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 :).

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.

New Sony G Master lenses

Sony have just announced some “G Master” lenses. I don’t know what to make of the name…


There’s an 85mm f/1.4 GM, a 24-70 f/2.8 GM and a 70-200 f/2.8 GM.


The Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM looks great. It has an aperture ring but you can also set it to “automatic”. This is a nice feature for videographers. If you set the aperture to f/16 in camera and “auto” on the lens, I believe it goes to f/1.4 during focusing. One small criticism I have with my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 lens, is that when I want to achieve critical focus, I have to open the aperture, focus and then close the aperture. It is not much of a concern but having aperture by wire (is that a thing now?) would mean it’d be possible for the lens to open its aperture to obtain critical focus, and then close it to the desired setting.


I am interested to see how sharp the 70-200 f/2.8 GM lens is but I am also curious about the focus breathing. The Nikon breathes considerably more than the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L, and a few Sony lenses have somewhat heavy breathing. If it can equal the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L for nearly everything and perhaps beat it slightly with sharpness, I believe many people will be extremely happy.


I am not particularly interested in the 24-70 f/2.8 GM lens, but I hope it’s better than their 24-70 f/4. The 24-70 f/4 lens isn’t anything to shout about.


One of the main reasons I moved to mirrorless was because of the size. Many people (mark my words) are going to complain about the size and say that the Sony mirrorless cameras are no longer small. This would be erroneous.


You can still go to a restaurant with a 35mm f/2.8 lens attached to the Sony mirrorless camera. It is nice to have the option of small lenses and also big lenses. Someone might only use the 70-200 f/2.8 GM lens for work based projects, and they can use the same camera for their leisure time.


A mirrorless user might leave their heavy lens behind, but a DSLR user often leaves their entire camera at home.