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LowePro Fastpack 250 Camera Bag

Here is a quick what’s in my LowePro Fastpack 250 Bag. I adapt this to most shoots and what it holds can vary.
On this occasion i have 2 camera bodies lenses and some extras.
I would recommend this bag as it is very comfortable and has lasted a long time.
I have had this Lowepro for over 5 years now and there is no sign of any damage or wear.

Rechargeable AA Batteries for Flash and Photography Compared

Is there such a thing as long lasting AA batteries?

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Left: Sanyo XX High Capacity Eneloop Ni-MH 1.2V 2500mAH Right: 2500mA Vapex 2500mAh Instant AA

My main use for AA batteries is in my Speedlight Flash at shows or events. It’s worth noting there are different types of batteries available

  • Alkaline AA batteries
  • NiMH rechargeable
  • Lithium AA batteries

I have been using Sanyo XX High Capacity Eneloop Ni-MH 1.2V 2500mAH rechargeable batteries in my flashes for a few years. They are amazing for lasting power and low self discharge. They are also known to maintain 85% of their charge after 1 year of storage. The eneloop pro batteries can be recharged up to 500 times.

A good charger is also important to condition your batteries. I use the Fast Smart Charger for 1 – 8 AA or AAA NiMH batteries with a LCD display.

Vapex Fast Smart Charger for 1 – 8 AA or AAA NiMH


Charging times for my batteries  is between 1.2 hours to 5 hours depending on the initial battery level.

I am always looking fot the best flash recycle times so purchased a new pair of Vapex AA 8 x NiMh+ Rechargeable Batteries.

What’s New?

  1. The batteries are ready to use as soon as you have removed them from their packing.
  2. They will stay ready for use for over a year without the need to recharge


Type AA Nimh+
Capacity Nominal 2500mAh (about the same as a good non-rechargeable)
12 months About 70% of charge is held (normal nimh would be empty)
6 months About 80% of charge is held
Capacity Rated 2400mAh
Weight 27g

I am using these at the moment so will provide a further update post with my findings.

Battery: www.eneloop.eu/home.html

Battery & Charger: www.vapextech.co.uk/

Photos: ZulfPhotography

Sandisk Ultra Micro SDHC 32GB Speed Test

So i got a new Sandisk Micro SD card for the Go Pro. I saw the info and this seemed like a good option. Class 10 here is the Flash bench Results.


As you can see below its only the read speed that is up to 45M/Bs. the actual write speed is more like 18M/Bs.

Most of the time they will only quote the higher speed on the website but as you can see below the write speed is also important. Read here to see if your memory card is slowing you down.


If you want to benchmark your USB flash drive:

  • Download USBFlashSpeed.com exclusive benchmark tool.
  • Plug in your usb flash drive and run the benchmark application.
  • Choose your usb flash drive letter and start the benchmark.
  • Wait for results to be published on the site and…

Enjoy comparing your results with other published on the site!