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on Mar 14, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon ME-W1 – Wow!

Simply put, these are the most amazing little mics I’ve ever used! The Nikon ME-W1 were announced quite a while ago and released last fall and for some stupid reason, they fell off my radar screen. I regret that now that I have them in my possession and I’m using them. The ME-W1 are a Bluetooth (that’s right, Bluetooth) wireless mic system for our DSLR video. They run A LONG time on a single AAA battery, instantly pair with themselves once turned on and plug into the Mic socket on our cameras for very easy use. I’ve done line of site sound recording over 100′ and being in other rooms at over 50′ with them. They are water resistant, Transmitter has its own wind sock (black looking case in photo) and being Bluetooth, aren’t subject to the normal audio interference wireless mics can have. You can use them as seen here or plug a lav mic into the Microphone, both ways providing really amazingly clear sound. And when you...

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on Mar 7, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Shot the Nikkor 200-500

I finally got my hands on the “new” Nikon 200-500f5.6VR lens these last couple of days. I have one for a couple of weeks for the express purpose of hopefully answering the many questions that have come in from your folks about this “inexpensive” Nikkor telephoto lens. Many ask, “Is it worth the price?” IMHO, it’s a great lens for the price. “Is it as good as Nikon’s “expensive” telephotos?” That’s the big question I want to put a quantitative answer to but might not succeed. I shot with the lens this past weekend for the first time at the Oklahoma Zoo and my first two big impressions of the 200-500 is 1: not very well balanced and 2: the AF is slow. And as you can see from these shots taken handheld though, the lens produces results. First impressions, it’s a really nice lens!...

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on Mar 1, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Nikkor 24-70VR – A Vid

The New 24-70f2.8 VR had really, really big shoes to fill in the lens it replaced. This a really gorgeous lens that has produced gorgeous images for me. I’m one of the ones who replaced the original 24-70f2.8 with the new version. Why? My main reasons for upgrading were the few nuances I feel making it a better lens. It’s sharpness, AF speed, built and better lens shade. Its VR was also a consideration in my air to air work. Some have mentioned that the new lens is heavier and some, not as sharp. When the 24-70f2.8 came out, I remember some moaning it had no VR. Now it does and that VR requires a motor so ah, the lens is going to be heavier. The larger filter size at first was annoying as it required the purchase of an additional polarizer. But the lens brightness coming from it sure is welcomed shooting in low light. As for optical performance, this lens delivers what my clients demand from an...

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on Feb 25, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The CT-3481 Rock Solid!

So I’m going storm chasing again. I’m moving about the country in the navigators compartment in a TBM. And I have a bunch of other rides this year where there is barely enough space for me, let alone gear which includes a tripod. So I went shopping for a compact yet very stable travel tripod. I found a gem, one I really love in the CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head. It weighs nothing and takes no space yet has a responsible height while providing support. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Load Capacity: 26.4 lb Max Height: 68″ Min Height: 10.5″ Folded Length: 18.9″ Leg Sections: 4 Weight: 3.8 lb Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod Rubber Feet & Retractable Metal Spikes Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate Separate Panning Lock It comes with the BE-126T head and a center column. It’s a nice head that is smooth and sturdy. You might notice in the photo though the center column is gone. There is a simple set screw that once loosened, the column...

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on Nov 3, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 24-70VR

The New 24-70f2.8 VR had really, really big shoes to fill in the lens it replaced. This a really gorgeous lens that has produced gorgeous images for me. I’m one of the ones who replaced the original 24-70f2.8 with the new version. Why? My main reasons for upgrading were the few nuances I feel making it a better lens. It’s sharpness, AF speed, built and better lens shade. Its VR was also a consideration in my air to air work. Some have mentioned that the new lens is heavier and some, not as sharp. When the 24-70f2.8 came out, I remember some moaning it had no VR. Now it does and that VR requires a motor so ah, the lens is going to be heavier. The larger filter size at first was annoying as it required the purchase of an additional polarizer. But the lens brightness coming from it sure is welcomed shooting in low light. As for optical performance, this lens delivers what my clients demand from an...

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on Jan 25, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 70-200f4 VR

The 70-200f4VR is a really great lens that I had given a test drive when it first came out. I didn’t acquire it then, had the 70-200f2.8 in my bag and its two unique features weren’t what I needed at the time. Current projects brought it back and this time, into the bag. What are the two special attributes why I wanted this version of 70-200? The real biggie is its closes down to f/32, the f/2.8 version only goes to f/22. Why is that important? In my air to air work and shooting in Shutter Priority, that f/32 really makes a difference. You might be wondering about the other end, wide open? If I need 70f/2.8, I’ll use the 24-70VR otherwise the f/4 is shallow enough DoF for me for this lens. The other biggie for me is it weighs just about nothing. It shares the same tripod collar as the 300PF which is nice but it’s filter size required the purchase of a new polarizer. Its optical...

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