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on Jun 25, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Summer’s Most Important Piece of Gear!

Water! This life-giving fluid is essential for life. Humans should drink at least eight, 8oz glasses a day and up in the Sierra or any place above 5000′, this should be doubled. I’m always surprised though all the stories of folks succumbing to the heat and becoming ill because they simply didn’t drink enough water. It’s a piece of gear you cannot go without! And on a personal note, get yourself a refillable water bottle and save the environment! This is the one I’ve had for years and it travels everywhere with me! And we’re not the only ones who require water! Water is essential for birds, summer, and winter. You find free water and you will always find critters. At our home, we have five “ponds” and bathes for our critters and they are always in use. You not only help them by providing free water, but you set yourself up for real great photography. They key is getting low, light and of course, looking for that moment...

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on Jun 7, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

OVF from EVF

Jon sent me an email with a common question, “I’m used to shooting with my D850“. “With my new Z7, going to the viewfinder and always having it black when I’m used to just seeing is driving me nut. Got a solution?” I know exactly what Jon is asking and experiencing because I was too. I’m happy to report, I do have a solution that at least works for my photography. Many photographers like myself are used to just being able to put our eye to the viewfinder and seeing through the lens without doing anything. That’s because we’re used to an Optical Viewfinder or OVF like in our D5. In the Z7 / Z6 we have an Electronic Viewfinder or EVF (the difference being a Mirror camera and a Mirrorless camera). To see through the Z7 / Z6, the system has to be active, the electricity flowing to power the EVF. No power, no see, that simple. Well, we can fix that! The very, very, very first thing...

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on May 24, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikkor Z14-30f4 – A Vid

The new Nikkor Z14-30f4 has found a place in my kit. Its size, weight, image quality and fact it can accept filters, like the Nikon 82mm Neutral Color NC Filter which is always on the lens and the Nikon 82mm Circular Polarizer Filter II, it was pretty much a no-brainer for my photography. The video says all the...

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on May 20, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

The New Z Firmware – More than I Expected

I was in Ohio when the new Z7 / Z6 firmware was dropped. I was out shooting and not able to do the update until late at night which I did. The only thing I had to test with to see if the new eye-detection AF (not the only updated feature of this firmware) worked were the faces on the television. Dang, if it didn’t work and it works beautifully (which is spooky if you ask me)! The eye-detection is part of the Auto Area AF and when everything is set correctly (see below), a yellow box goes on the eye and you can either leave it on the eye selected or by depressing the Multi-Function dial, change it. I was really curious though if this new feature worked with critters as well as people and since I was working with birds, I gave it a go. The two photos you see here were both taken with the Z6 / 800mm / FTZ using the new AF eye-detection. In...

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on Apr 22, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Profoto B10 – Two Lights are Better Than One

I’ve anxiously been waiting for this to arrive at the office, the new Profoto B10! I already have in the locker (which I love) the Profoto B1 & B2, amazing tools serving my storytelling brilliantly. So why add the Profoto B10? There are three main reasons, it’s only 7″ long and fits into my Think Tank Security. It is both a 250ws studio flash AND LED constant bi-color video light. And, and this is the biggie, uses all the light modifiers I already have for the B2! The space saving, power packing multi purpose aspect of the Profoto B10 along with working seamlessly with my other Profoto to me is simply genius! I have done all my testing with it and will be doing my first editorial shoot with it this week. I plan on bringing you a BTS video so you can see for yourself how, what might seem like a big investment, will more than pay for itself in your...

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