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on Dec 30, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Which AF Mode?

“Which AF mode should I use?” This is a real common question and one that I wrestled with when the new AF modes (or correctly stated, sensor patterns) came about years ago. The AF system in our Nikons is really good, really sophisticated and can be real confusing. I RELY on the AF system in my photography because it permits my mind to concentrate on more important things like storytelling since I KNOW the AF system will get the subject sharp. I have no illusions, that AF is why my photography is successful. So, which AF Mode do I use? Here’s how I think of it, how I compartmentalize the AF mode’s jobs in my photography. Moving = Auto Area AF, Non-moving = Group Area AF (or D21 if Grp not available) in AF-C. Let me explain. In both of these visual examples, the subject is very much moving. That’s not what I’m talking about in how I determine which AF mode to use. In the top photographic example...

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on Dec 14, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

24-70VR … really? … Really!

I’ve had more than a few interesting emails in the last week in regards to the new 24-70VR lens. Summing up the emails is simple, “Why did you buy the lens when the tests show it’s not as good as the old 24-70?” The answer is pretty darn simple, I find the lens not only a tad better, but the VR on some projects might be a life saver. What I need some folks to understand is, that just because I like it doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Nor that I do or don’t believe the tests. I tried to make this clear last write up on this lens, but emails keep coming in. The results I’m getting are making me and last two clients, quite happy. Personally, I can ask no more from a lens. From yesterday’s storm … love the detail...

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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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