Podcast 198 : More Things I’d Not Like to be Without

Way back in April 2007 I released Episode 84 of the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast, in which I spoke about 10 items that I would really not like to be without, in my photography. Just over two years have passed, and I have a few more things that I feel...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Mikael
    Posted at 18:54h, 06 July Reply

    Hey Martin. I have problems listening to this episode on my Ericsson P1i cell phone. I have downloaded it a couple of times from iTunes. I also donwloaed it from your blog, same problem. Listening to the same downloads from my computer works just fine. In 99% of the cases, it works just fine listening to your podcasts on my cell phone, but not this time. I have had similar problems a few times before with your podcast. This is no biggie for me, I will listen to it on my computer for a change. Don’t kill yourself to solve this minor issue. I just thought you might wanna know. Take care and keep up the VERY good job.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 22:15h, 07 July Reply

    Hi Mikael,

    I see here that you can listen to most Podcasts on your phone, but some cause problems. Please confirm that either your phone supports Enhanced Podcasts, which are M4A format, or that you are downloading the MP3 versions. If you are getting the right file format for your phone, please try removing the images from the Artwork tab under file information, when you right click the image in iTunes. Then transfer that to your phone and see if it still doesn’t work.

    If that doesn’t work, I really can’t think of anything that might be causing this. Conversely, if anyone else reading this has information on what might cause this, please let us know.

  • David white
    Posted at 08:10h, 14 July Reply


    Great new blog and so good to have some MBP content to tide us over between podcasts!

    Thanks as always for sharing your photography gear recommendations with us.

  • Jon Sheer
    Posted at 16:11h, 14 July Reply

    Hey Martin,

    Once again, brilliant podcast and blog entry–as the person who turned you on to the Gitzo Jacket ;-P I have also have to concur with your evaluation of the zippers. The one on the left side vent under the sleeve derailed on mine, and since it’s one of the waterproof variety (i.e., it’s got fabric flaps threaded through the zipper runner) I can’t get it repaired at a drycleaner or tailor like I can with normal run-of-the-mill ones. Pain in the arse, to say the least.

    As for the vest, I personally prefer using ThinktankPhoto’s Modulus Speedbelt system–totally modular, loadbearing and even more breathable than a mesh vest. I even have it rigged with a quick-release holster for my Gitzo tripod so I can whip the thing out one-handed and set up within 7 seconds.

    I also recommend Surefire tactical flashlights for AF assistance at night, particularly the LX2 Lumamax –light(only 3.75 ounces) and super-bright (200 lumens–that’s REALLY bright!).

    Incidentally, for dark places where you can’t use a tripod or monopod, I find the Kirk Foot Strap indispensable–you just attach via a screw or QR plate to your camera body and step on the strap, creating line tension that can be used to stabilize the camera and virtually eliminate camera shake. It works really well, and is only USD39 for the QR version–highly recommended!


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 12:42h, 15 July Reply

    Thanks David! I’m pleased you like the new blog, and it’s always a pleasure to share my recommendations.

    Jon, I do hold you totally responsible for my Gitzo zip problems. 🙂

    I tried the Lowepro belt system, and didn’t really like it. I couldn’t get enough lenses on the belt to keep me happily shooting, and that’s even with my circumference advantage. 😉

    The Surefire tactical flashlights sound cool. The brightness is the same as my LED LENSER P7, at 200 lumens, and I agree, that is bright! It’s plenty for what I need.

    The Kirk Foot Strap sounds good too. I’ve heard of this method before, but just using string. I’ll have to check that out.

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