ProMaster Cityscape 150 Courier Bag Review

ProMaster is a supplier and producer of photography products. According to their website they have been selling products for over 50 years. ProMaster products are sold in retail stores in America, Canada, and Australia, as well as online.

In 2016/17 I was trying to find a nondescript, spacious bag, with plenty of internal padding and protection for my digital and analog gear. It needed to be budget-friendly and still offer great protection for up to two camera bodies, multiple lenses, audio recording gear, and have extra space to carry my journal and other related stationery, but not look like a ‘camera bag’. The Cityscape 150 had those features, so I purchased one for approximately $139.95 AUD from Michael’s Cameras in Melbourne, Australia.

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Images from my upcoming work in Ukraine

In 2015 I became the first Australian correspondent/photojournalist to embed with the Ukrainian military. I traveled to Ukraine’s eastern conflict zone and embedded with Ukraine’s military in frontline regions, and produced reportage published by ABC Australia.

Since then I have returned to Ukraine a number of times, producing and directing further projects related to the ongoing military conflict, and humanitarian crisis in Donbas. Throughout 2019 I have been living in Kyiv, and Donetsk Oblast, producing new documentaries, and reportage.

After months of planning I was given the chance to embed with Ukraine’s ‘AZOV’ special forces infantry regiment. This was a very rare opportunity, and I was the first Australian journalist to embed with the regiment; foreign media are rarely given access like this. This documentary will be released alongside other projects currently in production.

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Five tips for using Fuji X-T2 4K resolution F-LOG in 2019

Since its release in 2016, the Fuji X-T2 has become one of the most feature-complete, budget-friendly mirrorless cameras on the market. Fuji’s great lens offerings, image quality, and continued firmware updates have turned the X-T2 into an ultimate system for 4K filmmaking and still photography.

F-LOG (Fuji Log) is a great recording mode that makes the most of the camera’s hardware, and software. You will need to do post-production work to get the most out of the X-T2’s 4K video files, however the end results are often stunning, and worth the minimal post-production required.

Information contained in this blog is based on my own personal experience using the X-T2 for filmmaking with Fuji’s built-in 4K resolution internal ‘F-LOG’. I developed these concepts through experimenting and learning how to operate the camera’s hardware and software.

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Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 T* ZM Review

The 50 mm lens is considered standard – perhaps even quintessential – when it comes to prime lenses in a photographer’s bag. This focal length offers just enough zoom for portraiture and photojournalism, while also accomodating some freedom to frame the environment around the subject.

The Zeiss 50 f/2 Planar ZM (Leica Mount) is a highly efficient and reliable lens for the Leica M-mount system. It is an exceptionally sharp and accurate lens for colour accuracy and contrast, surprising considering it originally released nearly 15 years ago.

I have enjoyed using this lens on both a Leica M9 and Leica M3, with the latter combination having been used to shoot the majority of my street photography and photojournalism since 2014. As with the Zeiss 35 f/2.8C, the Zeiss 50 allows for a highly portable and impressive system with low-light capabilities.

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