Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Essential Tips and Tools

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools.

Having got interested in photography in the mid 1970s, studied it in the late 1970s and working as a professional from 1980 some of my essential tools date back decades.


A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My Tenba Pro Pak P595 in the snow in the early 1980s. Having purchased a Tenba P595 when they were first imported into the U.K. I have grown to appreciate camera bags with easy access to the equipment. It makes them quick and easy to work out of.


A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My Domkenstein F-6 in the snow a couple of years ago. Tenba stopped making the Pro Pak bags in the mid 2000s so when I needed a smaller bag a few years ago I picked up a Domke F-6. The reason I call it Domkenstein is because it has a Ciesta padded insert divided up with Tenba dividers and a third party memory foam shoulder pad.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools

One of my UNI-LOC tripods and my Domke F-10 JD on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I am a habitual tripod user with a selection of models used in different situations and conditions. My newest tripod is now 24 years old. The UNI-LOC dates back to mid 1990s, I’m not sure if the company is in business anymore.


9 replies on “Friendly Friday: Essential Tips and Tools”

I learned early on that tripods vary in quality and splurged on a manfrotto. Unfortunately the full size (heavy) manfrotto required its on transport vehicle to cart around – totally unsuitable for travel & street photography. Nowadays I’m more likely to use a Joby GorillaPod 🙂

Great tips David. Thanks for joining in this week!

Thanks Sandy. My tripod requirements are fairly extreme with using large, fast telephotos for bird and wildlife photography and also exposure times in minutes at dusk and dawn.

I am embarrased to admit I spent more time looking at the snow in the photos than the kit. But that is me. I love snow. Not enough of it down this way. Great photos and no doubt the tripod helps you immensely.

Thank you. The nice thing about the design of those particular tripods is that the legs are the reverse of the normal design. That tripod can be stood in almost 2 feet of snow/water/mud without anything getting into the legs.

They were designed that way. Should you end up flooding a leg or legs the tripod can be disassembled with an Allen key (or wrench depending where you’re from).

If I recall correctly they came with an Allen key clipped to a leg of the tripod but as it’s the same size as the Allen key for all my camera and lens quick release mounts I already had one tucked away in a pocket of every camera bag.

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