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on Mar 25, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Do You Need a Fast Lens?

I’m so delighted by all the wildlife photography questions coming in right now, it’s great! A common one at the moment is, “Do I need a fast telephoto lens?” This question has been around as long as I’ve been shooting and it makes so much sense. Originally, the question came when we were shooting film and we were basically stuck at ASA64 (ASA=ISO). And while I still prefer shooting in the basement of ISO100, most raise their ISO so now the question of lens speed is not for shutter speed, but rather DoF. Just how much f/stop do you need for the DoF you desire? Your answer might cost you some bucks so here are my thoughts. My first telephoto lens was the Nikkor 400f5.6, an incredibly sharp lens. After many years, I thought I needed speed so I went deep, first getting the 300f2.8 and then 400f2.8 lenses. Gorgeous lenses but they took a bite from the budget from this struggling photographer. That’s when I went deep into...

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on Mar 4, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

CFexpress – Go ProGrade!

Ever since the Z Firmware has allowed us to use the superior CFexpress the question that has filled my inbox is, “Which CFexpress?” And now with the D6 around the corner, the question has been asked even more. Well the answer for myself is ProGrade! I’m running ProGrade CFexpress in my Z bodies right now and they are great! Even better are the ProGrade Readers, they feakin rock! ProGrade are old-time friends of mine I’ve known and trusted my digital images to for a long time. As you can see, ProGrade has big sizes which for the Z7 or D6 as well as others are perfect. I’m well aware of the confusion memory for our digital cameras has brought over the past couple of years. I’m so glad ProGrade has stepped, removed the fog and brought us a spectacular product. Where to get ProGrade? You can buy direct from them or head to Bedfords where I’ll be getting more for...

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on Feb 11, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon D6 is Here!

Nikon has just posted everything D6! All the specs are right here. I’ve already preordered mine at Bedford Camera (you can to and if you mention MOOSE, you’ll get 5% of your purchase). Oh yeah, there will be a whole lot...

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on Jan 22, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Gloves 2020 Edition

“My fingers are killing me, they are so cold!” I hear this A LOT from photographers even though they have gloves. Seriously, folks with tens of thousands of dollars in camera gear invest in the cheapest gloves, I just don’t get it. Many get those hand warmer packets which sometimes work but are always an environmental issue with me. To help. each January I post this Glove Review to help you find the gloves right for you. Many years ago my friends started to talk about their gloves in levels, the higher the number, the colder the conditions. Here’s my gloves for 2020, Levels 1 – 4. The gloves and mittens you see here, I take them ALL with me whenever I think it’s going to be cold. And when I go out shooting, I have them ALL with me to keep my hands warm according to temperatures. When the wind comes up, you put on Level 1, when there are wind and cold, Level 2 and when it’s...

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on Jan 16, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Acratech GXP Ballhead … Brilliant!

A while back I wrote about the Acratech Long Lens Head, a thing of beauty. I’ve now been shooting with the Arcatech GXP Ballhead (with lever) and I LOVE IT! It’s so simple, so light, so steady and so THE ballhead! My dear friend Chuck turned me on to it some time back. I’ve been shooting with it in every condition you can imagine and it just works great. It’s so versatile, I don’t even have an L plate for my cameras because it goes vertically cleanly, simply. The best part, I don’t have to say a whole lot about the ballhead to describe it, it’s that bloody simple and...

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on Jan 14, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Small Rig “mini”

I’ve had a number of emails from folks listening to my Podcast 169 ask about the SmallRig I was talking about. When shooting with a camera like the Nikon Z6 and the Ninja V, having the monitor attached in a secure manor is important. Keeping the weight down is important too to keep the whole rig manageable. My solution is what I call the SmallRig mini. Rather than using a full cage, SmallRig has a half cage. It not only cuts down on weight but also permits access to panels easier. At the same time, the “mini” as I call it takes advantage of the “none” cage for the Ninja V,. As you can see, I just have the one small piece on the bottom of the Ninja V, so you can attach it to the SmallRig. This whole thing saves over a pound while permitting secure usage off or on a tripod. It’s a small thing, the weight savings, the methodology, the...

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