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on Jul 12, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Lexar – Faster Than Me!

They are not new to the world, but they sure are to me and I’m bummed it took me so long to connect. The Lexar 32GB JumpDrive C20i Lightning to USB 3.0 Cable (long name huh) is a really way cool, miniature tool for this day and age (It comes in 64GB size too!). They are so small that in shooting the shot to show size, Sadie thought it was a dog treat. What this little jewel does is permit you to transfer anything from your computer to your iPhone / iPad without the use of iTunes (or vice versa). How does it do this … a free Lexar app finishes the connection and permits the transfer. Why might you want this? Instant posting of a photo from your camera, providing a video to your client’s device, the list can go on and on. Perhaps even a back up, the uses are endless. It’s a simple yet elegant tool you want to check...

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on Jun 28, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The 14-24AFS Front Element Do you own a 14-24AFS? I’ve had mine since they were first introduced in 2007. It comes with a Slip On Front Lens Cover which does a great job of protecting the large front element until it gets used alot. Then it just falls off on its own. I had this happen to me so I went and got the LensCoat Hoodie (actually mine is from NPS from long ago). It’s not the same as the plastic cap that comes with the 14-24AFS as its front has some play in it. So I always zoom my lens back to 24mm when I put the Hoodie on. The video above demonstrates just what I’ve talking about. It’s a small thing but it protects a big...

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on Jun 14, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

IoSafe 1515+ – Six Months Later

My love affair with the IoSafe 1515+ and Synology is stronger than ever! I have come to rely on DS File in a way that a year and a half ago I would never have guessed. The beauty is I can access all my photos from ANYWHERE in the world if a client needs them. This sounds grandiose but twice now, being able to grab the Nef for a client while in their presence made all the difference in making the sale. The ability to retrieve and send files from the IoSafe 1515+ from my iPhone using products like HIGHTAIL without ever logging into a computer has become a common occurrence now part of my workflow. WRP files are all organized and easy to find, every images has it’s own unique alpha-numeric code, a system we initiated forty years ago here making finding any ONE image in the 2.6 million simple. I thought when I went to the IoSafe it was just to safeguard our digital assets. I had...

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on Jun 13, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Weekend with the D500

I had a marvelous weekend home in the Eastern Sierra so took the luxury to shoot the brains out of the D500. The hefty DX format camera is a handful of fun and is packed with features I see photographers just loving. In case you didn’t catch the last post, B&H was able to get to me the D500 / 16-80VR kit for my first body to test. I went with the kit because it seemed like the perfect match up. As it turned out, it is! We had some great weather which brought some fun photo opps. The clouds at sunrise produced lots of photographs, the above is just a sample. I spent most of my time with the D500 shooting birds. This is because of what I’ve heard from you folks, the desire to find the best wildlife kit (body & lens). I don’t have a 200-500 in the office at the moment but do have the 300PF with TC-14eIII. The combination of D500 / 300PF /...

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on Jun 9, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon D500 – Bloody Well Done!

The D500 has arrived finally and wow, Nikon really did a bloody fine job with this camera! The size, feel, FPS (what a great sounding shutter) and right out of the box appeal is simply over the top! The first body B&H shipped me is the D500 Kit (comes with 16-80DX) in part because I figured this lens Nikon determined was perfectly matched to the performance of the D500. The D500 is so closely matched to the D5, it was very easy to pick it up and go. The D500 incorporates the round eyepiece on the viewfinder which I love. It is larger than the D750 which is nice and uses the same batteries as the D750 which is great. Has the fold out LCD which I love and you can change the AF Sensors in Group AF to dots (which I miss on the D5). The real biggie for me is the 4k video which I’ve just started to dive into. I have a basic set of D500...

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