Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices 1000 667 Michael

Today it is not unusual that travellers carry a lot of electronic devices with them. Camera for movies and photos are self-evident like GPS, Tablet or Notebooks. This website makes I quite obvious that I also do that. So here is an overview about the electronic devices.

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Total Weight2,6kg5,4kg5,7kg0,4kg5,6kg5,3kg4,2kg6,3kg
Garmin GPSMap 62st225gto small111
Ansmann Charger AA/AAA Powerline 4 Pro345gused for GPSMap 62111
Batteriecontainer50gused for GPSMap 62111
Accu AA30gused for GPSMap 62886
Garmin Montana 600 (inkl. accu)290ggreat compromise for all my activities11111
Silva Compass Ranger S60gbackup1111111
Video camera365g415g415g545g545g
GoPro GoPro Hero 3+75gaccu runtime is horrible11111
Accu GoPro Hero 3+25g13333
Patona Charger 4.2V Olympus OM-D E-M1 Accu130g11
GoPro Housing60g11111
GoPro quick fastner20g11111
GoPro tripod plate10g11111
GoPro Wifi Remote45gaccu runtime is horrible11111
GoPro Wifi-Remote charger cable20g11111
GoPro Tube clamp40g11111
GoPro Grommet for thin tubes10g11111
GoPro Grommet for thick tubes5g11111
GoPro angle backet25g11111
Joby GoPro quick fastner adapter30g11111
Olypmus OM-D EM1 Body460g11
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ PANCAKE105g
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO382gwish
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75‑300mm 1:4.8‑6.7 II450gbadbuy11
Pansonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300 mm / F4.0-5.6 II/ O.I.S.520gwish
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9‑18mm 1:4.0‑5.6155gwish1
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0130gwish
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8116gwish
Olympus included Flashlight FL-LM245g1
Patona Charger 8.4V Olympus OM-D E-M1 Accu130g11
Accus Olympus OM-D E-M150g33
Olympus Standard Strap50g1
Optech USA OpTech Super Classic Strap95g1
Optech USA OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap20g1
Hähnel Giga T Pro II Remote trigger85g11
Canon Camera EOS 600D Body563gsold1111
Accu Canon EOS 60050gsold3333
Canon Charger Canon EOS 600 accu200gsold1111
Sigma zoom lens 18-250mm525gsold111
Canon zoom lens 18-250mm217gsold1
Hoya polarising filter 62mm59gsold1111
Hama polarising filter 58mm76gsold1
Haida ND filter 62mm105gsold111
Haida Gradient filter 62mm (rejected)88gsold1
Canon Flashcover20gsold1
Canon Infrared Remote16gsold111
Yongnuo Radio Remote RF-603C141gsold111
Canon Standard Strap53gsold1
Joby 3 Way Camera Strap57g111
Olympus Camera FE46262g1
Kata Camera Bag (inkl. Raincover)564g111
Cullmann Tripod Nanomax 230T885g111111
Joby Gorillapod Hybrid182gimpractical11
Microsuft Surface 3 Pro1120gworks for everything1
Dell Venue Tab 8 Pro550gworks for writing111
Microsoft Wireless Presenter Mouse 800095g1
Misc 340g1058g727g85g115g642g165g335g
Miniusb cable short25g
Miniusb cable long30g111111
Cellphone cable40g111111
230V to USB converter30g11111
12V to USB converter15g111111
language guides170ghelps beeing polite2411
Grafs Editions point it dictionary50ghelps to explain without words111
books & travelquidesdepends on121

For navigation I started with a Garmin GPSMAP62ST it’s not a bad system, but the display is to small and connecting it to the bikes battery via USB-Cable is not a good solution especially in rain. I got soon annoyed of changing batteries all the time and switched to the big brother Garmin Montana 600. Why not a Zumo? The Montana runs up to 10h on batteries. Therefore it’s easier to use on rental bikes, you can take it with you for a stroll in unknown towns and I can also use it on my mountain bike. You can also use your Smartphone for all these purposes but how long is the battery run-time of a smartphone in permanent use? Apart from that I don’t want to deal with optimized systems for every purpose. The more you know your equipment the more it helps.

A basic option you should set in any GPS System is the Map direction. The map must be static orientated to north. It is very difficult to keep the overall orientation when the map is turning all the time. If you take a wrong junction because you mixed up with right or left it’s a small problem compared to a loss of overall orientation. If you are redirected or obstacles are in your way you can make fast decision easily and this will happened all the time.

I’m not really happy with my GoPro. The quality is great but it is always so obvious that you wear it and the battery runtime is a cheek. I never used the wifi remote because self discarging is so high that you have to charge it all the time.  Maybe I replace it with a Sena 10C soon. It will be a loose in quality but at least I gain the functionality of a communication system and it’s not so obvious.

My camera equipment is an essential part of my gear. I spend a lot of my time for photographs and videos. With my Olympus OM-D E-M1 I found a good compromise between size and handling. It’s amazing how fast you can change exposure time or aperture. The grip gives you a safe feeling even if you take photos while driving. The speed of that camera is so incredible high that you can’t blame the camera if you miss an action picture. The image stabilisation system works so good that it’s nearly impossible to blur a picture. But the most important feature is that it brought back my joy to photography after I was so fed up of my slow and heavy Canon EOS600.

For german readers check this link if you look for a camera.

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The Tablets no matter if the Surface or the Venue Tab are to write my reports, take notes, copy and move pictures. When I’m abroad I want to take notes to help myself to remember all the experiences. Investing as much time keeping a blog up to date like I did during Balkan Compact is not my plan for the future. I can do that work much faster on my desk at home and stay free to concentrate on my trip. Despite this there are rainy days or waiting times all during every trip that I can use for that work. That is one reason for the surface even if I primarily bought it for use at home. It’s much more powerful than the Venue Tab and would offer me to rework my pictures and videos on the run. The Venue Tab is enough for notes and backup of pictures. Keeping the Blog up to date with it would be a big waste of time.

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