Monthly Archives: September 2015

thinkTank Photo’s Mirrorless Mover 25I

My wife and I love to go to Disney Parks. I love Photography. I hate carrying my 1DMK III into the Parks. And as a photographer, there are times I just don’t need the speed or features of a big DSLR. That’s why I just picked up a Sony A6000 and a 55-210 MM lens along with the 18-50MM the camera came with. The camera I may review in another post. But having a new fun camera I needed a smaller bag. Thus, I have the Mirrorless Mover 25I.

Key features that sold me on this camera bag:

  • Enough room for the lens with a Lens Flipper on it.
  • inserts easy to move when needed
  • Carry an iPad Mini
  • Enough room left over for all the extra junk I tend to carry
  • Belt loop for a belt
  • Removable Strap

First, when you put a Lens Flipper on a Lens, it suddenly becomes taller. Many bags are so tight that it’s just not possible with standing a long lens up. This bag easily fits my Sony 55-210 with the Lens Flipper.

When I am done shooting something, I usually do not want the hassle of having to change the lens to make it fit back in the bag. The inserts in the 25I are easy to re-position. The pictures below illustrate this best of what I mean.

I am a technology junky. I almost always have my iPad Mini with me. But carrying 2 bags some times is just not convent. My iPad has a great little home called the App House. I guess you can say that it’s vacation home is the Mirror-less Mover. There is enough room for my gear and my iPad with a Zagg Keyboard (that’s another blog entry). There are some awesome features on the Sony A6000 that works great with mobile devices. My phone is to small at times to do the extra editing I may want to do on the fly. But who wants to carry a camera bag and a tablet case?

Depending on what I am shooting, there are times I want to carry my bag on a belt. While I wish the 25I had the same kind of belt attachment flaps of the Hubba Hubba Hiney or Speed Changer, I can understand that thinkTank Photo wanted to make a sleek bag.

The strap is nice and thin, but is long enough that no mater how you wear it, it’s comfortable. I do wish it was a bit wider to make it easier to accommodate the Clip for the Lens Flipper, but I have enough straps, finding something that will work should not be a problem.

I carry stuff. extra batteries, battery charger, drink mix for water, hand sanitizer, blood glucose testing kit, kitchen sink, iPhone Camera Lens Attachments. Heck I could just use a thinkTank Photo Belt system. But who wants to look like a photo dork at Disney? Oh wait, do these ears make me look like a dork? (disclaimer when I wear my belt system while shooting, I look like a working professional, when I wear my ears in a Disney Park, I look like a fun loving tourist. When I wear them both together, my wife claims not to know me) The solution is the thinkTank Mirrorless Mover 25I

Pictures to be posted soon.

 

Aftershokz Bluez 2S

How often do you need to be connected to your phone to listen for that text tone, phone call or message and at the same time need to maintain a quite environment? Need to listen to music and hear what’s going on around you? Hate having a big ol blue tooth ear piece in your ear? Aftershokz Blues 2S might be the answer! Aftershokz has just upgraded the original Blues bone conductive headphones. This leaves your ears open to listen to what is around you. Great for things like riding a bike on the streets. When you get that call, or need to ask Siri a question, the dual noise canceling microphones does a great job keeping background noise out, and enhancing speech so people can understand you on the other end.

Now you may ask what’s this doing on a photo accessory company’s blog. This is a useful tool for us photographers. I love these when I am working in a NASCAR Garage during practices. It’s a time when full cover earphones is just to much. It also allows me to hear my phone, when I have so much gear that I can’t feel the vibration. It allows me to be safe and hear what I need to hear around the garage and from my phone. (I also use the wired Aftershokz with a scanner)

How about when I go for a hike? These things are AWESOME! it allows me to listen to the music I want with out bothering other hikers, and still able to keep my ears open to what’s around me. You can check these out here: http://aftershokz.com/collections/wireless/products/bluez-2s At the time of this posting, they are on Pre-order.

One really cool note about the Aftershokz, they have helped people hear when they have never heard before. Its the way the sound travels through the bone instead of the ear cannel Pretty cool stuff!