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on Oct 4, 2016 in Field Reports

D500 Video Machine!

I get LOT of emails asking if I have a D500 and use it. The answer is a resounding YES! As I’ve written before though, we use the D500 as a video machine to which it excels! Yes, it does a killer job shooting stills as Brent has shown many times. But for me personally, when it comes to stills I’m shooting FX, the D5, simply because that’s how my mind sees things and the lenses I have in my bag. But when it comes to video, I think the D500 is matched by none. I asked Brent who shoots the D500 A LOT as a video machine to put together a simple video to show you that quality it produces. Because of all the background noise of the airshow, I substituted jet sounds to make the video a little easier to listen to....

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on Sep 26, 2016 in Just Out!

MC24-EL … Great Sound is Everything!

The video really says it all, well sounds it all but here’s some additional trivia. First and foremost, I love the Senal MC24-EL Shotgun mic! This heavy duty, beautifully sensitive, full sound mic is serious sound. What I have is the MX24-EL Long Condenser Shotgun Microphone Kit which I highly recommend. Second, it runs on just a AA, no phantom power needed. Nuff said, stop reading and start listening to the results!...

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on Sep 19, 2016 in Just Out!

KeyMission Family Announced!

Nikon announced at PhotoKina today the new KeyMission Family, the KeyMission 360 Action Camera, KeyMission 170 4K Action Camera and KeyMission 80 Action Camera and a boat load of accessories. You can order them...

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on Sep 12, 2016 in Field Reports

Nikons 105f1.4 AFS – Amazing!

I’ve had the most amazing weekend of shooting and in large part, shooting with the new Nikon 105f1.4 AFS lens. First and foremost, it’s one sexy lens. It has a 82mm front element and the rest of its stubby barrel is just as wide. It has a really large manual focusing ring with remarkable quick and smooth response which is really important when shooting with such narrow DoF. It does not have VR which might bug some, doesn’t bother me. I’ve only shot it at one f/stop since I got it, f/1.4 (Thanks B&H!). My “real” shoot that I really wanted this lens for is later today so I spent the weekend like always, married to a new piece of gear shooting it at lots of subjects. Here is my dear Sharon posing on her birthday while up in Minot celebrating. The band of focus is on her eyes and the C-53 just 10″ behind her is out of focus. Gorgeous! This is a pricey lens, a very specific...

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on Aug 29, 2016 in Field Reports

The D500 & D750 … Which?

On our project, video is a HUGE component of the content we are creating. Being the producer, director, and still shooter, I shoot about 90% stills and 10% video shooting the D5. Brent on the other hand shoots 90% video and 10% stills (but as you can see above, he’s great with stills too!). We have D5s, D500s and D750s in the equipment locker along with a war chest of lenses. Brent being the video guy, I wanted to present you that side of the D500 & D750 as he shoots with them exclusively. Understand he depends on the D500 and that’s his primary body. So here is a working look at both the D500 and D750 in Brent’s words. Having been fortunate to fly with and film the Texas Flying Legends Museum for six months now, I’ve put a lot of time in on my D750, and now a D500, recording the flights and performances. So I wasn’t really phased when I was sent to Minot, North Dakota...

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