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on Jan 9, 2019 in Field Reports

The Mysterious FTZ

There is one thing above all else that so amazes me about the Nikon new Z Family, and that’s how some really small details were so well thought out and executed. Case in point, the mysterious FTZ Adapter. In a nutshell, it permits over 90 F Mount Nikkor lenses to attach and work fully with the Z Mount. We have three FTZ Adapters in the locker for our 2 Z7s and 2 Z6s so we can do just that and so bloody well (and the brilliance of the Z Family to compliment all my lenses I already own in the locker!). How does the FTZ Adapter work? Really feakin well! But to the point, it adds the air gap back to the F Mount lens optical formula, provides the contacts so the camera and lens can talk, and “reduces” the Z Mount diameter down to the F Mount diameter. Many ask how it works, well there are no moving parts, it’s just a fancy “tube” with no glass do...

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on Dec 24, 2018 in Field Reports

Omni Charge – Oh The Power!

My dear friends at Bedford Camera introduced me to the Omni Charge. Then they were kind enough to get one in my hands ASAP (Thanks Jason!). This thing simply freakin rocks! You can see how small it is above next to the Z7. What it can do is power and charge your MacBook Pro (2010-2015), phones, iPads, drones, and many more things, even charge the Z7/Z6 battery (very safely). From a full dead state, the Omni Charge charges in less than three hours. On one charge, it charged at the same time my MacBook Pro, Sharon’s MacBook Air (using block & Omni Charge cable), an iPad and iPhone before quitting! I even ran my Epson 2255 projector with it for an hour! I even charged it with my solar panel. It’s a new portable power source coming into our locker and a perfect time. Check it...

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on Dec 18, 2018 in Field Reports

The Nikkor 500PF – Gorgeous!

What a gorgeous lens, wowzers! The new Nikkor 500PF has been shipping for awhile. I just received a sample to shoot for a couple of weeks from NPS. I took it down to Bosque del Apache and almost shot with it exclusively. It’s simply a gorgeous lens, light and easy to throw up at a seconds notice. I shot with it nearly exclusively on the Z6 but on the D5 as well. This incoming Snow Goose is a prime of its performance. The Z6 instantly grabbed the Goose (Auto-area AF) and the 500PF locked on an delivered gorgeous image click and click. My primary rig was the D5 and the 800mm with the Z6 / 500PF on a strap on my shoulder. With where we were finding the birds on really close ponds, it turned out the 500PF received the lion share of the shooting. Coupled with the Z6, it was sheere pleasure! I loved all the results, shooting was a pleasure and I sure didn’t have arm fatigue...

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on Dec 5, 2018 in Field Reports

Robus Tripods … Wowzers!

Wowzers, that’s what I said out loud when I took the Robus tripods out of the box, set them up and used them. This new line of carbon fiber tripods is built like a tank but with the weight savings of carbon fiber. The two I have are the Robus RC-8860 Vantage Series 5 and Robus RC-5570 Vantage Series 3. These are their specs: RC-8860 Load Capacity: 77 lb Maximum Height: 63.8″ Minimum Height: 4″ Folded Length: 24.5″ Leg Sections: 4 Weight: 6.3 lb 10x Carbon Fiber Construction Lock & Safety Pull Latch in Spider Interchangeable Top Plate & Video Bowl Modular Rubber, Wide & Spiked Feet (spiked feet w/wrenches in secret pocket inside the case) RC-5570 Load Capacity: 55 lb Maximum Height: 70.1″ Minimum Height: 4″ Folded Length: 25.4″ Leg Sections: 4 Weight: 5.6 lb 10x Carbon Fiber Construction Lock & Safety Pull Latch in Spider Interchangeable Top Plate & Video Bowl Modular Rubber, Wide & Spiked Feet (spiked feet w/wrenches in secret pocket inside the case) These...

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on Oct 19, 2018 in Field Reports

My Workflow ’18

It’s a continual question, “What’s your workflow?” As my boys will say, I’m just a machine because I get through my images so bloody fast. How fast? A 4000 image air to air shoot shot in the afternoon will be by bedtime, edited, filed, renamed and backed up. How do I do it so fast? There are two main factors, the first and main one is, I only take those images I like. This is really, really important. When I watch folks go through their images, they spend a helluva a lot of time looking at this or that image, cropping, moving sliders, wondering if they like the image. I’m not doing that, I’m just flying through them. When I go through my images I only have to ask myself one question and do one action. Is it sharp or not? If sharp I just click forward and if not, it gets deleted. It’s that simple for me. As my boys say, I cheat! I’m really never sure just...

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on Oct 9, 2018 in Field Reports

Nikon Z7 / Z6 Sensor Cleaning

“My Sensor Loop doesn’t work with my Z7” is flooding my inbox. That’s because not only are our sensor loops too small in diameter, their magnification is designed for the distance of our DSLR mirror boxes. So if you’re like me and shooting the bejiggers out of your Z7, checking and cleaning your sensor is a priority. What do you do? Since I’ve done so many videos and a whole Kelby Class on cleaning, I seem to be the natural choice in seeking help. Well here’s the catch to sensor cleaning: That pharse “poke it” has even stopped me in my tracks! I simply don’t have an answer yet because the sensor of the Z7 / Z6 is on a five point gimble. My imagination (because I don’t have the facts) is that putting pressure on that sensor for normal wet swab cleaning runs the risk of not only scratching the sensor, but messing up that five-point gimble. So the question remains, what do you do? First is the...

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