[•] K&F Concept Camera Bag Review

Bag Available Here: “https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01M237LLV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01M237LLV&linkCode=am2&tag=pazrahn-20&linkId=e97ba8f78824dbc6ce3ddc9b8af4cb60”>

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With a new bag comes a new bag review. For a long long time well 12 years in fact I have used a LowePro version camera bag in the same style as this K&F Concept bag.

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The K&F version has two plastic pads on the base for when you put the bag down on the ground to protect the base and the fabric of the bag including the gear inside which I really like. The outside front has clips for a tripod to hold centre of the bag while walking. Balance in a bag is the single most important feature.

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There are some details I like about the bag including the cute little embroidered tripod symbol. LowePro as a camera bag is a forgotten dream the prices are just sickening when you can purchase this bag for $75 and the build quality I would consider substantially better. The shoulder straps are firm and hold their shape and on the back feels very comfortable. The front pocket holds a Surface Pro tablet with ease.

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The zippers can be undone with one hand so if your a one handed photographer this will definitely cater for you.

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The bones of the bag allow for two decent DSLR’s. In the photo you can see with a little customisation of the support pads you can fit a Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm lens. Up top is a Sony A7II mirrorless for the little projects along with two primes lenses. And other sections hold a dust blower, Lens hood and SD card holder case.

 

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Extras include waterproof dust cover and would you believe a gift zip bag containing a dust blower, spray bottle for lens cleaning and cleaning cloth. Such a thoughtful well presented bag for any photographer.

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Overall Rating 10/10

This is one of the best bang for buck bags around including build quality compared to any other bag on the market.

If you get this bag you will be filled with joy.

Disclosure: I am not funded by this camera gear company. Just a one man band doing the far and in between gear reviews on items I have purchased.

 

Bag Here: https://www.kentfaith.com/camera-backpacks/USKF13.051_professional-dslr-camera-backpack-waterproof-11-81-6-3-16-54-inches

 

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[•] Getting up early for landscape photography to be defeated by mother nature.

Cathedral Rocks, Kiama Downs, NSW, Australia

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Dragging yourself out of bed kicking and screaming at 4am is the most challenging part of photographing morning sunrises. I don’t really kick and scream as I would wake the wife and kids but the old body has seen better days. Put your hands up if you can jump out of bed with a spring in your step. I used to have that special super power but lost that mojo a while back. One thing that does help and nothing better to kick start the heart is a delicious hot coffee and a piece of toast for breakfast.

Once on the road its dark and the thoughts are if the sky is clear from cloud and will there be an epic sunrise. Sunrises are like winning the lotto not that I have won lotto but a beautiful sunrise can make you feel like a winner.

The drive took about an hour south from Sydney to a place called Cathedral Rocks, Kiama on the NSW coast. this location is a hot spot for photographers and pretty much a pilgrimage for any photographer that wants to add a landscape photograph to their portfolio.

Walking south from Jones beach car park I found the tide was high with epic 6 foot waves crashing into the canyon where the cliff edge meets the sea. I had just set up and bam the waves came rolling in. Not cool when you are using two cameras and two tripods I had to pick up and run. Well I couldn’t run I was trapped but held onto the rock face like a mountain goat and thought to myself I’m getting the hell out of here. Both shoes were soaked and the jeans wet just below the knees. At the same time I pictured a rock fisherman yelling help and that’s the moment I knew mother nature had truly beaten me, then again I think I was beaten with a left hook when the wall of cloud covered the sunrise as I drove in to the location but I had to try take a few photographs.

The reason I had two camera’s was I’m testing the Sony A7II a mirrorless camera that can adapt older lenses with an adaptor and surprisingly produces lovely results.

Fun Photography Fact: Professional landscape photographers with a city gallery and large amazing prints spend days and weeks visiting a location to get that perfect photograph. Could you sit out in the wild with a tent and a few cans of baked beans and watch the world go by?.

The photographs taken were outside the dream location of where I would have liked of setup with camera gear but the results posted are different take compared to other photographers. (Feel free to google Cathedral Rocks, Kiama) Even if we fail as a photographer the plan is to take a photograph. And if a story along the way accompanies that one photograph at least we can share it.

