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on May 7, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14 -17


Got a gear question you want/need answered? I want to help and answer it. Send your gear questions to me at Gear Questions and I’ll do my best every Wednesday to answer as many questions as I can. There were more questions this week than I could get to, so thanks and keep them coming. Keep in mind the answers are just my $.02 worth and you have to take what works for you and your photography and embrace it and ignore the rest. So here’s this weeks questions ….

Hey Moose…
Some years ago I got a bottle of “Lens Cleanse” that you had recommended. Best I ever used but it’s gone and I can’t find the company, just Hoodmans packaged wipes. Is this the same an is it as good? Would really like another Bottle of the original.
Thanks for sharing.


Peter, great question! What is known in the industry as “Pink juice,” LensClens is the only fluid I use for all my needs accept the sensor. As for the Hoodman wipes, I have a couple of those in my camera bag to clean off the sweat from my camera LCD on those hot days.

glasslimoI have the Nikon 800 mm 5.6 lens. Can you suggest a bag to put it in on a plane trip (carry on)?

Allan, when it comes to getting just the 800mm around, I use the ThinkTank Glass Limo and if carrying the 800mm with other gear when it comes to a roller, the ThinkTank Airport Security. But the majority of the time I use the photopack we use to sell, the MP-1 because it fits in the overhead of any aircraft on the planet.

Hi Moose,
I am a Nikon user and have just bought a Wimberley gimbal Head WH-200 to use with a 500mm AFS VR Nikkor and a TC14EII converter.  My question relates to when if ever, would you use VR when the Gimbal is in the unlocked down position? As you know the lens has Nikons Tripod Mode available.  I am really confused about VR with slow and fast shutter speeds and Tripod Mode with the Wimberley and would appreciate your advice.


Micheal, most folks are confused about the VR. To start with, my general rule of thumb is if the lens is on stable ground (dirt, cement, etc), set it to Normal and if on unstable (in a boat, plane), set to Active. I personally don’t use the Tripod mode that’s because I have found when using proper long lens technique, VR does not come into play. If you don’t have good handholding or long lens technique, the VR might help you get a sharper image. Also keep in mind that I personally never lock down all the controls. You can find more advice on getting a sharp image on my YouTube Channel which has a number of videos on this topic.

RRS_PG-CCHi Moose,
In one of your videos on YouTube I saw you using as Wimberley head with a quick release.
Would you care to share your findings on this and where it can be ordered ?
Kind regards,


Chris, very observant! I love the PG-CC platform from Really Right Stuff, you’ll find it here.

Hello Moose,
I have been using Capture NX2 for several years and have come to depend on the raw processing features of Nik U-point technology.  With this feature being eliminated from Capture NX-D, I’m looking at NIK software and related plugins as a replacement.  Most of my work is shot indoors with extremely high ISO so the U-Point technology was and is a critical part of my digital darkroom workflow.
My question is twofold, First, does the Photoshop with NIK software plugin allow for U-Point controls to be used on RAW images or is the NIK software only used on TIFFS of JPGs. Second, does the Photoshop/Nik Color Effects combination have the same sharpness and color fidelity as Capture NX2, or is there a better raw processor for NEFs.  I’m REALLY trying to avoid having to process the raw files in one program, then go into ANOTHER program to complete the final edits with U-Point controls.
BTW, we met at a Photoshop World in Orlando many moons ago and I’ve been a daily visitor to your website since! Please keep up the good work!


Mike, I wish I could answer your questions as thoroughly here as they need to be, but this is a GearHead post rather than digital darkroom forum. But to answer your question in general, yes, you can do what you seek in ACR & Photoshop, I don’t know about Lightroom since I don’t use it. I do wonder why you have so much noise though in this day and age of technology. I would suggest you head to my YouTube Channel where there are many videos on my digital darkroom techniques and a number of them combined should give you the one answer you’re looking for.
And thanks for coming to Photoshop World! It’s a great place to learn and get inspired!