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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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on Jan 16, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 1 70-300 OMG!

So Wednesday, the box arrived containing the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens and with all that’s going on here, I didn’t give it a second thought. Then last night, after basically tripping on it, I remembered it was here. I’d gotten it for Sharon for our upcoming Costa Rica and later on Africa trip. I put it on the V3 and OMG! Then I took some photos at sunset and, OMG again! Seriously … freakin wow! Look at the size of this lens, it fits in the palm of Sharon’s hand! Half of that is the shade for goodness sake! And if you look at the barrel, you see it say EQUIV 135 = 189-810mm. That’s right, that’s a 800mm lens sitting there in Sharon’s hand! It focuses amazing close, incredibly fast, has manual focus capability and is wicked sharp. No, it’s not a replacement for the “real” 800mm but when you think that on the V3 you have 60FPS, great image quality in a really small package,...

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on Jan 15, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Why Nikon?

“There’s a box here for you Mr. Peterson,” said the gal behind the registration desk. On the shipping label I saw “Corrado” and knew that once again, Mike had come through to save my butt (he had nearly a decade of experience saving my butt already). Inside the box was the latest version of the 600f4 to demo. That was back in 1997. Yesterday morning Mike heard I was in need, again, so he reached out to me with a solution that once again, saved my butt. I’m often, really often, asked why I shoot Nikon and one of the stand out reasons is because of Mike Corrado! He’s one of the quiet guys at Nikon NPS but he has always, always been there for me and that makes a huge difference! Besides being a really good guy, he’s one damn fine shooter! That I think is really important since with that knowledge, he’s just that more effective in his assistance cause he’s been there. So in answering the...

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on Jan 12, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag


Tripods are an essential tool, simply put! Tripods are expensive, at least the ones I use and I understand that. The tripods I do use like primarily the Gitzo 5561SGT, I’ve had for a long time so that initial investment has paid for itself. But not everyone needs that commitment from their tripod, they don’t use them daily so making this investment doesn’t always make sense. So last fall I went looking for the best carbon fiber tripod for the money for budget minded. What I got and have been using now for three months is the Oben CT-2491 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs and I really like! What features make this a winner to me? It’s physically small and very light yet extends to the height to just under my chin. It’s carbon fiber which I think is essential! Its legs do open up but with the center column, cannot go flat on to the ground (the ying and yang). I really like how the spiked legs are...

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