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Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L

And the journey to find the right bag seems to be never ending. I needed to find a backpack to carry my gear rather than a messenger style shoulder bag to take pressure off my back. I saw this bag a while back but kept coming up with excuses why it wouldn’t work for me. It seemed kind of gimmicky to me because of how it is designed. After doing months and months of research I kept coming back to this bag. 

Friday (yesterday) I decided to go to Arlington Camera to check it out again in person with my camera. After trying several bags they had in Stock I, again kept coming back to this bag. I finally decided this is the one that it was going to be. One problem though… The only color they had in the 30L was the ash. I wanted the charcoal grey…

I got on the cell phone and googled other places around me that might sell this bag. I finally landed on REI, and they had the color in stock… 

This bag fits my medium format Bronica ETRS with the grip, prism, and lens all attached. If you know anything about that camera you know that takes up quite a bit of real estate compared to a full framr DSLR, even with a grip. I can also carry a couple of lenses, a flash, a couple of film backs, and film. My everyday carry stuff will fit nicely as well such as my Macbook Air, a small note pad, pens, my Swiss army knife, and I usually keep some allergy and headache medication on me as well. 

If I wanted to use this as a light travel bag this would work too. A couple of pairs of shoes and a couple of outfits would easily fit with room to spare. 
If you’re interested in a backpack that is very versatile the Peak Design everyday backpack is a good place to start. 

Lomography Cine 400 :: You be the judge…

In the summer of 2017 I took a photography class called Toy and Vintage Cameras. At the end of the class I received a variety of films to shoot. One film in particular that I was excited to expose was Lomo Cine 400 film. Lomography only produced 4,000 rolls of this film so to find it now it might be difficult. I honestly don’t feel like rambling on any further so here are some of the results. I will say if I ever do get a chance to shoot this film again I would like to shoot it with more light and maybe overexpose it by 1 stop. Leave a comments below and let me know what you think.






AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400 Film

So a buddy of mine, @vladiballs89, talked me into trying out some film that I had never shot. I loaded a roll of Vista Plus 400 into the Nikon RF2 and shot a test roll. I was surprised, yet pleased, with some of the colors I got. The first few pictures were made at the Fort Worth Stockyards one Sunday morning. A few weeks later I decided to try and shoot some fall color at a park near my house. I really like the saturation of this inexpensive film. While this roll of film was shot with an inexpensive point and shoot camera, I would like to shoot a roll in a more controlled environment, like a portrait session with the Canon Elan 7e. Next time I shoot this I will also overexpose the film by a stop to see what kind of results that produces. Below are the results from my first outing with this film…

(film was developed at Lone Star Darkroom and scanned by myself on a Canon Canoscan 9000 F Mark II. All images are straight from scans with no post processing in post production except to remove dust spots)









The Leash by Peak Design

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A couple of months ago I purchased a new camera strap, The Leash, by Peak Design.


There are two different adjustable loops, one on each side of the neck strap (circled in black in the photo above). To adjust the length while its around your neck, simple slip your finger through the loop and adjust. The camera strap came with two sets of anchors (circled in white in the photo above). The anchors stay attached to your camera and they latch into the end of the strap. Since The Leash comes with two sets of anchors one could use the second set as a back up, or if you are like me, put them on a second camera.

Build Quality

The Leash is just a little thinner built than it’s bigger brother, The Slide. It’s made out of a strong seatbelt like material that feels comfortable around the neck or shoulder. The Leash and it’s anchors are built to withstand 200 pounds of force. The Leash is adjusted from about 32 inches to about 57 inches in length. One could use this as a neck strap or over the shoulder and across the body. It’s about 3/4 of an inch wide and weighs about 3oz.

Final Thoughts

I have 5 go to cameras for different reasons, the Bronica ETRS, Fuji XT 10, Canon Elan 7e, Minolta Hi Matic AF2, and the Fuji GS645. Since I liked The Leash so well I decided to purchase another. This would allow me to attach the anchors to 4 out of 5 of my go to cameras. Now I can switch cameras quickly by only using 1 or 2 neck straps between 4 cameras. While I could possibly use The Leash on the Bronica, because of how big it is, The Slide would most likely be a better fit for it, which I may end up purchasing. The Leash is comfortable, durable and tough, as well as sleek looking with a minimalist design. After 20 plus years of doing photography, The Leash is by far the best camera strap I’ve ever owned. I’m now interested in checking out other products made by Peak Design, such as their camera bags.

The future of Photography Magazines…


The first photography magazine I ever read was Shutterbug, mainly because it was the first one that captured my attention while passing by the magazine section in a grocery store. I would guess this would have been mid to late 1990’s. I had just picked up photography as a hobby and was taking classes in high school and  later, college. Shortly after reading a few issues I was hooked. I decided that I should just pay for a subscription as it would be less expensive than purchasing it at the shelf price every month. Eventually I purchased subscriptions to Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, and Black & White.


I had subscriptions for years. I found many articles interesting and I learned a lot by reading those magazines. I’ve learned about lighting and lighting modifiers. I’ve learned about different types of light. I’ve learned certain aspects about wildlife photography and portrait photography. I’ve learned about photographers that I ended up following online. I’ve found photo labs across the nation that developed film (and some of those labs still continue to do so). However, over time, a lot of the content became ads and redundant information that seemed like I was reading over and over again. I eventually canceled all my subscriptions and just continued to by a few magazines every now and again as I found an interesting article in one. Thinking back throughout 2017 I would guesstimate that I’ve probably only purchased MAYBE 3 or 4 photography magazines this whole year, and I may be over estimating LOL.


Back in 2015 American Photo stopped printing their magazine and shortly after shut down the website version as well. At the beginning of this year (2017) I heard that Popular Photography was coming to and end as a print magazine via the PetaPixel write-up. I was just scrolling through Facebook and I saw a sponsored advertisement for Digital Photo Pro. I recently (a couple of months ago) saw a print copy of that magazine in a bookstore, so as of now I am assuming they are still in print. It got me thinking what the future was for this magazine along with others. I am just curious as to how many photographers still purchase printed magazines. I am curious as to what magazines can survive the test of time. Is this digital age killing the printed versions? Will they come back? Film is certainly making a big comeback as some movie producers recently paid Kodak millions to produce film for some movies. There has also been several new 35mm film formats come out in the last few years, as well as the recent release of the new Polaroid Originals film. What can be done to keep the printed versions alive? Do they need to revise the content being put in the magazines? Are they just doomed or is there any hope? My hope is that they can survive. Just as I’d rather listen to records, tapes, and CD’s, read paperback and hard cover books over digital versions, and look at prints over images on the screen in front of me. I’d rather hold a photography magazine in my hand and flip through the pages, read the articles, and look at the 4×6-ish, 5×7-ish, and 8×10-ish printed photos inside of it, instead of scrolling up and down on a computer or phone screen. Do you read photography magazines? If so, which ones? Do you read the online version or printed versions? Do you hope the printed versions can survive or are you fine with the online versions? Leave your thoughts, opinions, and comments! Thanks for taking the time to read my rambling. Peace and blessings!





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