 

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[•] Wet footprints in the sand.

Camera: Sony A7II with Canon 20mm FD F4 lens. Shutter: 1/8Sec, Aperture: F11, ISO: 200, Adaptor: Metabones FD-E mount.

Featured Photo: [•] Cathedral Rocks, Camera: Canon 5DIII with Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L lens. Aperture: F11, Shutter: 20Sec, ISO:200

I may of been defeated this time by mother nature but I will return like Rocky Balboa with the gloves off equipped with a medium format camera.

Note: It is dangerous photographing at these locations please advise loved ones where you are going and even better take a friend that can help as a look out. I grew up as a surfer and have a connection with this type of environment and reading the waves takes experience. Even the best of us can find it tricky in dealing with these types of weather conditions.

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

 

 

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[•] Photographing Fiji on Octopus Island Resort.

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Located in the spectacular Yasawa region of the Fiji Islands, Octopus Resort lies 27 nautical miles west from Nadi International Airport (NAN). The resort is set on the western side of Waya Island, allowing for breathtaking views of sunsets in the South Sea Islands. Getting to Octopus Island Resort from Nadi is easily done by jumping on a boat, which is about 35 minutes. Along the way are there are many islands and if your lucky might see a pod of dolphins to watch play along the side of the boat.

There are Garden View Bure’s for accommodation but the perfect way to stay is in the Premium Bure as I recommend having the air-conditioning on those very hot days. Adjoining the room is your very own private outdoor shower and courtyard. The view from the front is relaxing and a nice change away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Say good bye to looking at your mobile phone and internet this is the perfect place to detox away from all those gadgets.

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[•] Looking Out

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In the series of photographs. Can you see it? A face on the side of the mountain. The walk up is not for the faint hearted and I do recommend a level of fitness. With every step and grasping breath it was confirmed the height to the top of the island was 385m in total thanks to a German with a fancy watch. The hike took about 3 hours and is a great way to loose a little weight around the belly. If you do manage to visit this place please take plenty of water on the hike and some snacks.

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Every day the local tour guide (depending on the weather) would take tourists up and he really enjoyed seeing how unfit we were often having a good laugh between breaks.. He had such a great sense of humour. The mountain walk is a great add to anyone’s bucket list and has to be one place on earth with the most breathtaking views. Just don’t look down it is by far another sheer drop if your scared of heights.

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This is the type of holiday experience that is even better with friends and made as a group holiday.

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Note: Camera: Canon EOS 5D a few lenses EF 24-105mmF4, 16-35mm F2.8L II USM

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

 

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[•] Travel photography in Vietnam

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Vietnam has many wonderful places to explore with you camera and to name a few off the top of my head would be Hoi An, Saigon and at the top of the list Sapa which is out side Hanoi which is an overnight train ride to the outskirts of the lower mountains.

Travelling up to the mountain by bus is a hair raising experience as the tires perch on the edge of a dirt road overlooking a sheer drop that would end your life. I personally wanted to kiss the ground after returning to sea level as I’m really scared of heights.

Sapa is a beautiful and colourful town thanks to the H’mong and Dzao people from the local hill tribes who head into the town’s market every day to trade their produce. The Terraced Fields where the people work is a sight to see with mountains cut by hand to produce the rice. A photograph really doesn’t do justice to landscapes you see.

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This photo is the start of the day and the locals lock onto tourists they think will buy their trinkets. Walking down to the villages is a beautiful walk and took about 4 hours. A perfect place to take photographs and if only I didn’t leave my tripod in Hanoi because I really missed out on tracking some fabulous panoramic’s.

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Sapa is up there as one of the best travel destinations for photography and can be done with a non pro DSLR. If you are starting out in photography owning the Canon 24-105mm lens is an excellent all rounder and looking back at the photo’s I have taken over the years it really has to be the best lens to get as started.

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Note: Camera: Canon EOS 400D with a lenses EF 24-105mmF4 lense.

