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on Feb 24, 2017 in Field Reports

Extenda is So Cool!

The folks at B&H along with Vello have just come out with their Extenda. This is a very cool tool that has lots of applications in our photography. The example I’m using here is wildlife because it was something I could test with instantly. But I see applications for video work and client tethered so I’ve just scratched the surface of its possibilities. Here’s the first obvious application. The Extenda was connected via the USB port to the D500 (connected to 300PF). Set up remotely out in the cold (Zero degrees), I’m over 50′ and one room away by the fire watching the feeder on my iPad mini. When the subject appears, you tap the shutter release button (white circle on the right) and the camera fires, all realtime. It’s just that simple! Set up, connecting and learning took seconds which was nice. In this scenario if you see your subject landing at a spot where you did not focus, tap the screen of your device and the camera...

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on Feb 23, 2017 in Field Reports

They’ve Got The Juice!

Batteries are such an important “minor,” major component of our shooting. No power, no shooting, it’s that simple! So I’m always on the quest for the best battery I can find so then I can forget it. Got the new MX AA NiMH Batteries (8-Pack, 1.2V, 2550mAh), that’s right 2550mAh rechargeable batteries and do they pack the power! First thing, I stuck them right from the package into the SB-5000 and I popped off repeatedly over 100 flashes without seeing any reduction in recycle time. Then I put them in my favorite AA charger, topped them off and popped off a few hundred more flashes with no slow down in recycling. My testing has just begun but see an improvement over my last brand so I’m sticking with these. Gotta love that...

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on Feb 8, 2017 in Field Reports

Winter & Gear

“How do YOU deal with shooting in snow?” A common question of late so here are my basics. Understand be it snow or rain, my basic philosophy is if I can stand it, so can my gear. Now if I shot football and was stuck on the sidelines in a down pour with no possible cover for an hour, I might do things a little differently. But that’s not the case so I don’t use a cover for my gear when in these conditions. Rather, I have a dry, white towel tucked in my jacket that I use to BLOT my gear dry, I do not wipe! Blotting soaks up the moisture compared to wiping, which can force the moisture into cracks and crevices where it can cause harm. When I put my camera gear back into my MP-1 V2, it is as dry as I can make it so the moisture does not get transferred to the bag’s interior. When I get back inside, the first thing that...

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on Jan 27, 2017 in Field Reports

Elvid OCM-10-PSM FieldVision – Wow!

Wearing two hats when shooting, I look for, find, and use every trick I can to get the job done. Now you might be saying, “Hasn’t Moose done a product report on a monitor before?” And the answer is yes, a number of them. Why, cause I’m looking for that right one for the job at hand. The latest generation, the Elvid OCM-10-PSM FieldVision is just that. Here are the specs: Elvid OCM-10-PSM FieldVision Highlights 10.1″ Display 1280×800, IPS LCD Supports NTSC/PAL & HD Composite, Component, SDI & HDMI Inputs 178° Viewing Angle Top/Bot L/R Signal Analyzers & Auto Signal Detect Waveform, Vectorscope, Histogram Overlay Safe Area Markers & Focus Aid Function DSLR Scaling for Full Screen Viewing Five Assignable Preset Buttons 12 VDC & Sony L-Type Battery Plate But this video really says it best. (picture on monitor...

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on Jan 18, 2017 in Field Reports

The Amazing Feiyu MG V2

I’ve come to the end of my two year search for the perfect handheld DSLR gimbal, the Feiyu MG V2. The video says it all, the button below takes you to all the gear we...

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