For my short videos I was looking for a small tripod to use at home, and I came across this one, the Koolehaoda TKS-223C, a really sturdy mini tripod. But, let's get started!!
26-QS Ball Head Product Specifications:
The Koolehaoda mini tripod has the legs in carbon fiber, and the body, as well as the head-ball, in metal. The finishing are really good and it looks like a more expensive tripod, even though it isn't actually so cheap. On Amazon the price was about 80,00 euros, and if you think about it, with that price you can buy a bigger tripod, perhaps not in carbon fiber, but for sure a bigger tripod. Using the following link you can buy it using my affiliate program, in order to help me a little:
Anyway, let's go on. Every leg has three sections, allowing to reach 47 cm as maximum height. The twist locks are good and pretty smooth, and so far I haven't had any issue with them. One aspect really remarkable is that there are a lot of bubble level, they are everywhere, as you can see in the following pictures, and this is really, really useful!!
Then the ball-head as the graduade scale for the panning:
Another good thing is the minimum level from the ground, that basically is zero, because you can open the legs widely as you can see in the picture:
that is very useful in many occasions.
To be honest I have been really surprised by this small tripod. It's really well done, and it is sturdy. I didn't think to be a chinese product. But if in past was true that chinese products were not so good, now the situation is pretty different and often you can get a really good stuff from China, like this tripod. The tripod, as you can see, is small, mostly if you use it with a zoom telephoto lens, like the Sony 200-600G or 100-400GM, that they aren't so lightweight, but, despite the tiny size of the tripod, it can manage the lens without so much problems. Of course you can't use this combo in every situation, but for small activities, like for example when you need to stay really close to the ground, it could be useful.
For landscape photography it could be useful in some situations, mostly when you travel a lot and you need to be light. Of course it can't cover every need but it's pretty flexible and it's maximum load will allow you to use dslr cameras as well, maybe opening more the legs in order to be more stable.
The tripod is capable to keep the Sony A9, with the Sony 100-400GM lens on a side, as you can see the following picture.
This is really important because means that the head is sturdy, despite the size.
To sum up, I'm really happy of that tripod. I'm using a lot, moslty at home for the videos, as I said, but also in the field when I need being lighter. Ok, the price is not really popular, because is not really cheap, but the materials quality are good and it works well, so I can only reccomend it. I also made a video, that you can watch here, or in my Youtube channel.
Yes, another photographic backpack by Lowepro. It's my second backpack by this company, plus another sling-bag that I don't use so much because it's quite uncomfortable. I was looking for a smaller backpack than the Lowepro Flipside 20L AW, that is really good, even though sometimes it's too heavy on the shoulders when is overloaded, because it hasn't the possibility to adjust the position of the shoulder straps. This backpack too hasn't this feature, but being more rigid it stays on the shoulders and on the back better than the other. So let's go to read about this Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II review!!!
The key of this backpack is the modularity. How you can see in these photos, I've added some extra small bag for containing different accessories, like a filter holder, a second camera body or a tripod holder. The material used by Lowepro for this backpack is really strong, so I think it'll be really durable for many years.
And inside, of course, it isn't different and you can adjust, as you want, every space to fit your equipment.
In my case I've left the bottom for the Sony 100-400GM mounted on the Sony A9, while the top part is for the Sony A7RII with the Zeiss Batis 18mm.
Then the other room is for an extra lens (Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8), the 1,4x teleconverter, the drone (Mavic Mini 2) with its remote control and batteries, spare batteries, cables, and other stuff.
Always in the external part of the backpack there are two pockets, one in the left side and one in the right side, where to put some small accessory, like a remote control or keys, or whatever you want.
With the bag there are two extra strings for a tripod, but I prefer to buy two others in order to carry on some other stuff, like a sweater or a jacket.
At the bottom of the bag there's a pocket for the raincover, even though there's a problem in my opinion, but I'll tell you later.
Ok, on the shoulders it isn't so light when you are carrying on everything, but it's pretty confortable and if you adjust properly the shoulder and the belt straps, the bag becomes confortable. I used for many days going around in forests and cities and I didn't have many issues. As all backpack you'll sweat the back, but it's normal. The main feature of this bag is its main front door from which take the camera. Keeping the backpack tied up on the waist, it's easy to remove the shoulder straps from the shoulders, rotate the backpack and take the camera once opened the front panel door. I really appreciated that feature in many situation, mostly when I wanted to have the hands free and use the camera only when I needed.
Walking in nature with this backpack is always confortable, and having some extra pockets in the belt is useful. For example I put the water pouch, with a small bottle of water ready to use. So, is it everything ok? No so much. As I said before I got a small issue with the raincover, because it doesn't cover the whole backpack when you put some extra accessory, like mine, so in that case it's better to buy a new bigger raincover, in order to protect every accessory and the bag as well.
To summarize, the backpack in well done, pretty confortable, despite you can't adjust the length of the shoulders straps, infact you need to close every strap in order to balance the weight of the bag in your body, and only in that way you'll be able to walk for long time. There are some pros and cons:
To end, speaking about the price it isn't a cheap bag, maybe there are in the market cheaper bags, but I don't know if they have the same quality. So if you can find it with some discount, it worths the price.
I've also made a short video review that you can see below.
The HC300 camera trap, or trail camera, by Victure is an ideal choice for those who, like me, are interested in wildlife photography in order to monitor wildlife behaviour. It isn't a camera trap with an internet connection, so you can't check it remotely, or you can't receive an email/text with its activity, but if you have a place quite safe or private property, so this camera is basically suitable for any situation where you don't need to check it online.
When a small device can be really helpful!! Starting making videos, I realized that the GoPro Hero 8's audio wasn't so good, or at least not as I'd expected, despite I'm using the Media Mod that has a stereo built-in microphone. And in my wildlife photography sessions, I often had the need to record the video with decent audio quality, even using a low voice to not scare animals.