Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WaterField Muzetto Leather Bag For iPad

WaterField Muzetto leather messenger bag.Approximately one week into my iPad ownership I started looking for a nice leather messenger bag that I could carry my iPad in. Starting from day one and to this day I bring my iPad with me into the office, but carrying it in my hand was not practical and I didn’t want to drop it accidentally one day.

WaterField Muzetto. iPad in the front pocket, magazines in the main.The first bag that I found that I liked was Knomo Kilkenny. I wasn’t 100% sure on its look and while I was thinking it went out of stock everywhere. I figured — oh, well, wasn’t meant to be. All this time I kept coming back to look at more bags and nothing else looked even remotely nice in the size that I wanted.

Perfect fit.I had few simple requirements — I wanted it made out of brown leather, I wanted it to be a messenger bag, since I find it the most comfortable, I wanted it to be pretty small, since I would mostly only carry iPad in it, but I also wanted it to be big enough so I could fit a magazine or a file with A4 pages inside if I had the need for it and finally I wanted it to look nice.

WaterField logo and gold liner.So after months of searching I stumbled upon a post on Mac Rumors forum that discussed iPad carrying options and somebody linked to a company called WaterField that designs and makes their bags in San Francisco and their Brown Leather Muzetto bag seemed like a perfect bag that I was looking for.

Here is I with my new bag.They don’t mass produce anything, so we had to place an order for the next production run which was supposed to happen on September 15th, and it wasn’t even a middle of August yet. But Alёna did place an order and it arrived at the end of August, several days before my birthday, which was perfect, since it was my birthday present from her.

Gold liner.iPad fits into the front section that is done in a soft fabric to prevent scratches. The bigger main section has a gold liner that is designed to make it easier to see things inside as opposed to having a black liner. It has one zipped pocket inside of it. And there is a back section for additional stuff. The bag has colored nylon inserts, red in our case. As far as the size goes we ordered the 11″ version to meet my magazine and A4 file requirement.

The bag is perfect. I totally love it. The look, the feel, the functionality.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lowepro Fastpack 250 Backpack

Lowepro Fastpack 250.When we travel I end up lugging around a lot of gear. Most of the bulk comes from the fact that I have 2 bags — one for laptop, one for camera and lenses. I wanted to merge them together and the arrival of D700 kind of forced me to. The older SlingShot1 bag that I used for camera gear couldn’t fit D700 with 24-70mm lens attached.

Here is a short list of things that were a must:
  • Notebook compartment for 15 inch MacBook Pro
  • Good sized camera and lens compartment
  • Additional compartment
  • Ability to take out the camera body out of the bag easily without a fear of anything else falling out
  • All of the above in the smallest possible package

Lowepro Fastpack 250 next to Lowepro SlingShot 100 AW.I had good experience with my current bag and I liked the idea of taking the camera out without taking the bag off. Naturally the first thing we looked at was Lowepro SlingShot 350. In my opinion that thing is just hideous and just too huge. After that I read up on a lot of different stuff and in the end we had two main contenders — Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 and Lowepro Fastpack 250. I actually realized that when you have so much weight it better be a full backpack as opposed to a sling shot type bag, to distribute the weight better.

Both of these bags meet all of my criteria including the fact that you can take out the camera without exposing any of the lenses. Judging purely by design I would probably give slightly higher marks to Tamrac bag, but everything else went for Fastpack.

Lowepro Fastpack 250 loaded with gear.Fastpack has a lot more pockets and it really comes in handy when you’re carrying trip plans, passports, filters, wires and so on. Another huge plus for me was the flap that goes over the lens compartment. While traveling you can put put all the zippers under it and thus prevent anyone from trying to pull a fast one on you. We tried both of them on at B&H and Fastpack just felt more comfortable and more secure to me. Overall they are both very good bags and it will probably come down to your own preference.

This past weekend I tried walking around with it having several heavy lenses and a camera inside. It felt very good. I was able to take the camera out without taking the bag off and I think I’m going to be pretty happy with it. The real test comes at the end of April, during our California road trip. I’ll have it fully loaded for the plane and will remove non-camera gear for hikes.

Lowepro Fastpack 250. Side view.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Photo Accessories

Nikon D70 and Rectangular FilterAs you know, I enjoy my hobby of photography. I’m nothing, but an amateur, yet I think over the past years I’ve come up with a number of really nice photographs.

However there is a certain type of scenery that always gave me trouble – landscapes on a bright day. Usually you see beautiful sky with detailed clouds and nice shadows on the land from the mountains and trees. You take a picture only to find out later that it didn’t capture any of the beauty that you could see. Either the sky comes out great with all the details on the land lost to underexposure, or all the land details come through to have all the clouds and sky colors lost to overexposure. Continue Reading
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