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Crumpler Light Delight

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:21 Written by Duncan Foster Monday, 17 February 2014 19:15

Crumpler Light Delight:

I have been looking for a good camera backpack for a while, and have tried quite a few different bags over the years, all of which have had their problems. My main issue has always been that camera bags seem to be built more for the enthusiast who wants to travel with 2 bodies and 500 spare lenses and nothing else, rather than someone who likes to travel light with just a body and a couple of lenses, but also needs plenty of room for everything else they may be carrying: a spare fleece or a waterproof, and a map as a minimum.

I got the Crumpler Light Delight as a bag to use for my new camera (Fujifilm X-E2) on a recent 2 week motorbike trip around Belize. The base (camera section) is quickly accessible and quite sturdy with a couple of Velcro dividers in, which took my camera (with the 18-55mm lens attached)  and it’s associated equipment (spare memory cards, spare battery, cleaning equipment and charger), with enough room for another lens when I get one. For this trip that space was taken by a small first aid kit. The top section fitted in maps, a mobile phone, a couple of changes of socks and underwear, a long sleeved shirt, a lightweight waterproof, suncream, insect repellent, sunglasses, a bottle of water and essential documents. It was a tight fit, and I had to travel lighter than I might have wished on occasion, but I got in everything I needed.

 

Fuji X-E2

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:19 Written by Duncan Foster Monday, 17 February 2014 19:05

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I started out my more ‘serious’ digital photography with a Canon EOS 350D DSLR, which I thought was brilliant, but soon started dreaming of the EOS 5D, and decided I would get one as soon as the mark II came out. By the time it did, however, my attention had been caught by the newer compact system cameras, and instead I got the Sony NEX 5.

The NEX 5 was a great camera as well, and I found it fitted my needs so much better. Small and lightweight, but still with the same size sensor as my DSLR, I found I never took the 350D out anymore, and just used the NEX 5. There were downsides, however, and trouble soon reared its head in the NEX 5 paradise. Firstly was the difficulty of getting to any settings. While it was better than a compact camera, I ended up using it as one, as to change any settings took quite a bit of faffing. With just a couple of buttons and a scroll wheel I found it took several pushes, several scrolls and a bit of hunting to change anything. Then there was the issue of not having a viewfinder, and having to frame every photo on the screen at the back. When it was bright daylight this was nigh on impossible, and it all came to a head when I was backpacking around Vietnam and Cambodia. Sure it was great that I could travel so much lighter. Sure it was great that the photos were crisp and clear. But I never knew what my crisp, clear photos were going to be of, as I couldn't see the screen.

When I returned I started looking for a replacement. The replacement would have to be small and light, have a good quality (and size) sensor, have good manual controls and a view finder. After a lot of searching I came across the Fuji X-E1, but was put off by the reports of issues with the viewfinder and focusing. When the X-E2 came out, I read the reviews and bought myself one. Would it live up to the hype?

 

   

backing up photos when travelling

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 19:05 Written by Duncan Foster Monday, 15 April 2013 20:22

I think it is fair to say that I take a not insignificant amount of photos when travelling, and also that I travel a fair amount. One of my One of my long standing issues is how to back up these photos when travelling. If your camera gets lost, or stolen, or the memory card just decides to become corrupt, you have lost all your photos, which are irreplaceable.

 

 

   
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