Showing posts from April, 2014

Cosina Voigtlander 28mm f3.5 Color-Skopar

The CV28/3.5 is the absolute star of the original Ltm Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar range from 2002.  It is a tiny, beautifully-made lens and complements a 35mm rangefinder camera perfectly for walking and backpacking.  It was discontinued in 2007, but used examples regularly appear for sale in the usual places.

There is a detailed description of the CV28/f3.5 Color-Skopar on my landscape photography website: Link Here

Leica MP with Cosina Voigtlander 28mm f3.5 Color-Skopar

Ortlieb Waterproof Camera Bag Reviews

I have completed my review of the Ortlieb Aqua Cam and Ortlieb Aqua Zoom waterproof camera bags.  

PLEASE CLICK HERE to read the full reviews on my landscape photography website.

Venture Canoes Ranger 14 Conversion to Solo Canoe

After paddling the Ranger 14 for a few months since converting it for solo paddling, I was not happy with the handling.  Head winds and cross winds made the boat particularly hard work.  Ok, a polyethylene Ranger 14 is never going to perform like a thoroughbred but it had to be better than this with a little work!

The simple expedient of converting the Ranger 14 for solo paddling by replacing the bow seat with a thwart and turning the stern seat and seast hangers around to face the opposite direction was just too easy to be successful, the seat was too far back and needed to be moved forward in order to trim the boat. At 14', the Ranger is a short boat and sometimes needs as much waterline length as possible.

Back to the ever-helpful Dave Crooks at Endless River with the credit card!  Dave stocks several seat options for Venture Canoes.  All seat sizes are the same frame width and will fit the standard  metal Venture Canoes seat hangers, so it is just a case of choosing a suitabl…

Leki Makalu Walking Pole Failure

It looks like it's time to invest in a new pair of walking poles!

 Just cleaning my kit after a few days on the Isle of Skye and found a split in the top of the middle section of one of my Leki Makalu poles.  Being a creature of habit, this is my 'right hand pole' and also the one I use for holding my Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar up, ie this pole goes inside the shelter.  The other ('left hand') pole holds the entrance up outside and is fine.  It's impossible to say if this happened when the pole was under tension from the Trailstar or through ordinary wear and tear.

It might be worth checking your poles if you use them to support a shelter.