My weekend with the Cosyspeed Phone Slinger outfit / Really the Perfect Mobile Phone Carry Solution

This weekend in Virginia was quite hot, very muggy, and downright uncomfortable. I do my best to be a minimalist when it comes to photography gear mobile phones have enabled me to get out and about quickly without a bunch of heavy gear.

In all honesty, it was a couple of years ago that I transformed my multitude of cameras and lenses to one device and it was the Fuji X100F and it is still one of my favorite cameras to use but the desire to be even more of a minimalist was driving me a solution that a purist might never consider. I began to concentrate on mobile phones and a few accessories and they have helped me make an incredible transition. These devices have allowed me to be creative in many ways that conventional camera gear did not. And the term conventional is a bit out dated when you consider that more images exist today thanks to mobile smart phones.

I tried belt cases, shooters vests, camera bags (small), waist packs, wrist straps, etc. but none gave me ready access to what I needed quickly. After all having a smart phone should enable me to quickly grab and shoot in a split second. While all of those things provided that capability they did not provide a systematic approach until Cosyspeed developed the Phoneslinger products.

The three ways that one can use the system which is comprised of several different attachable and removable components to wear several modules on a waist/chest belt designed to go either around one’s waist or across one’s chest. That’s two ways. The other way is wear a couple of modules on your own belt. Either way you are going to have access to your smartphone, and extra lenses if you have them, as well as a few accessories, all quickly accessible.

On July 4th I used the waist / chest belt across my chest which gave me quick grab and shoot capability as well as a simple way to change the Moment add on lenses when I needed them for either wide, macro are tele operation. In the stuff bag module I had my tripod phone mount, a Luma Mini Light, and a grip handle as well as a variable ND filter and Polarizer filter.

Today, July 5th, at a small gathering I used the Phoneslinger wireless battery module which charges my phone while it is in the case and on my pants belt. The camera is placed in a Polar Lightchaser phone case which has a grip as well as the ability mount a Variable ND filter or Polarizer specially designed for the case. On this day I have opted out of using extra lenses. But the nice thing is that using the Phoneslinger system I am able to adapt it to what ever shooting method I want to use at the moment.

Without a doubt this is the most versatile mobile phone carry system for the mobile phone photographer and videographer on the market and I am glad I made the decision to try and it. It is the perfect solution.


August 13, 2020 – Letters from an American ………..This says it all. ……… Stay informed no matter how painful it becomes. We are in the midst of what Trump is trying to create for himself, family, etc. which is an authoritarian regime that is bent on filling his pockets and destroying our hard fought for democracy. Find a way to end his existence

This says it all. Stay informed no matter how painful it becomes. We are in the midst of what Trump is trying to create for himself, family, etc. which is an authoritarian regime that is bent on filling his pockets and destroying our hard fought for democracy. Find a way to end his existence

Today was another one for the history books. This morning, in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump came out and said it: he wants to starve the United States Postal Service to destroy mail-in voting. Claiming that mail-in voting favors Democrats, he said: “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots… Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting, they just can’t have it.”
— Read on

The con man strikes again. He swings his golf club and fucks America and its citizens

Mobile Phones in the world of over accessorizing or GAS*

Mobile Phones in the world of over accessorizing or GAS*

I have spent over 70 years being involved in photography and have only recently embraced the value and accessibility and functionality that a camera phone can give me.

I have probably owned 8 different, relatively complete camera systems, and I have gleefully added many pounds of accessories including way too many lenses that more or less never saw the light of day.  But I had them just in case.

Over the years I have managed to get rid of a lot of stuff, over and over again and only in the past 10 year have I really worked on being a minimalist and have been pretty darn successful.  I now have one “camera.”  It is a Fuji X100f and a flash and that is it for what folks consider to be a “real camera.”  It has one lens that is part of the body and it is equal to a 35mm 2.0.  It serves me well for the way I like to shoot and have always liked to shoot.

