In this episode of non-photo tech for photographers we look at non photo backpacks. Many of us also own camera bags photo backpacks with all of the pockets and sections for cameras, lens and other gear and these bags are great except one thing, they scream photographer and depending on where you are that could also be screaming rob me. A regular backpack can help you fly under the radar and still keep your gear protected inside. Thats where the Lewis N. Clark Waterproof Day Pack comes into play.
Good: The Lewis N. Clark Day Pack is waterproof. The bag is TPU coated so even if you are out walking in the rain your gear inside is going to remain dry.
Good: The bag has a massive top loading opening so you can easily fit in lots of gear and large gear with no trouble.
Good: It has adjustable sternum straps so you can comfortably carry whatever load you have in the bag.
Good: It has a large easy to access front pocket to carry memory cards, batteries and other accessories.
Bad: Its not designed as a camera bag so there is not much cushion as photographers are accustom to with camera bags so I would recommend just keeping a rolled towel or a spare shirt at the bottom of the bag to provide a little cushion against impact if you set your camera down hard and forget you gear in there.
Bad: I wish there was an inside pocket that I could easily store my wallet and phone or other valuables but the inside is one large compartment which is great but also easy to lose stuff in the giant compartment.
The sample for this review was provided by LCI Brands. Please visit http://lewisnclark.com/ for more info and to order products.
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Good: You don’t have to wear it as a watch. The activity tracker comes with a rubber O-ring that you can put it in and then wear the tracker on your clothes or backpack.
Good: There are both IOS and Android apps for the device. So many of these budget devices only offer an app for one platform or the other and this activity tracker offers an app on both.
Good: The battery life is seems good. I charged this thing three days ago and it hasn’t even dropped a single bar off of the power meter.
Good: Its fairly accurate with the step count. I use my Garmin Forerunner 235 as the gold standard and measure everything else against it and when I went for a walk my Garmin with the GPS measured the distance at 2.49 miles and 4570 steps while the app for the Evershop Activity Tracker running on my iPhone measured the distance at 2.50 miles and the tracker counted 4329 for a shortage of 241 steps or about 5% over those two and half miles. This is not that big of a deal for short distances but if difference hold true over long distances than walking five miles you can see as much as a 10% discrepancy and that can be a real problem. Although I think people running five miles or more at a time might opt for a more advanced activity tracker or running watch.
Good: The screen is very easy to read even in bright daylight. Some trackers are nearly impossible to see in direct sunlight but not the Evershop Activity Tracker you can see it in daylight and in the dark.
Bad: No heart-rate monitor, having shopped on Amazon for activity trackers there are lots of budget brand activity trackers with various feature sets and I have found models with heart-rate monitors for as low as $30 and with the Evershop Activity Tracker currently priced at $32 why not get more for less or the same price.
Bad: The watch band is very awkward to put on and maybe thats because I’m left handed or maybe its the design but I had a really difficult time with it.
All in all the Evershop Activity Tracker is a nice fitness tracker that will count your steps, track your sleep and even remind you to get up and move if you have been sedentary for too long.
Some of you have commented that two of my favorite build the Gears of War Build and The Beast are not very family friendly or pleasing to to you. Some have said they didn’t like the violent imagery or the builds were too masculine. Well this build is a very family friendly gender neutral build that has all of the great addons of my favorite builds. Below is the address to the repo. Enjoy. http://kodimaster.com/repo
Good: The Mini Canon has really nice controls. One thing that it has is an on/off slider switch instead of one of those push button on/off buttons that you have to hold for a few seconds and hope that it actually turned on your speaker.
Good: This speaker looks nice and is a nice size. The EasyAcc MC is the perfect size to take with you places and fits into the cupholder of your camping chair.
Good: You can use this speaker as a standalone MP3 player. There is a Micro SD slot on the speaker and you can put a memory card in there loaded with music and play those files directly from the card with no need to connect to your phone or any other device.