 

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

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You have a chance to win 1 Million Dollars using your camera.

Do you know you have more of a chance to win 1 Million Dollars by taking a photograph with your camera than you would if playing Lotto.

The odds of winning Lotto are 100,000,000 to 1 and the odds of capturing a million dollar photograph are much closer than you think.

I am a very strong believer if you carry your camera with you everyday and an event happens or somebody super famous happens to walk by doing odd you can easily capture a frame with your camera and that split second of luck could bring you a windfall of something big.

Part of this principle is based on the saying the best camera is the one that’s with you but say you get a photo with your smart phone that image is less likely to get a good offer of dollars compared to a digital SLR photograph.

After many years of shooting I still believe that it is possible to take a million dollar photograph (It hasn’t happened yet for me but it might happen to you) and I’ve thought carrying that camera by my side everyday increases those odds.

As far fetched as it sounds to take a million dollar photograph have you ever heard that one photographer sold a picture of a potatoe for a large sum of money.  I’ll admit I have never photographed a potatoe but after hearing that story it is definitely at the top of my list to photograph one or maybe two 😉

Now if the odds of winning Lotto are 100,000,000 to 1 then the odds of taking a million dollar photograph surely has to be 500,000 to 1.

Here is the key to taking a million dollar photograph with 5 simple variations to help calculate your odds. They come down to your actions and a few factors;

1) How often you leave the house.
2) How many photographs you take per year.
3) The type of camera and lens combination you use.
4) Location of where you take the photograph. i.e outback of Timbuktu would decrease the odds Verse someone smack in the middle of a specific city.
5) A blessing of good old Irish Luck.

As funny as this all sounds if you were in Timbuktu you might get a photo of a Yeti and win big or you could be in the city and capture a famous person but at the end of the day just remember having that camera with you everyday could pay off big time or just pay off your camera.

Now where are the potatoes in the pantry.

Oh your still here: Write down below in the comments what you think your odds are.

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

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Fujifilm Promote Manipulated Image to Sell GFX 50s Camera.

Over the years nothing makes me more angry than photographers swindling people with fake photographs. But whats worse is to then see it done to fool people for the sake of promoting camera sales is a whole new level of low.

I’ve lost count of how many photographers out there that have been caught entering photography competitions with fake images and then win the competition. Same old story photographers at times should produce the RAW with advertisers and show that the original photograph is like the original capture.

Fujifilm I am calling you out on the images you publish or at least ask you to state the real facts in the description box next to the photograph whether it is a photo-shopped composite (Manipulated Image) or state that it is as a photograph (Exif Data with Camera Settings) in Instagram portfolio . This can be seen as unethical and or are you promoting manipulated content for camera sales. The truth of the image “in one photo” is that it was photo-shopped to hell with five images that were fudged into alignment and advertised as one photograph. The end result image was not stitched as a single image as the alignments were out significantly so the five total photographs were layered to look like they are in alignment. Any professional would tell you this was done incorrectly. photographing that way was a big no no.  A panoramic head on a tripod is the correct technical way of photographing a scene to achieve true alignment and then using Photoshop in combination with PTGui will give you satisfying results. As a pro photographer I would not of been content with the results of the Milky way and Opera House. 

This travesty could of been avoided by Fujifilm vetting the content they uploaded and a clearly state the facts.

Photographing multiple images takes real skill and as a professional photographer I value photographers that can do it right using a panoramic head on a tripod in the field. Its a dying art photographing panoramic’s properly but with software inbuilt in cameras today I often see terrible images because of lazy practices. This is becoming the norm with the younger generation and a prime example of how not to use the Fujifilm GFX 50s and falsify content. 

The GFX 50s is a great camera no doubt I’ve read the specifications but will you need a copy of Photoshop CS6 to accompany the camera for producing images that Fujifilm promote?.

I’m not interested in companies when they are unethical, dishonest and fraudulent. But how many images displayed in @fujicamerasaus Instagram portfolio are fakes, real photographs or composites.

An audit of such photographs would be a good start to find out or an update to the description in the postings would help protect the consumer.

