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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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on Nov 27, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Nikon Z Family – A Fireside Chat

The Nikon Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 have become major tools in our photo locker. I’m the first to admit that getting into the mirrorless grove took awhile. The EVF was something I simply wasn’t use to let alone could take advantage of at the start. That is not the case today! That is just one of the many innovations the Nikon Z7 / Nikon Z6 has brought to my own photography. Shooting the video was a challenge knowing the attention span of video on the web is just seven minutes and having at least a half an hour of material I wanted to present. Unlike normal, I shot eight takes to get the points I wanted communicated in that period of time. I mention a few more points in my Podcast, but I’m still short. The one thing I love most about the Z Family is it’s pushing me to be a better photographer, to push past my inabilities and embrace new technology. Settings are important with the...

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on Nov 23, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

You Heard, the Nikon Z6 is Out!

As much as I have enjoyed shooting the Z7, I’m really loving the Z6! This makes no logical sense though as they are basically the same other than the megapixels (45.7 vs. 24.5 respectively) and frame rate (9fps vs. 12FPS respectively). Their menus are the same, feel in the hand the same, yet the Z6 has really caught my imagination. The Z6 files print up gorgeous at 24×30, just gorgeous and the low light performance is what I’ve come to expect. And if you haven’t heard, the Z6 is now available! I know some of hesitated to dive into Nikon Mirrorless and think the Z6 will push you over the...

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