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on Feb 15, 2018 in Field Reports

The Monstrous ThinkTank Video Mngr 44

The video says it all for us, we LOVE the Video Tripod Mngr 44! Here are the specs for this bad boy: Standout Features: *Crush-resistant ABS twinwall reinforcement provides impact protection *Shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions *Protective zipper flap keeps zippers running smooth after years of use *Holds cinema sized tripods, stands, sliders and/or modifiers up to 40” *Included lock and cable to secure the main compartment and your case to a fixed object *Rectangular stackable shape for portability and space saving *Multiple tie-down straps secure your tripod, stands or slider when transporting between locations *Coffin-style opening gives unencumbered access to gear *Eight exterior handles for team lift and easier lifting and loading *YKK® RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon and ABS Twinwall reinforcement are the highest quality materials in the industry *Bolster cushions provide support for different sized gear *ID plate can be registered on the Think Tank website to help your lost or stolen bag be returned *Large interior mesh pockets...

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on Jan 30, 2018 in Field Reports

Powering the D850

You have three basic ways to power the D850, the single EN-EL15a battery, the MB-D18 (with its battery options) or the AC EH-5c/EP-5B. Many have been asking how I’m powering my D850? The vast majority of the time I use the EN-EL15a battery which I find, even in extreme cold, does a great job. When doing the all night time lapse, I turn to the EH-5c/EP-5B but that only will work when you have AC. That leaves the MB-D18 with its battery options as the long time lapse portable option. I’ve not received a MB-D18 yet as I ordered it really late in the release but my good friend Igor has it just for this purpose which to me makes sense. Using the MB-D18 all the time for me or the team just doesn’t make sense as we want a smaller camera than the D5, not the same size. So like everything else I do in photography, I have the tools I need to solve the problems I...

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on Jan 2, 2018 in Field Reports

Gloves 2018

A real common question this time of year is “What gloves do you use? Back in the day, I would haunt every outdoor store I ventured by and gleaned the glove display trying to find the glove that kept my hands warm and permited me to shoot. Then our sons got into xcross skiing and I found the Swix gloves and fell in love. From past experience, I bought 3 pairs of gloves for different temps. Though this year I had to replace none of my gloves, I went looking to answer the question, “What gloves this year?”. I’ve got to tell you, I was pretty disappointed in what I found. It’s like gloves and glove technology took a back seat in design. Gloves A (Swik Universal XC Ski Glove) & B (Swik Icon Universal Insulated Glove) are the style I wear the majority of the time. This first pair (A ) is when it’s just starting to get cold. This next pair Swik Icon Universal Insulated glove(B )...

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on Dec 28, 2017 in Field Reports

Superior Sound – Zoom H6

Audio is everything in video production and the best is the Zoom H6. The is our principle recording for our major productions. The simplicity of the Zoom H6 along with its versatility when combined with its audio recording quality (and its low) price make it the secret in video recording. I would have loved to record this video with the Zoom but I would have been tied up in cables trying to make it work. Watch the video, you’ll understand. And get the Zoom H6! Here’s a list of all the devices in the video H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System Sennheiser G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME 2 Lavalier Mic ME-W1 Wireless Microphone Set H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Black) Olympus LS-P2 Linear PCM Digital Recorder Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Mic (Black) Zoom H6 Specs (click on Spec...

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on Dec 13, 2017 in Field Reports

Yes, D850 Detail Wins the Day!

I’ve been coming to witness the magic of Bosque del Apache for nearly thirty years. A major part of that magic is what we affectionately call “The Blastoff.” That’s when the thousands upon thousands of Snow Geese explode off the field or water and in mass fly overhead. It’s just absolutely one of the magnificent spectacles of the wild world. I’ve photographed it many times but the 24×30 prints have fallen short of bringing this wonder to life. This issue for me is the detail in each individual goose lacking, not clearly defined. That shortfall is now a thing of the past. The D850 / 18-35AFS captured that detail clearly bringing home for me the memory that has long been locked in my heart. So for me, there’s no doubt that yes, the D850 detail wins the...

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