Martin Ocando

Martin Ocando

Lives in Panama Panama, Panama
Works as a Photographer / IT
Has a website at http://www.martinocando.com/
Joined on Dec 14, 2004

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Martin Ocando: People complain about the price. For $500 you get a huge backpack and a plethora of cubes and pouches, letting you configure it to your taste, ranging from a daily carry to a full backpacker configuration.
And now, for comparison, check onabags website. The cheapest backpack will take $439 from you, and you can barely fit one DSLR and a couple lenses. Tops. And forget about anything else, other than a 13" laptop and a magazine.
Is it more stylish? yeah sure it is, but come on!
So, who is charging crazy amounts of money?

Excellent advice. Will check that one out. I'm 50 or so days before my trip, so plenty of time for a new useful read.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2019 at 20:29 UTC
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Martin Ocando: People complain about the price. For $500 you get a huge backpack and a plethora of cubes and pouches, letting you configure it to your taste, ranging from a daily carry to a full backpacker configuration.
And now, for comparison, check onabags website. The cheapest backpack will take $439 from you, and you can barely fit one DSLR and a couple lenses. Tops. And forget about anything else, other than a 13" laptop and a magazine.
Is it more stylish? yeah sure it is, but come on!
So, who is charging crazy amounts of money?

I agree. Although for the less seasoned, having all routes and connections laid out in a single package makes a bit more sense. At least for my first trip, I'm having all destinations managed by a single airline. In the event of a change or cancellation, they'll fix it. I'm checking a large suitcase and will use the Travel Backpack as my carryon. But in the event that I need to check it, I feel way more confident that I have a way to lock it down completely.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2019 at 19:07 UTC
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Martin Ocando: People complain about the price. For $500 you get a huge backpack and a plethora of cubes and pouches, letting you configure it to your taste, ranging from a daily carry to a full backpacker configuration.
And now, for comparison, check onabags website. The cheapest backpack will take $439 from you, and you can barely fit one DSLR and a couple lenses. Tops. And forget about anything else, other than a 13" laptop and a magazine.
Is it more stylish? yeah sure it is, but come on!
So, who is charging crazy amounts of money?

BTW, I accidentally dropped my fully loaded bag. Damage? a lens cap detached from a lens. Nothing else. Can you say the same with your setup? No, you can't. You already said so.

Oh, another thing. A friend of mine was forced to check his backpack, (not PD travel backpack, but a smaller one) flying from Amsterdam to Paris once. If that happens to me I only need to lock the side access zippers inside, put in the dual lock on the main zippers, and off it goes to the plane belly. Would you trust to check your bag with all your gear?

At the end of the day is your experience, and mine is different, but calling me delusional or ridiculous because I think differently than you is rude and uncalled for.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2019 at 18:41 UTC
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Martin Ocando: People complain about the price. For $500 you get a huge backpack and a plethora of cubes and pouches, letting you configure it to your taste, ranging from a daily carry to a full backpacker configuration.
And now, for comparison, check onabags website. The cheapest backpack will take $439 from you, and you can barely fit one DSLR and a couple lenses. Tops. And forget about anything else, other than a 13" laptop and a magazine.
Is it more stylish? yeah sure it is, but come on!
So, who is charging crazy amounts of money?

If it works for you, then more power to you. I wouldn't trust my gear to a $29 backpack, though. And I bet that if your backpack had a waist strap it would have made your walk and bike ride considerably more comfortable than what it was. Besides, spending thousands of dollars in photography gear and a Mac, and trusting everything to a $29 bag doesn't make too much sense to me.

You also mention that your bag is not padded, but you added padded cases for all your lenses, and I bet you had everything else inside some sort of container, being pouches or cases, or would have been a nightmare to find anything in a huge bag with no divisions, so that counts as padding. I truly prefer to have customizable divisions where I can tug my stuff organized so it stays snuggly in place and not migrating to other areas of the bag.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2019 at 18:41 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I agree with Timo on how people have nothing better to do than flaming some manufacturer or product with no practical knowledge of anything about it. Simply by the looks in photos. People also don't understand when comparing this bag with other camera bags that this is not a specific photography bag. It can carry photography gear in a great way but is more than that. You can carry all your heavy gear to a shoot, or take it empty to the grocery store, or pack it with a small camera cube for minimalistic gear, and put the rest of your stuff around it, in cleverly designed cubes for a multi-day trip. The Wash and Tech pouches are miraculous. I've never seen anything close to it. A tad big largish for my liking, but they hold a lot of stuff. And FYI, I don't have any relation with PD whatsoever, other than being a long time happy customer owning several bags, clip, and straps. And recently the full travel line.

