Bags & Wallets

Wotancraft City Explorer 006

Another month and another camera bag… This one was hand made in Japan by a company mostly known for some pretty killer watch straps – Wotancraft. We’ve obviously reviewed a lot of camera bags on and to be frank, this is the best made bag we’ve ever had our hands on. It is that good. Enjoy the review:

To learn more about Wotancraft and to check out this and other bags they make, check them out here.



McIntosh is one of my all time favorite American companies. I have a full-on tube powered stereo that my dad bought in the 1960’s and gave me in the 1990’s – the sounds it makes are nothing short of extraordinary. And it’s so damned beautiful.

To be frank, I haven’t been the biggest fan of their modern releases. However, this McAire changes everything. Expect it to be REALLY damned expensive though.

Details here.


Nest 2.0

I’ve wanted one of these since the day the former Apple designers launched them. It’s a thermostat with a brain and good looks… And now version 2.0 is out. Next time I have a bad thermostat, I’m doing it – dammit!

Details here.


Photokina Releases

The Photokina show is the place where just about everybody releases their latest and greatest cameras. We already talked about the Fuji X-E1 last week, but there were a couple of other notable announcements as well. Namely:

Leica M – Apparently, there will be no long awaited Leica M10. Instead, we get the “M.” For the first time ever, Leica is using a CMOS sensor in their rangefinder camera that allows live view, HD video, better high ISO performance, and other stuff… Amazingly, they aren’t charging $10,000 for it. In fact, they are only asking about $7000 for the new M. I’d probably own one if I had the dough…

Leica M-E – Essentially, this is just the old Leica M9 with some minor changes and an extreme price break. $5,500 gets you in the game. If I had the dough, I would DEFINITELY own this one.

Sony RX1 – To me, this is the biggest and best surprise of Photokina. Sony has built a jacket-pocket sized FULL FRAME camera with a dedicated Zeiss lens. Typically, I’m not a Sony man as their cameras feel more like computers than cameras to me… BUT, this one is pretty amazing and promises to change many a landscape. Around $3000.