5 Things To Consider When Buying A Camera Bag

July 17th, 2015 in RushfasterNo Comments

Chrome Advanced Tri DSLR Backpack

Finding the right camera bag for your needs can be as tough as getting the right composition for a photograph. There are a variety of options available, each with their own unique set of features. We’ve put together a few tips that will help you narrow down your choices and make choosing the right camera bag for your needs a quick and easy process.

Ease of Access

A good camera bag allows you to take out your camera easily and put it away just as easily, leaving you with one less hurdle to worry about when taking photos. Ease of access depends on three things:

  • The opening & closing mechanism (zipper vs. Velcro vs. magnets vs. strap)
      • Your choice of opening & closing mechanism depends on how fast you need to get your gear out. Velcro and magnet-based mechanisms work best in these situations but they aren’t the best when it comes to protecting your gear against the weather. On the other hand, zippers prevent your camera from getting wet so opening speed can be a compromise. However, zippers also have the potential to scratch your camera if you’re not careful.
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home DSLR Camera Bag

Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home DSLR Camera Bag

  • Size of pockets and compartments
    • A larger compartment makes it easy to take out items, but as a camera bag, a compartment shouldn’t be too big either.  The lens storage area should be snug so they don’t fall out or jumble around your bag.
  • Location of pockets & compartments
    • A compartment that’s in an easy to access location and angled in an ergonomic position makes it easy for you to take out your gear while making sure those items don’t fall out as you take them out. The last thing you want to happen is to drop your camera and lenses!
Internals of the Manfrotto Advanced Tri DSLR Backpack

Internals of the Manfrotto Advanced Tri DSLR Backpack

Material & Construction

Whether you plan on going hiking, jungle trekking, or city exploring, the material plays an important part. If you’re an outdoorsy person, your bag should be able to withstand wear and tear but also be breathable for those heart rate raising activities. If you live in a wet city, a bag made out of waterproof material is ideal. In this situation, sealed zips on a bag are vital to avoid water seeping into the bag when you’re out and about.

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Waterproof; Chrome Niko DSLR + 15″ Laptop Backpack

The material also affects the weight of your bag so if you’ve got back problems it would be best to avoid bags made from heavy materials like thick waxed canvas or leather.

Finally, how the material is bound together affects the bag’s durability. Bags that use stitching tend to be more durable than glued (but this does vary from brand to brand).

Size & Weight

Bigger is not always better when it comes to camera bags. Bigger means heavier. It also means you might need to put more things in it to keep everything snug, and you’re not thinking about what you NEED to be carrying vs. what you WANT to be carrying. A seasoned traveller knows the importance of packing light. The same concept applies to photographers, especially travel photographers.

Comfort & Feel

Messenger: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home DSLR Camera Bag. Backpack: Chrome Niko DSLR +15" Laptop Backpack

Messenger: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home DSLR Camera Bag. Backpack: Chrome Niko DSLR +15″ Laptop Backpack

If you’re going to be carrying around your camera gear, especially for prolonged periods, you want a bag that is comfortable to carry around. Experienced photographers tend to have multiple bags for different situations, alternating between a backpack and a messenger bag (or sling). Each has its own merit and drawbacks;

  • Backpack
    • A backpack is great if you need to carry around a lot of items. Having two straps vs. one on a messenger helps distribute the weight more evenly, making it more comfortable to carry everything you need for longer periods. The drawback of using backpacks is that it’s unfortunately on your back, meaning you’d have to take off your backpack before you can access your camera. If you’re constantly changing lenses or taking out things that you need to shoot with, then a messenger bag might be more suitable.
  • Messenger / Sling
    • A messenger, or sling bag is great for the quick shooters. Just swing over your bag, take out your gear and swing it back. It’s convenient for most people but it does get fairly uncomfortable if you’re out and about for hours. So, if you use a messenger bag, it’s important to know how much stuff you’ll be carrying around, and for how long.

Appearance

The appearance of a bag is important when appealing to individual tastes but it can also impact your safety. If thieves are a concern, the best camera bag is one that doesn’t look like a camera bag. Experienced photographers who often travel to places unknown to them tend to do two things; make their cameras look as knocked up as possible, and use a bag that doesn’t give a potential mugger the idea that there are thousands of dollars worth of gear stored in them. This is key to avoid any potential mishaps on your journey.

Crumpler The Mild Enthusiast DSLR Sling Bag

Crumpler The Mild Enthusiast DSLR Sling Bag

Now that you know what to look out for, here are our top picks:

1. Niko DSLR + 15″ Laptop Backpack by Chrome | $259.95

View the Chrome Niko DSLR + 15″ Laptop Backpack.

2. Advanced Tri Large DSLR + 15″ Laptop Backpack by Manfrotto | $204.95

View the Manfrotto Advanced Tri large DSLR + 15″ Laptop Backpack.

3. The Enthusiast DSLR + 11″ Laptop Sling Pack by Crumpler | $195.00

View the Crumpler The Enthusiast DSLR + 11″ Laptop Sling Pack.