This article is about highlighting the ethics of camera companies posting manipulated images to sell cameras and to make people aware of this fact.. Nikon was recently caught in a photography competition and it looks like Fujifilm are now doing this to boost sales. As a consumer I feel like we are being swindled by the performance of what a camera can really produce. Sony recently run test events with huge lighting rigs for the A9 under controlled conditions. I thought Fujifilm was better than that only time will tell if they clean up their act.

I will now have a long and hard think before purchasing the GFX 50s. #Don’tBeMissLeadingFuji

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“in one photo” Fake NEWS by Fujifilm.

Original Description: “In One Photo” Incredible shot by (@PhotographersNameRemoved) captured using the Medium Format Fujifilm GFX 50S.

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[•] Canon Canonflex & the R2000

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Introduced in the month of September 1960 (produced until 1962)

The Canonflex is Canon’s first SLR and was designed to compete with the Nikon F which was also released to the public in the same year. Like the Nikon F it has an interchangeable prism and a focal plane shutter to 1/1000. A Selenium meter clips to a front accessory shoe and is coupled to the shutter speed dial.
It featured interchangeable breech lock mount lenses, interchangeable finders.

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Canonflex R2000 was equipped with Canon 50mm f/1.8 Super-Canomatic R

 

Did you know the value of the Canonflex camera was $299 in 1961…Now equals $2,373.19 in 2016.

The top-class 35mm camera market gradually shifted from rangefinder cameras to single-lens reflex cameras. The major reason was that SLRs could handle close-ups, photomicrography, duplication work, and other applications without being constrained by the limits of rangefinder camera lenses. When Canon introduced the Canonflex, its first SLR, there were already eight SLR models on the market.

The Canonflex used a high-quality, breechlock lens mount. The lens flange ring was turned to lock the lens onto the camera flange’s bayonet lugs. The lens flange and camera flange did not rub against each other like today’s lens mounts.The camera used Super-Canomatic lenses which had a fast, fully-automatic diaphragm. A 130-degree winding trigger at the camera bottom enabled quick film advance. An external selenium exposure meter could also be attached.

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The Canonflex was Canon’s first foray into the SLR market, with a removable prism and clip-on exposure meter that coupled with the shutter speed dial. This model has a minimum shutter speed of 1/2000th.

Total production about 8,800 units; documented serial number range: 50646- 59281 (via IDCC

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So when I saw the R2000 for sale I made an enquiry and met a wonderful gentleman that has had this camera for many many years. I asked him why he was selling it and he told me that he was 70 years old and it was time to part with that Canonflex. For a part of me this made me sad because it is a reminder that we all can’t walk this life forever and there is a time that we must give up on things we love or have interests in. I don’t know how long I will have this camera for but hope that the next person that inherits my cameras looks after them and keeps the history alive.

So this camera is from the early 60’s and looking at the serial number would of been the last Canonflex made in the R2000 model. For a camera that is over 50 years old and the second model canon produced as the first Single Lens Reflex camera it also was a pinnacle piece of engineering history for canon. They managed to be one of the first few camera companies to have a shutter speed of 2000th second and helped move canon forward to become a successful competitor in the camera industry.

I recently found a second Canonflex online and wasn’t sure whether or not I should purchase it. My one has for a long time been out of use because the shutter winder is broken and when I did see another one available I thought maybe it could become a spare parts camera.

These camera’s are becoming rarer every year and I find that the Canonflex are the most special out of the canon line up because of the the Trigger-Action Winding Lever on the base of the camera.

The only faults are the missing Film Rewind Release Button but I can wind the film back by using a pen to release the locking pin and to the front left the covering is pealing a little. I have the option where I can either swap the part and just fix the best looking Canonflex.

Its a wait and see at this stage but the removable prism is in beautiful condition and so are the internals.

Note: One of the Canonflex in the collection is engraved on the winding trigger designating that it was once sold at a US Military Post Exchange.

Thankyou to the collector that sold me the R2000 Canonflex and know that it will be used and looked after in the years to come.

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

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