I was recently lucky enough to be first out of the hat in a competition in Professional Photo magazine. First prize was a tripod and camera bag of my choice from Vanguard up to the value of £300. Nice!
I browsed Vanguard’s site, made my choice and the lovely people there sent it out to me in no time at all. I’ve been fairy busy lately so was unable to get out for a week or so to give it a good workout. However, I managed to remedy that today and my lovely, long-suffering partner accompanied me to take some shots.
Photo by Rob Gibson
The fields at the back of our house are filled with bettony, yellow rattle and ragwort at this time of year making them very colourful – and a haven for all manner of wildlife. That’s enough for me to get out there and in amongst it to try out the Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 tripod and the Sedona 41KG backpack.
The backpack is fabulous. It bridges a gap between my smaller, Lowepro Traveller 150 and my large backpack that houses all of my stuff – but is then too heavy to carry. I managed to fit a Nikon D750, Nikon 70-300 lens, Nikon 18-35 lens, Sigma 105 macro lens, a Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 and a set of macro extension tubes – and still with room left for purse and phone.
The tripod is a real winner too. It is so quick and easy to change the position of the legs and the head, to raise the column, to lay the column sideways, and to splay the legs to get really close to the ground. In addition, it comes in a carry case that you can sling over your shoulder and although this is no flimsy thing, it is still light enough to carry round with you for the day. I have used it in the garden for flower shots as well as carrying it over the back fields and I am delighted with it.
In fairness, neither of these items could be classed as cheap but you really are getting what you’re paying for. In relative terms, I got far more quality than I would have expected for this price band – which I personally would consider to be kind of middling.
So, if you’re looking for some camera accessories, it’s worth having a look at this company.
Until next time . . .