Della’s New Camera:

‘Trying out my new camera today in the gloriously warm autumn light. Thank you Steve Jones for the great Mother’s Day gift, and for allowing me to play with it ahead of time! The first pic was snapped on auto through the maple branches in our garden. No filter, only the warm glow of the …

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Drone Hunting:

My son had a lot of lazy money so he bought one of these DJI Mavik drones I had been talking about for some time. What an amazing little gadget it is. It is only a question of time before they are banned. He brought it round one day in Spring when we were having …

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Ultralight Camera

I received this wonderful new Sony Cybershot DSC-WX500 for Xmas from my family to replace my old Nikon which has seen better days (after drowning it in the Wonnangatta recently). I suspect the Nikon  can be repaired (and I will try). It has taken thousands (32 gigs worth!) of excellent photos in the last two years, so …

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Ultralight Hiking USB cables, etc.

This is my tiny bag of cables and other electronic goodies. The cable (17 grams) is only 6″ (15 cm) long and comes with interchangeable tips (5 grams each). Shown USB, micro USB (x2) and Sat Phone charger plug (comes with, so total = 27 grams) – this will get all my hiking devices charged …

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Cool Brother is watching you:

The First 360 Video Recording Eyewear: Orbi Prime:  A mini Go Pro:  

Scanning 110 Negatives:

If you are my age you likely have this problem too. Tidying the shed the other day I discovered yet more photos from the ‘70s in this (discontinued) format. Remember how once we thought it so wonderful: Ah, ‘the Pocket Camera’! What a novelty and convenience it once was. We even had an SLR version! …

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A taut string will act as a tripod or a gun rest!

Believe it or not: A 4 Gram String Tripod: A taut string will act as a tripod! You can tie an approx 6’ (1.8m) length of string to a small bolt the size which fits in the tripod socket of your camera then screw it in to the camera. If you stand on the string …

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Rubber Band Selfie Stick:

Sick of those out of focus selfies with the end of an arm at the bottom? All you need is a large rubber band or a hair tie and a forked stick you pick up in the bush. Loop one end around one end of the camera then around the stick (as shown) then around …

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Camera Glassing:

Pocket cameras have come to have much better resolution than expensive binoculars. As an example my Nikon Coolpix S7000 with 20X optical zoom and superb anti-shake technology will bring very distant objects into sharp resolution. You can also make use of its additional digital zoom. I had been having trouble reading the eartag numbers on …

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New Camera:

Thanks to my children I received a new (birthday) pocket camera, a Nikon S7000 with 16 Megapixels and 20X zoom which weighs 162 grams complete with battery, micro SD card and wrist strap. I may now get a chance to take (& post) some snaps of astonishing things I sometimes see in the bush which …

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Bushnell Solarwrap Mini Solar Charger: This little guy weighs approx 85 grams and includes a 2200 Mah battery so should have enough grunt to recharge your phone/ebook reader without itself needing recharging from the sun  which takes about a day: PS: You could cut it down to just under 80 grams. You can also …

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Camera Phones

I see Lumia (1020) has now included a 41 Megapixel camera on its latest phone (compare Samsung Galaxy K with 20Mp & 10x zoom: & Samsung-Galaxy-S4-Zoom with 16 Mp & 10x zoom) ). It won’t be long before the equivalent of 100 Megs is exceeded. The days of the camera ARE numbered. Likewise most …

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Buying Gear Online

If you have difficulty buying stuff online, check out They are just great. You can (for example) buy that stuff on Amazon (which has free US shipping but which they won’t send to Oz) and have Shipito forward it (very cheaply). We do this all the time. We usually use Shipito’s cheapest freight rates …

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Camera Clearviewers

If you can’t see to take photos with your digital camera THIS is the answer! My ‘Clearviewers’ arrived and they certainly ARE the solution to having difficulty taking photos with digital cameras. I think they make a better viewfinder than conventional cameras.

More pack weight savings: now 2kg less!

Already a lightweight hiker, I have nonetheless managed to shave off nearly 2kg from my pack weight in prep for our next foray into the Fiordland wilderness. These were amongst the savings: Cuben Raincoat (save 334 grams), Waterproof Over Booties (save 365 grams), Extra Light Down Jacket (save 200 grams), New Pot …

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Morwell River Falls

Spot’s birthday trip: Amazing really how (too) busy you can be. THIS lovely waterfall (one of a series of three!) is just around the corner from us (on the Morwell River), yet having lived nearby for 22 years we had never visited it until Wednesday. Spot (as you can see) enjoyed it too. I hope …

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Waterproof Snaplock Bags

Aloksak make really great waterproof to 200 metres snaplock bags. This one is even big enough to put your rifle in (great for canoeing/boating/hunting trips). It is the only waterproof gun bag I know of:

World Travel Kit

When my son was planning to go backpacking overseas I made this list of essential items for him to have in his pack. A useful list for anyone who is interested in ultralight backpacking. ———– You need to start ordering around six months ahead as some items may take a while to be made/arrive. It would be …

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