The Light L16

Disclosure time, I’m part of the Light Creative Advisory Board. In fact, they first pitched the Light L16 camera to me over a year ago. When Dave (the CEO) and Brad (the VP of Marketing) told me about it, their pitch was simple: DSLR quality with a zoom in an iPhone-sized form factor. My brain immediately went in two directions, a million skeptical questions about how it worked/clarifying every word of that pitch and “want.”

The Light L16

The Light L16

Canon 5DS For Wildlife Mini-Review

I’ll admit I was nervous. I recently went to the arctic and had an amazing trip, photographing polar bears, walrus, and more in autumn light. Before the trip, I only had a Canon 5D MkIII which, while still a great camera, is getting a little old. I wasn’t sure what the right camera to bring would be given the new Canon 5DS seemed to have more resolution than I needed (making workflow in the field a pain) and hadn’t gotten great reviews for its high ISO performance.

Sachtler Cine DSLR and RRS Plates

I’ve been looking into fluid heads for a long time, wanting to buy one for video work but not seeing much that I’m happy with. Ideally, I wanted a lightweight one that had an integrated flat base (to work with my existing tripods) and could accept my Really Right Stuff plates, which all my cameras have. Oh, I didn’t want to spend tons of money, either. I recently decided to buy the Sachtler Cine DSLR, and while it’s not perfect, I’m happy with my purchase.

Gura Gear Kiboko

Earlier this year, I purchased Andy Bigg’s new lightweight Gura Gear bag, given it’s about 3 pounds lighter (almost half the weight) of my old Lowe Pro bag. Although I took it to the Falklands, I’ve held off writing about it because I wanted to wait until after my Africa trip when I had a chance to use the bag as intended on a safari. My overall sentiment is that despite a few shortcomings, this is an excellent bag, and I look forward to seeing what other bags Andy and Co produce!

Two Gentoo penguins check out the Gura Gear bar

Two Gentoo penguins check out the Gura Gear bar

Kindle Comments

Nature photographers often end up with a lot of free time on trips, whether it’s on airplanes or when the weather’s bad. While there’s often work to be done editing images or writing, sometimes you just can’t work anymore and want a break. Personally, I like to read in my down time. Yet between the weight of my camera bag and the weight of my computer bag, I never wanted to take more than one book with me on a trip and would often end up reading very slowly or re-reading my book. After my trip to Africa, I’ve definitely come to love my Kindle!