The Gear Journal

Instax Mini Evo

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It’s crazy to me that Fujifilm keeps bringing new Instax cameras to the market. I mean, it’s cool as hell… But who shoots these things? Japan maybe?

In any case, I still prefer larger format and vintage Polaroids… but this thing is pretty neat.

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TagVault: Pet

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Pretty smart… Essentially, it’s just a collar with a weatherproof pod that protects an Apple AirTag – giving you the capability to track your pet via GPS.

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Xperia Pro-I

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So there’s the Sony RX-100… which is one of the best compact cameras on the market that features a 1″ sensor. And then there’s the new Xperia Pro-I – a phone that uses the same damned sensor and a pretty great Zeiss lens as well. Crazy.

I have no idea if Sony makes a decent phone or not… and I’m not much for the Android operating system, but holy hell is this cool.

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Floyd x Sonos

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Interesting concepts… Essentially, Floyd designed some speaker stands for Sonos. I actually like them quite a bit. Not a bad option for someone looking to add surround sound to a space that wasn’t built for it, but they don’t want the typical crap speaker companies make.

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MINT Polaroid SX-70

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So these guys take the first and the best polaroid cameras ever made (the SX-70), restore them, and essentially sell them as new. There a few guys doing this right now, but apparently Mint is the top dog. The cameras run about $370 which isn’t too bad given old and unrestored cameras that often don’t work run about $100.

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Amazon Astro

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Like these people didn’t have enough access to your life through your Digital activity… Amazon has finally released the Astro – a household robot designed for home monitoring. Basically, it’s one of those connected Ring cameras capable of moving around your pad and identifying shit that doesn’t belong.

Priced at $1,000… This thing has the potential to cost you A LOT more.

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Film Point & Shoot

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“Ryan, I want a film camera with the size and pocket-ability of a point and shoot, but the exposure control of a real camera. Is the Ricoh GR my only choice?”

No… But you don’t really have a budget choice on something like this. Small film cameras with good lenses and manual control are expensive and there’s no real way around that.

I love the GR just because it looks cool, but another option (possibly a better one?) is the Contax T2. Essentially, it’s a titanium bodied point and shoot that also boasts full manual control. Hell, the tiny little Zeiss lens even has an aperture ring.

I had one years ago… but sold it when the prices took off. You can find them on eBay for around $750 and up these days.

GoPro Hero 10

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A few years ago, I bought the latest and greatest GoPro, three of them actually, for use on a car shoot I had coming up. I was excited about the project and spent a lot of time figuring out mounts for the cars, story boarding, and just generally preparing for something the GoPro was designed to do.

It didn’t work out… The magnetos in the race cars interfered with the cameras in some way, the build quality was shit, and two of them would freeze or just shut themselves off randomly. Frustrated, I contacted GoPro support. After jumping through far too many hoops, GoPro sent me another two cameras to replace the bad ones. They were dead on arrival.

This narrative continued for weeks and got so bad, that I eventually threw up my hands and considered the cameras a loss. I also promised myself to never buy a GoPro again.

Guess what? I’ve kept that promise.

But yeah… The GoPro Hero 10 is now out. By most reviews, it’s a real banger.

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