REVIEWING FOR CARRYOLOGY

I am now a Contributor to Carryology, a blog for bags and travel oriented stuff. I like bags and keeping things organized, therefore Carryology asked me if I wanted to review bags. Starting this December you will find my video reviews and other travel tips and tricks on Carryology.com and on my YouTube Channel.

GEARTALK: INTRODUCING THE PHOTOBOX

If you don’t want to shoot a weeding, just let everyone shoot themselves. I’m getting to the age where everyone of my friends is getting married. So naturally I get asked if I could “do some shots” at the wedding. Even if I get paid, I hate shooting weddings to be honest. The concept of a photobooth is nothing new. But I wanted something that is easy to carry around and to set up. In addition to that I wanted that everyone, even your grandma, could operate it after setup. And it needed to be locked up, so I wouldn’t…

GEARTALK: GOING TO INDONESIA – WHAT’S IN MY BAG.

I’ll be going to Indonesia in a couple of weeks, so it’s time for another “What’s in my bag” post. Most of the stuff shown here is actually also part of my Every Day Carry pack (EDC). Let’s start from top left going left to right: – Lowepro Card case with five SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16GB 45mb/s cards and a couple of “old” SanDisk Ultra 4GB cards – Muji leather card case with my ID and a couple of cards that do not necessarily need to be inside my wallet – Moleskin Reporterstyle Notebook – couple of pens including a…

GEARTALK: THE STORY OF THE NOT SO FAKE SD-CARD

In preparation for my up coming trip to Indonesia I ordered two SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16GB Cards with 45mb/s, but what I received was not what I expected. I wanted to order them from trusty Amazon. Unfortunately only Marketplace seller had the cards available (at least for an appealing price). Blinded by the Amazon appearance I ordered these two cards without realizing that they’d be sent from HongKong. After approximately a week I received my package with the two cards. Everything looked good from the outside, but after opening I realized something odd. All my other cards have SanDisk engraved…

GEARTALK: THE 2012 KINDLE

This is a short hands on review for those who prefer reading hardcover books and are on the fence about buying a Kindle. I love reading and I almost exclusively buy only hardcover books. I prefer the feel of a hardcover book over the flimsy softcover books. But hardcover books are a two sided sword. Being that solid and most of the time also bigger, they are of course heavier and wont fit a bag already filled with a bunch of work stuff. In my case I tend to leave the books at home and I read a lot less…

GEARTALK: THE FUJI 35mm F1.4

It has been a couple of weeks now since I’ve been using the Fuji X-E1 with the 35mm f1.4. This camera is incredible (read some of my initial thoughts here), and so is the 35mm f1.4! This lens is super sharp and produces some great colors. The all metal construction has a great build quality. It feels solid, but it is not too heavy. Autofocus is alright, but not comparable to a DSLR of course. The autofocus is crippled by the contrast detection. And since I haven’t had any other X-Mount lens to compare yet, I have no idea if…

GEARTALK: HIGH ISO WITH THE FUJI X-E1

Before it is completely too late: Happy New Year! I documented my rather laidback new year’s eve with the Fuji X-E1 without even realizing my high ISO setting. Except for one or two all shoots were made with ISO 3200. Together with the f1.4 I was almost able to see in the dark. In my opinion all files (especially when down resized for web) are all usable. For highresolution prints this might be argueable, but for my purposes and my intended grainy analog look this is more than usable. And don’t forget: This is a crop sensor and not a…

GEARTALK: THE FUJI X-E1

Earlier this month I treated myself with a brand new gadget: The Fuji X-E1 with the 35mm f1.4 lens. I guess there are three reasons why you would buy this camera: Looks and style, formfactor and / or picture quality. 1) Look If you’re into that oldschool camera look and you might not want or just plain can’t spend that much money on a Leica, then a Fuji X Series camera is probably for you. Or maybe you just don’t know, if all the manual operation of a Leica is something you’d enjoy everytime. 2) Formfactor The Fuji X-E1 is…

TECHTALK: GOING TO AFRICA – WHAT’S IN MY BAG?

Next week I’m flying with director Svensson to Africa to shoot a commercial / documentary. Unfortunately I can not tell you what it’s for or what it’s about, but nonetheless I’d like to share what’s going to be in my bag. I will shot on a Canon 5D Mark 2 with mainly a Canon 24-105 f4 lens. All the Canon gear will be provided by the production company, but I’ll take my own Nikon D7000 with me as a backup and stills camera. Lenswise I’ll have the Nikon 18-70mm and 35mm f1.8 with me. Both great lenses that do not…

TECH TALK: MEDIACOMPOSER 6.0 – A quick review

It’s the first week of the year and my first job with the new Avid Mediacomposer 6.0There are a bunch of new great additions to this software, but as for every .0 version there are a bunch of bugs as well. I love working with Mediacomposer and I prefer it over Final Cut Pro. This is just a quick review and my own opinions that I could experience in working with it thoroughly for the last four days.The biggest change with this new version is definitely the new open hardware option. From now on you’re not limited to the Avid…

TECH TALK: Final Cut Pro X (Some other editor’s thoughts)

I found an interesting blogpost about the upcoming FCPX. Check it out if you like. Link. (It might redirect you to your country’s Gizmodo. Just change it to US and you’ll find the post) Here some keypoints, that I like to point out: “…instead of fixing them, they just decided to change everything.” “This all seems well and good, except it’s completely unimportant for professional editors who aren’t finishing in Final Cut. Some of us color correct in a da Vinci with a professional colorist and then conform in a Flame. Steinauer’s point proves the underlying key of FCPX: that…

TECH TALK: Final Cut Pro X Preview (My thoughts)

Yesterday Final Cut Pro X was previewed. You can read about some of the facts in this post by Larry Jordan. I will not go into the facts, but I wanted to write down some of my thoughts and wonderings about this new upcoming release. First and foremost I must say, that I started my career as a film editor with Final Cut Pro. It was easy to learn and quite fun to work with. A couple of years later I realized the flaws in Final Cut Pro. Moreover I started working with Avid (since that is mostly used in…