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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 Feb 4, 2016 in Camera Tech

400,000 & Counting!

My favorite app just announced to me that I’ve just now traveled over 400,000 air miles in the last five years. No wonder my Eagle Creek Duffle looks like hell! All those miles are photographic related, traveling to and from projects with camera gear. If you’re new to traveling with gear, it can be scary and some of the kind words of advice I see, of not much real help. So I thought I’d put out my formula for traveling with gear in the hopes it might give you ideas and confidence. I basically have two modes of traveling with gear and they both depend on the subject of the project. For everything except wildlife, this is what I do. Depending on the size of the project, I use the Think Tank Airport Security, Int’l or Airstream. All three of these bags are rollers and I use the one that holds the amount of gear needed for the project. Aviation project is always going to be the Airport Security,...

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