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Category: Product tests and reviews

Video: First Look – Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW Backpack
[ 0 ] October 19, 2016

Video: First Look – Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW Backpack

My friends at Lowepro recently sent one of their new backpacks to be put through its paces for a Test/Review feature. The model is the Flipside Trek BP 450 AW. By way of introduction, I thought I’d put together a quick ‘first look’ video, running through the key features, with the full write-up to follow in due […]

Episode #222: Lowepro Backpack Photography
[ 0 ] October 17, 2016

Episode #222: Lowepro Backpack Photography

This week: I’m talking through the process of taking product shots on location. My friends at Lowepro recently sent one of their Flipside Trek BP 450 AW backpacks for Test/Review. In this episode, I’m talking through the pictures I took of it in a woodland location. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP Video: […]

Test/Review: Vango Nanga 50+10S Rucksack *
[ 0 ] August 6, 2016

Test/Review: Vango Nanga 50+10S Rucksack *

— * These are my initial thoughts after short term usage of this product. A full Test/Review will published in due course, once it has been put through its paces more extensively. — When I last caught up with the lovely folks of Vango back in September (at the Outdoor Trade Show 2015 – podcast here), there […]

Test/Review: Manfrotto Befree Carbon Tripod
[ 2 ] July 26, 2016

Test/Review: Manfrotto Befree Carbon Tripod

Adding a tripod to your kit list is a wise move, but with so many options on the market to choose from, where do you start? This offering from Manfrotto just might fit the bill for those of you who want to strike a balance between travelling light and having the option to support a […]

Test/Review: Paramo Men’s Bora Windproof Smock
[ 2 ] March 25, 2016

Test/Review: Paramo Men’s Bora Windproof Smock

This Test/Review is written in conjunction with that of the Paramo Men’s Bora Fleece Hoodie. If you haven’t checked that out already, you can find it here. The first thing to strike me when I first picked up the Bora Windproof Smock was its lightness – staggering at a mere 197g! This is achieved thanks […]

Test/Review: Paramo Men’s Bora Fleece Hoodie
[ 0 ] March 25, 2016

Test/Review: Paramo Men’s Bora Fleece Hoodie

This Test/Review is written in conjunction with that of the Paramo Men’s Bora Windproof Smock. If you haven’t checked that out, you can read it here. Regular followers of The Active Photographer will know that I’m a long-time user of Paramo’s clothing. Their garments have proven themselves time and time again out in the field […]

Episode #195: All I Want For Christmas Is…
[ 0 ] December 14, 2015

Episode #195: All I Want For Christmas Is…

This week: I’m pondering the tricky decision of what I’d like for Christmas. I find it quite difficult to know what to suggest when asked what I’d like for Christmas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t items of kit on my wish list. In this week’s show, I’m running through a few things which you might like […]

Photo Vests – Which Is The Best Design For You?
[ 0 ] December 9, 2015

Photo Vests – Which Is The Best Design For You?

Photo vests have long been the kit-carrying choice of sports, event and press photographers alike. With multiple pockets and plenty of scope for personalisation, their appeal is clear to see. Pick the right one and it can be a comfortable, practical alternative to lugging around a camera bag. As many of you know, I’ve used […]

Episode #194: Recent Updates On The TAP Website
[ 0 ] December 7, 2015

Episode #194: Recent Updates On The TAP Website

This week: I’m giving a quick overview of a few recent updates to hit The Active Photographer website. It’s been a busy time over on the site, with a number of Test/Review features, podcasts and technique articles being published. A last-minute schedule change for this week’s show has led me to share these updates with you, for the benefit […]

Test/Review: Manfrotto Off Road Tripod
[ 0 ] December 1, 2015

Test/Review: Manfrotto Off Road Tripod

Looking at the Manfrotto Off Road Tripod folded up, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was actually a set of three walking poles – certainly a first glance. Actually, there’s a very good reason for this. Teaming up with Italian manufacturer Fizan, Manfrotto has created a tripod which doesn’t immediately fit with the image you […]

Test/Review: Sub Zero Thermal Down jacket
[ 0 ] November 20, 2015

Test/Review: Sub Zero Thermal Down jacket

I’ve had this jacket on test for some time now, and I can honestly say it has performed exceptionally. From chilly evenings spent around a low-lying campsite in June to seeking shelter from wind, rain and snow in the height of winter on photography trips in the mountains – it has become an invaluable item […]

Episode #184 – Outdoor Trade Show 2015
[ 0 ] September 28, 2015

Episode #184 – Outdoor Trade Show 2015

This week: I’m sat in my tent, looking back at this year’s Outdoor Trade Show. I had some encouraging meetings and conversations at this year’s event; OTS is always a great few days for me. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP Episode #165 – Into The Wilds Of Snowdonia TAP article – Gotta Love […]