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My New Lowepro Stealth Reporter D300 AW

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I finally decided today on a very impulse to replace my existing Lowepro 200 shoulder bag with a new Lowepro Stealth Report D300 AW. After a while of not shooting weddings, I haven’t been using my ThinkTank and have started using my old shoulder bag which I normally take on trips or on shoots during my assignment.

My old Lowepro 200 served me well for around 5 years and I have grown to like it as my go-getter, the first bag I would choose to house my camera gears on a short shoot. But as of late, this bag has been getting a little small for my gears and it gets a little cramped up.

I normally fit in a DSLR body, 3 lenses and a flash into the bag.

I normally fit in a DSLR body, 3 lenses and a flash into the bag.

The problem with this bag was that I just couldn’t fit in my 70-200mm lens and if I were to squeeze it in, it wouldn’t be in a very efficient manner as each time I open the bag, I would have to make sure the 70-200mm lens wouldn’t fall off the bag.

So before I started searching for a new shoulder bag, I was honestly just walking along the streets in Sdyney when I chanced upon Ted’s Camera store. I entered the store with no purpose other than to just browse through the various gears to bring myself up to speed on whats the latest and greatest in the camera world (yes, I have been rather disconnected and yes, I didn’t know that Canon had a 6D).

Whilst I was deciding on whether I should get a Joby Gorillapod for travelling, I saw a large variety of bags on display and picked out the Lowepro Stealth Reporter D300 AW.

My_New_Lowepro_D300_AW_Stealthreporter-03The first thing I asked the store assistant was whether can I fit in the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens into the bag and unfortunately, the store didn’t have that particular lens in store for me to try it out. What I like about here in Australia is the extra service the store assistants offer. She went over and took a couple of long telephoto lenses to let me try putting them into the bag and when she brought the Canon 100-400mm lens and showed me that it fitted in nicely, I was almost immediately sold. She also then went on the mention that the 100-400mm lens was around 1cm shorter compared to the 70-200mm lens but it still had enough space in the D300 AW.

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Honestly if the store assistant didn’t bother asking me how my day was or giving me all that help, I would have probably left the store without buying anything and headed to the nearest Crumpler store and getting a replacement there!

Of course the other features which I thought would be extremely useful is the ability to reach for lenses and gears without opening the flap of the bag! This meant better efficiency! Another feature that was missing in my old bag was the all-weather rain cover. A good feature to have especially when I was caught in the rain during a couple of outdoor shoots.

Old bag versus new bag in terms of size

Old bag versus new bag in terms of size

Finally the only downside I can find is that the bag is larger in size but again the D300 is indeed a model size larger compared to the Nova 200. I did see the D200 AW on sale but it couldn’t fit a long telephoto lens hence I decided against it.

When I use it for my next assignment on the 6th of April, I will probably write a review on the bag.

p.s. Apologies for the quality of the images here. I used my iPhone and had to process them all via the iPhone as I didn’t bring my Mac to edit the images. When I have the time at home, I will probably replace these images later. 

The Nikon D700 – Its Official

Updated: 17:06

Thanks Eugene for the heads up on this bit of news. I was out at lunch earlier only to find this very interesting bit of news sitting in my comments column in my last post.

Good to know that Nikon has finally launched the Nikon D700 and its as good as the rumours claimed it to be. Awesome stuff this new FX camera which sports the Nikon D3’s CMOS full frame sensor. To top it off, Dpreview mentioned that it sports a sensor cleaner, something which Nikon’s flagship D3 did not have.


Image source: DPreview.com

As I previously posted, the Nikon D700 is indeed a camera to behold, fits nicely within the price ranges of the previous D300 and the high-end D3. At USD$2999, I would expect the camera to be priced at RM9k and any lower than that would be a good bonus.

I think it might just be the right time to retire my D200 and head towards greener pastures or perhaps, larger pastures. With this already available, I would say that all of my remaining lens purchases should revolve around FX type lenses and no longer should I look at DX lenses unless to be used with the D300.

Available at the end of July, we should expect the camera to hit our Malaysian shores in September and hopefully by then we can see samples of the D700 in action at ISO6400. Very curious to see if this baby can keep images clean at ISO6400.


D700 next to a D300 - Image Source: Rob Galbraith

Update:

Pre-orders for both the Nikon D700 and SB-900 is already available at Shashinki. Check them out here.

Nikon D700 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (FX Full Frame 12MP CMOS, Live View, Image Sensor Cleaning) (Japan Import)
Nikon D700 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (FX Full Frame 12MP CMOS, Live View, Image Sensor Cleaning) (Japan Import)
Date Added: Tuesday 01 July, 2008
Manufacturer: Nikon
Price: RM10,300.00
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Nikon SB-900 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 34/111.5 (ISO 100, m/ft))
Nikon SB-900 Speedlight i-TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 34/111.5 (ISO 100, m/ft))
Date Added: Tuesday 01 July, 2008
Manufacturer: Nikon
Price: RM1,995.00
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D40/x finally gets to use Tamron, D3 unboxed

My first ever DSLR was the Nikon D40 which I purchased in January. Since then, I started my interest in the area of photography. Being a relatively middle income earner and knowing the exorbitant prices that revolves around this new hobby of mine, I faced a problem.

The Nikon D40 didn’t have the autofocus motor built in the body. I guess this was Nikon’s way of reducing costs but it came as a problem for D40/D40x owners, they had to buy either Nikon’s AF-S type lenses or perhaps a cheaper alternative would be the Sigma HSM type lens.

But, I am not here to talk about the D40 shortcomings.

Tamron, another 3rd party lens maker has finally decided to jump onto that bandwagon to manufacture a lens capable of having the autofocus function with the Nikon D40. In any sense, this is a good business move by Tamron because they are catering for a large market (the D40 has a huge market because of its price worldwide) of consumers.

AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II

“The AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro is the ultimate high power zoom lens boasting the world’s greatest zoom ratio(*1) of 13.9X, a milestone that Tamron, the pioneer of high power zoom lenses, has achieved by commanding its technologies to further expand the capabilities of high power zoom lenses.”

With this in mind, I think Tamron has a winner provided that the price of this lens is priced well as it is definitely a good travel lens. It gives a nice wide 18mm as well as a long telephoto (compared against the usual 18-200mm lenses). Let’s see how this will fare against Sigma’s travel lenses.

Back on the other spectrum of the price range would be something which many people have been waiting for, the Nikon D3. The first full frame DSLR for Nikon, the D3 marks an important milestone for Nikon and I am sure many people would be more than happy to jump on the new bandwagon.

Well, if you are still clueless about the Nikon D3, don’t fret. Head over here to see how the D3 would look unboxed!

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