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How Do I Get New Photo Gear?

How Do I Get New Photo Gear?

The answer to this question may seem obvious to some but it comes up a lot.  And over the years, we've found a few approaches that you may find helpful to hear.  This article is not about how to identify which gear you should buy but more about how to find it once you know what gear you want.  And for anyone looking for free gear, sorry…  that's not what this article's about either.  :-)

New To Me

When we're talking about new photo gear, let's make sure to include gear that's new to you and that includes pre-owned (aka used) equipment.  In this direction, I like working with KEH.com but I've also been known to buy directly from other photographers through craigslist - knowing the latter approach has a lot more risk.

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MindShift Firstlight 40L Big Backpack Review

MindShift Firstlight 40L Big Backpack Review

Introduction

  • MindShift Gear (founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo) makes a great line of backpacks that work well for the adventures I like to do with my night photography.  I've been reviewing their packs for a little while now and the latest model I chose was the Firstlight 40L.  I chose the big 40L model so it would hold all my gear including a bigger telephoto lens.  I had high expectations for the bag and I was able to quickly see if it was going to measure up.
  • I'll be honest in saying that I did not buy this backpack.  I had the opportunity to review it for MindShift Gear and I was happy to do so.  That said, I'm including my honest opinions on it without restraint.  If there are areas where it did poorly, I'm not afraid to say so.
  • To test the backpack, I took it out numerous times - during in-field training sessions in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks and Monument Valley with Night Photography Workshop and shooting on my own in the Bisti Badlands.

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MindShift Rotation180° Backpack Review

MindShift Rotation180° Backpack Review

Have you ever missed what would have been an awesome shot because you weren't quick enough in pulling out your gear?  Well with the ability to access your photo gear in an instant from the belt pack without having to take the pack off, the Rotation180° will put you in a great position to access your gear at a moment's notice.  But that's not all…  photographers will love the three options for holding a tripod from the traditional side pocket to the tripod sling on the back of the pack to the tripod suspension system.  And with the tripod suspension system providing easy access to your tripod without removing the pack, it goes hand-in-hand with the rotating belt pack for super-easy access to your gear.

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Ultimate Ballhead Review

Ultimate Ballhead Review

Thanks to Acratech's high quality materials and innovative designs, I've been a huge fan of their ballheads for years.  I've owned and have been using the GV2 as my primary ballhead until just recently when I got a chance to test two of their latest, most popular ballheads: the Ultimate GP Ballhead and the award winning GP Ballhead.   With a few key improvements, I was very excited to give them both a try!

I'll be honest in saying that I didn't buy either of these ballheads.  As a loyal user of Acratech gear, they gave me the opportunity to review them and I was very happy to do so.  That said, I've been testing them both for a couple of months now and I'm including my honest opinions on them without restraint.  If there are areas where they did poorly, I won't be afraid to say so.

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MindShift Backlight 26L Backpack Review

MindShift Backlight 26L Backpack Review

MindShift Gear (founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo) makes a great line of backpacks that appear to work well for the hikes I like to do with my night photography.  I've always thought highly of their reputation for quality gear, so with one of their premier backpacks on-hand (the Backlight 26L), I was able to put it through its paces to see just how well it would do out in the field...

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