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on Nov 19, 2020 in Field Reports

Starlink … Talking to the Heavens!

Staying in touch is such an important part of our lives! When we moved to The Ranch, we brought with us you, the massive worldwide family we are so grateful we have. But reaching out was a real issue as there is no internet here at The Ranch. For the last nine months, we have limped along on every service imaginable trying to communicate and stay in touch especially during these times. I often rented a studio with viable connection forty minutes away for virtual conferences and tutoring. That all changed for us when we were accepted into the Starlink beta program and installed it last week! Prior to Starlink, crawling along with another satellite company (cable doesn’t exist here), on a real good day, the best we got going downhill was 25Mbps down / 3Mbps down / 600ping. Starlink doesn’t even come close to those numbers. The best we’ve had so far is 178Mbps down / 31Mbps up / 21ping! Starlink is rocking our world and I can’t...

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on Oct 15, 2020 in Field Reports

The Magnificent 500PF – In Stock!

Lesser Goldfinch captured by D6 / 500PF We’re at our friends Auntie’s house who has created a delightful “shooting Gallery in her backyard. She has it set up for the 500PF so I grabbed her lens and started shooting. All sorts of birds came in and it was fun to shoot the Lesser Goldfinch and especially the Bushtits which I’ve not photographed for decades! I love Bushtits! They are smaller than your pinkie and weigh less than a dime. So darn cute!!!! I was handholding the D6 / 500PF which made the photography so enjoyable. I shot a lot of great birds in a short time with Autie’s great 500PF and shooting gallery, I fell back in love with the 500PF! Bushtit captured by D6 / 500PF So I finished shooting as the hot sun crept around the corner and started to bake me and ingested my images. Right then I received a text from my friend at Bedford Camera that they just got some 500PF in stock. Oh...

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on Sep 17, 2020 in Field Reports

Hoodman for Glass Wearers

Hoodman Eyecup on Nikon Z6 With my always recommending eyecups to achieve proper handholding technique for sharp images, I receive a good share of emails from folks who wear glasses. Finding eyecups can be a real challenge for eyeglass wearers. When it comes to Z Bodies, I didn’t have any good answer for folks until now and I’m so happy I can share this. My dear friend Vertical Bob showed up last week with the Hoodman Z Eyecup. Bob swears by them so I got myself a couple. They rock and if you wear glasses, you will think so too. It’s such a little thing but they can make all the difference in the world. Check them...

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on Sep 11, 2020 in Field Reports, Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon’s ES-2 is Brilliant!

For the recent Landscape Photography Conference, I needed to copy some of my old slides. My Nikon LS-5000 was still in its box from the move and getting it out, setting it up on the Mac simply wasn’t in the time budget. That’s when I remembered about the Nikon ES-2. I didn’t own one so I headed to Bedfords and a short time later, I had it in the gear locker. This thing is brilliant! All you have to do is screw the Nikon ES-2 onto the front of either a 40mm or 60mm Macro (DX or FX), point it at a light source, and go click. Be sure to clean the slide first, shoot through the emulsion side (flipping once in post) and you have a gorgeous copy. It’s simply too good to be true! You can copy negatives or positives with the same ease. Bring the Nef copy of your image into ACR, do whatever image adjusting you want with your normal workflow, and bam, you have...

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on Aug 21, 2020 in Field Reports

The Very Delightful Nikkor Z24-200

photo courtesy of Nikon You might have missed during these times Nikon’s new Z24-200f4-6.3 release. While I read about it, it didn’t like stick in my mind because I hadn’t thought about the possibilities. Then I saw that my dear friend Vincent Versace got one and he’s a smart guy so I stopped and thought about it. Sharon and I had just gotten home from fly fishing with Sharon doing the photography. Right then and there, I contacted Bedford Camera and the very delightful Z24-200f4-6.3 was soon in my hands. But your question should be, why? shot with Z6 / Z24-200 @24mm & 105mm I needed an air-to-air lens for the Z6. I need a 200mm that would close down to f/32 or more (it goes to f/39). I have the 70-200f4 for the D6 but had nothing for the Z6. Next, I wanted a single lens to have on my shoulder when out with the 800mm for landscape work (24-200 is perfect). Next, I wanted a landscape lens...

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on May 28, 2020 in Field Reports

D6 Shares A Lot!

The D6 shares a lot of accessories with the D5 and older bodies. Pictured above, the Really Right Stuff plates fit perfectly on the D6, so no need to buy a new one. The DK-2 Eyecup from the F3HP (my favorite eyecup) fits the D6 as well. You can use the battery from the D4 / D5 in the D6 and while this is might be tempting, I got a new spare EL-EN18c for the D6 because of the improved internal performance. And of course, all the SB-5000 wireless works perfectly with the D6 with no firmware or new accessories required. I know these are little things but I like little things, just less to think about acquiring to be operational...

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