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on Apr 3, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Body Confusion!

“If you could buy just one body ….” if only I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked that question the past forty years, I wouldn’t have to have a blog! This is not a new question nor dilemma for photographers and I have no doubt this question was asked back in the day of wet plate photography. And I have no doubt that no matter the year or version of the camera body, the answer still comes to the same one and it’s one photographer’s DON’T want to hear! First, the answer for me and my photography, the Nikon D5 is the one and only body if I could only have one (which, as we know, I don’t have just one so what a dumb question :-). There are lots of reasons for this from its size & bulk to operation to files. None of this might apply to YOUR photography and that’s the answer most photographers don’t want to hear. Some who talk to me...

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on Mar 26, 2019 in Digital Darkroom, Moose's Camera Bag

Photo Mechanic 6 – More than Just an Upgrade!

Putting it succinctly, it keeps me in business! I simply love Photo Mechanic 6 because it took an already really fast DAM and throttled it up to light speed for ingesting, culling and organizing my digital file. I used it two weeks ago when I had captured 12628 images in three air-to-air missions to ingest and cull all those images in less than four hours. That’s huge!!! If you’ve been Photo Mechanic 5, you’ll have basically seamless transition into PM6! All my settings from PM5 (here they are and will be updating soon) are instantly honored in PM6 so I was instantly working as I had previously, just so much faster. How much faster? My best example is that a 4k video from the Nikon Z can be scrubbed in PM6 with ZERO lag, delay, memory hold that isn’t possible is a lot of other programs. But there is only ONE way to see the speed and that’s to experience it yourself. You can download the FREE 30 day...

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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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