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Category: Product tests and reviews

Test/Review: Paramo Men’s Bora Windproof Smock
[ 0 ] 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 […]

Test/Review: Vango Wilderness Mini Sleeping Bag
[ 0 ] September 10, 2015

Test/Review: Vango Wilderness Mini Sleeping Bag

A brief note before I get into the specifics of this write-up… If you’re reading this, I’ll take it as given that you have a keen interest in photography and/or the outdoors. I know that many of my regular followers have families and, as such, are always keen to share their passion with them. As […]

Buyers Guide – Compact Cameras (Point-and-Shoot)
[ 0 ] June 15, 2015

Buyers Guide – Compact Cameras (Point-and-Shoot)

This is the second of my latest Buyers Guides to land on the Wex Blog in recent weeks. If you didn’t see the first – a guide to navigating the Compact System Camera (CSC) market – you can find it here. I’ve always been a fan of carrying a camera at all times, because you […]

Buyers Guide – Compact System Cameras
[ 0 ] June 1, 2015

Buyers Guide – Compact System Cameras

My latest offering over on the Wex Blog is now live. This time around, I’m giving you a guide to choosing between some of the many compact system cameras (CSCs) currently available on the market. The past few years have seen a rapid increase in the quantity of CSCs out there and picking the right model for […]

Test/Review:  Jack Wolfskin Turbulence Jacket
[ 0 ] March 20, 2015

Test/Review: Jack Wolfskin Turbulence Jacket

As the worst of the winter weather now looks to be giving way to more mild conditions, it’s time to take a look at an item of clothing (sent to me by Webtogs), which I’ve been putting through its paces since September last year – the Jack Wolfskin Turbulence Mens Soft Shell jacket. One of […]