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on May 22, 2006 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

Lexar 133x Family – 05.22.06

I know what you’re saying, faster cards, why? True, they really don’t speed up the actual process of the camera writing files to the card (technically there is an increase but it’s negligible at best). The REAL benefit of the 133x cards is when you upload images to your computer. You can see the basic time saving here: 4GB 133x CF Pro Reader 11.64mps 32 card bus reader 9.46mps 4GB 80x CF Pro Reader 8.17mps 32 card bus reader 8.78mps But that’s not really the big difference for me. Normally when I come in from a shoot, I have a minimum of two cards to upload and quite often four. The ability to slam four 133x CF cards into the Pro Card Reader, have DigitalPro automatically launch, Card Load dialog appear, a couple of clicks and then being able to walk away while the computer sucks up ALL the images from the FOUR cards saves me as much as THIRTY minutes of time. To me, that’s HUGE! Where does...

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on May 22, 2006 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

Nikon R1C1 Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit – 05.22.06

This is so cool! Digital flash photography has just taken a light speed jump forward making macro flash and flash photography in general much easier, more rewarding with amazing results. This is an amazingly well thought out system! The R1C1 (what a name) is comprised of the R1 close-up remote kit (pictured here), SU-800 Speedlight Commander (unit in the hot shoe) and SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights (flashes on the ring). As soon as you see the box that holds all of this, you instantly know there’s more to this unit than just a couple of flashes. In fact when you purchase the entire kit, there is so much stuff that comes with it, the instruction book has packing information! That’s right, the case that holds all of this gear needs packing instructions. But don’t freak, if you don’t want to carry the huge case around, the kit comes with soft pouches to break everything out for easy travel. As I said, this is one well thought out system! The...

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on May 22, 2006 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

Wimberley WH-200 Head – 05.22.06

I finally received the new Wimberley WH-200, the new version of the famous Wimberley head. Dang, darn sweet! The loss of one pound is killer! It’s slightly smaller size and less weight is a huge improvement in these days of more and more painful air travel. The Arca Swiss clamp is now built into the unit rather than a bolt on extra as before. The Pan knob is now to the side and is easier to use (don’t get your fingers pinched) and the tilt knob is now rubberized. The Wimberley has the same action feel and reliability we’ve all come to expect from the head. Nothing was sacrificed in the slimming down of the head. I’m not real keen on the new finish, shows dirt and scuffs in a heartbeat. Our Wimberley Head Cover fits the new model and is needed even more than ever if you want to keep you head looking new. With the smaller size and lighter weight, I think the Arca Swiss B2 which...

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on May 1, 2006 in Thought of the Month

Think Outside the Box

  The TOM is rather short, it’s rather obvious. Photographers all too often are happy with wherever they set down their tripod. They see some other photographer, they assume that photographer must know something so they set up near them. Photographers all too often get a shot they are happy with and they stop there, they don’t go to the next level and push themselves. Photographers see a photograph they like and try to copy it only to wonder why theirs falls short. They miss the subtle details that make the big difference. Photographers all too often, just settle and don’t grow! For you and your photography to grow, you’ve got to take the next step. Not a giant leap because normally you fall into a deep hole you can’t get out of. Rather, take constant small steps so you keep moving forward while avoiding the giant holes. Yeah, this is difficult because there are no road maps, photographers including myself don’t write about the how’s of accomplishing this...

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