 46cm (up to 54cm) x 17cm
Weight
3.4lbs (1542g)
2.9lbs (1315g)
Flexfold Dividers
3
3
Tripod Carry
Side Pocket + Compression Strap
Side Pocket + Compression Strap
Color
Charcoal, Ash
Charcoal, Ash, Tan, Black

Yellowstone National Park with the Canon T6i

My daughter and I just returned from a great camping trip to Yellowstone National Park - She used the Canon T6i with an old  Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 and a refurbished 55-250 STM Lens - here are a few of her favorite photos from the trip.   This entire package is affordable and capable of great results. Honestly it is more about going someplace interesting than the gear you use. 

Gear for Carrying Your Camera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E89e--fS1ng&feature=youtu.beLet's talk about ways to carry your camera - with experience using Black Rapid Straps, Capture Clips, Spider Holster and Backpacker system, messenger bags, slings and backpacks - I show you the best of each method and share my "perfect" system for carrying gear these days. What's your favorite method of carrying a camera and or lens?

Gear Mentioned in this video - your use of these links helps support our work (it really does)

 [vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"] BlackRapid Curve Breathe[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]BlackRapid Curve Breathe Camera Strap[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]  Arca-Swiss Compatible Fusion Plate [/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"] Arca-Swiss Compatible Fusion Plate - Black Rapid Tripod Plate[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Peak Design SlideLITE Camera Strap[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Peak Design SlideLITE Camera Strap[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V2 [/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V2[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 V1 Sling Camera Bag[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 V1 Sling Camera Bag[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Backpack[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MindShift Gear Multi-Mount Holster 30 [/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]MindShift Gear Multi-Mount Holster 30[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]   Spider Camera Holster SpiderLight BackPacker Kit[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Spider Camera Holster SpiderLight BackPacker Kit[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Croatia Photo/Video Gear

https://youtu.be/UWWsvoKWQAk I just finished a fantastic trip in exploring the coast and islands of Southern Croatia. Beautiful country, friendly people. My goal on this trip was to produce video first and photos second. With video being my primary goal I am calling this the

Videography Travel Bag

 

Bags & Holster

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MindShift BackLight 26L[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Mindshift Gear - Backlight 26LAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]SpiderHolster SpiderLight BackPacker Kit[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Camera Holster - Spider Backpacker KitAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Mindshift Multi-Mount Holster 30[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Secondary Bag - Multi-Mount Holster 30Amazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Gear

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Panasonic LUMIX GH5[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Panasonic GH5Amazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix F2.8-4.0[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 12-60 f/2.8-4 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix 42.5MM[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix 45-200[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 45-200 f/4.0-5.6 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Rokinon 7.5mm mft[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 lensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Rode Video Micro ProAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 RII[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Sony RX1R IIAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More System[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More SystemAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hoya Circular Polarizer [/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hoya Circular Polarizers for each lensB&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hoya .3 ND Filter[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hoya ND Filters 0.3 for each lensB&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road Trip[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road TripAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Olympus TG Tracker WP Camera[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Olympus TG Tracker WP CameraAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row]  

My Favorite Non-Photography Gear

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk0m0e5Ways[/embed]With Toby traveling across the globe we've got a few MUST HAVE gear that always comes along on every trip/shoot. Here are our favorite pieces of non-photo gear with links to buy below.

USB Chargers
[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Anker PowerCore 10000[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Anker PowerCore 10000[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Neewer LP-E6 Charger[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Neewer Micro USB Battery Charger forCanon LP-E6 Rechargeable Battery[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]RAVPower Sony NP FW50 Battery Charger[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]RAVPower Sony NP FW50 Battery Charger Set[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Dual Charger for Panasonic DMW-BLF19[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) andDual Charger for Panasonic DMW-BLF19[/vc_column][/vc_row]
Accessories
[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Vitchelo V800 Headlamp[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Vitchelo V800 Headlamp Flashlight with Red LED[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hydro Flask[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hydro Flask Double Wall Water Bottle[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Mini Pocket Outdoor Blanket[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Mini Pocket Outdoor Blanket[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"] Leatherman Squirt PS4[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Leatherman Squirt PS4[/vc_column][/vc_row]
Clothing
[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Hat[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Hat[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]BUFF Fleece Hat[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]BUFF Fleece Hat[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Buff Headwear[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]BUFF Lightweight Merino WoolMultifunctional Headwear[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Patagonia Men's Ultralight Down Vest[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Patagonia Men's Ultralight Down Vest[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket[/vc_column][/vc_row]

 

