Friday, June 7, 2024

The Leica SL2 vs SL3. Why I Choose the SL2 in 2024


I had the opportunity to spend some time with the brand-new Leica SL3. It's a great all-in-one solution for Leica-centric professional content creators who need a camera to capture both video and stills. However, there is still a great value proposition in getting the SL2. Check out my latest video as I go over just some of the reasons why you would choose the SL2 over the new SL3. Thanks  @chrismeetschris  for helping me shoot this video, and  @CameraWestTV  for the loan on the SL2. It's a great camera! 

Check out Camera West's weekly pre-owned drop of high-quality used camera gear here (non-affiliate link): https://bit.ly/3T2pwoN

Featured products in the video:

Wotancraft Parashooter strap: https://bit.ly/4b4SfRq
COOPH Double Rope strap: https://bit.ly/3ITpgE6
Wotancraft Lightning Rider sling bag: https://bit.ly/3Qow9RR

Saturday, June 1, 2024

My Favourite Camera Straps for The Leica SL2 / SL3


Since I switched to the mighty Leica SL2 as my main mirrorless camera, I had to figure out which camera strap system would work best for me and my workflow. I prefer to have cameras around my neck most of the time, so they have to be comfortable, but also sturdy. I also use my cameras on tripods and transport them back and forth between home and my studio. I don't really like doing camera strap reviews since it is very subject, but here are the two main camera straps that I've been using on the Leica SL2.

COOPH Double Rope Strap: https://bit.ly/3ITpgE6
Wotancraft Full Leather PD Strap: https://bit.ly/3ZmL95C

These are the other straps and bags mentioned in the video:

COOPH Adjustable Rope Strap: https://bit.ly/3PGNyF5
Wotancraft Parashooter Camera Strap: https://bit.ly/4b4SfRq
Pilot Travel Camera Bag 7L: https://bit.ly/3bjfjPh
Pilot Travel Camera Bag 10L: https://bit.ly/3BuwrMB

Thanks to Camera West for the long term loan on the Leica SL2. Please check out their weekly pre-owned camera sales drop: https://bit.ly/3T2pwoN

I also featured the currently sold-out Light Lens Lab 50mm f/1.2 ASPH 1966: https://lightlenslab.co/products/light-lens-lab-50mm-1-2-asph-1966-pre-order

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Awesome Retail Store For Camera + Lifestyle Products: Wotancraft in Taiwan


I had the opportunity to visit Taipei, Taiwan to spend a week with the Wotancraft team. I have always loved their bags and straps, but I also wanted to meet the team behind the brand. For my first video, I decided to check out their retail store in the Da'an District in Taipei, Taiwan. Rick let me into the store before opening so I could walk around without having to dodge customers or employees while recording. I purposely kept this video reasonably short, as I could have spent over an hour going through each product and reviewing it. If you ever have the opportunity, please visit their retail store in Taiwan. Below is the link to their address via Google Maps, as well as links to some of the products I  mentioned in the video. Thanks to the entire Wotancraft team for your hospitality. More videos to come soon so don't forget to subscribe, and thanks for watching!


Main Affiliate link to their official online store: https://bit.ly/3Gq63Y2

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Wotancraft's New Camera Pouches (for those who don't use camera bags)


Wotancraft has just released two new compact camera pouches in both small and medium sizes. Check out the video to see what cameras can fit inside. In addition, you can use these pouches as mini dopp kits, to hold your daily essentials. Affiliate links down below:

Wotancraft Camera Pouch Small: https://bit.ly/3UrvlOI
Wotancraft Camera Pouch Medium: https://bit.ly/3W6yQLu
Cordura foldable shopping bag: https://bit.ly/3Y6xcIL
Parashooter wrist strap: https://bit.ly/3RfGvVf
Parashooter neck strap: https://bit.ly/4b4SfRq
Wotancraft Mini Rider sling bag: https://bit.ly/3yNnhMR
Wotancraft Internal modules: https://bit.ly/37RkBmX
Wotancraft add-on modules: https://bit.ly/3ELOFP7

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Talking Cameras at LEICA HQ in Wetzlar, Germany.


