I’m having a lot of fun.

Hi everyone,

I’m really enjoying my photography at the moment. Three things I’ve done recently have all contributed to my comfort, and ultimately my greater fun and enjoyment. First of all there’s my new Olympus 9 mm bodycap lens which is so much fun to use. As it is so small and light it can live in my camera bag or even a shirt pocket! and therefore it will get used, otherwise what’s the point of taking it out with you!? πŸ™‚ . I’m not a huge fan of the fisheye lens effect but this one with its 140 degree diagonal F.O.V is very easily de-fished if one wants and the effect is not so pronounced as it is with my other fisheye lens which is bigger, heavier and usually ends up getting left at home as I’m not prepared to lug it around all day on the off chance that I might use it. The Olympus lens by contrast makes you want to use it and actively look out for opportunities to do so. It also has a film-like quality that reminds me of my old 35 mm film lenses.





This leads me on to the comfort bit, the way that I’m now carrying my gear. Two things have improved the comfort and ease of transporting my gear around on foot all day. If, like me, you habitually suffer from shoulder and neck issues then I thoroughly recommend that you have a look at the thinkTANK Turnstyle range of bags. I have the TurnStyle 10 v2 model in which I can carry an OM-D body with a lens fitted and, with careful packing, a total of up to five compact and lightweight Micro Four Thirds lenses, my Olympus 9-18 mm, Lumix 12-60 mm (or Olympus 12-40 mm), Lumix 14 mm (or my Olympus 17 mm), Olympus 9 mm bodycap lens and my Olympus 40-150 mm (or Lumix 35-100 mm) lens as well as a few accessories, spare batteries, memory cards etc. in the front zip-up compartment. I’ve waited years to find a bag that really works for me, I’ve come close before but this one is very well designed and ticks all the boxes. It also features a waist belt and a built in rain cover which is neatly stowed away in a pocket on the back.



The thing that I really like the most about this bag is the compact size and ease of use. One can carry it on the move with the strap diagonally across the body with the bag resting on one’s lower back, or to one’s side sort of messenger bag style or swivel it completely round horizontally in front of you to get to the contents, change lenses etc. without putting it down. In addition you can also just sling it over your shoulder quickly.Β  Β The bag never left my person all day, travelling seated on the bus one simply swings it round in front of you with the weight resting on your lap. The shoulder strap is also very wide, nicely curved and well padded. You might note that I’ve added a HeroClip to the top loop so that one can hang it up when required. Most importantly, the acid test, I returned home feeling fresher and without my usual aches and pains and that, in itself, more than justifies its purchase.

I said there were three things and the last of these is my Pixentu photo-jacket. With it’s large front pockets I can transfer lenses to and from my bag to my jacket pockets and distribute the weight even more evenly around my body and it has a LOT of pockets for additional batteries, filters, wallet, mobile phone etc. etc..Β  In addition for even more padded protection and to add an extra layer of weather-proofing I added two lightweight XL size neoprene lens pouches inside the front “lens” pockets.


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So, in conclusion, all these things have considerably increased my comfort level and therefore ultimately the fun of getting out there and taking photos. I have no affiliations with the manufacturers of this gear. I thought it might be of interest to others.

Kind regards




“Longshot” and “Outside Seating Available”

Hi folks,

I don’t often carry long lenses with me but just happened to have my 40-150mm (80-300 mm in full-frame) and found a use for it.



Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park on a cold February day.



Kind regards


“Landscape taken with a cheap lens”

Hi folks,

My new Olympus 9 mm bodycap fisheye lens to be precise πŸ™‚



Best wishes,



“Where two rivers meet”

Hi everyone,

Where the Hogsmill River flows into the River Thames at Kingston Upon Thames.



Best wishes,


“The river in my blood”

Hey guys, what’sup?,

I thought I’d start a post in the same way as they seem to think that it’s a great way, ad nauseam,Β  to start so many YouTube videos. πŸ™‚

River Thames, landscape.



All the best,

Leigh – “reaching out and pushing back” πŸ™‚