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on Feb 26, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

300PF or 80-400VR?

Ever since the 300PF was introduced, I’ve been constantly asked … “What’s better for wildlife, the 300PF or the 80-400VR?” Now in answering this question, I’m looking just at 300mm vs. the 80-400VR at 400mm. The first at most important thing, IMHO, the 300PF and the 80-400VR are just as sharp as each other. There is no advantage over each other here. Adding the TC-14eIII to the 300PF getting to 420mm f/5.6 doesn’t change this IMHO (you can see in the photo above the length comparison, the 300 w/1.4x still much shorter than 80-400). So when answering the question, which is better, there is no help looking there. Neither is there looking at focusing speed, both focus just as fast. So in coming up with my answer which is better for wildlife photography, I bring your attention to the two lenses specs: 300f4 PF80-400VR Weight: 26.6ozWeight: 56ozMFD: 4.6'MFD: 5.74' Aperture range: f/4-32Aperture range: f/4.5-32 - 5.6-40Aperture at 300mm: f/4Aperture at 400mm: f/5.6 VR: YesVR: YesWork with Converter: YesWork with...

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on Feb 6, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Macro -D750/SB-910

It’s pitch black, the trail is narrow, slippery and heading downhill. Headlamp on the forehead and I’m pouring sweat. Pouring! Sounds like a perfect night to head into the Costa Rica rainforest to find and photograph some frogs. Before ever heading down the trail, had to do that photography thing first. Get the gear out, set up and tested. With sweat pouring down your face, with slippery footing and trying to find a small subject in the viewfinder, in the field is not to time or place to set up up gear. I took this gear to Costa Rica specifically for photographing the frogs. The D750 for a couple of reasons. One, it’s so light it is very easy to hold in one hand. Two, it’s pop up flash, that was key. Three, love the detail its file produces. The lens, the old 70-180macro zoom. It’s still one of the finest lenses Nikon has ever made IMHO and does 1:1 with a HUGE working range. Lastly, the SB-910, the...

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on Jan 30, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Teleconverter

The questions about the TC-14E III has me scratching my head so I went to the web to see what’s out there. I was disappointed to see how much misinformation there is. For example, test shots taken where there is visible and obvious heat shimmer degrading image quality which is labeled as a bad teleconverter. It’s very easy to see how folks can be confused, hell, some of what I read confused the crap out of me! My preliminary shooting with the TC-14E III is impressing me but I’ve just begun. Until I’m done, I wanted to repost this five year old video which might help...

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on Jan 29, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

What’s the Best Investment?

We’ve got a great accountant! Had the same crazy guy since day one of our business, literally, since day one. I remember going into his office for the first time (and actually the only time) 34yrs ago like it was yesterday. I was scared too death, how much was all this going to cost me just kept running through my mind as with lightning speed he tapped the keys of the adding machine (big box, bunch of buttons with paper that streamed out the backside) making this noise that just sounded like money being sucked out of my wallet. He looked at the figures I scrolled down on his form, he looked up at me and then back at the figures and hit those damn keys again. I sat there for about ten minutes as my meager pay went off to pay taxes. He got down to the box containing the dollar amount for all the gear purchased that year when he stopped, looked up at me and said,...

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on Jan 28, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Nikon TC-14E III

I clearly remember the giant silver case when it arrived. Inside was a new 600f4 EDIF and its 1.4x teleconverter. That was 1982 and the 1.4x was only available when you purchased the 600mm, but it was obvious to me then that I wanted that 1.4x. I’ve had them all until the latest, TC-14E III came out. With the 800mm and its matched 1.25x, I didn’t see a need to own one until recently. I’ve heard a whole bunch about the new 1.4x on both sides of the fence so yesterday, B&H delivered one to my desk. I’ll be giving it a whirl over the next couple of weeks including with the new 300f4 which I expect next week. I’ll let you know what I find so in the mean time, no need to keep writing me asking what I...

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on Jan 27, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Field Shoot – 1 Nikon 70-300

Just prior to heading to Costa Rica, the loaner 1 Nikon 70-300 arrived. I did a quick post because I was instantly impressed by the small size and huge quality. Well we went off to Costa Rica and I put the 70-300 into Sharon’s hands to shoot. Sharon is a very good shooter and has a rock solid shooting technique. With her shooting the 70-300 which when zoomed out is the same as the 800mm I was shooting, we could easily see the results. She shot with her Nikon V2 and as you can see, the results are stunning! The critters you’re seeing here are: Northern Jacana Roadside Hawk Northern Jacana Golden-naped Woodpecker White-faced Monkey Three-toed Sloth All of these photos were taken handheld. The Northern Jacana and White-faced Monkey were taken from the water shooting from a sea kayak. The Three-toed Sloth was shot overhead and is a mother with young. To say this lens is spectacular is an understatement. Sharon did a marvelous job as always and...

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