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Case Logic Luminosity DSA-101

#caselogic #camerabag

Before my trip to Southern California last week I wandered into Bimart looking for a more portable tripod I could take with me. They didn’t have one, but I noticed this Case Logic “Action Camera Bag” on sale for $5. Having recently purchased the Case Logic DCB-309 SLR Camera Backpack to replace my broken Lowepro, I found I needed something smaller for hiking, biking, walking around, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love the DCB-309. I was able to fit my Nikon Z50, two lenses, four days of clothes, laptop, chargers, water bottle, etc. in it for my trip and not check any bags. However, it isn’t convenient for shooting as it isn’t a sling bag. Also, I have a bad back and would prefer not to have a backpack on for an extended period of time.

That’s where this $5 purchase came in super handy and is totally changing the way I can travel and shoot. First it weighs next to nothing and can easily fit into a pocket, backpack, etc. The photos on the package make it look like it is only good for a GoPro or something. Not true. In fact, I can fit my Nikon Z 50 with 16-50mm lens attached, 50-250mm lens, water bottle, and lunch in this thing! It also fits my D500 with 24-120mm lens attached. Opening or closing this bag takes just a split second. The bag comes with a carabiner clip so you can attach it to anything (belt buckle loop, backpack, bike handlebar, etc.) I love this. It works so much better than even a sling backpack in terms of easy access, weight, and mobility. I like it much more than having a camera strapped around my neck as well.

I used the Case Logic Luminosity DSA-101 Action Camera Case yesterday during a long museum visit with great success. No backpack, camera hanging around my neck, or nuisance when not in active use. Extremely easy to have my camera at the ready when I wanted it. Amazing.

I feel like my life has been changed for $5. How often does that happen? You may have to pay a few more bucks than $5 for yours, but this item is worth much more than the less-than-$10 price.

Here’s another thing… even if you don’t need to bring your camera someplace, what if you don’t have enough pockets and want to avoid a backpack? Let’s say you are going on a hike, to a museum, or on a bike ride. You can use this to carry your cell phone, lunch, and bottle of water. Simply hook it to your bike or belt loop.

Case Logic > Lowepro

Broken zipper on Lowepro 350 AW DSLR Video Fastpack

@Lowepro #caselogic #lowepro

Last year I reported on how Case Logic replaced my Case Logic DCB-308 SLR Camera Sling Backpack under their 25-year warranty. I’ve had no issues with the replacement bag in the subsequent 18 months.

About six months ago my other bag, the one I can also carry my laptop in, stopped zipping in one direction. Then, on my trip to Mexico a couple weeks ago, the zippers stopped working in both directions. Very inconvenient when you are in a foreign country and your luggage is packed to its fullest! I thought I’d try my warranty luck again, this time with Lowepro so I looked up their warranty. In theory the Lowepro warranty is even better than the Case Logic warranty as Lowepro claims their warranty lasts forever for the original purchaser. I still had my receipt for $130, proving I was the original purchaser. However, in practice, the Lowepro warranty sucks because it doesn’t cover things that are likely to fail (like zippers) so now I need to purchase a new bag.

Guess which company I will be shopping with? Maybe this one?

I love Case Logic!

Over six years ago I blogged about the Case Logic DCB-308 SLR Camera Sling Backpack. Since then my Case Logic backpack has been on countless hikes, traveled to Japan, Korea, Mexico, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, the UK, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, etc. My bag has been extensively used, causing a few minor items to wear out. As I was about to purchase a new bag for my summer travels I emailed Case Logic to see if they’ve upgraded the DCB-308. They responded saying they haven’t but that my bag is still under warranty, and they will send me a new one. WHAT?!?! I purchased this bag over six years ago. How can it still be under warranty? It turns out the Case Logic warranty is 25 years!!!

Updating my prior review…
1) You can fit a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/4 lens attached (and still have room for an additional lens or lunch) in the main compartment.
2) The “hidden” side compartment is extraordinary for smuggling things into concerts, sporting events, etc. Security never checks it. The compartment holds two bottles, five cans, or three cans and one bottle.

Canon 15 x 45 IS Image Stabilizer Binoculars

The fire sale around here continues. 😉 I’ve been going through some things in an effort to reduce the amount of stuff we will be putting into storage when we move to Japan. I came across a nice pair of binoculars that I haven’t used in years. In fact, I never used these much.

Canon no longer makes the 15×45 IS Binoculars. They’ve done a minor upgrade with the Canon 18×50 Image Stabilization Binoculars which list for $1,600, but they can usually be found online for about $1,200.

I saw a pair of the 15×45 IS binoculars (which were probably used much more than my pair) go for $850 + shipping on ebay. If you are interested I’ll let these go for $750 including shipping to addresses in the U.S. A guy recently sold these same binoculars for $250 more than what I’m asking.

Included are the binoculars, shields for the lenses, neck strap, and the hard case–all original and all in outstanding condition. These binoculars freeze whatever you are looking at with the touch of a button. They are great for astronomy, viewing wildlife, and sporting events. I haven’t used them for anything else, but I’m sure there are many other applications. Spying perhaps?

Check out the online reviews of the Canon 15×45 IS Binoculars. You won’t find any unhappy owners.

Don’t let these beauties sit in storage. Take them off my hands, enjoy them, and put them to good use.

Specs from the Canon website:
– High-magnification (15x) binoculars with built-in image stabilizer.
– Ultra-low dispersion (UD) glass elements for outstanding image quality.
– Doublet field-flattener for sharp, distortion-free images from edge-to-edge.
– Water-resistant non-slip rubber coating for superior protection and secure handling.
– Long eye relief (15 mm), wide field of view (67 degrees).

Canon PowerShot S3 IS 12X zoom 6MP camera for sale

In my ongoing efforts to liquidate my possessions that aren’t coming with me to Japan in a few months, I’m selling the camera that has taken most of the pictures you see on this blog.

The condition of this camera is like new. There are no scratches, it functions perfectly, and it includes everything you’d receive if buying it new (except software as a more recent version can be downloaded for free here). I’m also throwing in a Gear camera bag ($20 value) for free. The Canon S3 will be shipped in its original box.

The retail price is $499.99. Take it and the camera bag off my hands for $200 plus postage. For more specs see this page.

What does Japanese Baseball have to do with the place we are staying in Paris and the creation of this blog?

Travel Essentials~Ashland Oregon~no sales taxIn yesterday’s blog entry I may have made it sound like we found the place we will be staying in Paris completely on our own. While we may have found it on our own, the truth is that it was also recommended to us by our good friends the Bestors who own a travel store in town. So it’s not just the internet photos and descriptions we based our reservation on, and we are pretty confident we will enjoy the place. 

But the question that is probably really on your mind is what does the title of this post mean? The answer is that the very same Bestors asked me to write about an experience we had on our trip to Japan last year for their travel newsletter. I subsequently posted that article to the internet here, and wanting to do more of the same ultimately led to the creation of this blog.

Travel Essentials~Ashland Oregon~no sales taxI was in Travel Essentials last week to pick up a few items for our trip to Denmark and Paris, including the books and maps mentioned in a prior blog entry. One item I purchased really stands out so I thought I’d share. I’ve tried book lights in the past with poor results. Bob recommended the Petzl Tikka Plus LED Headlamp & Book Light for its quality and flexibility (as you can use it not just on planes and for reading in bed but also while camping, etc.). I picked one up and have been exceedingly happy with it.