Entry level cinematography, the Zelig of bags and Swiss Army solar
Blackmagic pocket cinema camera
Flylite MultiBag foldaway carry-on
Wenger solar charger
If you’d like to give videos from your travels more of a National Geographic polish, Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema is an entry-level camera for would-be cinematographers. Launched to shoot the digital equivalent of Super 16 film, its modest looks belie powerful abilities. With a 1080HD sensor capable of a full 13 stops and delivering CinemaDNG RAW (or Apple ProRes) footage, this is a proper “film” camera. Importantly, thanks to its MFT (Micro Four Thirds) mount, with adapters, it can take almost any lens you can throw at it. However, if the above all sounds like gobbledegook to you, then it’s probably not for you. €960 from camerakit.ie
It’s the Zelig of wheelie carry-
ons, with the ability to zipper to six different sizes, from a parsimonious 35 litres to a positively generous 56 litres. The Multibag’s contortionist trick is thanks to a trio of expansion panels, left, right and middle, that allow you recalibrate the bag. All closed up, it’s 55 x 35 x 20cm, but can expand to 55 x 45 x 25cm once unzipped. By such small margins can that extra outfit and shoes make it on to the plane. Each one comes with a printed matrix of all the major airlines’ luggage frugality: they’re not making it easy for us.
£65 from flylite.uk.com
Wenger Solar Charger
Swiss Army Knife maker Wenger has brought a suitably practical eye to bear on portable solar chargers. Straps let you attach the foldable panels to your rucksack, tent or boat, with a rechargeable lithium battery to store power and a retractable USB cable with a range of connections to fit most personal electronics.
$270 from wengerna.com