The Gear Journal

Peak Design Slide Light

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So yeah… I have a SL2-S now… Damnit. And that brings me to camera straps. Traditionally, I’ve always preferred very simple straps with no adjustment, no bells, no whistles… In fact, I usually just make my own out of a bit of leather. This gives me a custom and very sleek strap that fits perfectly.

The one problem with this is that to remove the strap, you have to go through the whole split ring fiasco with your fingernails. And if you like to move straps from camera to camera, this is a real pain in the ass.

Enter the Peak Design Slide. It’s not cool looking… at all… and it doesn’t feel right to put one on a classic rangefinder, but from a functionality standpoint, it’s really hard to beat.

Essentially, the slide is a quick release strap that can go from camera to camera in seconds with little effort. Plus, it’s actually exceptionally comfortable.

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Leica SL2-S

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God, I hate Leica. No really… I do… The modern version of it anyway. But the thing is, I have a collection of vintage Leica lenses that I really want to shoot digital with. My Sony A7 body is a fantastic video/photo hybrid, but my old lenses just don’t shine through it. And I’ve tried various Digital M-bodies, but the value just isn’t there as I can’t afford both a still and a film setup… especially with the $8k price tag of an M10.

Enter the SL2-S. It’s $5,000. BUT, it’s a fantastic video platform and was literally made to shoot vintage glass.

Man… I hate Leica.

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P.S. Just the battery is $300!

CrownCruiser

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I’ve got no use for an electric bicycle thing… but if I did? Oh man… This thing is rad.

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Andre de Villiers Barlow Bone Slip

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A classic gentleman’s folder with an aesthetic so nasty it could only come from the archives… This thing is expensive for a production knife, but damn man… It’s cool.

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Erazor

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High speed 6600rpm motor, ceramic blades that should last for a couple of years or so… and a battery that is good for a couple of months. If this thing works, it’s golden.

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Opal 2 by GE

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My wife has a thing for the ice that Sonic drive-ins use. So much so, that the ole diet Dr. Pepper monthly bill was starting to get out of hand. I decided to make a move.

This thing is $549 and gets mixed reviews. It’s too expensive and the chances of it last longer than a couple of years is probably pretty slim… But holy hell man – the ice this thing creates is absolutely perfect.

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Casio A100WE-1AVT

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Everyone is jumping on the vintage/retro bandwagon these days. Even Casio has jumped in the game with this new digital. I dig it, but wonder about the quality given the price point.

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Coleman Heated Stadium Seat

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I need this… It’s a stadium seat with a heating element and a lithium power source that provides up to 3hrs of run time at 113°F – perfect for all the high school football games I have to go to…

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