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on Jul 10, 2017 in Field Reports

The Amazing UTM-86

The Senal UTM-86 Lav Mic is truly an amazing Lav Mic especially for the price! The video covers all the great attributes about this mic including the additional power supply you see pictured below (not used in the recording of the video). You can plug this Lav mic into a Sennheiser or Nikon WE-M1 and other units. The UTM-86 comes with: UTM-86-35H Lav Mic with 3.5mm Connector PS-48B-35H Phantom Power Supply Single, Double Tie Clip, and Cable Clip Magnetic Clip with Lanyard Viper Clip and Foam Windscreen Carry...

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on Jul 5, 2017 in Field Reports

The D7500 is a Delight!

I’ve just finished my first month with the D7500 and I can tell you, it’s a delight to shoot with! What many are calling the “lit’l brother of the D500,” I think that if that’s the kind of performance you’re looking for but in a smaller package, the D7500 accomplishes that very well! This DX body packs a lot of goodies inside its smaller frame but the most important is the file and there, the D7500 isn’t coming up short. There were two stands outs for me in the D7500 performance that I truly appreciated. Its metering and AF performance are the same as the D500. While it doesn’t have the same FPS as the D500 and its handling is a tad different from its smaller size, the D7500 took no time to get used to, no little goofies to overcome. I shot with it like I do the D500 and it delivered. As you can see in the two images above, The D7500 worked in low light or...

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on Jun 13, 2017 in Field Reports

Nikon D7500 – 1st Impressions

Ever since my post yesterday I’ve had lots of questions about the D7500 which is great! It’s fun to see excitement about a camera body. There have been lots of good questions, many I don’t have an answer too since I’ve only been shooting with it for a few days. To answer some, ya it feels really good in the hand and is very light. Shooting with the 300PF worked really well as you can see above. Its firing rate is pretty impressive for such a small thing with a really nice buffer. The viewfinder is really bright but it does have the square exit pupil which personally drives me nuts. The big question, would I recommend it? From my first impression, ya, it’s a really fun, light responsive DX body producing sweet files! The Arctic Hare was real fun to work last night at midnight. At first, we seemed a little shy but within five minutes we were walking around working it in the last rays of the...

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on May 24, 2017 in Field Reports

The “Stick” Light

I recently received the Genaray SP-C Kit, something I’ve long wanted to experiment with. What I call personally a “stick” light, the SP-C kit contains the LED “stick” light and Ringlight. The HUGE benefit to these stick lights is their extreme lightweight, portability and ease of use. To be honest with you, I had NO CLUE if such a tool would be a viable tool for my shooting. The only way to find out is to take a stick light out into the field and shoot with it. As you can see, I shot with a stick light and here are my first thoughts. First and foremost, just like with any light, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. They do throw out the light, that is for sure but without any kind of light modifier like barndoors or silk, it’s just a bright light. That means you gotta use distance to mellow it and that means throwing light everywhere. There can lie a challenge. I shot with...

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on May 17, 2017 in Field Reports

Brave New World

Well, I started something a year ago that I’ve slowly embraced in some of my bird photos. It has to do with the “glow” that comes with a slight about of overexposure when you have a minimum of highlights to “blowout.” Last year it was strictly by accident but I loved the result so this year I’m trying to do it on purpose. It’s really pretty simple. I set the camera (D5 or D500 only) to overexposure to either +1/3, +2/3 or 1 stop. Now with +1/3, the camera does a great job with the highlights and shadows. You move up to +2/3 and it does a good job and at +1, you gotta be careful as it tends to protect shadpw detail letting more highlights blow out. I’m getting pretty good at reading the light and the camera’s responce when doing this. But it’s not perfect so for my and telling stories with exposure, it’s still a brave new...

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