Every time I turn around I’m seeing a visually impressive video that was shot on a small consumer grade camera. The video below was shot on the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 in 4k. It looks pretty amazing, and it sounds like the only post work was usin Premiers Warp Stabilizer on the hand held shots. This camera is small enough to be pocketable, has interchangeable lenses, and delivers some seriously high quality 4k video. Otabek Djuraev’s short film makes me want go back to Italy today and take the LX100 as my travel camera. Since the LUMIX accepts all of my Olympus 4/3 mount lenses, this might be a serious contender as a second camera for travel.
For Christmas I received a wonderful new camera bag from Ona. I had posted about this earlier, and talked about how excited I was that someone actually made a bag that didn’t look like a typical camera bag. Well, after owning the Ona Union Street Bag for 72 hours, I have just one thing to say.
This is what I am talking about. Not only does the bag look absolutely stunning in person, it is well designed, thought out, and made of superb materials. The Union Street Bag that I got is “Ranger Tan” Waxwear canvas that is rugged and weathered looking with an antique look that is stylish as all hell. The leather straps, and metal hardware are sturdy, and well made. The interior features two padded compartments. One which is large enough to hold a 15 inch laptop, or an iPad which is what I have in mine, and then a larger compartment for your camera gear. The large compartment features standard felt covered foam dividers that can be repositioned to hold your precious cameras and lenses in place and allow for easy retrieval, when needed.
This case is perfect for a day trip, vacation, or any travel that doesn’t require extensive amounts of gear. I have my Olympus Ep1, 2 additional lenses, flash, spare battery, Pansonic Lumix, and spare batteries all tucked into the main compartment with my iPad secured right behind them. In the zip pocket on the front of the bag, I was able to get the iPhone in, extra HDSC cards, my camera connection kit, a note pad, and a couple of pens. In other words there is plenty of room for basic shooting needs. Although the gear I have loaded is smaller, the interior of this bag is spacious enough for a full-sized DSLR, lenses and attachments.
The bag is light weight and feels great on your shoulder. My only wish is that the strap was about 10 inches longer in total. When it is fully extended, it is still just a bit to short for my 6 foot 4 inch frame.
Using this bag will be the ultimate test, but for now I am really satisfied with the look and feel of it, and I think it has tons of potential. Over the next few months I’ll be using it on a daily basis, and when I have more feedback, I’ll post another review/update.
I started sorting through images from France. I shot over 1000, so this is going to be a long and tedious process. In the mean time, here are about 100 from the trip. Almost all of the images were shot on the Olympus EP1. About 10 to 15 were shot on the Panasonic Lumix.