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Cameras

Canon

New York City, Central Park

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

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canon EOS rebel t5i body

$549.00

My very first camera was a Canon Elph, and I took that camera everywhere. I was documenting my teenage life. Great times!
Over the years I’ve transitioned through a few Canon cameras, and although there are newer models available, I’m but currently happy with my T5i. It’s perfect for travel not too bulky with the right mix of beginner to intermediate.

PROS:

  • Great entry-level camera and the first essential piece of photography equipment for beginners or anyone looking to take their photography to the next level  Even when the camera is set to automatic, you’re pretty much guaranteed a great picture.
  • The learning curb is minimal or at your own pace. Use the Automatic settings for Beginner, the Half Automatic / Half Manual settings for Intermediate and the Manual settings for Professionals.
  • You can change its lenses; which is great as it adds more dimensions to your pictures and videos. Plus, when you upgrade to a newer Canon camera you can keep your lens.
  • It records 1920 x 1080 HD Video
  • 18 Mega Pixel Picture
  • External microphone jack
  • The price is not cheap but you are getting more bang for your buck when you consider everything you get with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. Consider it an investment.

Cons:

  • The size will always be an issue for some, especially those who came from using a point and shoot or smartphone. Some will say It’s too bulky, too big and too heavy. For me, the size is fine. When its the only camera you need to take both pictures and record videos, I think its size is a good trade-off.
  • The battery: When I bought this camera, it came with a camera bag and an extra battery. I honestly can not count how many times that extra battery was needed. Typically, when I’m travelling, I’m taking pictures, not just for myself, but for this blog and social media. In addition, I’m filming short clips that I will later edit together for my YouTube Channel’s travel vlog. Typically, the battery will last me all day but when I film for an extended period of time (an expected or unexpected interview, someone making or preparing something etc) then the battery drains really fast…
  • When creating video sound is extremely important and the built-in microphone is not that great. In fact, if you’re planning on filming any type of talking or interview you will most definitely need to invest in an external microphone.

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Canon XA10

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Canon XA10

$1,849.00

As I developed my skills as a videographer I needed to upgrade from the smaller, consumer-style video Canon camera to a professional camera with more options, better lens and sound options for interviews with guests. I bought this camera initially thinking I could bring it with me when I travel and I brought it to Spain and Greece but it proved to be too cumbersome. I have since bought my Canon EOS Rebel T5i and retired this Camera for videography jobs and projects locally here in Toronto.

PROS:

  • Professional Camera with professional features. When you walk onto a job site with this camera and microphone attached the client knows you mean business
  • Tons of pro feature packed into a small body. The camera is small and agile. 
  • 64gb of onboard memory plus two slots for additional memory cards of any size.
  • It records 1920 x 1080 HD Video
  • The battery lasts long. You can get a bigger battery for extra-long filming.
  • 2 XLR jacks for microphones 
  • Large sensor for great night videography

Cons:

  • Although the size is small for a professional camera it's too big to walk around with when travelling.
  • Huge learning curb.
  • Price. The camera is not cheap.

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Barcelona, Park Güell

Lenses

EF-S 18-55MM F/4-5.6 IS STM

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EF-S 18-55MM F/4-5.6 IS STM

EF-S 18-55MM F/4-5

$85.00

This lens is a standard zoom lens and usually comes with EOS Camera. A standard zoom lens captures images the way your eye sees it. It's not heavy and has a little bit of zoom, which makes it perfect for spending the day exploring a city. This lens is always with me, it's usually already on my camera, and it typically is the lens I use when I first start taking pictures. 

Specs

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

18-135mm f/3.5–5.6

Lens Construction

16 elements in 12 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

74°20'-11°30'

Focus Adjustment

AF with full-time manual

Closest Focusing Distance

1.28 ft./0.39m

Filter Size

2.6 in./67mm diameter

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

3.1 x 3.8 in., approx. 18.2 oz.
77.4 x 96mm, approx. 515g

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EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

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Florence, Italy (Without & With Zoom)

EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

$299.00

My second lens was this telephoto lens. At this point, I've travelled to a few different countries, and I noticed that on occasion there were situations where a cathedral or a castle was just too far in the distance. It close enough to see but my standard lens couldn't zoom in enough. At this point, I decided to add this lens to my arsenal of photography gear.

