Camera Cleaning Kit How Clean Is your Kit

Camera Cleaning Kit

Camera Cleaning Kit How Clean Is your Kit

Camera cleaning kit (external only)  at only £12.49 delivery included, consists of double-sided lens cleaning pen 1 off, air blower 1 off, Premium Microfibre cloths 4 off, Lens brush 1 off and Empty spray bottle. The first two items alone are worth the cost in my opinion.

You can buy the most expensive camera, lens, filters etc, but if the front element of the lens or filter are not clean then you have degraded the image that you just captured and wasted a lot of money on your expensive gear.

 

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Camera Cleaning Kit for Optical Lens and Digital SLR Cameras including 1 Double Sided Lens Cleaning Pen / 1 Empty Reusable Spray Bottle / 1 Lens Brush / 1 Air Blower / 4 Premium Microfibre Cleaning Cloths - Compatible with Most Cameras including Canon Rebel EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony Alpha NEX, Samsung NX & Fuji DSLR

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Velbon super mag slider

The Velbon super mag slider

Velbon super mag slider

The Velbon super mag slider is a solid, reliable, not too expensive set of focusing rails for macro photography, definitely a nice piece of macro photography equipment to have both in the field and in the studio.

 

 

 

Buy your Velbon Super Mag Slider from Amazon.

 

The camera slider has two macro rails, the first that slides towards the subject, and the second that slides across the subject. The unit is supplied fully assembled and ready to be attached to your tripod. A steady tripod that is suitable for the combined weight of your camera, lens and slider is essential. I use a Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod and a Manfrotto Basic Pan Tilt Head with Quick Lock, with a Canon body and lens combined weight of 2 kg. The results that I got with this set-up was sharp across the full length of the slide.

The Velbon slider can easily be split into two slides, with an allen key provided. allowing the use of the first slide, the longer one, thereby reducing the possibility of vibration.

My preference when re-assembling both the slides is to reversed the second slide, the smaller slide, this positions the adjusting thumb wheels to be at opposite sides of the camera slider.

 

An additional feature is that the camera sliders can be used as a panoramic head, nodal point slider. With the macro rail on a tripod attach the camera and lens. Align two objects at the left side of the viewfinder one close to the camera, one far away, then rotate the camera on the tripod until the two objects are at the right side of the viewfinder. If they align then the nodal point is set correct, if not then adjust the slider away from or closer to the subject.

 

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7 Most Wished For Lenses

7 Most Wished For Lenses

7 Most Wished For Lenses

7 Most Wished For Lenses on Amazon, list compiled on Saturday 28th March

What is your choice? I am interested to find out.

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  1.    Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens

  2.    Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens

  3.    Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

  4.    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

  5.    Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens

  6.    Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens

  7.    Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

 

How many of your lenses are on this list below? I have seen three of mine.

See the latest 100 most wished for lenes if you have the time.

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Walking Austrian Alps

Austrian Alps

 Walking Austrian Alps

Walking Austrian Alps a favourite destination for ramblers holidays. Walking holidays in The Tyrol region of Austria range from easy low-level, along the valley to the strenuous walks to the high peaks of the surrounding Alps. The walking distance and the path numbers are well-marked and maintained in each of the local areas. Summer weather in Austria can be mixed between cold damp days to warm sunny days where you can enjoy a rest and refreshment at the mountain top restaurants. During the Summer local farmers use the high pastures of the mountains to feed their cattle, which roam freely.

Walking Austrian Alps, is typical of a scene that you would find while trekking in Austria.

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Ring Light Macro Ring Flash

Ring Light

Ring Light Macro Ring Flash

Macro ring light led flash made by Neewer® FC100 LED Macro Ring Flash With 7 Adapter Rings for Canon EOS 1D/ 1Ds Series 7D/5D MarkII 60D 50D 40D 30D 20D 10D 550D 500D 450D 400D 350D 300D, Nikon D7000 D3100 D3200 D5100 D5000 ,Sony and Other Digital SLR Cameras and sold through Amazon

This ring contains 32 LEDs that can be on as a constant light, of used as a ring flash (all 32 LEDs) or used as a flash (16 LEDs left or 16 LEDs right).

The colour temperature is 5500k approximately. The ring light fits to the filter thread at the front of the lens using one of the seven adaptor rings that are supplied. The thread size of the seven adaptor rings are as follows: 52mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm, this range I find covers all the lenses that I would use. The ring light can also be used off-camera, which allows for side lighting to fill shadows. The range of the ring light is between 5 and   150 cm with a guide number of 15(GN). The led ring light flash exposure is adjustable by +3EV to -3EV, this is useful when using the macro ring flash attached to the camera and working close to the subject.

With a price of only £18.94 at the time of this post why would you not buy the Neewer® FC100 LED Macro Ring Flash With 7 Adapter Rings for Canon EOS 1D/ 1Ds Series 7D/5D MarkII 60D 50D 40D 30D 20D 10D 550D 500D 450D 400D 350D 300D, Nikon D7000 D3100 D3200 D5100 D5000 ,Sony and Other Digital SLR Cameras sold through Amazon.

When the control unit is in the hot shoe of the camera, if the led ring is not used for 30 seconds the unit will revert into sleep mode. Pressing any button or the shutter release will wake up the light ring, thus extending the battery life of the 4 AA batteries.

The sync speed for use as a flash is 1/100 second. The construction of both the control unit and the ring led light are of plastic, though they have both been well assembled and operated just as described. The approximate weight of the kit is 230 grams.

