Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW Backpack

Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW Backpack

The backpack that was born on the side of the mountain as Lowepro says in their propaganda. Reasons to purchase this backpack:

  1. Has an internal frame and configurable pads that will protect your gear (not all Lowepro backpacks have internal solid frames)
  2. Outside materials are extra durable, more than the standard ones.
  3. Can mount an axe, shovel, spikes and other things along the sides, front or even inside the extra pocket and not tear the materials.
  4. Like all AW series, it comes with an extra weather cover.
  5. Will fit in the overhead on a CRJ700/900 or ERJ145
  6. The opening is inside, you don’t have to take off the backpack completely to access your gear. This also keeps the backpack clean, free from mud, snow etc.
  7. Is modular, can add more Lowepro accessories to the sides like lens pouch, water bottle holder and other pouches.
  8. Fits perfectly once you adjust the straps to your height and width.


List of gear shown in the photo above:

Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW: http://amzn.to/2B2LNOm

Cloth Cable Release: http://amzn.to/2CPqEUM

Leica M3:

USA Maps: http://amzn.to/2yOJWGM

Silica Gel: http://amzn.to/2jaLUf5

I’ll continue to update this post as time goes and I spend much more time with this backpack.







the M as seen in the Leica a la Carte catalog

Doing an install of the Leica Red (wine) Skin on my M Typ 240. Been wanting to match it with the Moncler. I found a seller who had a great match for me. So after I received it, went hands on and even made a youtube video in case you want to follow along.


Skin made by 213 LABS

The install took me about 15 minutes from unpacking to cleaning and to finishing.


Leica X Moncler and Leica M Erick Edition

Now these two cameras have a nicer sisterhood and closer bond.

To see my whole install video, visit my Channel with this link on youtube:

Also check my instagram account with lots of leica photos at:

If you are interested in buying one of the skins from these folks, let me know. I’ll post a link to their site, they have various colors too.

Also, the wrist strap on the Moncler is this one, they sell it at amazon. Here is the direct link to their site:

To get your own skin visit http://www.213labs.com

My thoughts on Amazon Music Unlimited

I have been an iTunes user since the iPod Touch Mini in Color. That was around 2003 give or take. Been on iTunes Music for a very long time obviously.

So, had to give a try to the Amazon Music, it works amazingly well with Alexa and their Echo units. So much better than Siri…

Through iTunes I have access to just about any song you can imagine, stream or download so my music never gets repetitive or old.

Wether you are an Echo owner and Pandora or any other music app user, give Amazon Music a trial, you can get it free for 30 days just like any other streaming service.

Try Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Emulate the Leica color on a Sony a7sII

Well, since a friend let me use his Sony camera for the weekend…  I had to make some comparison and tests right?  Here is a try at emulating the color I typically see from my Leica M. One thing that I must mention, is that I’m using Leica M glass. Both images below were shot on the Sony a7sII at ISO2500 using the Summicron M 90mm lens and wide open.


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Sony a7sII vs Leica M Typ 240 vs D4

This will be a short comparison of files from these cameras. Mostly interested in these:

High ISO: The D4 and D3s, along with the Sony a7sII  have better performance than the Leica Typ 240. But when it comes to color saturation and separation at lower ISO, the Leica wins. So in some or one system you chose better color over low light performance.

Eelectronic Viewfinder Focusing: Seems that the Sony a7sII has the best EVF from all cameras below $3000. Want to see something better? Look through the $6500 Leica SL. Anyway, the Leica Visoflex (EVF focusing) is doable in bright light and okay in low light when hitting that ISO 6400. The Sony a7sII can see better than your eyes can, so focusing using the built in EVF on the Sony camera is enjoyable, fast, and simply  responsive in any kind of bright and low light. Cameras like the D4 or D5 typically see better than your eyes, they are quick and snappy and nail focus almost every single time, even if your eyes can barely see in the dark.

EVF vs OVF: The technology keeps getting much better and EVFs are becoming a joy to use. You see what you get before you take the shor and thats simply amazing. The OVF on the Leica is nice, but at times difficult to nail focus with apertures at f/1.4 and below, try focusing a 90mm Summicron. The OVF in cameras like a D4 or D5 is bright as long as you have lenses with bright apertures, and you typically trust the cameras focusing system. The Sony does not have an OVF and auto focusing tends to be a slow task compared to other cameras. 

Can you spot which of these two shots are the Leica M and which is the Sony a7sII?



Answer: Top is the Leica M and bottom is the Sony a7sII. Both RAW files, edited to match in Lightroom, the Sony needed more Vibrance and the Leica needed Color Balance. Both images exported at 10mp. Lens mounted on both cameras was the Leica M Summilux 50mm Aspherical.

The image below, one was super easy to focus manually on the Sony, while on the Leica took me almost two seconds using the EVF and the Nikon D4 was simply point and shoot.  The difference here is obvious. Oh, you ask… what ISO?  Well, it is ISO 6400:


Top: Leica M • Middle: Sony a7sII • Bottom: Nikon D4