Kit Bag

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Four Days, four christmas dinners and after having driven several hundred miles to visit family it's finally time to settle down at home for the remaining festive period and wish all of those who visit my site a very merry christmas and happy new year. I've been really lucky to receive some fantastic gifts this year, a large amount of which will help me further my photographic career in 2012. Really looking forward to blogging some reviews of the various additions to my kitbag over the coming months, including that of a Lee DSLR Filter Kit (including the 0.6 ND Hard Grad and a 0.6ND ProGlass filter).

One gift I had to try out was a 1/4" grid for my speedlites, which allow me to channel light and avoid spill. Unfortunately, (for Cleo's sake) she was looking rather pretty on the wooden floor of the dining room and fell subject to my next photograph. Perhaps I should of put a Santa hat on her...

Hope everyone is enjoying the last few remaining days of 2011, here's to a very promising 2012.

Reviews - Domke Bags, Now Live!

I'm very pleased to announce that the first instalment of reviews for Domke have now gone live on their website. Covered is the great for everyday use F-810 Satchel, and the highly versatile ProPack 220 Roller Case that have been put through their paces not only locally but globally. To find out what I thought of the F-810 Satchel, and how I used it click here to read the review.

If your looking for something to store or transport large amounts of gear, especially abroad then click here to read the ProPack 220 Roller Case Review.

To keep updated with these reviews as they happen, you can follow me or @DomkeBags on Twitter and like their Facebook Fan Page here.

Kit Bag - Canon 17-40 F4 L Wide Angle Lens

Thursday the 15th of September will see what is probably the biggest shoot of my career to date. I'm not wanting to give anything away just yet, but I wanted to take a step back and look at the wider picture ;-) I'm really surprised I haven't seriously looked at this lens sooner. Taking into account that the Canon 17-40mm F4 L Wide Angle Lens is one of the cheaper 'L' glasses around, it certainly packs value for money. Not only do I need this lens for a shoot on Thursday, but with the recent increase in my landscape photography it's going to be a handy addition to my kit bag. Being surprisingly light and quick to focus it's very versatile and easy to use meaning i'm very unlikely to leave the house without it.

Canon aren't best known for their wide angle lenses with many photographers critising them. It's not uncommon to see a Canon body fitted with the Nikon 14-24mm lens via an adaptor plate, but as the saying goes "It's not the equipment, it's how you use it". This lens provides me with the focal length that I require and unlike it's bigger brother (the 16-35 F2.8L) it still allows me to use my current accessories due to size of it's filter thread.

I recently had the pleasure of using a Sigma 17-35mm F2.8 out on holiday in Mallorca. As great as it was with it's monsterous filter thread size of 82mm (much like the 16-35 F2.8) I had no accessories that would fit it?! The Canon 17-40mm has a 77mm filter thread which means all of my exisiting filters slot in or screw on just fine. I'm really looking forward to putting the lens through it's paces and will report back as soon as I have!

Domke Bags

I'm no stranger when it comes to Domke's products as i've been using the F-2 Little Bit Bigger Bag for a couple of years now. From being placed on cliff edges one thousand metres high to scraping along chemical factory floors, this bag has seen it all and is testimony to the great products Domke produce. I'm thrilled to announce that i've teamed up with the brilliant guys at Domke who make what can only be described as photographic necessities.

Not only do Domke offer great products which last, and last, and err last...the research and development they put into their products is second to none and that's why they've asked me to team up and help test their products out in the field. I'll be blogging regularly both on here and their website over at so be sure to keep an eye out. Click here to read their news post about the collaboration.

I'd like to thank Domke for this opportunity and look forward to working closely with them in the near future.