Specs

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 
55-250mm 1:4-5.6

Lens Construction 
15 elements in 12 groups

Diagonal Angle of View 
27° 50' - 6° 15'

 

Focus Adjustment
Rear focus system

Closest Focusing Distance
2.79 ft. / 0.85m

Filter Size
58mm diameter

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight
2.8 x 4.4 inches, approx. 13.2 oz. / 70.0 x 111.2mm, approx. 375g

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EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

$199.00

The third lens in my arsenal is this wide-angle lens. While in Copenhagen, I stopped into a camera store looking for a memory card for my camera as I was running out of space.  While talking to the employee, I learned that they had a great sale on this wide-angle lens. I never knew how much I needed it until I started using it. It's great for landscape shots as it fits more into the shot, but it's also incredible in tight spaces like rooms and narrow European streets.

Specs

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

10-18mm 1:4.5-5.6
Lens Construction 14 elements in 11 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 107°30' - 74°20'
Focus Adjustment Rear focus system
Closest Focusing Distance 0.72 ft. / 0.22m
Filter Size 67mm diameter
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 2.9 x 2.8 in., 8.5 oz. / 74.6 x 72.0mm, 240g

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Must-have Accessories

Kingston Penitentiary, Kingston 

Capture

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Capture

$94.00

As much as I love my camera - I hate carrying it. I love my hands to be free, especially when out all day exploring a new city. Trust me; I was never the tremendous romantic type as I never liked holding hands. 
That said I was in a local camera store here in Toronto when I discovered Capture by Peak Design. It allows me to attach my camera to my belt or my backpack strap, which not only prevents theft, but it will enable my hands to be free! 

Specs

The all-new Capture is the most secure, convenient, accessible way to carry your camera, period. Unlike a camera strap, Capture keeps your camera rigidly stable while hiking, biking, or moving around the studio. Unlike a camera bag, Capture keeps your camera instantly accessible with the click of a button. Includes 2 components: a metal clip that clamps to any backpack strap, belt, or bag, and an Arca tripod-compatible plate that screws into the bottom of your camera. Your camera locks into the clip, where it is held rigidly and securely. Press the lockable quick-release button to remove. Holds well over 200 lbs. (90kg), making it strong enough for the heaviest of pro camera/lens combinations.

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Capture Lens Kit

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Capture Lens

$67.00

So after using Peak Design's Capture for my camera, I discovered the Capture Lens for the extra lenses I carry with me. Sweet. Easy to change lenses to capture the perfect shot! 

Specs

Changing lenses is one of the most common workflows in photography. It’s also one of the most frustrating. Enter Lens Kit™. Lens Kit is an adapter for Capture that lets you change lenses rapidly, with just one hand, and holds your unused lens rigidly and securely. Now you can carry up to 2 lenses on any backpack strap, belt or bag, keeping your spare lens quickly accessible and freeing up the inside of your bag for other gear. Includes 1 Lens Kit adapter. Choose from Canon EF, Nikon F or Sony E/FE mounts. Under License in the US by Go Wing USA, LLC U.S. Pat. No. 9,634,396, Lens Flipper®

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Spadina & Queen, Toronto

MeFoto Backpackers Tripod

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MeFOTO Backpacker S Travel Tripod/Monopod

$105.00

Every camera needs a good tripod. I have two. I love this tripod because of its size when folded and how light and easy it is to carry around.

