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Review: Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak V2 for DJI Phantom

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You bought a DJI Phantom 4 to explore. You take it places and explore new heights with it. Though it came with a functional case to carry it in, it’s not a very useful case when you want to travel or go out and explore. Think Tank Photo has updated their Airport Helipak for DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro and I have one in the studio to check out. I have flown all over the United States with my Airport Helipak Version 1 and love the bag. It’s durable and extremely functional, which is what you need in a drone backpack. Check out ThinkTank Photo: https://jer.fyi/thinktank In this video review, I take a look at the new Airport Helipak V2 from Think Tank Photo and compare it to the previous version. Check out the ThinkTank Photo Airport Helipak V2 on Amazon

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Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Lightroom Performace

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The Microsoft Surface Book appears to be a creatives dream machine. Adobe has made some major upgrades over the years in the area of touch to its products, mainly Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is a fantastic tool for photo editing and post-processing, but can the Microsoft Surface Book sufficiently run Lightroom? Will it’s dual core i7 processor produce enough power to keep up with your workflow? These are all questions I attempted to answer in my video showcasing Lightroom Performance on the Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base. Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base: http://amzn.to/2j7zjHp Check out the Surface Book Full Review on State of Tech: http://stateoftech.net/review-microsoft-surface-book-performance-base

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Review: Manfrotto MPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod

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The Manfrotto Pixi is one of those pieces of camera gear you don’t take serious until you actually try it. I have some real legit tripods from Manfrotto, but I also know that they make some consumer level stuff that I wouldn’t have a use for. The Pixi Mini is a tripod that also acts as a handle for your camera. In a world where selfies and vlogging are a part of daily life, you need a lightweight tripod that can hold up your compact camera. Check out the video review of the Manfrotto MPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod. Get the Manfrotto MTPIXI-B on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jrstgr Learn how to Ditch Auto and take better photos with our free Ditch Auto course: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/

Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens Review

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This is perhaps the most excited I have been waiting for a lens to arrive. The Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens was released earlier this year and just now started shipping. My lens arrived and I got right to testing. One of the issues I have had with Sony is that the majority of the lenses available in FE format are f/4.0 aperture lenses. When I shot with Canon, I was used to my prime lenses offering as wide as a f/1.2 aperture. Shallow depth of field was my thing. I loved it. At first, switching to Sony was a sacrifice in that area. Of course, there were many other features of the Sony platform that caused me to switch. I knew wide lenses would come soon. Enter the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens, a beautiful lens with focus fall-off so smooth and creamy that my mouth waters. A few months ago, I purchased a Mitakon Zhongyi 50mm f/0.95 Lens because I wanted some of that bokeh I was so used to getting with Canon but had to sacrifice autofocus and the ability to control my aperture with the camera. This turned out to be a lot of fun, so when I read that the Sony 35mm f/1.4 was going to have the option to adjust aperture manually, I was excited. Full manual is a lot of fun but it is stressful. You really need to know what you are doing as a photographer to shoot with a fully manual lens. Now that I …

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Sony DSC-QX30 Attachable SmartPhone Camera Review

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The Sony DSC-QX30 is a compact camera with the built-in zoom that connects to your smartphone. It works with both iOS and Android devices. You can use it attached to your smartphone or unattached. Your phone becomes a viewfinder and menu for adjusting camera settings. When you take a photo, it’s automatically transferred to your phone so you can quickly share it on social media. In this video, I review the device and teach you how to use it.