The packing cubes are great, they take less space than other cubes due to the compression system, which really works. Although I won't use them inside the bag for longer trips. I will put them on my checked bag and keep the travel backpack for just the small camera cube (I use a very compact mirrorless system, so fits perfectly on the small cube), and the tech pouch.
If I'm traveling for a shorter time and will take only the travel backpack, I'll take out the camera cube, and move my gear to the 5L sling, and put the packing cubes in the bag.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2019 at 20:28 UTC

I've been using it as a daily carry for a week now, and whilst is indeed heavier than the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, the convenience of the extra space and the ability to configure the contents to your specific needs justify the extra heft of the bag. Both the shoulder and the padded hip straps work a long way to make it very comfortable to wear, while the EBP kind of dug a hole in your chest since the straps are way stiffer.

In my case, I need to carry a lot of stuff to/from work, since I only commute 4 times per week, and until now I was carrying the EBP plus a small duffel bag. Now I can fit everything in the travel backpack, and my hands are free, and I don't need to balance the duffel between my hands to rest for the weight.

I'm very happy so far.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2019 at 01:07 UTC as 17th comment

I just got an 8 64GB, and I feel it can last 2-3 years, easily. My 6s lasted three years, and it was frustrating in the end, since storage space was driving me nuts (16GB), but now with 64, I can't seem to go over 50%, even shooting photos and videos on a regular basis. I switched off apps offload when storage is low, which was the most frustrating part when you are in the middle of a street and need an uber, and the app got offloaded, and the data is so slow that takes hours to download, and no wifi around. Aghhh!!!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2019 at 15:04 UTC as 30th comment
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Martin Ocando: I agree with Timo on how people have nothing better to do than flaming some manufacturer or product with no practical knowledge of anything about it. Simply by the looks in photos. People also don't understand when comparing this bag with other camera bags that this is not a specific photography bag. It can carry photography gear in a great way but is more than that. You can carry all your heavy gear to a shoot, or take it empty to the grocery store, or pack it with a small camera cube for minimalistic gear, and put the rest of your stuff around it, in cleverly designed cubes for a multi-day trip. The Wash and Tech pouches are miraculous. I've never seen anything close to it. A tad big largish for my liking, but they hold a lot of stuff. And FYI, I don't have any relation with PD whatsoever, other than being a long time happy customer owning several bags, clip, and straps. And recently the full travel line.

Oh, you think I work for PD?
I wish 😂

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 21:25 UTC

People complain about the price. For $500 you get a huge backpack and a plethora of cubes and pouches, letting you configure it to your taste, ranging from a daily carry to a full backpacker configuration.
And now, for comparison, check onabags website. The cheapest backpack will take $439 from you, and you can barely fit one DSLR and a couple lenses. Tops. And forget about anything else, other than a 13" laptop and a magazine.
Is it more stylish? yeah sure it is, but come on!
So, who is charging crazy amounts of money?

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 16:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 9 replies

I agree with Timo on how people have nothing better to do than flaming some manufacturer or product with no practical knowledge of anything about it. Simply by the looks in photos. People also don't understand when comparing this bag with other camera bags that this is not a specific photography bag. It can carry photography gear in a great way but is more than that. You can carry all your heavy gear to a shoot, or take it empty to the grocery store, or pack it with a small camera cube for minimalistic gear, and put the rest of your stuff around it, in cleverly designed cubes for a multi-day trip. The Wash and Tech pouches are miraculous. I've never seen anything close to it. A tad big largish for my liking, but they hold a lot of stuff. And FYI, I don't have any relation with PD whatsoever, other than being a long time happy customer owning several bags, clip, and straps. And recently the full travel line.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 16:47 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
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Martin Ocando: I'm very proud for the time we exchanged some PMs about forum issues. You have been always a very busy man, but you always found the time to answer and attend to our requests. It was you who offered and accepted my application as a forum moderator, and what started with one forum, I now moderate seven. And I can't be happier. Godspeed, Simon. All the best in your new endeavor.

Well, things have changed quite a bit now. I agree that back then when Simon was pretty much alone, he went sometimes days without an answer, then he responded apologizing for being so busy, but at the end, all things got sorted out one way or another. Today admins make turns and assign a weekly on-call admin and they are usually pretty responsive and fast.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 17:00 UTC

I'm very proud for the time we exchanged some PMs about forum issues. You have been always a very busy man, but you always found the time to answer and attend to our requests. It was you who offered and accepted my application as a forum moderator, and what started with one forum, I now moderate seven. And I can't be happier. Godspeed, Simon. All the best in your new endeavor.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2018 at 00:38 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
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Martin Ocando: Very similar to Peak Design's Everyday Backpack, and for $260, is in about the same price range. Can't compete with Peak Design's style, though.