Specs

  • Anodized aluminum twist locks - CNC machined aluminum twist locks with deep ridges for a solid grip. Each lock is anodized to give it a clean and protective finish.
  • Converts to monopod - the center column connects to the tripod leg to form a full-size monopod.
  • Telescoping 2 section center column - the column can be extended for additional height.
  • Accessory mount - a 1/4"-20 mounts are located on the shoulder for attaching additional accessories.
  • Arca-Swiss style camera plate - this camera plate will work with Most other Arca-Swiss style heads.

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Clutch

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Clutch

$54.00

I really need to stop wandering into camera stores. This time I discovered the Peak Design Clutch. It allows you to get a nice firm grip on the camera making it almost impossible to drop. IT also really helps me to keep the camera steady when filming.

Specs

The world’s first camera hand strap that is quick-connecting and quick-adjusting. Clutch gives you access to your camera’s controls but quickly cinches down when you need security. Hypalon exterior, microfiber pad, and aluminum adjuster hardware is ultra-durable and inspired by high-end climbing gear. Attaches to your camera at 2 points: your camera strap mount (via a reinforced Hypalon loop) and your camera tripod mount (via our low-profile Arca-compatible Standard Plate). Clutch can be used alongside other Peak Design straps, as well as the Capture Camera Clip.

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Montserrat Mountain, Spain

Memory Cards – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Always have more than one. They com e in different capacity sizes at different price points. That said choose a size that suits your needs based on what you are doing. 

When I travel, I bring my laptop and a hard drive. As soon as I get back to the hotel or Airbnb I import all the photos on my MacBook and transfer all the video clips to my hard drive.

  • TRANSFER SPEEDS UP TO 170MB/s: Delivers up to 170MB/s transfer speeds for a faster post-production workflow
  • PERFECT FOR 4K UHD VIDEO: UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30) rated for capturing stunning, uninterrupted 4K UHD video
  • WITHSTANDS EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS: Built for and tested in harsh conditions, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-I card is temperature-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, and x-ray-proof

SanDisk Extreme Pro

SanDisk Extreme

DJI

Queen’s Park, Toronto

Mavic 2

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Mavic 2

$1729.00

Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of having a remote-controlled helicopter. The first time I ever saw a drone being flown was on a trip to St. John's in Newfoundland, Canada. 

Let's just say at that point, I knew what my next toy was going to be!  

Specs

PROS:

  • Size: It’s like having one of James Bond’s toys. The Mavic folds up and becomes so portable it literally fits in a purse or backpack. This year I was able to fit my Canon EOS Rebel T5i, my MacBook Pro, my MePhoto TriPod and My DJI Mavic Pro (plus all cables, extra lens, extra batteries, remote etc) in my carry on backpack. Game changer
  • Areal videography and photography. A new perspective and another way to make your content more diverse.
  • It films in 4K which is the current standard. In addition, its Intelligent Flight Modes are great for selfies and flying by itself; following you, orbiting objects, etc…
  • For travel bloggers especially, this is the best drone on the market…and my favourite helicopter 🙂
  • Price: For what you are getting the price is great.

CONS:

  • Huge Learning Curb: You have to learn how to fly. You have to think about safety (people and property). You need to practice flying in controlled, safe areas (like a small park or field) before taking out into the world. The Mavic can fly several kilometres away from you and at incredible heights.  I’ve cut my fingers twice on the propellers and in both situations it was me getting excited and flying the drone indoors.
  • Wind: The pro is its size but on extremely windy days it quickly becomes its con. It can deal with wind pretty good for the most part but I’ve had the drone drift off course ever so slightly when flying straight. Wind behaves differently at different altitudes and in different environments (cliffs, valleys, alleys etc)
  • Rules: Although we see tons of drone footage on YouTube, they are still pretty new for most countries and every country has different rules about flying them. In addition, you have to follow the rules for the country you live in. Here in Toronto (Canada), you cannot fly around airports, sporting arenas, world heritage sites, crowds of people, buildings, fly higher than 120 meters and the drone must always be in your line of sight.
  • It attracts attention. Always. So if you’re trying to be discrete when you’re launching it…forget it. That being said, once its high enough in the air no one can see or hear it. People are fascinated and will always want to ask questions or look at your phone to see what the drone sees.
  • Price: For what you are getting the price is great but it’s definitely not on everyone’s budget.

