Go Pro Hero 3 – Go Pro & The Lens

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You know a company loves their product when it works so well and everyone enjoys using it. During one of my rides an excited friend was riding in front of me and started throwing stones at me from the loose gravel on the road, and coming out of those tires they felt like metal ball bearings and hurt like hell. And thanks to the “Stone Thrower” the lens on my Go Pro Hero 3 cracked and at the time I had to get a replacement for it right away, no way to fix it.

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Above is the case that GoPro sent to me for Free after I told them about what happened and that before they were selling a kit to change the lens, they told me that they would be selling the kit by April with two replacements. Its great of them to send me free case just because I asked about the repair kit, I wasn’t even asking for a free case, but you have to love a company that loves its customers.

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The Lens kit I got as you can see is simple, comes with the screw driver, screws, rubber seals, and to glass lenses for $20 which is very reasonable. I still scratched up a lens while using the GoPros for riding this season, and it only took 15 mins to change it, even when I was doing it carefully. Its great now that they sell the kit for it, and I know I haven’t reviewed the GoPro Hero 3, I just got caught up having too much fun with it. I will be getting back to that very soon. The picture above is the damaged GoPro Hero 3, and below the is the same GoPro Hero 3 with a fixed lens, check out the picture after that for the simple kit from GoPro.

Link: GoPro

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Lock Circle Body Cap

If you’re a professional photographer taking your camera into extreme environments, the cheap plastic body cap that comes with your DSLR might not cut it. That’s where LockCircle comes in — it’s a solid billett aluminum body cap designed to seal your camera from the elements while providing a special grip for removal even if you’re wearing thick gloves. They’re available for Canon EF mount cameras in silver, titanium, and black, and will soon be available for Nikon’s F mount as well.

I have 3 DSLR cameras since 2003 and I have lost a few caps here and there, somehow they get misplaced over the years. Having a solid aluminum body cap won’t be something you misplace and it will protect the internals of your camera perfectly. Right now they only have the body cap for the Canon in silver, titanium, and black for $99 each, and the Nikon F mount will be coming soon. I think it would be pretty cool to have this on the camera and make sure that it remains there, the plastic ones I have are a bit flimsy and sometimes a bit loose, but this one looks like it would literally lock in and not let go.

Link: LockCircle


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Lens Hero

Getting a DSLR is relatively easy these days but picking a lens is a daunting task. There are so many different kinds and brands of lenses and it takes a lot of research to figure out the right type of lens to purchase, the selection is huge. What Lens Hero does is unravel this whole mess and give you a large selection with all the types of criteria that you could think of and then they tell you what the lenses are good for and its best and worst qualities. For any photographer this website has fantastic amount of information, I try not to look at it so I don’t purchase any more lenses, you can never have too many lenses.

Search & Adjustment Criteria:

  • Wide Angel Photo Length
  • Telephoto Focal Length
  • Price
  • Camera
  • Lens Type

Then they give you all the details of each specific lens when you look at the details of the lens.

Link: LensHero

ShootSac & A Book

Its always nice getting something in the mail, or to be exact the Aramex box. I ordered the book a while back and the ShootSac as well, it seems they came together.

  • Infinite Crisis – Greg Cox
  • ShootSac (Lens Bag)

I have wanted this book after finishing Craig Cox’s 52 which was an amazing novel, Infinite Crisis was the novel that I couldn’t put down so my assumption was that the novel before it was just as good. Now I just have to finish the books I’m reading now to start this novel.

I have been in need of a bag which can carry my lenses while I’m taking some shots. I tend to switch lenses back and forth, and this turned out to be the perfect back. It molds around when your leaning in for a shot, and it pretty much fits any size lens, except for those huge lenses the rest fit fine. It is a high quality bag but comes with a price, but what I find odd is the low quality of the strap and since you are carrying it around constantly I would expect it to be more comfortable around the shoulder after long periods of carrying.

Link: ShootSac

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The UnBoxing

Came back today to find two boxes in my room, I knew I was getting something from my Aramex box. The best part are that these items slowly trickle in and its fun opening them up even though it isn’t a complete surprise. This time it turns out one of these boxes was delivered to the wrong person even though my name was written clearly on it.

  • Sigma EX 10-20mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Grendaizer Statue
  • Spiderman Symbiote Bust


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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens

I tend to use my camera a lot, I have gotten used to using my DSLR even if it isn’t the most compact. I have had my eye on the 100mm Macro Lens since last year and after find the price dropped I decided to purchase it. It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, very crisp clear pictures, brings out the details of the object, I just have to find the right situation to use this lens. The build is what you can expect from a Canon Lens and focuses relatively quickly, and I have included some shots using this camera for a large or small object. I’m still far from the full potential of this lens, but I am enjoying the beautiful pictures that you can get from using it. I would recommend this as a fourth of fifth lens if you like taking Macro pictures.

Link: Amazon

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