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It’s Here! My New BlackRapid Is Here!

When I opened the mail box today I was like a kid on Christmas BR_strap_IMAG3802morning.  I saw a big white package with my name on it; and the return address was…

Seattle WA

Oh!!! It’s here! It’s here! My new BlackRapid Kick is here! I must open this right away!

No no. I must wait until the car is unloaded, the dogs let out, and the just purchased groceries are put away.

BR_strap_IMAG3808_1I have had a BlackRapid strap on my wish list for sometime now.

I looked forward to the day I’d have that nice thick cushiony ergonomically
curved shoulder pad to help with the weight of my less than delicate Canon 7D.

I longed for that quick swivel action of the secure connector as the camera was lifted from its resting place at arm’s length, smoothly up to my eye in one swift motion, just in time to grab the shot.

I anticipated the comfort the added Bert extender would create.BR_strap_IMAG3813

I knew the convenience of the BlackRapid mod system  would be awesome as I added a Joey pocket or two to hold those lens caps, memory cards, batteries, and car keys.

I looked forward to the added safety and security I’d experience with the extra little touches like the Buck buckle wraps to prevent an accidental release. And the Tether Kit for that “I hope it never happens but always in the back of my mind” catastrophe if somehow the fastener should come un-screwed.

BR_strap_IMAG3814Oh I tried to get along without this most awesome of camera straps. I used a bright colorful fashion strap shipped in all the way from China; it wasn’t that comfortable.

I tried to tell myself the added price just wasn’t worth it as I picked up a cheap knock off that boasted their split strap would add coolness and more comfort. It didn’t.

Recently after spending over 5 hours walking, standing, eating lunch on a picnic table, and walking, and standing some more while using that cheap knock off I made a decision. It was time. I was getting a BlackRapid.

I logged onto BlackRapid.Com and ordered myself the floral version of The Kick just a couple days later. It arrived today and as soon as supper was over I had it, and all the accessories I chose, out of that big white package and attached to my camera.

Just in time too. I’m headed out in the morning to spend a few hours shooting the RC planes at the annual Fun Fly. That will be a good way to put this new piece of gear to the test. I’m sure it’s going to pass with flying colors.



My New 8 Million Dollar Home

I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Crumpler Million Dollar Home bags; I know I have had one on my wish list for a while now.

I finally talked myself into ordering one and it arrived yesterday! I now have a new 8 Million Dollar Home for my gear.

crumpler 8 million dollar home 1I’m so excited about this new bag.

It has all the safety features you want such as super strong Velcro, nice tight clip locks, tons of protective padding, a good strong handle, and a comfy shoulder strap that could tow a bus!

It’s a tough bag, water resistant, sturdy, and well made.

All without screaming “expensive camera gear inside!!!”. It looks like a cool, trendy, colorful messenger bag.

And it has that cute little Crumpler man on the front. 😀

Oh; and if you are in a situation where you don’t want to hear that ripping Velcro sound Crumpler has added these awesome Velcro silencer flaps. Just pull them out and press them over the Velcro and… silence.

The only bad things I can think of is that it doesn’t have any small easily accessible pockets for things like business cards, and lens cloths. However it does have those strong little loops on the side where you could attach just about anything you’d like! And it doesn’t seem to have a way to carry my big ol’ clunky tri-pod, or the mono-pod but I guess that’s what your other hand is for!

This bag came with lots of padded dividers that can be organized in endless ways to fit whatever you may need to tote along. [It even has room for a small laptop or tablet, I’m currently using that space for the manual, a notebook, and David Bush’s field guide.]crumpler 8 million dollar home 2

I have divided the large main area into a long thin pocket [that’s the laptop/book area], and five other sections 4 of which are actually two layers deep. There is a “kangaroo pouch” in front that has plenty of room and a mesh pocket inside the flap. There’s even two deep pockets on the outside ends!

So what can you fit into this bag? Hold on to your hats…. this thing can really swallow up the gear!

Here’s what I have stashed in mine and where it all fits.

*In the mesh pocket under the flap… battery covers, shutter release cable, and a lens cloth. There’s room for more!

*In that “kangaroo pouch” [which actually has a slit pocket, open space, and a mesh pocket inside]… assorted cleaning supplies including a nice size rocket blaster and a brush, a close-up lens set, that extra little gizmo that allows you to run off AA batteries in the event your batteries die, and a few AA batteries. There’s room for more!

*In those two deep side pockets… large plastic zip type baggies [emergency rain gear, or any other number or uses], a flashlight, and a tiny first aid kit [Ok; so it’s just band-aids, alcohol wipes, and that type thing tucked into a little plastic pouch, but you know you’re going to need a band-aid.]. There’s also room here for that multi-tool I’ve been meaning to pick up; for those quick repairs to the tri-pod or just about anything else.

*Now for that huge main compartment…

*I already talked about the laptop/tablet space.

*On the left in the front section… Pelican cases for my CF cards

*On the left in the back section… on the bottom a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens… on the top a Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens with hood.

*On the right in the front section… on the bottom a Professor Kobre’s LightScoop [Hey! Don’t laugh; that’s not a bad little gizmo.]… on the top the hoods for the 50mm and the 17-40mm.

*On the right in the back section… on the bottom a set of Kenko Auto Extenstion Tubes… on the top a  Canon 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

*In the center… on the bottom two battery chargers with room for those extra batteries I should pick up soon… on the top kind of “hanging” with the lens down; a Canon EOS 7D with a Zeikos battery grip attached and (as soon as it arrives) a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens attached.

Ok! So I’m a pack rat!

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Yes; that’s a little bit of weight but with the cushioned shoulder strap long enough for cross body wear you really don’t notice it as much. [At least that’s what I’m telling my back.]

Overall this is going to be an awesome bag and it should hold my gear nicely for quite sometime.

Enjoy your weekend everyone; I’ll be spending mine with my nose pressed against the window looking for that big brown truck to bring me that shiny new lens.

 [You would think with all that gear I’d have a better image for this post;
I really need to learn how to take a decent cell phone shot!]