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on Nov 24, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Nikon Z 6II – ZOW!

photo courtesy Nikon I know, zow, but I’m of the old Batman series age and that’s what came to my mind the first time I hit the AF-ON button. The Z 6II has two Expeed6 processors with one dedicated to the AF system and man, does it sing. Zow (I couldn’t help myself)! The speed, both in AF operation and in frames per second (14fps) is why I picked up the Z 6II (still keeping my Z 6). Yeah, it has dual card slots (the 2nd being SD and there are new settings for that) but that has never been important to me. Having the same sensor as the Z 6, I already had the image quality my clients require, I just wanted the new extra speed. Luckily, I had an instant subject to challenge the system. Maggie captured by Z 6II / Z24-70f2.8 @2.8 The marvelous Ms Maggie has been a “test” subject for the Z 6II faster system. This includes the Pet Eye Detection which is part...

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on Sep 23, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon Webcam Mac & Win

Nikon has released a Beta of their Webcam software for Mac (Windows released a little while ago). The beauty of this FREE software is the ability to plug your Z or DSLR (only some of them) via USB directly into your computer for web conferencing. This is pretty darn cool and if you have a program subscription to Ecamm Live for example, you don’t need a HDMI cable and card. I’ve tested it and it works really cleanly and easily, basicly plug and play. With being “seen” virtually is so much of our lives now, this makes it simpler for...

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on Sep 11, 2020 in Field Reports, Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon’s ES-2 is Brilliant!

For the recent Landscape Photography Conference, I needed to copy some of my old slides. My Nikon LS-5000 was still in its box from the move and getting it out, setting it up on the Mac simply wasn’t in the time budget. That’s when I remembered about the Nikon ES-2. I didn’t own one so I headed to Bedfords and a short time later, I had it in the gear locker. This thing is brilliant! All you have to do is screw the Nikon ES-2 onto the front of either a 40mm or 60mm Macro (DX or FX), point it at a light source, and go click. Be sure to clean the slide first, shoot through the emulsion side (flipping once in post) and you have a gorgeous copy. It’s simply too good to be true! You can copy negatives or positives with the same ease. Bring the Nef copy of your image into ACR, do whatever image adjusting you want with your normal workflow, and bam, you have...

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on Sep 2, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

Kit Page Updated

The current gear locker contents Finally dug in and updated My Gear Locker page. It was a bit outdated, my apologies. But it’s all there now with all the links to settings for bodies and links to all relevant videos. At the bottom of the page is the archive of gear past with their settings and videos linked. The goal of the page is to aid you in your gear decisions, from possible options, how I incorporate them in my photography but more importantly, providing ideas on how you might move your photography forward with the right piece of...

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on Sep 2, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

LensCoat’s Marvelous BodyBag

LensCoat BodyBag covering D6 / Z7 w/grip / Z6 LensCoat has been protecting my gear for, gee, decades I guess now and I love the stuff! I just added to my kit their BodyBags for the Z6, Z7 /grip and D6. These cases add such an important level of protection from the bumps of our passion to the weather we put it through. I love the “new” yellow cases especially. Not only is it darn close to the Nikon yellow of years past, but in a dark bag, my eyes can easily pick them out. Right now, LensCoat has a special going on a number of their products, 10% of BodyBags with the code 10body. Z6 / Z24-200 inside LensCoast BodyBag + Lens case And LensCoat’s BodyBag +Lens fits my new favorite combo perfectly! So stop by and protect your gear with the best...

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on Aug 20, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Promaster LED “Zoom” Light

Light is everything from stills, video, and even in Zoom chats! In my own desire to improve lighting for video and stills, especially that was small, light, versatile, and inexpensive, I found through my friends at Bedford Camera, the Promaster Bi-LED 504B Light. It’s done such a great job for us and with so many asking how I’m lighting myself in Zoom chats, I wanted to share this find with you. Hope it helps your photography. The Hummingbird Video mentioned in this...

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