My latest Talking Cameras episode, this time at Leica HQ in Wetzlar, Germany. Enjoy the video!

Thursday, February 1, 2024

My Hong Kong Neon Project with CineStill 800T: Film Is Still Alive


Welcome to BHT Hong Kong Neon. If you've been following me for a while, you know of my many travels and film photography projects in Hong Kong. I was recently interviewed by  @TheCooph  talking about my Hong Kong Neon project, and I was featured as the cover article for Silvergrain Classics Magazine from Germany, again featuring my neon project. I shot it entirely on  @CineStillFilm  800T and various film cameras, but mostly with my  @LeicaCameraUSA  M7 and 28mm Summicron.

 Andreas from @RivianOfficial  Spaces Vancouver recently reached out and asked if I would be interested in exhibiting anything at their Brentwood location. I pitched my Hong Kong Neon project, and he was happy to help me showcase this project. Please join me on February 8th, 2024 from 6-9pm for my first solo exhibition featuring my project Hong Kong Neon. Please register here:

https://events.rivian.com/hongkongneon

Thanks to everyone who helped me over the years to make this project possible. Thanks to Camera Film Photo for processing, scanning, and storing all my film; and Cinestillfilm for providing me with the film for this project. Thanks to  @chrismeetschris  and Ryan Savella of Arcade Original for your video footage from Hong Kong. Finally, thank you Rivian Spaces Vancouver for sponsoring this project and exhibition. If this exhibition is successful, we may take it on the road. If you wish to be a sponsor or help in any way, please contact me directly. Thank you and happy shooting!

Check out my Film Is Still Alive documentary: 
Check out my interview with COOPH of Austria:
Check out my first interview with Joseph of Meteor Camera: 



#filmphotography #cinestill800t #believeinfilm 

Monday, January 29, 2024

Bigheadtaco's Best Gear of 2023. What Are My Favourite Things?


This video is long. In the description I've time stamped all the major topics so skip to where you're most interested. I talk about merch at the end of the video. Thanks for watching.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Talking with Swedish Portrait Photographer Knut Koivisto at Fotografiska


My conversation with Swedish portrait photographer Knut Koivisto in Sweden. Last year I had the privilege of attending the Fujifilm X Summit and Fujikina in Stockholm, and I bumped into Knut on my way into the venue. He already knew me from Youtube, so he treated me like an old friend. I guess us photographers are like that sometimes. Thanks for the portrait Knut, and thanks for letting me capture yours. 

BHT

Friday, January 5, 2024

First Look: Billingham Mini Eventer vs Wotancraft Scout.


This is my third Billingham review, and my first chance to review one of the 'normal' bags, the Mini Eventer. However, calling the Eventer series normal isn't quite accurate. It looks similar to the Hadley series, but this is Billingham's take on a premium shoulder bag. The first thing you'll notice is the leather bottom of the Eventer bag. Then you may notice the lack of branding except for a small green label on the side. You may even notice the chunky SP50 shoulder pad and non-removable shoulder strap. What's up with this bag? 

If you currently have a Hadley Pro Small or Hadley Pro 2020, is it worth 'upgrading' to the Mini Eventer or the standard Eventer? It depends on what your priorities are. Since I don't have a Hadley to compare against, just for sizing, I decided to compare it against the popular Wotancraft Scout. It's similar in size (it's slightly bigger) and functionality. The design languages are very different, so I don't think photographers are comparing these two bags.  This is just my first look at the Billingham Mini Eventer, so wait for my full review, as well as my What's In My Bag series. 

Check out my first look at the Billingham 307
Check out my first look at the Billingham Overnighter
Check out my first look and What's In My Bag for the Wotancraft Scout

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

REVIEW: Fujifilm GFX100 II + GF55mm f/1.7 R WR.


It took me a while to finally edit this video, but here it is. What are my thoughts on the new GFX100 II? It's an amazing camera that I personally don't need for my professional or personal work. Perhaps one day I'll need it, but not at this time. However, if you do need a high resolution camera with top end lenses, the Fujifilm's GFX system might be right for you. If you do commercial work, wedding photography, or even commercial videography, the new GFX100 II is a camera capable hybrid digital medium format camera.