 

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St Andrews Golf Club Swilcan Bridge

St Andrews Golf Club

St Andrews Golf Club Swilcan Bridge

St Andrews Golf Club Swilcan Bridge on the Royal & Ancient course, with the The Old Course Hotel. The Swilcan bridge spanning across the twisting Swilcan Burn, an infamous landmark in St Andrews Scotland, the home of golf. Landscape view of the Swilcan Bridge in the foreground golfers in the mid ground and The Old Course Hotel in the background, with a blue sky and white clouds.
Landscape photos by The Scottish Landscape Photographer who has sold art photos across America and Europe as large fine canvas prints and framed wall art decor. Ideal for hanging in your home or office.
Photography by Scottish Landscape Photographers, wall art prints and wall art decor on sale at Fine Art America in a range of sizes.

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Gorillapod Which One for You

Gorillapod

Gorillapod which one for you

The Gorillapod original attaches to your camera in seconds, and the legs with 24 joints, can be wrapped around most shapes and surfaces. With the original Gorillapod, you get a portable tripod, that will fit easily in your pocket or bag.

Buy the Joby GorillaPod Original Tripod – Sky Blue  from Amazon.

The next on the list is similar to the original but with magnetic feet. I am not sure that I would feel confident suspending a camera with magnets, even at 325g maximum load.

The next design is the Gorillapod Video with the same legs as the previous two tripods but with pan & tilt video head for compact video cameras and point-and-shoot cameras weighing up to 325g.

Stepping up the load carrying range is the Hybrid for cameras, video cameras and other devices weighing up to 1 kg.

The Gorillapod SLR Zoom is a heavy-duty version of the Hybrid. It attaches to an SLR with zoom lenses, video cameras, and your own tripod head and can support 3kg. Please note that you also need the Joby Gorillapod Ball Head

Followed by the SLR Zoom flexible tripod for SLR cameras with zoom lenses weighing up to 3kg.

Buy the Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod for SLR Cameras from Amazon.

The top of the load carrying range is the Gorillapod Focus flexible tripod for professional camera rigs with large zoom lenses, with a combined weight up to 5kg. Please note that you also need the Joby Gorillapod Ball Head

Buy the Joby Ballhead X for GorillaPod Focus from Amazon

 

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Wall Murals Austrian farmhouse

Wall Murals

Wall Murals – Exterior Mural Paintings on Austrian farmhouse.

Wall murals are found on the outside of most homes in the Tyrol region of Austria.

Scottish Landscape photographer from East Kilbride, South East of Glasgow, Scotland. My landscape pictures are of Scotland and various locations across Europe. Click below to view my online fine art photography gallery at Fine Art America

 

Prints and wall art photography are available on a large range of sizes and finishes on my Fine Art America site. My art photos have been sold across America and Europe as large fine canvas prints and framed wall decor.
Each print is manufactured at Fine Art America production facility and delivered “ready-to-hang” with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Backpacks What Fits Inside My Lowepro Flipside 300

Backpacks Lowepro Flipside 300

Backpacks Lowepro Flipside 300

The Lowepro Flipside 300 Photo Black Backpacks suitable for DSLR gear up to a pro camera body(Canon 1Ds iii) with Canon lenses 70 - 200 mm lens attached with tripod mount (lens hood reversed), spare camera battery, 24 - 105 mm lens (lens hood stored separate), 100 mm macro (with lens hood detached) 50 mm lens and a Tamron 28 mm lens (rubber lens hood). Additional items inside main compartment Hoodman Loop, ColorChecker Passport, ExpoDisc and a Calumet DFM3/Gossen flash/light meter. The pouch at the top backpack, inside the main compartment, is large enough to store accessories i.e. PocketWizard FlexTT5 x 3, a PocketWizard MiniTT1, a PocketWizard AC3 and a Canon remote cable release RS-80N3. A zippered pocket on the inside of flap can hold manuals, filters or other smaller items.

Click to buy Lowepro Flipside 300 Photo Backpack for DSLR - Black  from Amazon 

Backpacks Lowepro Flipside 300
Backpacks Lowepro Flipside 300

 

The zipped side pocket is suitable for small items only i.e. pens, business cards, memory cards, backup batteries. The mesh pocket on the other side of the backpack is suitable for a small water bottle.

 

Flipside 300 Side Pocket
Flipside 300 Side Pocket

 

On the back there is a strap to hold the top of a tripod similar to a Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod (closed length 65.5 cm) using a hideaway tripod holder at the bottom of the camera backpack. When the tripod is attached the backpack will not sit upright as the tripod holder is about 6 cm lower than the base of the bag. See photo below.

 

Flipside 300 Tripod
Flipside 300 Tripod

 

Backpack is comfortable to wear over a day's photo shoot, due to the padded shoulder straps and in the area next to your back.

Access to the Lowepro is possible without having to remove the backpack completely. This is achieved by slipping both of your arms through the shoulder straps and spinning the backpack around your body. With the Lowe pro now in front of you lower the top to point away from you, the hip strap will support the weight allowing both of your hands to be used to access the back of the backpack. The Lowepro Backpack is comfortable to wear over a day's photo shoot, due to the padded shoulder straps and in the area next to your back.

 The external dimensions are 25.8 x 17.4 x 44.5 cm which is within the carry-on dimensions on UK airlines.

The product weight is 1.2 kg, which takes up quite a bit of the standard carry-on weight allowance 5 kg (varies depending on the carrier). Though having said that the compact design of the Lowepro Flipside 300 is deceiving, and I have never been asked to have the weight checked.

The quality of both the materials used, and the manufacturing of the backpack are up to the usual high standard that I have experienced with previous Lowepro backpacks that I have purchased.

Something I would have liked to see included would have been the all-weather cover that weatherproof camera back pack. This cover is included in the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack for DSLR - Black
and the Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack for DSLR - Black
backpacks at about an incremental increase of £20 each.

 

The landscape photos in the Prints for Sale page on this website are for sale at my site at Fine Art America

 

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