CustomSLR Dual Camera Strap – Review

On December 1, 2015, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

CustomSLR Dual Camera Strap
Price: $134.95
Company: CustomSLR

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For many photographers it is required to have two camera bodies while shooting events. Carrying those two cameras can become a nightmare. CustomSLR has recently released the Dual Camera Strap for when you need to use two cameras in a demanding setting.

You can buy the complete kit with two Glide One with C-Loop [http://www.customslr.com/products/glide-strap] for $134.95. If you already have the straps, you can buy the kit only for $24.95 that consists of the back pad and a sternum strap. My review unit was the complete kit and was pre-assembled. If you assemble it yourself make sure you place the adjustment buckle on the front of your body. For some reason, mine came assembled with the buckles on the back, and it was difficult to adjust until I looked at the video on how to assemble it.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Gear rotation180° Horizon backpack (charcoal color)
MindShift
$260 U.S.

Every professional and serious amateur photographer loves bags. We do because they’re an essential part of our kit. I’m betting that you have a closet full of camera bags. Just like lenses, different camera bags serve different functions. You probably have one just for event shooting, one for corporate gigs, one for hiking. Am I right?

Actually, I’ll bet you have more than one for each of those gigs. I know I do. When we shop for bags, were often trying to find a bag that hits the camera bag holy trinity: light, roomy, and protection. But let’s add a fourth: it needs to look good.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting my hands on a MindShift Gear rotation180° Horizon backpack (charcoal color) to review and this one hits all four of those points in some respect.

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About Antonio Rosario

I'm a pro photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. My work includes both commercial and fine art photography. Co-owner of the Switch to Manual educational network (SwitchtoManual.com) and co-host of the photography podcast "Street Shots." Along with being a commercial shooter, I'm also a digital imaging and workflow consultant. I train photographers, both advanced amateurs and pros, in the use of Adobe Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop as well as various Mac-related software and hardware. Contact me to inquire about my photography training and tutorial programs. I'm also a film maker and video editor.

ThinkTank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
Think Tank Photo
Price: $159 U. S.

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Every ThinkTank Photo pack I’ve looked at in the past has been remarkable for attention to design, function and workmanship. The Trifecta 10 is no exception. This backpack is designed with serious amateur photographers and professionals in mind. It’s sleek and it’s sturdy. I make no apologies for my loyalty to the ThinkTank brand. They make good stuff.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Airport International LE Classic
Company: ThinkTank Photo
Price: $420 U.S.

Think Tank loaded

When shopping for a camera bag, it’s important to give some thought to how you’ll use it. Just as you don’t need a $5,000 Nikon DSLR to take good pictures of your nephew’s birthday party, neither do you need a $400 rolling camera suitcase if you’re just traveling short distances and not carrying a pile of gear.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

Domke Chronicle Camera Bag
Tiffen
Price: $317-$350

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The Domke Chronicle is a rectangular camera bag made of heavy duty canvas. It comes with three detachable inserts than can be configured in a number of ways to accommodate a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) and a couple of lenses. It also has four expandable pockets, two on the sides and two under the front flap, as well as a smaller storage pocket inside the main compartment, suitable for SD cards or filters. There’s a zippered pocket behind the front compartment for an iPad or other tablet.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Custom SLR Camera Hand Strap – Review

On October 28, 2014, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Custom SLR Camera Hand Strap
Price: $14.95
Company: Custom SLR

I always use a hand strap on my DSLR camera. Up until now, I never found any hand strap for DSLR that was totally satisfying. I used to buy some from eBay that were uncomfortable and made of cheap material. That’s going to change today with the Custom SLR Camera Hand Strap.Screen_Shot_2014-02-18_at_12.22.58_AM_grande

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Mastering the Nikon D700 – Book Review

On October 27, 2014, in Book Review, Camera, by Steve Hammond

Mastering the Nikon D700 – Book Review
Price: $39.95
Authors: Darrell Young, James Johnson
Company: Rocky Nook
ISBN: 978-1-933952-23-9, 256 pages

DSLR cameras are the top choices for professional photographers. The provided owner’s manual is great reading to familiarize yourself with your camera. But is there a better book to get you started? Let’s evaluate Mastering the Nikon D700.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Airport Roller Derby
ThinkTank Photo
Price: $389.75

