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on Dec 9, 2013 in Gear Just Introed!, Just Out!

The Nikon Df – 1st Impressions

I get it, I really do! Like many, when the Df was first announced, even though I’m an old fart, I didn’t see why I’d want a retro digital body. When the Df reached my desk, from the moment I opened the box, I started to get it. Yes, it is a digital camera, yes it have many basic design features that take you back as far as the F2, but’s it’s more than that. I mean, if I told you the Df has the O/C Key, that would mean nothing to you unless you owned a F2 and attached a motordrive. It requires the AR-3 cable release, there is no ten pin socket. I still have my AR-3 cable releases, most will scramble to see what that is. Yeah, it has dials for ISO and Exp Compensation, a dial for Shutter Speeds if in Manual, but the whole package is a great camera designed to make the photographic experience more than just … click. The Df brings to...

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on Dec 6, 2013 in Gear Just Introed!

Nikon AW-1 Loves Water!

The Nikon 1 AW1 is just really cool! Being a former owner of Nikonos, it’s great to see an instruction book again that states, “Don’t change lenses underwater!” Duh! The Nikon 1 AW1 is the world’s first waterproof interchangeable lens digital camera. The AW-1 (not just a waterproof J2 on the inside) is a wonderful camera. Two brand new water/shock/freeze proof lenses have been introduced with the Nikon 1 AW1, the 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens and 10mm f/2.8. It features built in Wi-Fi and GPS (not functional underwater). The AW1 is fully compatible with existing Nikon 1 system optics, although these are not waterproof and shockproof (it can be dropped from 6′). It can go down to 49′ and is rated to work down to 14degrees (though it was -10 when I shot with it yesterday morning no problem). After taking the product shot you see above, I shot with the camera. The snow that stuck to the body melted and than froze onto the body and it just...

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on Nov 7, 2013 in Gear Just Introed!

First Look – 58f1.4 AFS

The new 58f1.4 AFS hit the desk yesterday and to say it’s impressive from the get go is an understatement! It’s a big sucker, feels great in the hands and looks sexy as hell on a body. It has a 72mm filter size with the whole lens being that diameter. It comes with a deep, scalloped shade just making the 58mm looks sexier. But what’s important is the image quality. I bounced around the house looking for subjects and I naturally turned the lens on my gorgeous wife, but she said she was having a bad hair day. So I can’t post those (I run into that a lot with my family). So then I turned the lens to the flowers, focusing on the pistol stamen (I don’t do flowers) to show just how shallow the DoF is and the lens, sharp. Oh ya, it’s sharp! I’ve had the 50f1.4 AFS since it was introduced, use it a lot. It’s also a very sharp lens but is physically smaller...

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on Nov 7, 2013 in Camera Tech, Gear Just Introed!

The D610 – It’s Not Just a Redo

The D610 is just a fun camera to use! And while fun is an important reason why we own our gear, there has to be that technical reason as well. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan on the D600 and the D610 is supposed to be the D600 with its issues resolved. Well, I’m of the opinion it’s a bit more than that. I have no insider info, just my experience shooting with the D610 this past week compared to my shooting with the D600 prior. It’s just a better experience with files just a tad sweeter. No, don’t have resolution charts or side by side comparisons, just the experience of looking at images giving me the belief the D610 does a tad better job of taking and producing images. Here’s a couple of examples that have me thinking this. This first one as it appears, is a sunset shot looking to the west with the sun below the horizon and the lights on in the hangar. I’m...

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on Nov 6, 2013 in Moose's Camera Bag, Gear Just Introed!

Pushing Portraits Further – Rapid Box in Action

It had been a GREAT day! By 8:30 we’d already put in seventeen hours and thousands of clicks, but that was the point of volunteering. There was a huge 40’s party in the Texas Flying Legends Museum hangar for the WWII vets and their family including a great 40’s band, dancers, Patton look alike, surrounded by the P-51D “Cripes A Mighty” and B-25 “Betty’s Dream.”. “Betty’s Dream” was partially pulled into the hangar and even a gorgeous LaSalle drove up delivering some of the reinactors who were guests, parking under its wing. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and than started to work all the activities. It was a target rich photographic opportunity. But being a control freak, I wanted more than just the grab shot under hangar lighting. Then it dawned on me … the Rapid Boxes! The folks (all friends) were great and open to anything. So I asked the couple in the top image (who came in the LaSalle), Miles & Kim if they’d be...

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