Garmin Fenix 5 Discount

There’s currently a Garmin Fenix 5 discount on amazon, it is not the Garmin Fenix 5x model I have but it’s great if you don’t need the maps feature.

Komperdell Vario 4 Ultralite Trekking Poles and Garmin Fenix 5x Update

My Komperdell Vario 4 Ultralite Trekking Poles have arrived, and these things are extremely lightweight and comfortable. I am 6ft3 and was a bit concerned about finding trekking poles of adequate height for myself and of adequate height for a ZPacks Altaplex tent.

I’ve provided a link above to eBay from the seller I bought them from. They do have some scratches and mud underneath (so clearly a customer has used them outside for a moment) but the handles aren’t worn. I am inclined to believe these are demo models that’ve been opened a few times. Normally I’m fussy about this kind of thing but hiking poles get a lot of use so I’m not too concerned.

I have been told that my Garmin Fenix 5x is going to be dispatched either this week or next. I will write a Komperdell Vario 4 Ultralike Trekking Poles review page and a Garmin Fenix 5x review page at some point. I’m not 100% sure when, but it will happen. If you have any questions you’d like to ask about either of these, leave a comment below.

Garmin Fenix 5x Ordered & Review

I am excited as I just ordered the Garmin Fenix 5X. I love the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire model and it’s been absolutely great for photography–to geotag photographs using GPX files exported from .FIT files. The Garmin Fenix 5x has a mapping facility, better battery life, a heart rate monitor and a few more features I’d quite like.

When I get the watch, I will use it for a while and then make a Garmin Fenix 5X review page. Most Garmin Fenix 5x reviews will probably focus on the fitness side of things, which I will do up to a point but I have not noticed many sites that focus on using smartwatches for GPS tagging. I believe many Sony a7rII owners would like it to geotag photographs, and even if the Sony a7rIII has a GPS feature built in, I suspect using a watch will be better as it doesn’t drain much battery life and it’s quick to find a signal. Speaking of the Sony a7rIII, I’m not sure when that will get announced. Either way, I won’t be buying it as I can’t afford one at the moment.

My original Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire review will stay up but the new one will hopefully be much better :). I am not the best at writing reviews but I am honest, I have no ties to Garmin and I am usually quite good at finding bugs and whatnot. I know that a lot of people who were interested in the Garmin Epix will be interested in the Garmin Fenix 5X but they may be concerned the Garmin Fenix 5X has many bugs.

Unfortunately I don’t have a compatible phone yet. I am waiting for for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 but I must say I am quite interested in the Samsung Galaxy s8 too. The phone will be the last of my electronic purchases for a while as I want to save my money for travelling and obviously camping/hiking equipment.

If anyone knows where I can get free maps for the Garmin Fenix 5x, please let me know. I need to download a bunch of Canadian maps. I will also download some additional UK maps to try out. I cannot justify paying Garmin’s prices for their maps as they are quite expensive.

Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium – A photographer’s best friend

The Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium takes the spot that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 previously held and the Samsung Galaxy s8 might hold.

I never cared too much about smartphones until I gained an interest in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Obviously when you’re thinking of walking 20+ miles a day, you don’t want to carry anything too heavy.

I’ve discussed portable backup solutions a few times on my site and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the ideal device to backup Sony a7rII RAW photographs. It was waterproof, relatively lightweight and had an insanely fast USB-C port.  Continue reading “Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium – A photographer’s best friend”

Godox TT685S TT600S X1T-S and TT350S 2.4G HSS Camera Flash

I have recently bought a couple of flashes, they seem great so far. They’re much better value for money than the Sony flashes, in my opinion.



The Godox TT685S and TT600S are almost identical except one has TTL and the other doesn’t. The X1T-S transmitter is a little bulky on my Sony a7rII but it works well.


I’ll write a full review after Christmas but I definitely recommend checking them out :).

I haven’t bought a Godox TT350S yet but it works with the same transmitter and it’s a smaller flash, requiring only 2AA batteries as opposed to the others which require 4AA batteries. You might also want to give that a look.

Black friday is coming

Black Friday is extremely close and I should be buying quite a lot of camping equipment then. I’m only about five months away from attempting to hike 2650+ miles across the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017.

I have recently discovered a great third party battery for Sony cameras. Please check out the RAVPower NP-FW50 batteries. They come in packs of two, complete with a charger, all for £20. Apparently the charger doesn’t charge native Sony batteries, but the RAVPower NP-FW50 batteries still seem like a great buy even if you don’t use the charger. Continue reading “Black friday is coming”