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Osmo Pocket

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Osmo Pocket

USD 319.00

As the cameras in our mobile devices get better and better the more people are using their phone to film, document tell their stories - otherwise known as vlogging.  Although the camera has improved, stability and shakiness did not. With my latest toy, I have the best of both worlds.

Specs

PROS:

  • Size: It’s like having one of James Bond’s toys. As the name suggests the camera fits in your pocket.
  • For those who are starting to vlog for the first time and might be shy as this is your answer.e around you stare at you as you talk to a camera - The Osmo Pocket is your answer. Whenever I use it no-one knows that I'm filming or filming myself. In fact, they think I'm vaping 😉
  • Steady footage
  • A small screen on the device to see your shots
  • You can attach your mobile device for a bigger screen and better access to features
  • Slo-motion, object and face tracking, timelapse, motion lapse, hyper-lapse and panoramic shots
  • Vertical and Horizontal filming
  • 4K Video
  • Price: For what you are getting the price is great.
  • Variety of attachments (including one for a lapel microphone, one for underwater etc)

CONS:

  • Cannot zoom in
  • The screen on the device is handy but too small to detect if your low-light shots are in focus 
  • Price: For what you are getting the price is great but it’s definitely not on everyone’s budget.

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Velika Gorica, Croatia

Must-have Accessories

Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter

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Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter

USD 39.00

Just as important as video quality is sound - especially when vlogging, and when you have such a small, discrete vlogging camera like the Osmo Pocket you need a small microphone. With this 3.5mm adapter, you can attach a lapel microphone like the Rode SmartLav + 

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Osmo Pocket Wireless Module

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Osmo Pocket Wireless Module

USD 69.00

This little guy allows me to connect my iPhone to my Osmo Pocket so that I can control my Osmo Pocket without physically connecting to my iPhone. Brilliant.  

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Osmo Pocket Extension Rod

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Osmo Pocket Extension Rod

USD 69.00

My very first camera was a Canon Elph, and I took that camera everywhere. 

Nowadays I take my OSMO Pocket everywhere. It's truly the perfect vlogging camera but sometimes when you need to share the screen with someone, the OSMO's camera is not wide enough. 
with the extension rode, I am able to attach the OSMO Pocket and extend it further away from me to fit more of me and my environment into the background. The controls on the handle control the gimble, the video/photo options 

Specs

  • Built-in Battery Type: LiPo

    Battery Capacity: 65 mAh

    Charging Temperature Range: 5 to 60°C

    Operating Temperature Range: 0 to 40°C

    Size:49.2 x 48.0 x 235 mm (folded)

    49.2 x 48.0 x 755 mm (unfolded)

    Weight:199 g

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PGYTECH Osmo Pocket Extendable Tripod

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PGYTECH Osmo Pocket/Osmo Action Extendable Tripod

USD 30.00

My very first camera was a Canon Elph, and I took that camera everywhere. I was documenting my teenage life. Great times!
Over the years I’ve transitioned through a few Canon cameras, and although there are newer models available, I’m but currently happy with my T5i. It’s perfect for travel not too bulky with the right mix of beginner to intermediate.

Specs

  • An all-in-one compact design freely transitions between an extension pole and tripod stand.
  • The universal interface at the top of the pole, coupled with another universal interface with a 1/4" mount bolt effectively extend the connecting options.
  • Magnets in the tripod and a retractable design enable fast collapse and convenient storage.

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Osmo Pocket Accessory Mount

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Osmo Pocket Accessory Mount

USD $22.00

My very first camera was a Canon Elph, and I took that camera everywhere. I was documenting my teenage life. Great times!
Over the years I’ve transitioned through a few Canon cameras, and although there are newer models available, I’m but currently happy with my T5i. It’s perfect for travel not too bulky with the right mix of beginner to intermediate.

