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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

Nikon R1C1 unit

02.15.10 This is simply just the coolest tool, flash I’ve ever used. I just wish I had a reason to use it more often. It comes out perhaps a half dozen times a year when i have small critters, subjects to photograph. You can use the SB-200 flash units anytime, anywhere TTL but I just use it for macro work. It attaches right to the front of the lens with the units rotating on the ring whereever you need to place them. They are fired with the SU-800 which is a great unit. I have a couple of them which get used as part of the R1C1 kit or to fire off SB-900s in other setups. You’ll notice I have diffuser material in place in the flash units. It’s always there to soften the light even...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

Nikon SB-900

02.15.10 The SB-900 or flash is an incredibly important tool to wildlife photographers. There’s a ton on the web already on the SB-900 so at this time, don’t have anything more to add but will for wildlife photographers in the future. The SB-900 has this special accessory, the WG-AS1. The purpose of this is to provide protection in wet conditions. The SB-900 handles white balance in a whole new way (and comes with a filter holder that fits inside the soft light dome!) which includes the camera body settings. It has 3 illumination patterns along with a 200mm zoom capability. It doesn’t have a 5th battery compartment but does have the new SD-9. And there is the much heralded better control buttons, switches and panel info. It is THE...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

Lee .9 Split Grad

02.15.10 This movie requires Flash Player 9 Controlling exposure in our photograph is very important. We have a number of tools to do that, none more important that the Split Grad Neutral Density. I personally rely on the .09 Lee 4×6, here you can see why. Shooting at Swiftwater Lake, making a straight shot you get this image. But this is not what folks saw the other day in the blog. The “glow” above the mountain line brought in a number of emails. That glow is from using a split grad at the point of capture which darkens the sky and opens up the foreground. This movie requires Flash Player 9 By simply holding the filter again the front of the lens (as in using my hand to hold the filter) and then lowering the gradation down while looking in the viewfinder, the filter does its job. The final image effect can only be accomplished by using the split grad at the point of capture. It’s a vital tool,...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories

Nikon SC-28 / 29 Cords

02.15.10 The SC-28 and SC-29 are important accessories to the wildlife photographer. Being able to take the flash off camera is important. The SC-29 cord on the right has an AF illuminator built into it. Not always necessary but it can be at times so it’s the cord I choose to shorten for use on the tripod with the Wimberley Flash Arm. Both cords have a “hot shoe” attached to the top of the camera body end so the GP-1 can be attached when the cord is in use. All modifications were done by...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

Nikon SD-9

02.15.10 The SD-9 is a must, period! This is the external battery pack for the SB-900 and when shooting at 8fps, this is the only way you’re going to keep up with the action. If you look at my Whimberly, you’ll see a gray velcro strap, that’s to hold the SD-9 onto the Whimberly Head and out of the way. This also keeps the cord policed so it’s not dangling around to scare wildlife. The case for the SD-9 is designed to attach easily to a lighting stand, your belt loop and the one thing most folks miss, to keep the power cord policed when not in use. This keeps the cords from getting twisted and knotted or tangled with other gear in your camera bag. The SD-9 holds 6 AA batteries and their power go directly to the capacitor in the SB-900. The batteries in the SB-900 power its computer. In both devices I use PowerEx 2700mHn batteries that I get from Thomas Disturbing. I really don’t know...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

Lexar CF Cards

02.15.10 Yeap, I use only Lexar CF Cards. Their size and speed has changed over the years, but not their commitment to a quality item. You see that 300x or 600x speed rating and probably wonder why invest in faster cards when your camera isn’t going to even make use of all that speed. For me it’s real simple, I plug in up to four readers at one time after a days shoot and with one click in DigitalPro, I upload all four cards. With that 600x speed, a task which might take as long as an hour with older cards is done in 15min. And when loading just one card, you can’t beat the Lexar ExpressCard Reader! You can’t buy time that I know of, expect with Lexar 600x...

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