Friday, March 11, 2022

Friday Favorites

Friday, my dear old friend! How good it is to see you again! The other days of the week have been such bores! 

Seriously, though; what a fucking week it has been. The weather has been all over the place, starting with the snow storm that moved through on Monday, leaving behind a muddy, soggy mess. The constant change in the barometric pressure has wreaked havoc on my sinuses and there is something in the air that is triggering my allergies, causing my eyes to itch and burn and my throat to swell. Things on the work front have also been hectic and challenging. 

A weekend is just what I need and, as the harbinger of said weekend; you are a most welcome sight, Friday!

Speaking of welcome sights, I finally pulled the trigger on a purchase that I have deliberated over for years. Seriously. Years! I have been admiring camera bags from House of Flynn since I first saw them advertised on Facebook back when I still worked at Old Job and, this month, I bit the bullet and ordered one. Well, two, actually.

 In for a penny, in for a pound.

Anyhoodle, the bags are very well made and should last for years, which justifies the price tag (also, I just got my third raise in two years; I deserve to spoil myself just a titch, says I). They are also nice to look at, and, hold a metric shit ton of camera equipment, as evidenced in the photos below. 

The backpack has separate compartments for not one, but two tablets as well as a built-in charging port and enough storage for all my spare SD cards, lens wipes, etc. There are also pockets on each side of the backpack that can be utilized for storing selfie sticks and a tripod/monopod.

The interior of the bag is lined with Velcro material that makes it easily customizable; I currently have it set up to house two camera bodies and six lenses, as well as an expo disk and a small bottle of ibuprofen.

The mesh compartment in the lid of the main compartment contains extra batteries, polarizing filters, a phone charging cable, and two of my sumatriptan nasal spray applicators (never leave home without one!).

A pocket on the front of the backpack provides more than enough space for my eyeglasses and phone and is easy to access, thanks to magnetic snaps that open and close easily. A pocket on the back of the pack is perfect for carrying passports and other important documents both securely and accessibly.

The smaller accessory bag that I purchased holds all of my extra batteries, battery chargers, external flash unit, cords and cables, with plenty of room to spare.

I am really excited about these bags and am looking forward to taking the backpack on a hike just as soon as the weather gets nicer on a consistent basis and the pollen count levels out to a point that the trees are no longer trying to kill me.

So...not anytime soon. But! I'll be ready when it finally happens. In the meanwhile, these bags are definitely new favorites.

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