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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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on Nov 3, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 24-70VR

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 Jan 25, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 70-200f4 VR

The 70-200f4VR is a really great lens that I had given a test drive when it first came out. I didn’t acquire it then, had the 70-200f2.8 in my bag and its two unique features weren’t what I needed at the time. Current projects brought it back and this time, into the bag. What are the two special attributes why I wanted this version of 70-200? The real biggie is its closes down to f/32, the f/2.8 version only goes to f/22. Why is that important? In my air to air work and shooting in Shutter Priority, that f/32 really makes a difference. You might be wondering about the other end, wide open? If I need 70f/2.8, I’ll use the 24-70VR otherwise the f/4 is shallow enough DoF for me for this lens. The other biggie for me is it weighs just about nothing. It shares the same tripod collar as the 300PF which is nice but it’s filter size required the purchase of a new polarizer. Its optical...

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on Jan 5, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon D5 & D500!

VERY exciting day today, Nikon announced some great new tools highlighting the D5 & D500, 360, flash and accessories. I’ve personally not had any of this in my hands but you can head here for the D5 page and here for D5, D4s comparison PDF and here for D5 Brochure. D500 page is here with more on it. New Key Mission 360 is here and SB-5000 is here. Lots of reading to do...

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on Jan 5, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Gloves 2016

A real common question this time of year is “What gloves do you use? Back in the day, I would haunt every outdoor store I ventured by and gleaned the glove display trying to find the glove that kept my hands warm and permited me to shoot. Then our sons got into xcross skiing and I found the Swix gloves and fell in love. From past experience, I bought 3 pairs of gloves for different temps. Last year I had to replace two sets of my gloves and amazingly, they are still on the market this year. A & B got replaced and this is what I got and love A, Manzella Men’s Silkweight Windstopper Glove. This first pair is when it’s just starting to get cold. This next pair is what I wear probably the most of all of these. The B, Swix Star XC 100 Glove simply rock, lots of warm and flexibility. They have a special material on the top to cut the wind. These are...

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