Think Tank Bags for DJI Drones

Airport Helipak 2.0Think Tank Photo has redesigned the Airport Helipak V2.0 in an announcement this week. An updated version of a popular bag that’s airline safe, with this you have enough room for your drone, camera, up to a 15” laptop, and with a new lower price at $40 off. Thanks to our partnership with Think Tank using the links below you will receive free gear and free shipping with every order over $50.New features include:

  • Now deeper to store the Phantom 3 or 4
  • A tripod attachment strap added to the side
  • Reinforced lid to protect the rotors
  • $40 price cut

https://vimeo.com/179970887Find out more about the Airport Helipak 2.0 and buy it today at ThinkTank.comUsing the recently released DJI Mavic Pro drone you're not tied down with a giant bag to carry it all compared to the Phantom or Inspire.  For us, this means having a lightweight pack of gear that weighs less, is more comfortable, and most importantly lets us shoot longer. It's a giant convenience and Think Tank has a list of bags that will fit your new Mavic nicely.Shoulder Bags and Backpacks for the DJI™ Mavic ProTurnstyle 20Streetwalker 

Cyber Monday Camera Deals 2016

Black Friday 2017 Deal List Live - Photorec.tv/BF2017

Cyber Monday 2016 (updated hourly) we will post all current Cyber Monday Camera, lens, photography and accessories like tripods, SD cards and more below. Follow me on Instagram for posts on the best deals!For the Month of November, I am offering my Lightroom for Beginners video series at 25% Off . Over 6+ hours of Video, 30+ presets and much more.  Learn More.completeseries01-09photo travel with McKay Photography Academy

The BEST Gift for YOU or the photographer in your life - An Amazing Travel Experience DISCOUNTED!

Check out Amazon and B&H for the best photo deals you can find!

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Deals

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Black Friday Camera Deals 2016

Black Friday 2017 Deal List Live - Photorec.tv/BF2017

Black Friday 2016 (updated hourly) we will post all current Black Friday and Cyber Monday Camera, lens, photography and accessories like tripods, SD cards and more below. Follow me on InstagramFor the Month of November, I am offering my Lightroom for Beginners video series at 25% Off . Over 6+ hours of Video, 30+ presets and much more.  Learn More.Lightroom for Beginners Amazon Black Friday Dealsbh-holiday-deals

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 Did you know B&H Photo has an awesome selection of outdoor gear?B&H Pro Audio GearSee ALL current Deals and Recommended accessories

Don't use a Tripod or Tripod Tips and Tricks

https://youtu.be/0wIlHixjTr8 Tripod Recommendations:Budget Tripod: Dolica ProlineMy Recommendation: MeFoto Road Trip CFTop of the line: Feisol Legs with Acratech GP Ballhead Mini Tripod: Pedco UltralightFlexible Mini Tripod: Joby GorillapodI want to take just a few minutes and talk about when you should and should NOT use a tripod - far too often I see beginners carrying around and using a tripod when they don’t need too. In my opinion the only time you must use a tripod is when you are shooting at shutter speeds slow enough that you might get blur from handshake and that typically happens when your shutter speed is less than your focal length. If shooting at 50mm your shutter speed should be at least 1/50 of a second. There are more variables in figuring out the best shutter speed to avoid shake and I talk about those in my shutter speed video.Shooting at those slower shutter speeds is when you DO want the camera on a sturdy tripod DOES it really hurt to use it at those other times? It can because I see beginners doing two things when they use a tripod - setting up at eye level and rooting. We are humans we like to be comfortable and so we often setup cameras at a comfortable eye level, for some compositions this is OK but being free of a tripod means you are free to quickly try a variety of heights - what does your composition look like from ground level, just above? How about as high as you can reach? Using a tripod encourages us to set up at ONE height and stick there - this brings up ROOTING. We plunk the tripod down, put the camera on it and don’t move, continually shooting from the same location - maybe you try a different depth of field, maybe you try moving the focus point but generally you are going to end up taking way too many photos from that point of view and being free from a tripod encourages movement. Small shifts left or right, up or down can make a large difference in your composition not to mention frees you to look in all directions. When we work with new photographers on our trips we like to remind them about the 360 rule - always take a moment to do a slow spin looking for other possible subjects or compositions that are sometimes behind you. Shooting with a tripod is friction against moving and that’s potentially holding you back from a better shot.When are tripods useful?

