Voigtlander E-mount Lenses

I emailed Voigtlander about possible sponsorship or to try out lenses, and I asked them some other questions too.


As for new focal lengths after the first E-mount lenses coming this spring, we will have to evaluate the sales for the 10 mm, 12 mm and 15 mm E-mounts first, before thinking any further.

I do not want to copy the entire email, but I guess it’s possible we’ll see some more Voigtlander lenses for E-mount. It would be the logical business decision if the sales are high, but it’s nice to know they sound somewhat open minded :).

Data Storage Backup for Photographs on the Pacific Crest Trail

I’ve written various pages about GPS, batteries, storage and whatnot for travelling with cameras; however, I simply don’t have access to lots of Android or iOS phones to examine the transfer speeds of each device.


For this reason, I posted on the sdpcommunity forum, and I was informed about a product I had not heard of. It’s always fun to find new gadgets to potentially buy or play with.


The RAVPower Filehub Plus is a 6000mAh battery bank, to charge items via USB but it also lets your copy data from one storage medium to another. It does not have an internal hard drive, but this is a good thing because it keeps the weight down. It weighs 5.4oz or 154g but most of that weight is its 6000mAh battery. A typical standalone 6000mAh battery without any additional features usually weighs about 130 grams, so it’s not much heavier. I’m certainly considering getting one. If its speeds are the same as a phone, then it’s probably not worth me considering, but I’ll keep doing some research.


The sdpcommunity site is owned by Tony and Chelsea Northrup. They have a YouTube channel and do live broadcasts every week. They’re one of my favourite channels I like to watch :).

Site changes, upcoming reviews and news

I hope everyone had a happy Easter :).

I’m currently in the process of designing a new leg hinge mechanism for regular sized tripods. I have a complaint with all of the tripods I’ve seen (I first noticed it with the 3 Legged Thing Brian tripod), and that’s the leg hinge mechanisms used. When you move the legs enough, the screws unscrew themselves. Some companies try to get around this problem with threadlocker but it’s duct tape engineering in my opinion.

I’m also currently trying to design a miniature tripod. I had an idea to design a lightweight solar panel as well, but I’ve decided to buy one instead; both of which I want to take on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017.

The miniature tripod takes priority over the tripod leg hinge mechanism.

I may remove the “code tutorials” section of the site and replace it with photography gear design ideas. At some point I want to make the site look nicer, but I have a few things on my plate right now.

I’ve also integrated Disqus into the site and migrated the few comments over.

Here’s a breakdown of my upcoming site related projects:

  • Tripod designs, miniature and large
  • Reviews of two bags, a small bag and a day hike bag
  • Review of the Yolk, Solar Paper Solar Panel. This might arrive towards the end of April but it has been ordered
  • Review of a 52mm Breakthrough Photography 6 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Possible reviews of other electronics

Solar Paper Ordered

I’ve ordered the Solar Paper. It was slightly out of budget, so I don’t know what I am going to do about that yet. It looks awesome though :).

New backpack has arrived

My new Lowepro 22L backpack has arrived. I’ll write a review of it soon.


In addition to the Lowepro 22L backpack, I also have a Lowepro Toploader 45 AW II, and they’re both great for the Sony a7rII. I can use the toploader if I’m just taking one lens, and the Lowepro 22L backpack allows me to carry more lenses.

Sony a7rII Battery Drain

I’ve noticed that if I leave my Sony a7rII off for about a week, the battery drains considerably.


I don’t use a battery grip, and other obvious things are disabled that might effect the battery life. Remote control would make a difference if the camera tries to go to “sleep” mode but it shouldn’t make a different if the camera is switched off, however, I’ve disabled it just in case.


I think I read in the instruction manual that the internal clock has a small button cell lithium that gets charged up by the regular lithium battery. I don’t know if it’s possible that it’s causing the battery to drain but it seems unlikely. I do not believe it did this with the first firmware that was available either. Hopefully Sony can fix this :).


I’ve mentioned this in the firmware update page I have written.