4. 5 Million Dollar Home DSLR Camera Bag by Crumpler | $120.00

View the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home DSLR Camera Bag.

We’re Hiring: Marketing & Community Lead

July 7th, 2015 in HiringNo Comments

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We’re looking for an energetic and ambitious person to join our Marrickville, Sydney based team as the Marketing & Community Lead (Full time). If you live and breathe digital marketing, are talented and want to work in a role where you can significantly impact the branding and success of an established, yet growing business, this place is for you.

Rushfaster is run just like a startup (and in the same office as Townske) – we’re nimble and innovative. Our co-founders are both technical and have great business experience. If selected, you’ll join a dedicated, passionate & smart team that are building the best online shopping experience in the world.

Responsibilities:

  • Experience marketing – Rushfaster is all about customer experience. Help improve and maintain the Rushfaster experience.
  • Community management – The Rushfaster community is awesome, make it awesomer.  Interact with the community and implement new strategies to increase engagement, followers and traffic to the site from social media. Organise mini events for the Rushfaster community.
  • Content strategy – Content is becoming a bigger part of our business. Our blog and email strategy is paramount to our future.
  • Competition coordination – Organise competitions with our partners and ensure maximum effectiveness.
  • Partners – Help spread the word through partner distribution.

Please apply if you can answer yes to these:

  • You have in-depth experience in and a passion for digital marketing
  • You take initiative and ownership of projects
  • You are meticulously organised and can manage time and work effectively
  • You love working autonomously, but can work well with the team
  • You have attention to detail (address your cover letter to JOE in all capital letters)
  • You are self motivated and just love learning new things and implementing new solutions

How to apply:

To apply, please send us your CV and a brief cover letter to careers [at] teamrushfaster [dot] com [dot] au

Please make the subject line of the email: “[your name] is your next Digital Marketing Co-ordinator”.

Your cover letter should address all of the following:

  1. Address your application to Joe and tell me where you saw this job ad
  2. Mention 2 major passions in life
  3. Mention 2 significant achievements
  4. Tell us the 1 reason why you’re the best applicant for this position
  5. Include your current or most recent salary (+super +extras)

Applications close August 31st. We look forward to hearing from you.

Passport Travel Wallets

July 1st, 2015 in RushfasterNo Comments

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A Passport Travel Wallet makes for an incredibly handy companion when travelling overseas. Offering enough space for your passport and travel documents, a good Passport Travel Wallet will condense everything in to the one wallet making your travel experience much less stressful. Plus, it will avoid the risk of losing your passport or any other important documents.

Check out our great selection of Passport Travel Wallets below.

 

Passport Travel Wallets

1. The Chiburi Travel Wallet  by Ethnotek | $59.95

Ethnotek’s Chiburi Travel Wallet is packed with features and pockets to stow away travel must-haves like passports, boarding passes, additional currencies, business cards, keys, cables, pens and more. Featuring Ethnotek’s innovative THREAD fabrics which are sourced directly from local artisans around the globe, these fabrics not only give life to the bag but also support communities and help keep traditional craft forms alive.

View the Ethnotek Chiburi Travel Wallet.

 

Passport Travel Wallets

2. The Ida Wallet by Status Anxiety | $99.95

Made of full grain pebbled leather, the Ida Wallet by Status Anxiety is a sleek and elegantly designed woman’s purse offering enough space to accommodate a standard sized passport and various travel documents. Featuring 16 card slots and a magnetic closure, the Ida Wallet makes for the perfect woman’s travelling companion.

View the Status Anxiety Ida Wallet.

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3. The Travel Wallet  by Bellroy | $139.95

Bellroy’s iconic Travel Wallet enables you to keep all of your important documents in one place while fitting snuggly in your pocket. With two note sections, a tailored passport pouch, card slots and even a handy pen, the only thing you need to worry about is making sure you get a window seat on the plane.

View the Bellroy Travel Wallet.

 

Passport Travel Wallets

4. The WWT Passport Wallet  by This Is Ground | $99.95

This Is Ground’s WWT Passport Wallet is constructed from a beautiful handmade leather and features 4 internal compartments to house your passport, cash, ID, credit cards and boarding passes.

View the This Is Ground WWT Passport Wallet.

 

Passport travel wallets

5. Raynor Leather Passport Wallet by Herschel | $84.95

Made from premium leather, Herschel’s Raynor Leather Passport Wallet comes fully lined with Herschel’s signature coated poly fabric and features a currency sleeve for stashing different currencies. With multiple card slots that can accommodate 3+ cards, the Raynor Leather Passport Wallet is a minimally designed, unisex travel wallet with a pebbled texture.

View the Herschel Raynor Leather Passport Wallet.

Set Up Your Workspace Like A Pro

June 24th, 2015 in RushfasterComments Off

Set Up Your Workspace

Setting up your workspace may seem like a menial task, but it may surprise you just how many factors there are to consider when it comes to getting it done right.

