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on Sep 21, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

LensCoat LensHide – I’m in Love!

The LensCoat Lenshide is simply a thing of beauty (it folds up to the size of a text book)! I’ve had it for months and every time I get out from using it and pack up, I’m so focused on the task I end up cursing at myself because I keep forgetting to shoot a cute video I have in my mind. The concept is real simple, when working with wildlife, break up the human form so they don’t see us. It’s so simple (KISS) it works. They are having a special on the LensHide right now so didn’t want to delay telling you about it any longer. But I promise, I will do that video! But it in the...

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on Sep 16, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Think Tank V3 & New Roller Are Sweet!

Think Tank has introduced their V3 Rollers and new Airport Advantage. The all time rocker, the Security V3 & Int’l V3 are just a better version of what we’ve been using. The big change is the ease and protection we can carry our notebook and iPad in the bags. There are other improvements as well in construction, handle and materials. And I’m not sure how the wizards at Think Tank did it, But there seems to me to be extra room inside now. I actually was able to get one more lens inside compared to V2. The real big news is the new Advantage, a roller that fits in the overhead of regional jets! That’s just darn sweet. Now some carriers are having issue with any bag with wheels. The wheels on the Advantage come off so you can remove them prior to getting on the plane and then put them back on when you disembark. That’s slick. And in case you’re wondering how I pack the Security, here’s...

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on Sep 15, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Working @ f1.4

When you own a f/1.4 lens, you’ve paid good money for that f/1.4. With that in mind, shooting the lens closed down to any point beyond f/1.4 and you’re kinda throwing away money. I mean, if f/2 or f/2.8 does the job, why pay the extra money for a f/1.4 lens? With that thought, my f/1.4 lens collection (24mm, 50mm, 105mm,), they are always shot wide open. The DoF of these lenses at f/1.4 is incredibly narrow, that’s the point. Your focusing has to be incredibly precise then or your subject will be out of focus. There is simply no wiggle room, no DoF to save you if you’re off even 1/2″! So the tip I have to pass along is pretty simple, when shooting at f/1.4, use the S – Single AF Sensor mode. Why? This single sensor is highly accurate and can be easily and precisely placed on the point of focus you desire. It’s what I did in these and all my f/1.4 lens photos. When...

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on Sep 5, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Gorgeous 105f1.4AFS

I just got back to the office to find that B&H had delivered my brand new Nikkor 105f1.4AFS lens. Oh my, is it simply a thing of beauty! Seriously, I’ve had the lens just a couple of days and already I can’t put it down. At f1.4 (which is where it counts since that’s what we’re paying for) it is so radically sharp, I absolutely love it. And don’t be mistaken, we are paying for it to be sharp at f/1.4 and nowhere else. Over the weekend, I was just working on getting back from 10days on the road so didn’t have time to do a formal field test. But after just a few clicks, I knew I was in love! While this sounds simply silly, but it has to be the sexiest lens on the D5 of any lens! It’s big, 82mm front filter and it ain’t light. All that just adds to its sexibility in my book because when you hold it, you know you’re holding one...

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on Aug 8, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong Lens

Flatly stated, I missed the shot. The client wasn’t happy and I was instantly made aware of it! The business of photography does come down to simply one thing, the photograph. You don’t get it and no matter what excuse you might throw out, the bottom line is the job you’re being paid for was not completed. Cause you still don’t have that one photo. What was the shot I missed? I don’t have the aircraft smack dab in front of the glowing red ball of flame. Another photographer not part of our team was in the right place at the right time with the right lens and he got the image, and he got his image right to my client. It is a very cool shot and I congratulate him. And I didn’t have it. Is the mistake, the lost photograph, a recoverable business proposition? Given time, more than likely but faith has been lost and that hurts. What do you do in this kind of situation when...

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on Jul 31, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 105f1.4 AFS – OMG!

It’s so bloody cool I can talk about this lens finally! The new 105f1.4AFS is a spectacular addition to the line and one instantly added to my camera bag (ordered from B&H). So before more emails coming in asking, I do take portraits, lots of them and when I shot film, the 105f1.8 was an essential lens in my bag. I currently have the 85f1.8AFS which I like but I don’t love (it’s not the lens, it’s the focal length). Its slot in the bag was instantly vacated when the 105f1.4AFS was announced. Why do I think I need a fast 105mm lens? The main portraits I take right now involve pilots and planes. Having a good working distance from aircraft is important especially with light stands (the Profoto B1 & B2). At the same time, the narrower angle of view permits me to manipulate the background. And the narrow depth of field, that’s tells the story. This is just one use I have for this lens. Ya, not...

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