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on Mar 20, 2009 in Camera Gear Posts

Epson 7900 – gorgeous technology

This movie requires Flash Player 9 I love printing, I have since the first click as a kid. It hasn’t changed with digital and in fact, probably increased. When the FedEx Freight truck pulled up in the drive today, I couldn’t wait for the door to open and see the new Epson 7900 inside (yeah, the printer comes on its own pallet). Luckily I have Jake home this week so the two of us unpackaged and carried the beast upstairs into the office. It was when I started to read the instructions we saw that Espon recommends 4 people for carrying the 7900. Guess that’s why my back’s tired tonight. We set it up and removed all the tape in front of the slide files and the paradox made me want to take a snap. Looks like it was taken off the Star Trek set, man the photon torpedoes! It comes with enough ink to charge the system and a few prints, then you’ve got to buy a set,...

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on Mar 20, 2009 in Camera Gear Posts, Camera Tech

The Nikon 200-400VR Lens

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Ever since I was shown a prototype of the 200-400VR lens, I’ve owned one. The original 200-400 zoom was a monster in size, dealy sharp and very expensive. I’m glad the VR model only retains the two of the important aspects of the original, focal length and sharpness. I depend on this lens for so much of my photography, I have it with me no matter what it takes. It is wicked sharp at all focal lengths. It focuses down to within 6.6″ , incredibly well balanced for handholding and is just one sweet lens. Our first visit to photograph Kodiak Bears, I had the 200-400 with me and it was great. I was often walking around and getting in places that I could only handhold. The lens just rocks! Here’s a little more trivia for ya. Photo captured by D2Xs, 200-400VR on Lexar digital...

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on Mar 19, 2009 in Camera Gear Posts

I Just Gotta Say Something

I’ve been using a Tamrac 694 Roller forever for airline travel. I’m not using it for what it is designed to do by any stretch. Mine looks nothing like this photo. It has about 232,000 air miles and has been beaten within an inch of its life. The back handles smashed in, front pockets basically torn off, zippers still spinning on some baggage claim belt somewhere. Despite that, I’ve always trusted to it my most precious and fragile camera gear when I travel. It has never, never let me down! Well my faithful companion on my last trip to FL had meet its final match, it appeared as if it had literally been ran over. All the contents were fine but the main zipper was blown out, one side broken down. It got me home but that was its last trip. It worked out to $.0002 an air mile so it was a no-brainer, I went out and bought a new one. The old one was way out of...

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on Mar 4, 2009 in Camera Gear Posts

Here’s your Nikon trivia for the day

Nikon has celecrated its 50yr aniv of the F Mount. What’s the F Mount? That’s the system in which the lens is attached to the body, the chrome rings. It is the longest history among lens mounts for 35mm format SLRs. And that’s your Nikon Trivia for the...

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