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on Aug 24, 2018 in Field Reports

Nikon Z7 – Fun Reinvented!

It was an amazingly great, enlightening, fun day launching the new Nikon Z7. Amongst all the greatness around me, I was truly fortunate to be just a bystander and just watch and take it all in. I wish you could have all been there or at the very least, I could bottle up all the excitement in the room and send it to you. But you’ll understand soon enough when you experience the Nikon Z7. There were 30 Nikon Z7 kits in the room for the press and retailers to play with. Nikon had a number of shooting stations for them to shoot kind of real-world fun. Watching the faces of these folks who had been through the presentation and then reach into their camera bag to pull out the Nikon Z7 was priceless! My favorite was one who must have thought the Nikon Z7 was heavy because they gave quite a tug to get the camera out of the bag. It came FLYING out and their face not...

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on Aug 2, 2018 in Field Reports

So How’d it Work?

I never knew that folks followed how I worked with gear so closely. I’ve received a number of emails asking if my new rig for working airshows worked at Osh as I hoped. This is what I had with me … MP-7 Nikkor 180-400VR Nikkor 105f1.4 AFS Nikkor 18-35AFS Nikkor 8-15Fish Nikon Rapid Strap SB-5000 WR-R10 Nikon Polarizer: 40.5mm for 180-400 / 82mm On my shoulder is: Nikon D5 Nikkor 24-70VR Peak Strap The biggie was not having the Nikkor 180-400VR bouncing off my side. That use to beat me to pieces and make me a nervous wreck. Having it safely in the MP-7 was huge for me! After the first day, the Nikkor 24-70VR was left behind and replaced with the Nikkor 105f1.4 AFS which was perfect. I’m still kicking myself that I had the Nikkor 8-15Fish with every intention to use it for overhead flights and I didn’t do it once! Idiot!!! Everything stayed dry in the rain which is important. All was easy to access when...

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on Jul 17, 2018 in Field Reports

Geeks … Get You Geek on!

Just published is an article about Nikon’s sensor development labs by Pixels for Geeks which is outstanding! It’s very thorough and well done. Some might have to read it twice, I found it fascinating and...

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on Jun 28, 2018 in Field Reports

Platypod – Great Ground Support!

The Platypod Max and the Ultra are simply elegant, important tools in our camera kit! We depend on them for our still and video work. Many know of Larry’s great product already, he has sold lots of them and rightly so. The Platypod is incredibly flexible taking the place of a tripod in places where either a tripod won’t work or not allowed. I’ve found that the Platypod does this and so much more so very well. The video tells my story with the...

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on Jun 25, 2018 in Field Reports

New Glass, New Lessons

It was a very fun and educational weekend with the newly arrived 180-400VR. It was fun because it was a new lens (I love new glass). Educational because I learned something about myself and my photography I didn’t know before. I’m very fortunate to be able to order the 180-400VR from B&H and using my NPS priority, get one of the first to be shipped. Right off the bat, I knew I had made the right choice is getting the lens (here are my first thoughts). Here’s what I learned about the lens and me the last couple of days. I never knew what a pain adding a teleconverter can be! I use one a lot with the 800mm, either its matched 1.25x or the TC-14eIII. With the 180-400VR, the 1.4x is built-in, flip the switch up for 1x and down for 1.4x. My finger quickly figured out which for which and the ease of shooting with and without instantly made me wish more of my lenses had one...

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on Jun 14, 2018 in Field Reports

Normandy Bound Fast On Track!

Our C-47, #43-48950 has made incredible progress at the hands of the talented crew at Turin Aviation Group! As you can see from our aerial view, she’s got all her body work done and first coat of the final “green” applied. Just finding the exact green she came with from the factory was a challenge. That coat of paint represents hundreds of hours working on corrosion control and panel work that is now invisible below the new paint. We made two filming visits this month to keep up with the work. You can see an update of our filming on our NormandyBound.com site. And we want to thank ALL who keep contributing to the filming of the documentary! We’re so pleased to have sent out our 50th coin, that means a lot to us!...

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