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Audio Gear

Rode Wireless Go

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Rode Wireless Go

USD 299.00

Just as important as video quality is sound - especially when vlogging, and when you have such a small, discrete vlogging camera like the Osmo Pocket you need a small microphone. Using the 3.5mm adapter Sold separately), can attach the Rode Wireless Go Reciever to the OSMO Pocket or Canon DSLR and attach the Rode Wireless Go Mic to your shirt for the perfect sound - without all the wires. 

Wires are always a hassle as they always get tangled. When Rode came out with a wireless device of this quality and at that price point I knew I needed to buy them. For perspective wireless mics typically go for at least 700 or so dollars.

Specs

  • Combo clip-on microphone or beltpack transmitter for lavalier/headset mic/ built-in omnidirectional condenser mic for broadcast-quality sound
  • Audio delivers crystal clear audio under any conditions/ up to 70M range but optimized for shorter-range operation
  • Power TX and RX have built-in USB-C rechargeable batteries/ up to 7 hours on a full charge including a battery Saver mode
  • Portable super-lightweight and ultra-compact
  • Advanced the transmitter and receiver pair in just 3 seconds/ 3-stage output pad 0 -6dB and -12dB/ use up to 8 systems in one location

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Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter

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Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter

USD 39.00

Just as important as video quality is sound - especially when vlogging, and when you have such a small, discrete vlogging camera like the Osmo Pocket you need a small microphone. With this 3.5mm adapter, you can attach a lapel microphone like the Rode SmartLav + 

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Rode VideoMic Go

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Rode VideoMic Go

USD 100.00

Just as important as video quality is sound.

This is a great little lightweight mic that I like to attach on my camera which is great for unexpected interviews or recording ambiance. The built-in mic's on DSLRs are pretty brutal so if you plan on using your DSLR to record a video where the audio is important you'll need to upgrade the mic.

In addition to I bought an extension wire so I can remove the mic from the camera, place it on a small stand like the PGYTECH Osmo Pocket Extendable Tripod and connect the extension wire to the camera. This allows the camera to be further back, fitting more of the scene or a two-person interview into the video 

Specs

  • Delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use
  • Rode designed the VideoMic GO with a tight pickup area that focuses directly in front of the mic
  • Reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that your subject is isolated from background noise
  • The integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount isolates the VideoMic GO from bumps and vibrations
  • No complicated switches or settings and is powered by your camera's external microphone input

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Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

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Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic

USD 50.00

 

I've used Blue Snowball Mic for several years before discovering my Audio Technica AT4040 microphone, from my rap and hip hop days collecting dust.

I've recorded the majority of the narration portion of my videos and early podcasts with my Blue Snowball. 

For those on a budget, this is a great quality mic that will get the job done. If you have a bit more room in your budget you can upgrade to a Blue Yeti,  They have a suite of microphones that range in price, styles, specs and colours.

At the end of the day, The average podcaster is recording in their office, closet or spare room. As a result, requires something that is straightforward, less forgiving with ambient sounds and plugs directly into your computer via USB.

Specs

  • Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
  • Record vocals, create podcasts and add narration to your home movies
  • Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube. Frequency Response: 40 –18 kHz
  • Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
  • Snowball iCE is a USB 2.0 device (USB 3.0 compatible as per USB 3.0 backward compatibility specification).Sample/word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
  • Note: Refer to the User Manual before use.

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Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

USD 410.00

This is the microphone that I am currently using to record my podcast Travel Horror Stories but to be completely honest this mic is not going to be for everyone.  

Admittedly, this mic was one I already owned from my days of recording music as a hip hop artist. 

That said, this is a professional studio mic and will absolutely give you the best sound - but you have to be able to control the environment that you are recording in. This mic will record EVERYTHING and is the type of mic that is used in a soundproof studio.

This mic is also a condenser mic which means it requires additional power, known as phantom power so I also have a Blue Icicle which gives the mic it's power while providing a way to connect with my computer via USB. 

