• Dallas Dahms Photography www.dallasdahms.com

Review: The Perfect Travel Camera Case

ThinkTank have released what I think is probably the perfect roller for the photographer who needs to travel by air with a decent amount of kit on any kind of photography excursion. As many of my readers over the years will already know, one of the biggest problems I have [...]

By |21st October 2016|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on Review: The Perfect Travel Camera Case
  • Damaraland, Namibia

LEE Filters Seven5 System Review

The genre of photography that excites me the most these days is landscapes. I can’t think of anything I enjoy shooting more than a drama filled natural landscape. I feel at peace doing this type of photography, truly content. In preparing for our recent photo safari to Namibia I was looking at getting a filter system to help me make the most of the landscape photo opportunities that we were going to encounter. So why use filters when a lot of the effects they offer can be replicated in post production software like Photoshop or Lightroom? Well, firstly I don’t like to do things in post when they can be done in the camera. If there’s a recipe for making me fed up it involves me sitting behind a computer screen for hours tweaking pixels with masks and layers in software that requires a great deal of expertise to get the best results from (besides, I’m not playing the Adobe rent-a-shop game these days). Secondly, the sensors on digital cameras these days have pretty good dynamic range, but if you want to make the most of the digital information captured on those sensors, it’s probably best to avoid working with the extremes of DR. If you’re on the edge of blowing out the sky while lifting the foreground, why not just play it safe and protect the sky with a neutral density graduated filter? […]

By |31st October 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on LEE Filters Seven5 System Review
  • Equipment used by Dallas on the 2013 safari to Namibia.

ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0

A few weeks after our Ultimate Big 5 Safari in August, I found myself packing to fly to Cape Town where we had a 32 day adventure lined up, namely the Namaqualand to Namibia Safari. This time there was a lot more to pack, so I decided to put the ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0 to the task, seeing as I already knew it would fit on a smaller plane (one of our guests used it without drama on the flight from Kruger Airport to Jo’burg) and the plane to CT would certainly be a lot larger than that other one. I had planned to do a lot of landscape work on this trip so while I was going to bring along my Nikons and the Sigma 120-300/2.8, I also needed to find space for my entire mirrorless kit. Configuring the roller with the low divider set was challenging for the m43 stuff, mainly because the lenses are so much smaller and the dividers are designed for much bigger partitions. But I managed and here’s a shot from my iPhone of everything that fit inside the Security V2.0 roller. […]

By |15th October 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0

ThinkTank Airport International V2.0 on safari

As a photographer who organises wildlife safaris fairly often, the biggest elephant in the room I usually have to deal with is transporting my camera gear on airplanes between cities in South Africa. The issue is that if you are flying on a domestic airline within South Africa the rule for carry on luggage is that it can’t exceed a certain dimension or weight. This happens to be either 7 or 8kgs, depending on which flavour airline you’re on. Not a hell of a lot, is it? Put a couple of pro cameras with big lenses and a laptop into the mix and you’ll be over the limit very quickly. The domestic airlines here also restrict you to one piece of checked luggage that cannot exceed 20kgs. On my last safari to Namibia I think my camera bag was pretty close to 20kgs on its own. I’ll elaborate a bit more on what was in it later in this article. The volume side of the carry-on restrictions is not usually a problem, provided the bag you’re using fits into the little aluminium scaffolding apparatus they use to determine maximum proportions at the check-in counter. Smaller planes don’t always have overhead stowage so your bag has to fit under the seat in front of you which is not always a possibility, especially if it’s a really small plane and also if you find yourself sitting next to an emergency exit. […]

By |15th October 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on ThinkTank Airport International V2.0 on safari
  • ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i

Review: ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i

If you’re like me, when you get into something you get in with both feet and get totally wet. It’s been like that since I got my first mirrorless camera a couple of years ago, the original Olympus Pen E-P1. I now find myself on my 4th mirrorless body, the charming little Olympus OM-D E-M5 and it seems to want to surround itself with lots of shiny little attachable bits. I’ve now got 5 lenses (and a Nikon F mount adapter) for the micro four thirds system and still find myself looking at not only other lenses for the OM-D, but also other systems like the Fuji X-trans system as possible future companions. Some call it GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) while others, the learned kind who spend their days sitting around in leather chairs listening to the troubles of others, probably call it obsession, or psychosis, or something worse. Whatever you call it, when you get it you get it and unless its life threatening just go with it, man. […]

By |6th June 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on Review: ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i

Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 5

  Somebody somewhere recommended this bag to me as a good option for a small mirrorless system. Our local pro shop had one in stock and I mulled over it for days. Eventually the GAS was too much to bear and I went down there yesterday, credit card in tow. An hour or so later and my entire m43 system was snuggled up inside it. That’s the OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic Lumix GF1, four lenses, the baby flash for the Oly, plus there’s room for at least 1 more lens, or perhaps a proper Olympus flash should I ever need one. Or maybe another OM-D in the future. You never know. […]

By |5th June 2013|Equipment, Reviews|Comments Off on Review: ThinkTank Retrospective 5
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