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on Nov 24, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

In The Bag – 24-70VR

So why did I finally decide to add the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens replacing the old and trusted 24-70AFS? This past weekend of shooting pushed me over the line. The new 24-70VR I’m seeing just a bit cleaner, sharper, sweeter image at f/2.8 at all the focal lengths. Having a fast zoom is only worth the price if at that fast f/stop the images are what you need. For me the overall plane shot at the top wasn’t enough to make me take the plunge. When I started to look at the portraits I’ve taken with it though, that’s why I took the plunge. The shot of Stan who is trying his best to see out of that Stearman, the softness, cleanness of the background I really like. Is it radically better than the 24-70AFS? No, it is not and in fact, it is a tad better and that’s all. But I’ll take that edge when I can find it. Now why does a wildlife photographer...

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on Nov 18, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

IoSafe 1515 Rocks our Business!

My love affair with the IoSafe 1515+ and Synology just keeps growing the more I work with it! I have come to rely on DS File in a way that a year ago, I would have told you I would never need. The beauty is I can access all my photos from ANYWHERE in the world if a client needs them. Then get the files to them from my iPhone using products like HIGHTAIL without ever logging into a computer! Done this twice providing quick service. Now you have to have your files organized and being anal, WRP files are all organized and easy to find. Clients typically already know the file they want having the file name, so it’s just a matter of some taps and they are in their hands. Yeap, every images has it’s own unique alpha-numeric code, a system we initiated forty years ago that you can find here that everyone is welcome to use. I thought when I went to the IoSafe to just...

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on Nov 2, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

24-70VR – 1st Impressions

Cutting right to the chase, I like the new 24-70VR lens, its beautiful. If you own the original 24-70AFS should you rush out and replace it? From first impressions, I’d say only if you really think you must have VR. If you’re in the market for the first time to buy a 24-70, which should you buy? The VR hands down! What kind of statements can I make about the new 24-70VR after just a few hours? Ya, it’s heavier because it now has a VR motor inside. Yes, the lens barrel is made from the same composite as the 300PF and 18-35AFS which has already proven themselves outstandingly rugged. Yes, it feels really good in the hand with silky smooth action. And yes, it is sharp! And you ask if am I buying one … …I’m on the fence still. We went for a hike up to McCloud Lake on Saturday and I took the 24-70VR along (I hate bald skies). Inspection of those images look really sweet....

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on Nov 2, 2015 in Camera Tech

B2 vs Small Flash

I just love my Profoto B2 flashes! You can see just one way I use them in my KelbyOne Pilot Portrait class. But if you watch this video, it has some interesting comparison. While the final photos don’t do flash any favor, the info is worth...

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on Oct 28, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Why the D750?

“Why use the D750 at Bryce instead of the 810?” recently popped up in my Twitter feed. The answer was quite simple, wireless. But I got the feeling that answer didn’t work for some so thought I should explain. When working with other photographers and helping them to “see” what I’m “seeing” when the camera can’t deliver the finished photo, working wireless is a killer teaching tool. In this case, shooting B&W, “seeing” not only the B&W image but how it looks once finished. I sent the image to the iPhone 6, ran the D750 image through Photoshop Express and Photoshop Fix. By being able to “finish” a photo in the field, holding up the iPhone to see the reality and the perception is a powerful tool for learning. Since wireless is built into the D750 and works so perfectly, it produces big, beautiful files, the reason why I shot with it instead of the D810 was simple, wireless. (actual iPhone 6...

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on Oct 16, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

LensSack is a Rock!

Our friends at LensCoat has come out with two great mods to their bean bag support line. LensSack Pro (seen above) and LensSack ProJr (seen below) bring the addition of a metal plate adding a vast amount of stability to our gear. What I really like about these is their ability to conform to any car/truck/van door while keeping the working experience the same. You might be asking why you don’t see my product shots here? Well, I went out last night to do just that, and it started to rain. I woke up and it’s still raining. Since we need the rain so bad, I left the Pro on the truck door just so it would keep on raining. Rain or shine, these are the best bean bags I’ve seen for a long...

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