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When I started blogging back in January, I had two ideas in mind.  First, I wanted a blog that was about photography.  I wanted to share my love for photography with my readers, and offer help should they want it.  Second, I wanted to start doing product reviews.

From time to time, companies will send products to bloggers to let them test it out and write about them.  The logic behind this being that the blogger can get the word out about their product to many, many people with a real world opinion about the product.  It helps the company gain potential customers and gets the bloggers more traffic.

A few months ago, I started a second blog solely dedicated to product reviews.  I also post the reviews on this blog when I do them, but that blog will only have product reviews on it.  When I review a product, it goes on both sites.

I have only found a few companies so far to review products for, and would really like to find a few more.  So far, LowePro has been great about sending me camera bags to test and review.  I am trying to keep the focus of the blog to photography products, but will add motorcycle products as well.  Both genres play a huge part in my life, and I think I can bring a great deal of info to both markets.

Not only do I have my reader base, but I have Twitter and Facebook.  Along with them, I have 2,700 people that are members of The Product Review Place to share the information with.  So, the products would get a ton of exposure.  My reviews are posted on that site as well.

So, if you are a company that has a product that you need reviewed, please leave me a comment and I will get in touch with you about what we may be able to do for each other.  See ya soon!

*Image courtesy of Consolidated Freight Co.

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The folks at LowePro were kind enough to lend me the Pro Runner 450AW backpack to try out.  The 450AW is a very functional, high capacity backpack.  This bag is large and in charge!  It has tons of room for all of your camera equipment and even a slot for your laptop.

Inside the main compartment of the bag is room for two dSLRs and about 8 or 9 small lenses or 2 0r 3 large lenses.  You can rearrange the dividers in a number of configurations to fit longer lenses or other gear as well.  I don’t have that much equipment yet, so I used the space for chargers and other camera accessories I needed to take with me. As you can see in the picture below, there is ample storage in the three pockets shown when the main compartment is open.  I used these pockets to hold extra memory cards, remotes and filters.  When I asked LowePro for a bag to review, I wanted one that could accommodate my laptop.   I have an HP 17 inch laptop and it was a little bit of a tight squeeze, but it fit in and I was able to take it with me.  I used some of the extra room inside the main compartment to store my power cord for the laptop.

One of the things I really like about this bag is the amount of padding on the straps and waist belt.  With the amount of equipment you can carry in this bag, the padding makes carrying it around all day much more comfortable.  The padded straps definitely help distribute the weight and make it more manageable.  There is also a lot of padding for your back to help absorb the weight.  This bag is quite heavy when fully loaded with a laptop and all my camera gear, and I am not a little guy.  I am about 5′ 7″ and about 200 pounds .

The front of this bag also has a large zipped storage area that can hold quite a bit.  This area has a hook to hold your keys and two pockets to hold miscellaneous items you need to store.  There is a hefty strap that keeps the bag shut and gives it extra support.

The straps also double as a tripod support.  There is a movable base for the bottom of the tripod to go into that you can attach to the bottom of the bag using the two straps on the front of the bag.

The backpack also comes with a built in rain cover.  It is built in and stowed away in a front pocket until you need it.   It is tucked neatly in the under the front storage pocket, closed in with a nice Velcro tab (not shown).  Another feature I really liked was a small storage pocket on the front of the bag.  You can use this pocket for storing things you need to grab in a hurry, like a plane ticket or directions.  The picture below also shows one of two handy grab handles for easier pick up.

Suggested Retail Price: $249.99

Specifications:

Exterior Dimensions – 13.4W X 11.4D X 19.9H in./34.0 X 29.0 X 50.5 cm

Interior Dimensions – 12.2W X 6.7D X 18.5H in./31.0 X 17.0 X 47.0 cm

Notebook Interior Dimensions – 12.2W X 1.8D X 15.6H in./31 X 4.5 X 39.5 cm

Pros:

  • Ample storage space
  • Laptop storage
  • Well-padded straps and back area
  • Grab handles for easy pick-up

Cons:

  • Fully loaded it’s a bit heavy

Overall, I really liked this bag, but it is much larger than what I need.  I don’t have enough equipment to fill it to it’s potential.  For a real serious professional with tons of gear, this is the perfect bag.  I would love to try a bag that is just a touch smaller to compare it to this one.  I contacted LowePro about their bags because I have a LowePro Mini Trekker that I have had for 7 or 8 years that is still in great like new condition, despite me using and abusing it almost every day for the time that I have had it.

What bag do you use for your camera gear?  Why do you love it/hate it?

**Photos courtesy of LowePro**

Out of touch, but not out of mind…

Last week, I had an unexpected trip out of town.  While I was gone, I had little computer access, so I wasn’t able to keep up on my blog.  It was both gut-wrenching and a blessing.  It really made me realize how much time I actually spend in front of this computer.  I will now start to monitor and limit excessive computer use going forward.  I am missing so much by sitting here all day and night.  It is great keeping in touch with everyone, but I am spending time above and beyond normal socialization time here.

While I was gone, I got a surprise delivery.  Over the past few weeks of blogging, I decided that I wanted to do some product review blogs.  I contacted a few companies that cater to photography via email and asked for information on reviewing their products.  While some wanted more blog hits, one company said yes.  That company is LowePro.  They make some really great camera bags.  They sent me their LowePro Pro Trekker 450 AW bag to test.

Over the next few weeks, I will transfer my photography equipment from my current camera bag (LowePro Mini Trekker) into the new bag and see how it works.  It is almost twice the size as my current bag, but that is only to accommodate my 17 inch HP laptop.  I asked specifically for the laptop/camera bag because I hate carrying a laptop bag and a camera bag.  This bag is also set up to handle two dSLRs with lenses and a ton of extra lenses or gear.  It has numerous spots to attach a tripod or monopod.  There is also a pouch at the bottom that houses a rain cover in case of a surprise storm.  I can’t wait to start trying it out.

Photo courtesy of LowePro

Photo courtesy of LowePro

I missed you all in my absence.  What have you been up to?  Anything new and exciting in your life?