The average podcaster is recording in their office, closet or spare room and as a result, should take a look at Blue Microphones and purchase a mic that is a bit more forgiving with regards to ambient sound and plugs directly into your computer. 

Specs

  • Technically advanced large diaphragm tensioned specifically to provide smooth, natural sonic characteristics
  • Externally polarized (DC bias) true condenser design, Exceptionally low noise, wide dynamic range and high SPL capability for greatest versatility
  • Transformerless circuitry virtually eliminates low-frequency distortion and provides a superior correlation of high-speed transients
  • Precision machined, nickel-plated brass, acoustic element baffle provides enhanced element stability and optimal sensitivity
  • State of the art surface-mount electronics ensure compliance with A-T's stringent consistency and reliability standards

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Rycote InVision Studio Kit

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Rycote InVision Studio Kit

USD 147.00

Essentially, the Audio-Technica AT4040 Microphone can not stand on its own so the Rycote not only holds the mic but suspends it in the air to help reduce loud noises from the mic being nudged of bumped. 

The kit also comes with a pop filter to help soften those hard "P" sounds. 

 

Specs

  • for 18-55mm diameter Large Diaphragm Recording Microphones

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Pyle Microphone XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter

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Pyle Microphone XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter

USD 53.00

This adapter simply provides the extra power my Audio-Technica AT 4040 condenser mic requires while giving it the ability to plug into my computer's USB port for recording.

Specs

  • DIGITAL RECORDINGS: The Pyle Microphone XLR to USB Adapter lets you use your most trusted microphones for all your digital recordings. A modular accessory that connects any XLR microphone to a computer to create better-than-CD quality recordings
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY: Features universal computer compatibility and works w/ Windows PC, Mac and Linux operating systems. Makes it easy to record whenever you want, anywhere you take your computer – from the home studio, to the garage, to the road
  • PLUG AND PLAY: The USB to mic input adapter lets you plug an XLR mic to the device and connect the included USB cable on the other end of the adapter so you can then plug the USB connector to your laptop. Enjoy the convenience of digital recording
  • MIX AUDIO CONTROL: Equipped w/ adjustable headphones volume for monitoring, and mix audio control for blending microphone and playback audio. Also features a compact, mini USB audio interface design. Perfect for home, studio, office, and business use
  • 48V PHANTOM POWER: Provides +48V Phantom power which is widely used as a power source for condenser microphones. Made of engineered aluminum alloy that will surely complement any desktop microphone setup
  • Included Components: Mic Adaptor Usb Cabl

 

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Travel Gear

Heading to Billy Bishop Airport (Toronto to NewYork City)

Standard Luggage – Carry-on Backpack – A 35L Travel Backpack

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Carry-on Backpack - A 35L Travel Backpack

$139.00 USD

Short Trips, Long Weekend Getaways and Business Travel are my jam. I love nothing better than to toss my Carry-on Backpack in the back of my Jeep Wrangler and drive out of the city for a long weekend. It's my favourite bag to bring when I'm flying over to New York City for that Easter Long Weekend with family and friends.

The build quality of this bag is outstanding and I wrote all about it HERE: 
BEST CARRY ON BACKPACK REVIEW – STANDARD LUGGAGE (TRAVEL BAGS & PACKING CUBES)

When combined with the Packing Cubes and the Backpack Packing Cube, all four fit snug in the Carry-on Back Pack. 

I'm not sure how I managed to travel all this time without packing cubes !! 

PROS:

  • 3-in-1 Design - allows you to carry it like a briefcase, wear it over your shoulder or wear it like a backpack.

  • Carry-on sized - The bag fits within the carry-on size restrictions
  • Ergonomic and comfortable - As a backpack, it has 6-points of adjustability and a detachable hip belt that provides stability and load distribution. I find this really helpful if you are carrying a lot of gear in addition to your clothing.
  • Dedicated laptop pocket - This is one of my personal favorites as a person who brings his laptop everywhere. The laptop and tablet are accessible through a separate zip which is detachable for the plane ride. Pulling this out from the dedicated zipper makes it so easy to take out your laptop at airport security check points.

