I have been wanting an automatic dive watch for years. When my Aquadive Bathysphere 100 GMT arrived from Austria this week I felt like a grade-schooler that had just been told summer vacation was going to last an extra month. The watch ticks all the boxes I have been considering, namely: automatic swiss movement, ceramic bezel, scratch resistant sapphire, a classic diver look and of course waterproof to some insane depth. This guy drips of industrial design that harks back to iconic dive watches of yore like the Doxa. Designed in America, milled in Germany and movement from Switzerland… if that doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is.
Stoked to get a new tool in the tool chest this week! It is the first underwater housing I have owned that has a anti reflection optical glass dome – which should solve may of the flare problems when shooting underwater. Will be kicking the tires soon on a grant for the National Geographic Society grant with Dr Chris Horrell.
Thanks to the great crew at Reef Photo & Video who help set me up with the kit. First impressions from the unboxing below!
When I started my career in photography – like so many photographers before me – I began the search for the perfect photo bag. Sadly, after nearly 20 years in the field, I can definitively say that the perfect photo bag does not exist. The good news? Perfect bags do exist for specific tasks.
For many, many years my bag of choice for photojournalism and documentary work was the Domke F-2. It’s Zen-like minimalism allowed me to carry many lenses in an extremely compact space. It also looks cool – like a bag I could imagine Robert Capa hauling around the battlefields of World War II. I love the way the thick cotton canvas molds to my body over time. Sadly, my camera does not fit into the Domke with its 80-200mm f2.8 lens attached. This is the Domke’s Achilles heel.
The solution: A taller bag
Thank Tank Photo has solved this problem with Speed Racer V2.0. Contrary to what Think Tank advertises on their website — my camera fits in the V2.0 with either the 80-200mm f2.8, or the 80-400mm f4-5.6 attached! Throw in the luxury of a hip belt to take the weight off my shoulders, a top-access-zip for quick lens changes, a ingenious (optional) lens switch case, and it is no surprise that my Domke F-2 has been gathering dust.
A few moons ago I was riding in the bow of a small zodiac on my way to shore in the Galapagos when a wave of salt water washed over the bow – and over my bag. Thanks to the rain cover and the water repellent nylon on my Speed Racer, my camera stayed bone-dry. A feat my brave old Domke could not have accomplished.
The Domke F-2 will always hold a special place in my heart, but for photojournalism and documentary work that requires me to be quick on my feet, the Speed Racer V2.0 is my bag of choice.
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