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on Jun 9, 2015 in Field Reports

300 PF +

I had a marvelous weekend here “working” in the office during our Sierra Bird weekend. We had some great birds come on by for the guys and some T’d up long enough for me to make a click or two. As the boys learned, shooting birds at our office is really pretty darn easy, at first. I took the opportunity to shoot over their shoulders every now and again and do some testing with the new 300PF and teleconverters. The 300PF by itself is an blistering sharp, super fast focusing lens that works perfect out the windows of the office. One of the boys gave it a test drive while he was here. I had to dig it out of his camera bag when he was packing to leave. The other ordered one on the spot. It is just that good! But how about with teleconverters? I’ve posted images already with the new TC-14E III. That’s sweet! Shooting with the D4s, I tested the 300PF with the TC-17eII and...

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on Jun 8, 2015 in Field Reports

D810A Everyday?

I couldn’t bear it anymore with all the cloudy skies at night so I started to squirrel around with the D810A as an everyday camera. Sorry, I couldn’t pass up the bad pun start, but this weekend, we started our Sierra Bird weekend with a 1yr Black Bear and then it just kept getting better from there so had plenty of opportunities to put the D810A through normal shooting situations. I’ve had a WHOLE bunch of emails asking if the D810A can be used for normal photography. So the quick answer is, Yes/No! Taking a step back, understand the D810A is NOT designed nor intended for everyday photography! Using the D810A for general shooting may result in a red cast in certain scenes – you can see well what the outcome may be in this site dedicated to the D810A. I’m being told some people are trying to “correct” this by using a hot mirror filter in front of the lens – theoretically it would bring down the IR...

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on Jun 2, 2015 in Just Out!

Merlin Photo ID

The bright folks at Cornell Labs has introduced a great resource for wildlife photographers. Merlin Photo ID which is in beta, is a website where you can have your bird photos IDed! It is in beta right now and the database have only 400 birds species (there are over 600 species in NA alone), it’s a great start and way for you to learn who you’re photographing! I tested it by giving it a hard one, the front view of a Allen’s Hummingbird which looks exactly like a Rufous from the front. I’m impressed! So those of you who are bird ID challenged, here’s an easy way to figure out who you...

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on Jun 1, 2015 in Field Reports

IoSafe Update

Many have emailed asking about the progress of my IoSafe 1515+ migration. Well, it was a slow start but goin now and here’s the update. After asking many, moving files drag and drop is what I was advised. Working on a Win box, that didn’t make sense to me but with all advising it was that simple, I tried it. Wrong (it is on the Mac though)! The D&D ended up farting on me after three and a half days. I then tried D&D differently but got the same results. So now I’ve turned my favorite program, SyncBackPro which is doing it’s usual great job. Now with that said, I’m on my first of six NAS units migrating files. The first box has 438,228 files to move and has 13 DAYS of it’s 18 DAYS left to complete the task. Why so slow? The computer can only work as fast as the slowest link and that’s the old NAS units. That’s just one of the many reasons I’m going...

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on May 22, 2015 in Field Reports

IoSafe 1515+ – Connecting

Before I left for Minot for filming my latest KelbyTraining class, in just minutes I was able to connect my Win 7 box to the IoSafe 1515+ and start the file migration process. Apologize for video quality, Brent cleaned it up some but with my Digital Library computer striped down, it has no screen capture software. I will list here later the process I used for connecting which was so fast, the video takes longer than the process. That’s sweet! Some asked how noisy are the fans on the unit. You can’t hear them in the video, they are that quiet once the system in...

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