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on Mar 7, 2019 in Camera Tech, Moose's Camera Bag

Airport Advantage Plus Today

“How are you getting your gear around, today? That’s a darn good question! Literally, today I’m flying to a commercial shoot, so I’m going light and complete which is my preferred method. What you see here is the Think Tank Advantage Plus packed with: Nikon D5 Nikon Z7 & Z6 Nikkor 180-400VR Nikkor 70-200f4 Nikkor 105f1.5 Nikkor Z24-70 Nikkor 8-15Fish Nikkor TC-14eIII Nikkor FTZ Nikon SB-5000 The cleaning cloths are over all bodies. There are there to clean the viewfinder and the LCD after each use. My system changes a little from time to time. When I first got the Advantage plus in Dec 2017, it was packed as you see in the video. Things change...

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on Jan 31, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Oben Magic – CTT-1000

I just received the new Oben CTT-1000 Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod and I love it! This will sound odd (but I am odd), but it’s the cutest photographic tool I’ve ever seen! Besides that, it is just incredibly well thought out, really. Here are the specs: Load Capacity: 11 lb Maximum Height: 15.5″ Minimum Height: 4.2″ Folded Length: 10.4″ Leg Sections: 3 Weight: 0.98 lb 3-Section Extender Adds 12″ in Height Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head Independent Pan and Ball lock Includes Quick Release Plate This list leaves out a WHOLE bunch of great features. The CTT-1000 legs have multi-stages with the last one permitting you to go completely flat. What you see here is the tripod fully erected (but legs not extended) and in this position, it can easily hold solidly the Z7 / Z24-70 and up to 70-200f4. If you open up the tripod to the next notch, it holds solidly the D5 / 70-200f2.8! Next cool feature is if you take the rubber leg tips off, you...

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on Jan 14, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

OmniCharge DC to MagSafe Cable

Ever since I received the OmniCharge 20, I have been in love with all it can do. I’ve bee acquiring its special cables and busy testing all it can do. My latest is powering my MacBook 15″ (2015). I’ve run three of the five tests and so far, it’s powering my Mac for an average of 5hrs 43min. I got their Omincharge to Mac cable for my Mac (they also have one for DC Barrel to USB Type-C Adapter) which is 39″ long which is a nice length. In testing power time, I’m using my Mac like I normally would, uploading cards, finishing images, writing blog posts and email. I’m totally impressed by this really very small yet powerful tool. Next test is powering Mac and charging Z7 / Z6 at the same time. Yeah, you can do this with this bad boy. This solves some big power issues for...

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on Dec 20, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

Yes, Z Does Flash!

All you have to do is look at Joe’s Mirrorless in Manhattan and you can see the Z Family does flash (whata spectacular piece!)! I would love to say it’s as easy as plugging the WR-R10 into the socket but it’s not, cause it’s even easier than that! It all comes from making a few changes in the settings and then just shooting. Make sure that you’re not shooting in Continuous High Extended (my normal mode) as this disengages the flash. Program you Fn1 button for Playback / Preview. Program your i Button (CSf1) so Flash Mode and Flash Compensation are in the menu (see below) and set Flash Control to Radio. With all of this in place, you can take your photo and WITHOUT taking your eye away from the viewfinder, you can depress the Fn1 button and see the flash photo you just took in the viewfinder. Then still with your eye to the viewfinder, if you need to make any adjustments to the flash or ambient...

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on Dec 19, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

Z6 Side Note

“Yeah, but is the Z6 sharp?” I think the question is more, “can the files that the Z6 produce create a quality image? The resounding answer from me and what I’m finding from our Z6 is a resounding YES! The 24×30 prints from the Z6 are stunning and strictly from a business point of view, I don’t hesitate for a heartbeat pulling the Z6 to shoot a job. Here’s a Greater Roadrunner from a week ago shot with the Z6 / 500PF. I zoomed in on just the Roadrunner and while it’s just a cropped Jpeg of the original file, you can still see all that fine detail as it was anting. I don’t hesitate for a moment recommending the Z6 to...

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on Nov 28, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

Small Heads on a Budget

I receive a lot of emails asking about ballheads. The majority of the time, they start off with “I can’t swing the RRS ballhead, what do you recommend?” The standard ballheads I shoot with are the RRS BH-55 and BH-40, but those aren’t the only heads in our locker. What you see above are three of the six heads I can totally recommend to you budget minded. They are the: Oben GH-30 Gimbal Oben BC-139 Oben BC-126 All three of these come with plates and the two ballheads have a bubble level as part of the clamp. Besides often being on sale, these heads are ones we use in our video production. The Oben GH-30 Gimbal we use mainly with the Nikkor 80-400VR2. That’s because this gimbal is not for big glass, but smaller glass like the 80-400VR2. This is a smaller, lighter weight and half the price. The Oben BC-139 and Oben BC-126 spend their life with us on the Platypod. The Oben BC-139 is the big boy...

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