The value of a good memory card...

With the ever changing technology of the photographic industry leading to faster frame rates, hi definition video and larger image file sizes, the demands placed on our memory cards have never been greater. The new Lexar 1000x UDMA CF cards that I have been using certainly stand up to the test, and comfortably so.  I use two of these cards side by side in my 1dx – with a write speed of 145 MB/s they are incredibly fast.  In practical terms, that camera / card combination… READ MORE >

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I was looking forward to the release of the EOS-1D X because I’d heard about the new developments in the sensor, the exposure system and in the AF System. The fact that the EOS-1D X was going to replace the EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III which is the earlier full frame sensor camera makes it a much more practical tool for the work that I do. My plan was to start using two EOS-1D X cameras instead of one of each of the other models…. READ MORE >

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This is a video of a mountain biking shoot I did out in Woodhill Forest. It was a shot I had planned in my head after riding past this nearly vertical ramp a number of times, and so it was just a matter of seeing if my “idea” could become reality!  I was going to be using the Hahnel Tuff TTL to remotely fire my flash, which was mounted on the ramp the mountain biker was going to ride. I wanted to light him very dramatically… READ MORE >

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Throughout the last couple of years a number of Chris’s images have appeared in advertisements for Bay Photo, a print supplier in the US whom we deal with for our own exhibition material, and who is the print supplier we use when you order one of Chris’s images online (through our online prints portfolio here). I can highly recommend them as a quality supplier, with excellent service and turn-around time.  In particular their metal prints are amazing – you really have to see them to believe… READ MORE >

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On opening the box of the new 300/2.8, I was amazed by how small and light it was!! Size isn’t everything, right? But this certainly proved to be the case here with this new addition punching well above its weight!! However, the new 400 was the one I really wanted to test as I own and love the previous version. Once I used the Mark II model, I found it had a more ergonomic feel and a very significant reduction in weight. This combined with the improved image stabilisation… READ MORE >

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Pro shooter Chris McLennan has been using one of the commemorative Flipside 500 AW bags for some time now. So when we launched the “I love the extra capacity and depth that the FlipSide 500 gives me. This makes it perfect for the Canon “one” series camera body and a range of lenses – yet it is still compact enough to make it quick and mobile. I regularly carry it on my bike or hiking when I don’t need a huge amount of gear. It easily accommodates the… READ MORE >

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This is another video from my 2011 expedition to Alaska, where I travelled around 1200kms on snowmobile to follow the Iditarod dog sled race, in conditions reaching minus 50 degrees…  A GREAT opportunity to test my gear!  Including the HP Dreamcolour laptop I use for all my image work when out in the field.  You can see the results – my fingers froze, my eyelashes froze, we had to melt our water each day as everything froze the minute we left our teepee…  Yet my gear… READ MORE >

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As an international travel photographer, my work sees me in all corners of the globe visiting a host of extreme locations. This can be anywhere from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the Arctic Ice of Alaska.   Rab’s fantastic range of outdoor clothing offers a solution for every environment. I use a variety of Rab clothing and always have the perfect technical wear to keep me warm, dry and comfortable!  This is a  huge help and allows me to focus on my creativity, not my… READ MORE >

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A video from Alaska where Chris uses his Lexar Memory cards in some of the toughest conditions imaginable, shooting the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) late at night in minus 50 degrees!  Which makes it pretty important to know your gear is not going to let you down as there is no chance to reshoot… As always, the Lexar cards worked flawlessly – they are fast and efficient and handle the workload perfectly.  Another successful shoot and some more great images for Chris’s archives.  

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In 2011 I travelled to Alaska to photograph the famous Iditarod dog sled race.  I was going to be travelling around 1200 km’s on snow machine in conditions of around minus 40 to minus 50. Sounds like fun! It was a great opportunity to put all of the equipment I use for my various travel shoots to a real test, in some of the harshest conditions they were ever likely to face! You can view here a video of the Hahnel Inspire transmitter and receiver I… READ MORE >

Well if you guessed a bunch of camera gear, lens tissues, a few filters and a tripod, you’d be right!! But what about all those other silly little things that good photographers end up with in their “kit”?  Strange items that for whatever reason have made the photographer’s job that little bit easier, and have therefore become a standard item on their “can’t do without” list? I braved fire and brimstone, (well, just a locked door actually) to find Chris’s favourite camera backpack and completely empty… READ MORE >

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