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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

Buffalo 500GB Ext Drive

02.15.10 Road warrior workflow is a must, at least it is for me. For that reason I don’t trust any of my images to the internal drive of the notebook for long term storage. Being a person who has had both of his notebooks stolen, I’m not going through that pain again. I travel with four of these Buffalo 500GB externals, what you see here are the Master Drives for stills and video. I have a second set which are the backups. Every night prior to hitting the sack, all images are edited and moved and filed to the external. And then just before lights out, I hit the button in DigitalPro and these harddrives and backed up and cksum while I sleep. The Master resides in the briefcase and the backups are in the photopack. They’ve never let me down and that’s after float plane and helicopter flights, dirt roads and float trips. They just...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

The Better Beamer

02.15.10 The BetterBeamer is an important tool for increasing your depth of field when shooting flash. It’s a real simple tool but I’d watch the video for the whole story. The folks at LensCoat make...

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on Jan 1, 2010 in Accessories, Camera Tech

The Nikon GP-1

02.15.10 My name is Moose, I’m a GPS addict! I have it everywhere, truck, iPhone, hiking and shooting. The GP-1 despite the cable (I carry spare because they crap out) is still my favorite unit. For me it’s a must working with biologists, it’s the fastest and easiest way to collect data. My only complaint, there is nothing to indicate when you DON’T have it attached. Because of the cable, I remove it when I travel and there are times when I forget to reattach it. I hate...

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on Jun 23, 2009 in Accessories

Really Right Stuff

Plates for Bodies and Lenses The Arca Swiss style of attaching cameras/lenses to a tripod is the fastest and most secure method there is. There is no finer manufacture of this style of attachments that Really Right Stuff. I’ve trusted all my gear to them from their first day and they’ve never let me down! Nodal Plates This is a essential tool for ultra panos. Head here Darkroom Lessons to learn how to make the most of...

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on Jun 23, 2009 in Accessories

Nikon MC-36

The MC-36 is a really cool tool that I use primarily as an intervalometer. Yeah, the D2X/D2Hs have one built in. I find the MC-36 makes the setting of settings and engaging the timer a whole lot easier. The D200 has a built in intervalometer but with limited settings, so the MC-36 is...

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on Jun 23, 2009 in Accessories

Nikon drop-in Polarizer

For the 600f4/200-400VR & 200f2VR The polarizer is an important tool in my communication. When, when the light permits it and the subject requires it, I will use the drop-in polarizer in my telephoto lenses. The 600f4 / 200-400VR take the Nikon CPL1L drop-in polarizer. The 200f2VR only accepts the Nikon CPL3L. These polarizers drop into the drop-in filter slot. There is a thumb wheel on the outside of the filter that permits you to rotate the filter once it is inserted in the lens. Be sure to insert the filter the right direction which is indicated on the filter. These filters come in a huge, oversized plastic case assuring you receive it perfectly but which makes carrying them in the field painful at best. I have a couple of old, Tiffen 39mm soft filter cases that I use to transport the polarizer in my camera bag and pocket. I have one polarizer per case, wrapping the polarizer in a lens cleaning cloth and than inserting that into the...

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