Canon 70D Autofocus performance in Low Light

I tested out the Canon 70D in low light on my holiday in Spain and I’ve got to say it performed fantastically. It really is fantastic, especially paired up with the 18-135mm STM lens which i’ve been testing out lately.

I’ve always found that the best autofocus test is while in low light and i’m happy that the 70d still worked great. I used both spot focus (where I pointed on the lcd touch screen) and also face tracking and they both worked great.

I’ll be releasing a new video in the next few days about the low light performance in general.

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And click here to see the current price of the 18-135mm STM lens

Rode SmartLav Lav Mic


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I just got in the new Rode SmartLav and I love it! This little guy will travel with me everywhere from now on.

The Rode SmartLav is a lavalier microphone that is specifically made to be plugged into your iPhone (or Android) and will allow you to get really good quality audio.

As you’ll see in the video above, it’s not completely perfect, there is a little bit of hiss, but for the cheap price, this really is a great mic.

Check out my video review above and if you want to pick one up, they’re on sale for 13% off at the moment.

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My Camera Backpack

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I’ve been using this CaseLogic SLRC-206 backpack for around 3 years now and to the day it’s still my favourite backpack for my DSLR camera and equipment.

The bag has held up really well, even with a lot of international travel over the years which I think is a testament to the good design of it.

What I love about this bag is that it does feel relatively compact as you can see on the video when I put it on, but it also stores a tonne of gear, including 2 camera bodies (or one dslr and a video camera), multiple lenses, audio gear, tripod and a laptop.

Definitely recommend this one!

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Cheap Quick Release Plates

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Over the years I’ve used a number of different quick release plates, from Manfrotto to Velbon. I’ve found that for something that is relatively small, they really are quite expensive. The Manfrotto 577 Plate costs about $50 at B&H.

So I’ve been using these cheap quick release plates for all of my equipment now for quite some time now.

You can pick them up online from about $11 for a set which is really affordable, and this allows you to use them on each of your cameras and equipment.

For instance, I use them them on my tripods, monopods, shoulder rigs and sliders.

They really are super useful and now, super cheap!

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My favourite Interview/Handheld Microphone


I’ve been using the Electro Voice RE50B for quite some time now, about 4 years I think. Since then it’s been used a lot and still is standing strong. This thing is tough!

If you’re looking for a reporters/handheld microphone for interviews, I really can’t recommend this microphone enough. I really love the sound that it produces. In the video above you can hear the difference from my $600 Sennheiser G3 Lav to the Electro Voice, it really is a smoother sound.

The mic is an industry standard across most news networks in the States, here in Australia and in many other countries, and you can see why. It’s tough, has a built in wind filter, little to no handling noise and most importantly it has an awesome sound!

Read the reviews on B&H or Amazon ( and you’ll see just how good a rap this mic gets.