Good: The EasyAcc MC Mini Canon sounds good. Its not the loudest speaker but it does sound good at the volume it can achieve. At max volume there is not a lot of distortion which is more important than pure loudness. If EasyAcc wanted to make this speaker louder I’m sure they could if they are willing to sacrifice sound quality. I’m personally glad they didn’t decide to go that way.
Bad: The speaker is not very loud. It sounds good for the volume that it has but it needs more volume. Trying to listen to the speaker while in the shower or doing dishes I had trouble hearing the audio over the water. I wish the speaker could provide the both great sound quality and more loudness.
The sample for this review was provided by EasyAcc. Please visit www.easyacc.com/ for more info and to order products.
Good: The Mpow Elk earphones fit great. With the secure ear hooks these earphones do not move at all when exercising. I used them both for running and walking and there was no slippage or movement.
Good: These headsets sound surprisingly good. I am amazed how good they are able to make these earphones sound for such a low price.
Good: The Mpow Elk’s are inexpensive. If you want a good sounding Bluetooth headset that won’t cost you $100+ then the Elk’s are for you. At $22.99 they are extremely affordable and well worth their price.
Good: They have controls on the earbud part of the headset instead of the cable. This is important because I have found when the controls are placed on the cable the balance feels lopsided but with the controls on earbud the headset feels well balanced and doesn’t pull to one side or the other.
Bad: The only bad thing about the Mpow Elk headset is that it needs a cinch on the cable to shorten it up and prevent it from sticking to my neck when sweating or getting it caught in my hoodie.
Bottomline the Mpow Elk headset is a really good sounding pair of Bluetooth earphones that work really well as running headphones. With the secure ear hooks the earbuds stay in place even while exercising and they are light enough and comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time.
Good: The Speaker looks nice. With a two tone Black and Orange it has just enough to offer a bit of style without being bright and obnoxious.
Good: The speaker has a hoop that you can attach the included carabiner and then attach the speaker a backpack or a belt loop.
Good: The speaker is loud and sounds pretty good. You turn the Archeer A226 Bluetooth speak to max volume and have still have decent sound quality.
Good: The A226 is dust and splash-proof. It has a rubber flap that hides and protects the on/off switch, the micro USB charging port and the aux port. You can get the speaker wet but don’t submerge it because its not waterproof.
Bad: After doing the splash-proof test the flashlight on the speaker started acting weird and not staying on or just randomly turning on with even pushing the button. There is also a little red and blue light on top of the speaker that will not turn off.
In summary, I would say this is a solid choice for a budget Bluetooth speaker with decent sound quality respectable battery life and some ruggedness. You can take this speaker out to the beach, camping or a picnic and it will survive dust, dirt and a spilled drink but don’t let the A226 fall in the pool because its not waterproof and most likely will not survive.
The sample for this review was provided by Archeer. Please visit http://www.archeer.com for more info and to order Archeer products.
The Urban Gear Survival Tool and the Screwpop Travel Stash are both great choices of keychain accessories for photographers. Both tools have multi uses, both are small about the size of a key and both are inexpensive.
Good: Both keychain tools have an easy to use clip that makes it simple and fast to clip on and off of your keychain for use.
Good: The Urban Gear Survival Tool has a flathead screwdriver on it which is one of the main things I wanted in a keychain tool so I could use it to attach my tripod plate to my camera.
Good: The Screwpop Travel Stash’s main feature is that it has a storage compartment that you can use to store some emergency money for an unexpected expense.
Good: Both keychains tools have bottle openers. This is not really a feature that has anything to do with photography but photographers love to drink and being able to pop a bottle top for a friend or a model is always a good thing.
Bad: I didn’t really find anything bad about either one of these devices. The Urban Gear Survival Tool and the Screwpop Travel Stash are both really well thought out tools.
Both the Screwpop Travel Stash and the Urban Gear Survival Tool are solid choices for a keychain accessory for photographers. They both have very different purposes and features but are useful in their own right. If you are looking for an inexpensive piece of gear to add to your camera kit either one or both of these great keychain tools will not disappoint.