  1. Using a tripod to shoot a bracketed exposure can help reduce ghosting and increase image quality but if you have a camera with a decent burst rate, with some practice you can certainly shoot a fast burst of bracketed shots without serious alignment issues.
  2. When you are setting up a careful composition, I find a tripod makes it easier to really study your composition, leveling your horizon, scanning the frame for distractions. It's harder as a beginner to study a shot and bring it up to your eye making the adjustments you want though it is possible, just don’t get rooted in the same spot
  3. Working with really heavy lenses, it is nice to have some support there even if you remain above the shutter speed rule.

So there are certainly valid reasons for using a tripod but as beginners I want you to aware of the drawbacks and hope you will keep those in mind as you photograph.

Quick Tripod Tips -

  • Always turn of image stabilization when your camera is on a tripod - some stabilizations systems at some shutter speeds will actually cause blur and give you soft images as a result.
  • I like to position one of the tripod legs under my lens for increased stability.
  • Never ever walk away from my camera on a tripod unless you are 110% sure it is stable.
  • Position the tripod plate release under the lens, making it harder to accidentally grab. There are times in the dark I thought I was adjusting the ball head when really I was loosening the plate. Not fun!!

Do you have additional scenarios where tripods are useful - leave them in the comments below.These days because of all the travel I am doing I am happy carrying the MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road Trip - it offers a nice blend of portability and stability- You can see several other recommendations at different price points below. If you would like to plunk your tripod down next to me in some awesome locations- Click here to see where I am headed next year. Tripod Recommendations:Tripod Recommendations:Budget Tripod: Dolica ProlineMy Recommendation: MeFoto Road Trip CFTop of the line: Feisol Legs with Acratech GP Ballhead Mini Tripod: Pedco UltralightFlexible Mini Tripod: Joby Gorillapod

 

Think Tank Video Workhorse Series

Video Workhorse Lowres 

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released the first three in a new series of bags built specifically for professional video.  The largest of the new Video Workhorse series, the Video Workhorse 25,  holds professional camcorders or video camera rigs up to 25” (63.5cm) long and 9.1” (23cm) tall, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.  And, as always, you receive a free gift with your order and free shipping.

Available today at Think Tank

What's in our bags? Travel to Greece & France Edition

We are headed to Greece with McKay Photography Academy. Here is our gear listPhotography Gear 

Paris/Greece Photo/Video Gear Packing List

Paris/Greece Packing List- We are stopping for a few days of fun in Paris too.Our main goal on this trip is to produce some videos for you- thus our gear list is video focused. Links go to gear on Amazon or B&H Photo. Using any of these links to buy anything is an easy and free way to support our work. Thanks!Carrying EverythingThink Tank Airport Backpack (smaller backpack style to ensure fits in smaller island hopping flights in Greece)Ona Bag Brixton (Christina is using a different bag so I get to look stylish with the Ona, Our Review)Christina has a Herschel Backpack with an ONA bag insert and an Ona CapriCameras

Lenses

Metabones Speedbooster EF to MFT http://bhpho.to/1LUcFfjCommlite EF to E Mount http://bit.ly/1i94y4QSpare SD Cards64GB, 32GB, 32GB(generally I leave cards in camera - download the footage/photos each night and continue to use the cards until full)

Christina’s List

Nebula 4000 -http://bit.ly/PRTV_nebula4000Power Cord for charging ^Hex Wrench for adjusting ^Mefoto Travel Tripod - http://bhpho.to/1XJ3Mvo (Not Pictured)Manfrotto Monopod - http://bhpho.to/1UFGuT1DiCAPac Smartphone case - http://bhpho.to/1ObLTl0LG G4 - http://bhpho.to/1hVAFnL (Not pictured - used to take the photo)RetiCam SmartPhone Tripod Holder -Rode Lav + - http://bhpho.to/1ETpAyiSure VP83F Shotgun micAccessoriesTranscend Military Drop Tested 1 TB USB 3.0 (2x, one for me, one for Christina)XRite Color CheckerRetiCAM® Smartphone Tripod Mount -http://bit.ly/1Fx321cCircular Polarizer filtersPeak Designs Capture ClipPeak Designs Slide Lite (Not Pictured)Bike MountXCom Modem - Stay connected as you travel http://www.xcomglobal.com/plansRocket Blower - http://bit.ly/1ivRc2kSensor Cleaning bits - (blog post)Power Converter 2x -Plug Adapters - I just read the reviews - yikes, hope they work.Monster Power strip

Iceland Travel Photography - Gear Report

August 5th to 17th I traveled across Iceland with  McKay Photography Academy - below is my in-progress packing list.Note - There is still one spot available for next jan/feb trip to New Zealand - join us in New Zealand for what I am sure will be an amazing trip!Watch all the Vlogs/ Travel Videos from Icelandhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUDLze8PsRsCamera GearThink Tank Airport Takeoff Rolling Backpack - http://bit.ly/thinktankairportNot loaded with Iceland gear

