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on Jan 5, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon D5 & D500!

VERY exciting day today, Nikon announced some great new tools highlighting the D5 & D500, 360, flash and accessories. I’ve personally not had any of this in my hands but you can head here for the D5 page and here for D5, D4s comparison PDF and here for D5 Brochure. D500 page is here with more on it. New Key Mission 360 is here and SB-5000 is here. Lots of reading to do...

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on Jan 5, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Gloves 2016

A real common question this time of year is “What gloves do you use? Back in the day, I would haunt every outdoor store I ventured by and gleaned the glove display trying to find the glove that kept my hands warm and permited me to shoot. Then our sons got into xcross skiing and I found the Swix gloves and fell in love. From past experience, I bought 3 pairs of gloves for different temps. Last year I had to replace two sets of my gloves and amazingly, they are still on the market this year. A & B got replaced and this is what I got and love A, Manzella Men’s Silkweight Windstopper Glove. This first pair is when it’s just starting to get cold. This next pair is what I wear probably the most of all of these. The B, Swix Star XC 100 Glove simply rock, lots of warm and flexibility. They have a special material on the top to cut the wind. These are...

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on Dec 30, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Which AF Mode?

“Which AF mode should I use?” This is a real common question and one that I wrestled with when the new AF modes (or correctly stated, sensor patterns) came about years ago. The AF system in our Nikons is really good, really sophisticated and can be real confusing. I RELY on the AF system in my photography because it permits my mind to concentrate on more important things like storytelling since I KNOW the AF system will get the subject sharp. I have no illusions, that AF is why my photography is successful. So, which AF Mode do I use? Here’s how I think of it, how I compartmentalize the AF mode’s jobs in my photography. Moving = Auto Area AF, Non-moving = Group Area AF (or D21 if Grp not available) in AF-C. Let me explain. In both of these visual examples, the subject is very much moving. That’s not what I’m talking about in how I determine which AF mode to use. In the top photographic example...

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on Dec 14, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

24-70VR … really? … Really!

I’ve had more than a few interesting emails in the last week in regards to the new 24-70VR lens. Summing up the emails is simple, “Why did you buy the lens when the tests show it’s not as good as the old 24-70?” The answer is pretty darn simple, I find the lens not only a tad better, but the VR on some projects might be a life saver. What I need some folks to understand is, that just because I like it doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Nor that I do or don’t believe the tests. I tried to make this clear last write up on this lens, but emails keep coming in. The results I’m getting are making me and last two clients, quite happy. Personally, I can ask no more from a lens. From yesterday’s storm … love the detail...

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on Dec 7, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Amazing 300PF!

The Nikkor 300PF is simply an amazing lens! The video pretty much says it all why I love this lens so much. I just touch on using the 300PF with the TC-14eIII. This teleconverter works so beautifully with this lens, to me it’s almost an essential combo. I don’t mention on the video the need for a tripod collar as it does not come with one. I highly recommend the Really Right Stuff LC-A12. When working out of a vehicle, I put a LensCoat on to protect it from getting scratched up. Bottomline is simple, great lens for so many purposes. You want it in your camera...

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on Nov 25, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Osmo is Sooo Cool!

The DJI Osmo is simply brilliant! I’ve had it now a couple of days and literally cannot put it down! You’ve probably not heard about it, it is VERY new and opens up video to us all in an unique an economic way. No, this is not a GoPro replacement, quite the contrary. This 4k video / still camera is a handheld gimbal head with power 360 rotation and stabilization. You can take this small but powerful tool to places you could never navigate in before. What I think is so brilliant is you attach your iPhone and that’s your monitor and control center. I’ve gotta run and play in the snow with it, hope to have first finished video for you next...

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