  • Full-perimeter zip & Roll-aboard strap. - the bag opens like a suitcase which makes it not only easy to pack but easy to access things instead of digging through your bag to find items at the bottom. The bag also integrates easily with rolling luggage.

  • Great bonus features: Water bottle pocket, Lockable zips, Expandable, Safety Whistle & Raincover (Bag is water distant but not in downpours)

Cons:

  • 3-in-1 Design - while having three ways to wear it is great, those options are largely dependent on the overall weight of what's in the bag and how long you will be carrying it. I found that once a added my camera, lens, charging cables and my MacBook Pro the bag becomes too heavy to be carried on my shoulder alone

Size & Capacity

  • Bag dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 in zipped and 21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 expanded
  • Volume: 35L zipped and 45L when expanded
  • Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Laptop pocket: Fits 15.6 in laptops and 15 in MacBook Pro
  • Tablet pocket: Fits 10 in tablets
  • Main pocket: Holds 5-7 outfits

Construction

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Backpack Packing Cube – A 8L Packable Daypack

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Backpack Packing Cube - A 8L Packable Daypack

$29.00 USD

Gordana loves this bag because it saves space. When used with the Packing Cubes you will have a total of four packing cubes that fit snug inside the Carry-on Backpack.

When you arrive at your destination you remove the Backpack Packing Cube, turn it inside out and it becomes an 8L Day Pack.

Brilliant! 

Like all Standard Luggage products, the build quality is just amazing, military-grade. 

PROS:

  • Compact - It a great size for a day od exploring or hiking. 
  • Internal media pocket - The internal organization can hold a 12-inch notebook, Macbook Air or iPad Pro/tablet. Perfect for when inspiration hits!

  • Outside pocket - The outside pocket is great for storing a water bottle or small point and shoot camera. The pocket can also be used to pack into itself to minimize space if needed.

Cons:

  • Nothing comes to mind. 

Size & Capacity

  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 13  x 2.8 in. as a packing cube and 10.5 x 15  x 2.8 in. when used a backpack
  • Volume/Capacity: 8L capacity as a backpack
  • Weight: 10 oz.
  • Laptop Pocket: Holds iPad and most 10” tablets

Construction

  • Fabric: 210-denier rip-stop nylon
  • Durable and easy to clean
  • YKK zips
  • Proudly backed our Lifetime warranty and Satisfaction Guarantee

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Exploring our home. Toronto, Canada.

Packing Cubes (3pcs set) – A Hanging Travel Dresser

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Packing Cubes (3pcs set) - A Hanging Travel Dresser

$59.00 USD

When used with the BackPack Packing Cube you will have a total of four packing cubes that fit snug inside the Carry-on Backpack.

They are a bit pricey but like all Standard Luggage products, the build quality is just amazing, military-grade which I wrote about HERE: BEST CARRY ON BACKPACK REVIEW – STANDARD LUGGAGE (TRAVEL BAGS & PACKING CUBES)

I'm not sure how I've managed to travel so much, stay organized and save space all these years without these 

PROS:

  • Hangable & modular - Couple the cubes together to create a hanging dresser

  • Windowed & full-length zip - See-through window makes contents easy to find and pack

Cons:

  • They are not cheap

Size & Capacity

  • Dimensions: 13 x 10.5 x 2.8 in. each
  • Volume/Capacity: 7 L capacity per cube
  • Weight: 4 oz. each

Construction

  • Fabric: 210-denier rip-stop nylon
  • Durable and easy to clean
  • YKK zips
  • Proudly backed our Lifetime warranty and Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Daily Backpack – A 18L Laptop Backpack for Work & Travel

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Daily Backpack - A 18L Laptop Backpack for Work & Travel

$89.00 USD

As I've mentioned at the very beginning...

