We’re Upgrading!!

Well followers, it’s that time of year when you’re old camera gear is starting to look a bit too long in the tooth – you’re competitors are making vlogs about their fancy new 2020 cameras and they are looking forward to impressing their clients with the best dressed kit!!

We now live in a world where camera gear is obsolete within the year and we are under pressure to keep up with the pack. In the last two years I’ve seen myself go through both Panasonic and Olympus kit, each time thinking “this is the ONE!!!” but soon after, a new improved piece of ‘must have’ tech comes out and you feel a little disheartened after just investing large sums of money on what you thought would be ‘in vogue’ for at least another 5 years.

So – I’ve been looking around the net to decide on which brand to invest in next, as there’s just so many. I decided that this time I want to go “BIG BIG BIG” as opposed to my previous ‘small is best.’

I’ve tried most brands of camera except the Fujifilm range – however as this year most of my projects are more moving image oriented – I feel the Fuji range is more ergonomically suited to still image capture rather than video. Fuji cameras have that retro photography camera design and feel.

So I’ve narrowed it down to 3 brands – the Sony A7III – the Canon C70 and the Panasonic S1.

They all have their advantages. The Canon C70 has all the audio ports built in so no need to add a cage to strap on your mic. The Sony A7III (described as a computer with attached lens) has the fancy and useful flippy out screen (loved by all vloggers,) and the Panasonic has a fantastic full frame sensor with its defocus to focus system utilising the Leica SL mount lens mount.

The Canon is the most expensive of the Top 3 Video cameras however, if you’re serious about movie making and you want to come across as a Professional on set, then you want to be seen using the Canon C70 which will induce instant respect and awe from all clients and bystanders alike.

BIG is indeed BEAUTIFUL as they say and I can’t but help accept defeat on this arguement. As I write this I can only stare at pics of these magnificent big beasties while salivating, trying to decide which one to go for!!

Christmas is coming!! And perhaps there may be some bargains to have in the seasonal sales towards the end of 2020. I can’t wait!!

Only thing is, in 2021 my newly obtained prize camera will be obsolete once again…….c’est la vie – damned if you do and damned if you dont!!

e Life

If you’re looking for something different to enhance the quality of your mind body and spirit then e Biking may just be for you.

Triumph Trekker GT

I’m still a relatively newbie when it comes to e bikes but in this article I’m going to explain why I decided to join this global community and why I chose a particular brand.

I’ve had bicycles and motorcycles my whole life and have always had a passion for two wheels.  I had been out of motorcycling for a few years and after watching many youtube motorcycle reviews, could feel myself being pulled back in.  The problem being that I don’t have a garage and in Scotland, you really need to keep a motorcycle garaged to protect it from the winter elements.  I wanted to experience the joy of motorized two wheeled transport again but I needed a bike I could physically pick up and keep indoors.

The solution was an e bike.  I started to realise how many advantages an e bike has over a conventional motorbike.  Because of the weight factor, I would be able to take the e bike on a train or tram and really adventure much further a field.  From the social aspect I could join the Cycle Touring Club and meet other cyclists and join up for cycling holidays.  I would also have the motivation to explore places I had never been to before, locally and in the central belt areas.

As a form of exercise, an e bike would help me burn off much needed calories and enable me to go on much longer rides as e bikes are designed to help eat up any hills on a road trip.

I wanted to combine e biking with my passion for vlogging and photography and I would be able to start producing e bike tour vlogs on youtube, encouraging others to take up biking and visit new places of interest in central Scotland.

I also felt it was time that I join the 21st century and invest in my first electric vehicle, which would help save the planet and help me cut down on my car fuel prices which are just rocketing.

Once I had made the firm decision to commit to purchasing an e bike I had to spend many hours researching for the right brand as I knew nothing much about electric bikes.  I narrowed the search down to a road runner style bike rather than a mountain off roading bike or an electric Tricycle.

Being an x motorcyclist I at once was attracted to the new Triumph Trekker GT which had just come out this year.  I wanted to do something to support the motorcycle industry and as I had never owned  a Triumph motorcycle, I wanted to join the Triumph community.  I was attracted to the bike’s slim design and beautiful color scheme – it is most definitely a lovely looking machine!  I had to commute through to the branch in Edinburgh to collect the bike, and then started teaching myself how to make the thing go.   

An e bike is quite simple to operate,  some have a twist grip that allows you to just go on electric power and many just give you power assist when you pedal.  One advantage an e bike has over a conventional motorcycle is that if you do run out of power on the road, you can at least cycle your way to your destination and charge up the battery.

After adding all the accessories, my maiden test voyage was going up the hills of Milnathort and you can imagine my amazement of cycling up steep hills effortlessly – the torque of an  e bike is insane.

As I write this, I am one of Scotland’s first owners of the Trekker GT and I soon went about shooting a couple of vlogs on youtube to explain how to operate the bike and my first impressions.  I then tried doing my first weekly shop on the Trekker which was a return trip to Cowdenbeath.  I did work out that I was saving approximately £5 a week on fuel costs by making most of my shorter trips on two wheels.  Out of all the bicycles and motorcycles I’ve owned, I can say the Trekker GT is the best bike I’ve ever experienced.

My future plans are to produce an e bike tour vlog on Loch Leven to highlight some of the cafes, farm shops and places of historical and ornithological interest that e bikers and cyclists can make pit stops at.  I’d also like to experience taking the e bike on the train into Edinburgh to see if this could be a viable alternative to commuting by car.  And I’d like to do a cycling holiday in Harris, Outer Hebrides,  as it’s the perfect destination for e bikes with those terrific hills and breath taking scenery.

I’ll finish by saying what e bikers said to me before I caught the bug – If you haven’t tried it, you’ve got to try it!!