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There are several rolling suitcase-like camera packs on the market, but I’ve yet to see one that can match the Airport Roller Derby for smoothness and durability. The pack is slim enough to roll through the aisle in an airplane and will easily fit into most overhead compartments. Unlike a similar ThinkTank product I reviewed about 18 months ago, this one comes with four dual wheel sets instead of single wheels. These wheels are so responsive you can move this pack, fully loaded, with one finger.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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UltraLight Camera Cover
Mindshift Gear
Price: $29.99

Negri Mindshift

The UltraLight Camera Cover is a waist pack perfectly designed for carrying a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and lens. Use it on a day hike or any time you’re wandering around outdoors. It’s simple to use, reasonably priced, and will protect your camera from the elements. I wish I’d had it with me on a recent trip to Oregon when it rained seven out of nine days.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Think Tank Photo — Two Very Different Recommended Camera Bags

SLING 10

Sling-o-Matic 10 Sling Camera Bag

Price: $137.75

 

AIRPORT

Airport Takeoff Rolling Camera Bag

Price: $349.75

If you want a bulletproof camera bag, either of these exceptional products from Think Tank Photo will serve you well. There are major functional differences between the two, but the build quality for both is remarkable for the strength of the materials used and the thought that went into the designs.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

Thule Perspektiv Messenger Camera Bag
Thule
Price: $139.95

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The Thule Perspektiv Messenger Bag is a tote suitable for your daily commute or a weekend overnighter. Persketiv becomes more than a mere tote or duffle when you unzip its cover and realize there’s a well-padded removable compartment inside that can accommodate a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with a 70-200mm lens and battery grip attached. In addition, there’s a separate padded compartment for a 15-inch MacBook Pro, as well as an abundance of small zippered compartments suitable for SD cards, extra batteries, filters, and other small objects.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Photography and video books – Review

On January 24, 2013, in Book Review, by Steve Hammond

This review is about photography and video books that I had the chance to read recently. They cover various subjects that may be of interest to some of you.


Nikon-CLS

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW
Lowepro
Price: $99.99

If you’re searching for a product with the best camera and tablet device storage on the market, you have come to the right review. The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW is an exceptional case for either a rookie or pro photographer who is looking for simple and easy access to all his gear on the go. The Lowepro Photo Hatchback has all the capabilities of any ordinary backpack, but it has been infused with hidden pockets and convenient storage compartments to fit all the accessories for your DSLR and also the body of your DSLR, while incorporating space to fit any 10″ tablet or ultra book with ease.

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Passport Sling II
Company: Lowepro
Price: $64.95

 

Urban Photo Sling
Company: Lowepro
Price: $76.95


 


Flipside 500AW
Company: Lowepro
Price: $159.95 (at B&H)

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Garry Fong Puffer – Pop-Up Flash Diffuser
Review

On December 31, 2011, in Review, by Steve Hammond

Garry Fong Puffer – Pop-Up Flash Diffuser
Company: Gary Fong
Price: $24.99 US

Everyone buying an entry to mid range DSLR with an integrated pop-up flash rapidly learns they are not so great. Like many flashes on compact cameras, they point directly to your subject and are not adjustable. They also tend to blast the subject directly, making it look overexposed.

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About Steve Hammond

Steve is a computer geek, and he has been for many years. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002. Since, he became a Mac geek again and he sure won't turn back to the PC.

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Whither Thou Tablet?

On April 20, 2011, in Apple, iPad, Opinion, Tablet, by Scott Willsey

 

It’s no secret that I like Apple products. The only computers in our house are Macs, my wife and I both have iPhones, and I was in line to buy an iPad 2 the day it was released.

I don’t consider myself an unthinking Apple fanboy, however. Sometimes Apple products have problems. Sometimes Apple wants to protect me more than I want them to. And I will admit, as much as I love my iPad now, when I first tried my Dad’s original iPad, I was slightly underwhelmed. I didn’t need one right away.

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About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 35 years of experience computing experience, working with Apple II, Mac OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux, and last but far from least, iOS. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw and his website is at saw66.com.

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