I HAVE MORE CAMERA BAGS THAN KIM KARDASHIAN HAS BIRKIN BAGS!

I've been through hundreds of backpacks always looking for the one. The one that will not only carry all my photography gear but give me easy access to it. The one will not look bulky and thus be uncomfortable to carry. The one that is built tough, survives a variety of situations and will last for years.

Ladies and gentlemen, I think I found the one !!

I now use this bag for EVERYTHING!
I use it for travel as my main bag for my photography gear and I use this bag as the main bag for business travel and meetings.

PROS:

  • 3-in-1 Design - You can carry it like a briefcase, wear it over the shoulder like a messenger bag, or wear it like a backpack. I personally cycle between all of these depending on what I'm carrying or where I'm going (meeting, film/photography etc)
    If on a photography/videography shoot, 9 times out of ten I'm wearing it like a backpack

  • On-the-go charging - This feature is always needed. Whether I'm in an airport and suddenly noticed that my phone is running low on power or I'm out in the field and I need to charge one of my devices. The integrated charging port USB, keeps all my gadgets powered up.
    (Battery not included) This means you are free to purchase any size or capacity you'd like depending on your needs and intended use.
  • Hideaway straps - When you're not using the bag as a backpack you can tuck away the backpack straps into the back panel.
  • Lockable zips + anti-theft design - When I had my iPhone stolen in Paris, France I added security as a must-have feature ina bag. With lockable zippers, you can prevent unwanted access and keep your valuables safe and secure.

  • Laptop & tablet pockets - Dedicated and cushioned pockets hold a 15-inch laptop and 10-inch tablets

  • Roll-aboard strap - When used with roller luggage, the roll-aboard strap makes to rest on top
  • Bonus Features: Water bottle pocket, Smart organization & Raincover

Cons:

  • It's not cheap

Features:

  • RFID-secure pocket keeps your digital information safe
  • Included: Premium shoulder strap
  • Included: Rain-cover

Size and Capacity:  

  • Bag Dimensions: 17.5 x 13 x 6 inches
  • Volume: 18L capacity 
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Laptop Pocket: Fits 15-inch laptops and 16-inch MacBook Pro - (max 15 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches)

Construction:

  • Exterior 310D polyurethane sealed nylon 
  • Interior 210D nylon lining 
  • Water-resistant, durable, easy to clean 
  • YKK zips 
  • YKK buckles 
  • YKK snap hooks 
  • Proudly backed our Lifetime warranty and Satisfaction Guarantee.

List of pockets:

  • 3 outside zippered pockets for quick-grabs (ie. phone, keys, passport)  
  • Water bottle holder (collapsible for when not in use)  
  • 3 zippered mesh pockets (i.e. snacks, adapters, cables)  
  • Document/paper sleeve (i.e. large notebook)  
  • Notebook sleeve (i.e. small notebook)  
  • Battery bank sleeve  (connects to exterior USB port)  
  • Camera + Lens Pockets (fits small DSLR + lens)  
  • Laptop Pocket (fits 15 in. laptops and 15 in. MacBook Pro)  
  • Tablet Sleeve (fits 10 in. tablet) 

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Exploring Port Perry, Ontario, Canada with my Daily Backpack

Skyroam Solis Lite (Portable Wifi)

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Solis Lite

$119.99

Specs

Connect up to 10 gadgets at once.
Keep your all your devices or friends online too!


Blazing Fast Speeds

Get the fastest 4G LTE mobile WiFi speeds worldwide


Keep your data secure

Ensure safe communication and banking, avoiding risky public WiFi networks

Long Lasting

Stay powered-on all day long with 18+ hours of WiFi battery life


Pocket-sized

Less than 1" in height and just 5.5 oz


Global WiFi, No SIMs

Hassle-free Virtual SIM™, easy access to unlimited WiFi in 130+ countries

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Train from Gottingen to Cologne, Germany