I[‘ve Just taken delivery one month ahead of schedule! of my new TT Artisans 17mm f/1.4 lens. My friend Jimmy Cheng was right, this lens is very sharp. My only slight criticism and it’s not a big one and something that I’ve noticed with other Chinese MFT lenses is that it is a very tight fit but the quality, especially stopped down to about f/5.6 is outstanding and no hit of chromatic aberation!, I’m impressed and looking forward to being able to get out and properly put it through its paces. A quick test pic as I ‘m housebound today. and a 100% crop.
It’s quite nice for the money, probably not the best made bag in the world and highly unlikely to last you a lifetime but it’ll last a fair while and it is lightweight (one of my main pre-requisites) and fairly versatile and roomy. I added a CADEN padded camera insert that I had lying around and also a patch and some carabiners to taste. Not show in the picture below, it also has a large zip-up inside pocket at the back. I very much doubt if it’s water-proof but my National Geographic NG A2560 rain cover fits it very well.
Small, shallow, vertical opening zip pocket on the left, I’ve put business cards in there. Double pocket, one with zip into which I’ve stored my rain cover and one larger pocket beneath it secured with buckle into which I’ve put my NEEWER 4 battery pouch. MOLLE loops and built in carabiner and a velcro loop patch.
Small side pocket with MOLLE loops.
Large back pocket probably best suited for flat items such travel paperwork, grey cards etc..
End with MOLLE loops to which I’m intending to attach the separate pouch that I ordered.
Inside with the CADEN camera insert fitted. The grey pouch on the end contains my small lightweight fold up rucksack.
NOTE the insert doesn’t come with the bag, I purchased this separately.
Bosham, Sussex. The sign on the gate says, Pollution spotters needed. I think that I might apply, sit there with a nice flask of tea, some sandwiches and a pair of binoculars and a camera on a tripod of course. There has to be more money in this than photography. 🙂
Heath Robinson would like this 🙂 , my latest pistol grip mod, added one of my SLIK ball heads with quick release and an optional detachable stand. Obviously this isn’t going to work with big heavy kit and needs an even surface. I’m looking for a similar base but a tad bigger but it works with my lightweight gear like my PEN-F and smaller lenses.
Hi everyone, most of you already know that I like to experiment with my gear. As the pistol grip has a tripod thread on the bottom I attached it to two of my small tabletop tripods to try it out. The only thing that I dislike about the grip is the positioning of the lock button which is far too easily accidentally pressed and, as I don’t require it for my interests, I’m going to glue it in the off or unlocked position.
PS. The lock button is no longer a problem since I super glued it 🙂
Now for a fun shot that I did recreating an Olympus magazine advert from the 70’s originally featuring Peter Sellers with an OM-1 camera which, incidentally, was my first 35mm film SLR. For this I mounted my Lumix 35-100mm to my PEN-F with a pistol grip.
Finally, I bought a JJC HR series pistol grip, circa £20 which I think will come in handy with longer lenses and maybe video if and when I do any to which I’ve added a two piece quick release plate, a strap eyelet to the bottom of the handle and one of my removable wrist straps. The grip requires a cable, sold separately, to fit one’s make/model of camera, I already had one as it was the same type that fitted my JJC wireless remote.