Cameras

Sony a7 R II - http://bit.ly/Sonya7Rm2Canon 5DS R - http://bit.ly/Canon5DSrOlympus Tough 860 - http://bhpho.to/1RKgrh7 (interested in time lapse mode and having a waterproof camera)

Lenses & Adapters -

I plan to use most of my Canon lenses on the Sony via Metabones adapter.Sony 28mm prime f/2 (49mm) - http://bit.ly/sonyFE28mmSony 16mm Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm f/2 Lens - http://bit.ly/sony16mmadaptMetabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Lens Mount Adapter Mark IV - http://bit.ly/metabonesIVCanon 24-70 f/2.8 (82mm) - http://bhpho.to/1GwoT7WCanon 70-200 f/2.8 (77mm) - http://bhpho.to/1fhJ040Canon 16-35 F/4 IS (77mm) - http://bit.ly/PRTVcanon16-35f4

Accessories

Lee Filters SystemLEE Filters Adapter Ring - 82mm - for Wide Angle Lenses http://bhpho.to/1Lqbg24LEE Filters Adapter Ring - 77mm - for Wide Angle Lenses http://bhpho.to/1gM0F4ZLEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder)  http://bhpho.to/1Ki0qeuLEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter http://bhpho.to/1MFsVQCLEE Filters 100 x 100mm Little Stopper 1.8 Neutral Density Filter 150  http://bhpho.to/1GyNx7UCPL filters - 77 and 82 sizes.Feisol Tripod - My ReviewArca SwissFotga Universal Quick Release Plate L Bracket -Pedco Mini Tripod- http://bhpho.to/1Ouj1CBAudio capture - Zoom H4n with two wired Lav Mics for vlog and guests on vlog (more about audio) NEVER USED (Rode Lav + did all the work)OtherLG G4 - Still enjoying the easy manual control of my phone camera! (my review)Rode Lav + - http://bhpho.to/1KhT4Ye (better vlog audio)  

New Bags from ThinkTank - Trifecta Series 8, 10

Trifecta-8-Mirrorless-Backpack-1 Trifecta-10-DSLR-Backpack-1

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released two new backpacks designed to allow you three different ways to get at your three “workhorse” lenses.  The Trifecta 10 is designed for DSLR systems, and the Trifecta 8 is designed for mirrorless systems. These innovative backpacks sling for side access from both the left and right. They are the perfect carrying solution for when you are on the move and don’t want to have to take off your backpack to access your gear. The rear panel opening offers complete access to gear.  And don’t forget that when you use my link you receive free gear with your order as well as free shipping.Trifecta lowresShop Trifecta Series and All ThinkTank Bags at ThinkTank or Buy from B&H Photo Video

Monday Notes- Backups, T5i and Giveaway

 A few quick notes

    • CrashPlan- an excellent backup system/solution is offering a free year.  Enter your email and the price for 1 computer for one year drops to $0, even at $50/year it is an excellent value and painless way to backup your precious photos/documents.  Do not wait until you have a horror story to start backing up. https://www.crashplan.com/carboniteswitcher/

 

    • My T5i Unboxing went up this weekend, You will hear me say this in the review- I think we will all be a bit happier if we think of the entry level DSLR market like the auto industry, every year there is a refresh of the product line and sometimes it is exciting with real changes and sometimes it is a polish with minor changes. This is one of those fairly minor changes.  I will have more thoughts in my review in a few days.   Take a few moments and watch the video and give it a thumbs up please.  I also have some sample video showing the silent and smooth focusing of the new 18-55 STM, not lots different from the 18-135 STM.

 

    • I spent the weekend shooting with the T5i and creating a video review of a brand new video monopod from Berno that will be part of my upcoming giveaway.  This giveaway that I have been mentioning for what feels like MONTHS now will start THIS WEEK! All the stuff  has arrived- I will be photographing, listing and putting this all together in the next few days, it is so exciting to be able to give away awesome gear.    You all taking the time to like my Facebook page, Subscribing to my Youtube Channel and visiting the website have made it possible. Thank you!

 

    • Last bit of housekeeping - Facebook has recently changed the admin system for pages, it now is more difficult to keep track of comments, if you leave a comment or questions on a post and I haven't answered it in a day or two please send me a message or post directly on the wall. I try to answer everyone's questions or comments that need a response so it is only because I missed yours that I haven't answered yet and I welcome a reminder or a nudge that you are waiting.