You spend a large portion of your day working, so your work should only take place in an environment that is going to optimise your productivity and efficiency. This in turn will result in a smoother workflow, and most importantly; a better end result.  With a few simple hacks, you can say goodbye to your poorly set up workspace and hello to getting things done faster, more efficiently and with a better overall mindset.

Set Up Your Workspace

Hacks & Tips To Start Working Like A Pro

Experimentation is key when it comes to setting up your workspace. The optimal organised and productive workspace depends on the individual. While there may be a few hard and fast rules when it comes to posture and seating arrangement, there are also plenty of factors that entirely come down to how you work, so you may find yourself having to experiment a little before working out what’s right for you.

  • De-clutter and keep it minimal. The more clutter you have lying around, the harder it is going to be to keep everything in order. In turn, you’ll find yourself feeling a lot more flustered when it comes to deadlines, or juggling multiple projects. Keep your space clean and minimal. A cluttered surrounding will only lead to a cluttered mindset. This not only applies to just the physical layout of your work area, but to your computer as well, so make sure to always close those unwanted tabs and files. 
  • Say goodbye to Post It notes. Post It notes are great in theory; they’re colourful, they’re sticky and they’re always on hand. However, this can cross dangerous territory as a workstation congested with Post It notes will start to feel out of control. Luckily, there are a plethora of free task management platforms out there that can mimc the same result of a Post It note, but with less distraction. A personal favourite of ours is Trello.  Get all of those tasks – big or small – out of your head and off the Post It notes, and get them onto an online task management platform. And while the workload will remain the same, it will feel significantly smaller once you’ve cleared yourself from a sea of coloured Post It notes.
  • Kick hardware faults to the curb sooner, rather than later. If you experience reoccurring technical faults with existing devices such as your computer, printer or connections, finding a solution should serve as a top priority. Sure, we don’t always want to fork out the extra money to fix and/or replace these things, but working with difficult hardware that causes hours of frustration is only going to take that precious work time away from you. So do yourself a favour – sort that hardware out!
  • Good posture is the basis of good workspace ergonomics. You’ve probably heard this one before, but it really is a valid point. Always ensure that your computer monitor is well centred and roughly arm’s length away from you. Your eye level should meet the top of your computer screen, and your wrists should be able to stay mostly flat and straight when reaching your keyboard. More than anything, sit up in your chair straight! While this may be tricky to consciously remember throughout the day, there are plenty of solutions when it comes to back support. Whether that be a standing desk, lumbar support devices, or just a good ol’ fashioned couch cushion from home, there are a variety of ways to assist with supporting your back. Do it, your work (and health) will thank you for it.

  • Double Your Monitors. It may sound a little excessive to some, but having that extra monitor can be a lifesaver. If you’re someone who works a lot with spreadsheets – or with a lot of fine text for that matter – then a second monitor will save you hours of wasted time throughout the course of a year. Long gone are the days of flicking between multiple tabs, pages and spreadsheets. It’s not about doing two things at once, but rather having a better overview of your given task.

Set Up Your Workspace

Set Up Your Workspace With Our Top Product Picks

1. MacBook HiRise Adjustable Stand by Twelve South | $99.95

View the Twelve South MacBook HiRise Adjustable Stand.

2. Studio Ballpoint Pen by Lamy | $124.95

View the Lamy Studio Ballpoint Pen.

3. Vida 500ml Hydration Vessel by KOR | $29.95

View the KOR Vida 500ml Hydration Vessel.

4. Premium Leather Key Organiser by OrbitKey | $39.95

View the OrbitKey Premium Leather Key Organiser.

5. NomadKey Apple Lightning Charge Key by Nomad | $29.95

View the Nomad Apple Lightning Charge Key.

6. Calculator by Braun | $59.95

View the Braun Calculator.

7. Medium Accessory Bag by Topo Designs | $25.95

View the Topo Designs Medium Accessory Bag.

8. HiRise Adjustable iMac Stand by Twelve South | $109.95

View the Twelve South HiRise Adjustable iMac Stand.

9. BookArc Vertical MacBook Stand by Twelve South | $109.95

View the Twelve South BookArc Vertical MacBook Stand.

 

Everyday Carry Essentials

June 18th, 2015 in RushfasterNo Comments

Everyday Carry Essentials

1. iPhone 6 Overture Wallet Case by Moshi | $64.99

View the Moshi iPhone 6 Overture Wallet Case.

2. Large Utility Pouch by Chrome | $19.95

View the Chrome Large Utility Pouch.

3. Mini Buckle Keychain by Chrome | $49.95

View the Chrome Mini Buckle Keychain.

4. One Bottle Opener by Tactica | $39.00

View the Tactica One Bottle Opener.

5. Aero Wallet by Dosh | $89.95

View the Dosh Aero Wallet.

6. Studio Ballpoint Pen by Lamy | $129.95

View the Lamy Studio Ballpoint Pen.