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on Dec 7, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Amazing 300PF!

The Nikkor 300PF is simply an amazing lens! The video pretty much says it all why I love this lens so much. I just touch on using the 300PF with the TC-14eIII. This teleconverter works so beautifully with this lens, to me it’s almost an essential combo. I don’t mention on the video the need for a tripod collar as it does not come with one. I highly recommend the Really Right Stuff LC-A12. When working out of a vehicle, I put a LensCoat on to protect it from getting scratched up. Bottomline is simple, great lens for so many purposes. You want it in your camera...

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on Nov 25, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Osmo is Sooo Cool!

The DJI Osmo is simply brilliant! I’ve had it now a couple of days and literally cannot put it down! You’ve probably not heard about it, it is VERY new and opens up video to us all in an unique an economic way. No, this is not a GoPro replacement, quite the contrary. This 4k video / still camera is a handheld gimbal head with power 360 rotation and stabilization. You can take this small but powerful tool to places you could never navigate in before. What I think is so brilliant is you attach your iPhone and that’s your monitor and control center. I’ve gotta run and play in the snow with it, hope to have first finished video for you next...

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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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