I recently passed my grey 20L to my son and got a black 20L for me. This is a thing of beauty. Best bag I've ever owned. And I'm a daily user.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 13:39 UTC

Very similar to Peak Design's Everyday Backpack, and for $260, is in about the same price range. Can't compete with Peak Design's style, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2018 at 21:32 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Sigh... I knew that eventually you'll fall into insults, and that is where a sane discussion goes down the drain. it was fun until it lasted, kid.
BTW, do you homework, and look yourself for the reasons why Premiere is not optimized for Mac. I'm tired of doing the search myself and posting the links.

Regarding Windows and touch, yeah, I know. Is not easy to take the truth.

Have a good day.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 22:49 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

BTW, whoever is to blame, don't. You are blaming Apple, and is not apple's fault that Premiere is not optimized, and not only for macs, but for any GPU based laptop. No matter the make.

Now, regarding pen and touch screen, that is where I differ completely. I never liked a touchscreen on a laptop. It makes my screen completely messy, and Windows has never EVER been optimized for touch. Just trying to hit the close button, without touching minimize is a challenge. BTW, I used to have a Compaq iPAQ. Did you used one of those? If you don't, google it, and you'll realize how far back my experience goes with Windows mobile OSs, so I DO know what I'm talking about.

iPads, on the other hand, were designed to be handled with touch only, like an iPhone, so that's the user experience I enjoy. On a laptop, I'm old fashion. Give me a comfortable keyboard and a good old mouse, and I'm happy as a clam.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

Final Cut Pro and MainStage not industry standards? My goodness, have you been hiding under a rock all these years? For starters, macs were designed with color profiling and MIDI support natively on the operating system, while on windows we used to need a driver for that. I tried to move to a fully software based keyboard rig a few years ago, but the hardware and particularly the software wasn't nearly there yet. It is recently, with Windows 10, that things started to get together in this regard, but the largest base of musicians and professional photographers have been using macs for years.
I think you are confusing popularity with professionals' choice.

And regarding the video that you posted, did you saw it completely? Didn't you realized that the FStopper guy tested all computer with and without GPU enabled, and they all produced exactly the same results? What's the point in having a "powerful laptop", if you can't use the hardware?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 22:40 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

You definitively haven't seen FCP running on a Mac, because is not as fast, is way faster, for many reasons, one being that is optimized for the Mac, and secondly, it auto-renders in the background, exporting a video in seconds.
Now, try to run FCP on a Windows PC. Can you?
BTW, who said there is an "issue" with Macs? Or that it doesn't run "industry standard" software? There is a difference between running and being optimized. And in this case is Adobe to blame, not apple.
Again, try to run an "Industry Standard" software, like FCP, MainStage, Logic Pro X, etc. on a Windows PC.

BTW, you are right about the surface. Of all Windows laptops out there, the Surface is the only one piece of hardware that I truly consider is on a par, if not suceeds, with an Apple product. Steve Ballmer said it himself: "We should have started making hardware sooner"
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/steve-ballmer-we-should-have-turned-microsoft-into-a-world-class-hardware-company/

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:13 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

So testing Adobe Premiere rendering is a factual debunk? Seriously? Read the comments on the video. You'll find out why the Mac was the slowest. Now, go and do the same comparison with Final Cut Pro vs Premiere, and then tell me a story.
The reviewer even blames Adobe for crashing.
Anyway, no matter what they say. For me, the Operating System is the culprit here, and he has a point that is almost the same hardware, but in my experience, the overall quality of construction, the materials and the design makes all the difference in the world. The OS is just the icing on the cake.
Let me remember you that I used to be a hard core PC user for over 20 years, and I laughed at Mac users. Although tired of issues with Windows, I was always researching on ways to have a Unix based OS in my computer. Sadly application developers never really supported Linux on desktops. Then Apple came with OS X, which is FreeBSD in the core.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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Martin Ocando: I'll give you 5 reasons of Mac over PC: 1: The macOS (Unix stability on your desktop), 2: Viruses and Worms, 3: MainStage (I'm also a musician), there is nothing like it on Windows, 4: Windows sucks big time (I know, I used it since Windows 1.0, back in the 80s), and #5: The hardware, my daughter's 2011 Acer laptop destroyed itself in 5 years. It literally started falling apart. I replaced it with a 2011 MacBook Pro, and is still humming like a Swiss watch

And if you don't believe me, check this out: http://www.businessinsider.com/an-ibm-it-guy-macs-are-300-cheaper-to-own-than-windows-2016-10

Specially interesting is this:

..."He reiterated that, in his experience, Mac users needed less help. Though Macs make up about 15% of the PCs in use, only 5% of the help desk is dedicated to supporting them.

Previn said that while a Mac initially cost $117 to $454 more than a similarly configured Windows PC, over four years IBM saves $273 to $543 per Mac compared with a similarly configured Windows PC.

In other words, when you add in all the software a company has to buy from Microsoft to run and manage its Windows devices, Windows PCs are 3 times as expensive, he says."...

Enough said.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:27 UTC
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