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UltraLight Camera Cover Review – Hold On To Your Fanny!

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The UltraLight Camera Cover is a product from MindShift Gear, the sister company of Think Tank Photo. This is my first MindShift Gear product review, and I’m very excited about this because of many reasons.

For one, Think Tank Photo has always made amazing products. Since branching out with the sister company, MindShift Gear has released some really interesting and innovative products for photographers to store their cameras and accessories.

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The UltraLight Camera Cover was my first choice for a product review. The bag is not so much as bag as it is a cover as it is a fanny pack. Yes, I said fanny pack in the same review as the word camera. Go figure! I guess the more technical term for a fanny pack is a lumbar waist pack, so we can also go with that.

The camera cover is just that – a camera cover, but with the added benefit of weather resistant eco friendly materials and a waist belt for more comfort.

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In the photo you see of me photographing the couple, I am wearing a Think Tank Photo belt with some of their modular bags attached. What you don’t see is the UltraLight Camera Cover because it’s actually folded into itself as a tiny pouch and clipped to the Think Tank Photo belt using a carabiner. You read that right. When the camera cover/bag is not in use then it is “Ultralight” and small enough to stay out of the way.  You can see the small pouch near my right front pocket.

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So why did I want this bag? For days where I want to stay very light with no bag. For days where it might rain, but it might not. For days where I am walking non stop with nothing but a camera and extra memory cards and batteries in my pocket. That one chance that I get tired and want to put the camera away – now I can because I don’t have a bag, but I do have the UltraLight Camera Cover. This puppy is staying with me on those days.

This puppy is my new go to daily carry along. Better safe than sorry, and thanks to MindShift Gear there is a solution like the UltraLight Camera Cover available.

It comes in multiple sizes depending only your camera, so be sure to read the details on the product page to determine the correct model number for your camera/lens combination(s). It also comes in black or a blue. The cover is available directly from MindShift Gear and also select dealers.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Scott

LumoPro C-Stand Review

C-Stands are amazing products. They are just like your average light stand, but they’re far sturdier allowing you to hold heavier lights and modifiers.

I have always used standard light stands because I have never needed a C-Stand. However, when I was building my standing desk I wanted to heavy duty light stand for the frame of the desk.

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So I contacted my friends at LumoPro to see if I could try the C-Stand for use in the standing desk and for my photography in general.

I am happy to share that the LumoPro C-Stand is everything I hoped it would be. It’s extremely strong with no wobble like a standard light stand.

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My cat ringo checking out the new c-stand

The way a C-Stand works is this… The legs look like a spider’s legs, with angles instead of straight folding legs like a standard light stand. The legs fold flat instead of folding up towards the stand’s pole. The pole also is removed and inserted into the legs for portability.

Due to the leg’s angles, it’s easier to drape sand bags over them for when needed.

The pole itself has multiple extensions which allow it to reach 105″, which is amazing. With it I have no concerns about reaching the heights I have not been able to reach with standard light stands. Even with all that metal, the C-Stand really isn’t that heavy. In fact, even with the attachments for my standing desk, I can still carry it around the house without a problem.

Although the product photo is shiny metal, the stand I received is a nice matt black color, so light will not be reflecting off the stand, if ever the chance occurred.

The LumoPro C-Stand is my latest addition to my studio work arsenal. I will be using it for:

I’m sure I will find more uses for the C-Stand as well. For $99, this puppy is a must have for anyone who needs a heavier duty light stand. As mentioned, it’s still easy to transport to don’t have any reservations about that. Pick one up and try it.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
Scott

Photography As A Hobby & Doing More With It

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Photography started for me as a hobby and turned into what Shirley calls a “super hobby”, and now I am a part-time professional.  You can also call me a freelance photographer.  Whatever the terminology you use, photography is still my hobby, which I have the pleasure of also getting paid for.

When I was asked to be interviewed on the Cross Link Radio podcast I knew it would be fun and very different than the typical photography podcast.  Mainly because Shirley is a dental hygienist and her show is all about health in general.  On Fridays the topic is hobbies.

So in the interview we talk about photography for health as photography as a hobby and how to do more with it.

The embedded player above will let you listen to the entire interview, and it’s about 30 minutes long.

If you have any questions about what was discussed in the interview please comment and let me know.

Thanks for reading and listening,
Scott