Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Estarer camera backpack

I liked the Estarer messenger bag so much that I decided to try the Estarer camera backpack as well. Both bags are well made. The camera backback is well padded. It has a rain hood and inner pockets to hold accessories, a tablet and computer. There are also several dividers to help me maximize space so all of my camera gear would fit. It didn't, but I'm pretty sure that the bag isn't the problem. I may just own too much stuff.

The photos of the Estarer camera bag below tell the story. I fit a lot of my gear into the bag. The neutral density filters and future fisheye lens will have to wait.



I liked it enough to include the bag in my Amazon store. The straps are well padded and the rain hood fit over the front of the bag securely. It also has a pocket across the back of the backpack where you could put a billfold, passport or other flat items that may need to be kept secure.

This photo is showing my brown Tenba camera bag. This is a messenger style camera bag that I already own. The cover flops over the top of the bag. It has a zipper in the top that allows quick and easy access to the camera, lenses and other equipment that I might need.

After looking at the two bags side-by-side, it's a little easier to see that the new backpack may be a little small for my needs. You live and you learn. My husband's suggestion is to get a wheel barrow. 

You can see me modeling the bag in the photo below. It was comfortable, protected my equipment and was lightweight. All in all, the Estarer camera backpack would have been perfect, if I had less gear to carry around.

The bag and other camera supplies are available in my Amazon store at http://www.amazon.com/shop/gaylecrabtree

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Estarer 17" messenger laptop bag for college, travel or school

My new Estarer messenger bag holds my computer, textbooks and everything that I need for college. The Jansport messenger bag that I've been using is still in good shape. It just won't hold a 16" computer. It was either the laptop or my textbooks but not both. When Estarer gave me the opportunity to review the bag, I jumped at it.

The padded strap is solid and sturdy. It doesn't dig into my shoulder much so carrying it feels natural. It balances well even when packed. I don't see any fraying edges and all the seams are secure. It's super that each end of the messenger bag will hold a water bottle. Reusable bottles save me a ton of money! Fountains are all over the school. 

I use my refillable Contigo shaker bottle. This is a little wider than some bottles, so I was really happy to see it fit on each end of the messenger bag. I also like that the bag itself isn't heavy enough to add a lot of extra weight. The canvas is also water resistant. This makes my Estarer bag good for school and my big trip to Alaska this summer.

The buckles on the front of the bag snap easily and fit tightly. I good knowing that my computer and books are secure. The Estarer messenger bag also holds my Kindle, billfold and makeup. I still have enough space for my camcorder, selfie stick and assorted odds and ends.

I couldn't be happier with it. If you want to check it out, look at my Amazon affiliate link for the Estarer messenger bag at https://amzn.to/2BWAh4L

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Kusky selfie stick tripod with Bluetooth remote product review

The Kusky selfie stick tripod with Bluetooth remote may be my new best friend. It folds down small enough to fit in my purse and slides into my laptop bag and backpack with room to spare. The photos show the Kusky selfie stick holding a Samsung cell phone and Canon Vixia camcorder. The other two photos show the camcorder and DSLR each placed separately on it when in use as a tripod. Although not shown, the tripod set-up holds the cell phone as well. I just needed something to take the picture with.

Pairing my phone to the remote could not have gone more smoothly. First, I turned on the remote that came with the selfie stick tripod. Then I went into the setting on my cell phone and activated the Bluetooth. (It's in the upper right corner on an Android). The pairing was completed in about 20 seconds the first time. It paired almost instantly after that.

Vlogging is easier with a selfie stick that is easily accessible. I can reach into my purse and grab the selfie stick with one hand while reaching for the cell phone with the other. Snap the phone into the holder and I'm vlogging.

The only caveat that I can come up with is that the selfie stick doesn't lock into place. My other selfie stick with bluetooth remote locks into place with a series of side latches. This selfie stick relies on friction. I've had no problem with the cell phone holding on the selfie stick. The camcorder worked okay when the tripod was extended fully when handheld or about 1/3 of the way when used in tripod mode. I haven't found a selfie stick tripod that I felt comfortable using with my Nikon. The Kusky flexed when fully extended with the D5500 on it. However, it held when the tripod was put in its lowest position (when is probably when I would use it when shooting with the SLR anyway).

The Kusky selfie stick has been put through some trials since it arrived. I've used it for shooting at home and at the park. It's been on a few day trips and has been used in dry weather and in rain. During this time I have only reached for my other selfie stick once. It was a windy, rainy day and something heavier was needed to hold the DSLR still in such conditions.

I really feel like other vloggers and the average person are going to enjoy the Kusky selfie stick. The wireless Bluetooth remote makes it possible to take photos and video simultaneously. The weight and balance are good with the cell phone and better than expected with the camcorder and DSLR. The portability and ease of use have made it my go-to selfie stick for most projects.


Check it out on Amazon.


 

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