But that camera is not always with me, where my mobile phone with a series of lenses built in is always with me.  By any standard it is truly minimal.  I say that sucking on my lip.  Before I continue however I am not screaming from the roof tops that a mobile phone should replace things like a range finder, Dslr, Mirrorless style of camera.  Not at all.  But in todays world however, mobile phones, especially my iPhone are more than capable of producing incredible images and videos and that is at a moments notice.

So where am i going with all of this you ask.  Simple. Because I grew up in the era of GAS* and because old habits die hard and because mobile phone photography was something relatively new to me I found myself going from mobile phone minimalist to mobile phone accessory freak with no less than 8 pounds of gear.  I mean a phone does not way much of anything until your GAS* explodes all over your house. 

What is GAS? It is Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

It basically means you cannot stop yourself from adding in every friggin’ to that every accessory company can make whether you need it or not and I am here to warn you that you are heading for mega confusion if you get sucked into this.

If you are fortunate to own a good mobile phone with a great camera, it should really be more than enough to accomplish the photographic and video tasks you have in mind.   Of course if you consider yourself becoming the greatest movie maker in the world or most accomplished still photographer in the world then what can I say.  But if you are simply going to want to create some great looking video or stills then think minimal and ready for that so called “decisive moment.”

What you need:

  • 1-Phone with a camera of course
  • 2-A case for the phone (1)
  • 3-A phone holder for mounting the phone on a mini tripod or other support.  It would be nice if the phone holder had a cold shoe.
  • 4-Possibly an add on macro lens.  They are available as clip on.
  • 5-Lens cleaning cloth.  A must.
  • 6-External battery for juicing up the phone if needed
  • 7-Small Table top tripod
  • 8-Maybe a carry bag (2)

That’s it.

Do you need to have any extra stuff. A big no.  The less the better.  Stay minimal.

  1. You might want to add a couple of lenses such as a wide and tele.  Depending on the Eco System you choose there will be a phone case with a mount for those lenses.  My lenses are Moment lenses.  There are less expensive lenses.
  2. Bag.  I use either the Peak Design small sling 5n. But most of the time I either put stuff in my pockets or use the Cosyspeed phone carry system.

Watch Alabama high school principal in “Can’t Touch This” parody video about COVID-19

Heather Cox Richardson – “”August 3, 2020 – Letters from an American”””Link…….. The American democracy seems to be spinning like an out of control carousel at an amusement park. The question is how do you intend to get off this Trump terror ride before it is too late. As Trump moves forward to damage our voting system in an attempt to get a last nail in the coffin second term we could be in the midst of a real shit storm that will take America down. This is TRUMP following PUTIN’S ORDERS. TRUMP IS A TRAITOR AND ALL STOPS MUST BE PULLED OUT TO END THIS TRAITOR.

Both the administration’s disastrous response to the coronavirus and looming legal troubles are putting pressure on the president. Yesterday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the advisor to the White House on the coronavirus pandemic, warned we are entering a “new phase” of the disease as it is “extraordinarily widespread.” Today, Trump accused Birx of crumbling under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s criticism of her usually upbeat presentations about the crisis. “So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”
— Read on

If there was ever a doubt that Dr. Brix was aligned with Trump in the past then wipe that doubt out of your eyes and mind. Suddenly the Pandemic is out of control in the USA. Fauci has been honest and on target and she is a political Trump asset just like he is for Putin

If there was ever any doubt that Brix has been politically aligned with Trump all along this is it. SHE WAS WRONG MORE OFTEN THAN NOT AND FAUCI WAS RIGHT. With her obnoxious misleading tones she managed to confuse and misdirect the issues to benefit the MORON Trump as an enabler to allow him to pursue his one and only goal, re election. While Fauci told the truth and gave the dire warnings, she lied to benefit the Trumps and now she cannot escape the ramifications of her political doctoring.