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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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on May 26, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon Lens Wipes Rock!

Aviation just makes camera gear messy and oily. So finding something to instantly clean it on the spot has been an on going search until two months ago. Ya, I’ve tried brand X, Y & Z but none I’ve found work as great as these Nikon Lens Wipes. Over the last month, I’ve given these out to many photographers to get their impressions as well. All have loved them so much, they’ve gone and bought them for themselves but there is the rub. You can’t find these at any of your normal outlets. I found this 200 count box on Amazon, but they are not always there and the price can very from $9.99 to $29.99 for the same box. I use these on my front elements, lens barrels, camera LCD and rubber, glasses, computer keyboard, nearly everything and they do a killer job. Thought I would pass the find along, they do make my life in the field a littler easier, and...

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on May 25, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Face Detection Magic?

Ever since we first started shooting with the D5, understanding how it works with its new features has been a fun quest. The first big puzzlement came when photographing Sharp-tailed Grouse using Auto Area AF, the D5 grabbed on and locked focus in low light on subjects BEHIND grasses. Its performance defies IMHO how the classic AF systems work. They need contrast, strong vertical and/or horizontal lines to operate and in this scenario with the grouse, the lines were IN FRONT of the subject yet the AF system consistently locked focus on and delivered sharp images. And if Kevin hadn’t been beside me shooting with his D5 getting the same results, I would have thought it a fluke. But it’s not a fluke! While at Magee Marsh photographing the warblers as they danced in and out of the tree limbs, at one point the D5 locked on and in the viewfinder I saw what I hypothesize as being how the AF system works. In the upgrade of the D5...

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