People always ask us why we use these when most cameras now have great tools for keeping the camera level. We have been using them for many years attached to our hot-shoe and although initially, we used them only when the camera was mounted on a tripod we have found them to be very useful in other situations. There are many different models and can be found on eBay, Amazon or at your local camera shop.
Although we use the NiSi square filter system (if buying in Australia) for our landscape images we have always used the round screw-in filters for our everyday use – notably the Hoya brand. Filters usually last a long time if they are well looked after and we haven’t needed any for quite a while however recently we sold our Sony FE 24-70 f4 lenses to upgrade to the Sony FE 24-105 f4 lens. As Travel Photography is our specialty and based on the reviews of the lens, this was a wise upgrade. The only downside was that we would no longer have any 67mm filter threads on our lenses which means we needed replacements for our UV, CPL & ND8 filters (we don’t recommend using step-up rings as this can cause vignetting in your images).
As Travel Photographers we really have never had the opportunity or the need to shoot Macro images. However, since starting our Meetup group we have met many photography enthusiasts that were interested in this genre. We were fortunate to have been given the opportunity to test both the Tamron AF 90mm f2.8 Di SP Macro and Tamron AF 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD Macro. The Tamron 90mm is often called the “portrait macro”, because the focal length is also ideally suited for portraits.
We’ve been using passport hard drives during our travels since converting to digital from film in 2005. We always carry at least 2 passport drives and keep a copy of all images taken on each of them. These are used daily when travelling. We then each carry one of these with us at all times when in transit or alternatively leave one in the room or hotel safe and one in our camera bag. This way we reduce the chances of losing everything.
We love the Peak Design products. As Travel Photographers we are always looking for products that work well in all conditions. In the past, we have used weather-sealed DSLR cameras which at times have been drenched and have still performed well so we really haven’t had the need for a rain cover for our cameras. However, we are now mirrorless shooters and unfortunately they do not handle the rain as well as our previous cameras, as a matter of fact, the Sony A7r camera body is not weather sealed at all.
As Travel Photographers we don’t always have the opportunity to shoot in ideal weather conditions. So having a camera bag that is weatherproof, durable and practical is important to us. Sometimes we only want a small bag for local travel and work and other times we need a larger heavy duty bag for all our gear. The new range of bags from Miggo has something to suit pretty much anyone. The distributors were kind enough to send us the new Miggo Agua Stormproof Torso Pack 65 Pro bag to review.
Anhui Changgeng Optics Technology Co., Ltd (Venus Optics) was established in 2013 and have their headquarters in China. Quite frankly, up until early this year (2017), we had never even heard of this company nor the name Laowa and not sure how it eluded us :-).
We’re planning a trip to Japan and although we have been Professional Travel Photographers for many years we don’t normally travel to the megacities around the world. Therefore, we were a little concerned with taking our normal camera backpacks to the metropolis of Tokyo and beyond. We still planned to take our backpack bags but wanted a low-profile alternative when out and about in the bigger cities so it needed to be small enough to pack into our checked-in luggage but big enough to carry our essential gear while out and about. This is a big plus for us as many times when you venture out and you do not want to take everything with you.
Not long ago we started using the Peak Design “Slide” Camera Strap for days when we are using our cameras without a backpack camera bag. Although we find the strap to be very functional we have found it is less than ideal when using a backpack. We spoke to the wonderful people at Peak Design and they recommended we try the Capture Camera Clip instead. Please note that we have the older version of this clip. The new version (V3) is now available.
As mentioned in our last post, we recently added the Sony FE 16-35 F4 G OSS Zeiss and the Sony FE 70-200 F4 G OSS Zeiss lenses to our stable of lenses for the Sony A7r mirrorless camera. To read our post on the 16-35 lens click here. This lens has been available since about mid-2014 and was one of three highly anticipated lenses that Sony users were waiting for as there were few Full Frame lenses available at the time. This focal range is generally useful for Portraits, Nature and Sports photography.
In a previous post, we have discussed how every Travel Photographer should use HDR in their photography “HDR – An essential tool in Travel Photography”. As mentioned, many people steer right away from the HDR technique, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t take your single images and really give them a “pop” using HDR software such as Aurora HDR 2018.