Yep, It’s the Best One!

Maggie captured by Z 6II / Z70-200f2.8

Yep, I’ve shot with them all starting with the 80-200f4.5 way back in the day and hands down, the new Z70-200f2.8 is the sweetest, fastest, and sharpest of them all! You might think that this Field Report is just an excuse to post another cute photo of Maggie (and you’d be right) but it’s actually because I owe you a video on the lens and I’m waaaaaay behind! So, here ya go.

I’ve shot with the Z70-200f2.8 for over a month in pouring rain, dust storm, snow white-out, and down to -19 and it has delivered like no other version I’ve ever shot with! Even my old favorite the FX version. The image quality is just staggering which includes shooting with the Z1.4x (I don’t miss the vignetting at all!). Even in low light and no contrast, the combo of Z70-200f2.8 / Z1.4x focuses with no issue. I love the fact you can program the buttons on the Z70-200f2.8 for AF-ON operation so in the cold and low light with gloves on you can still shoot.

It is as heavy and the same basic length as its FX brother. As far as I am concerned its image quality is more than worth twice its price and better than the FX version. You can see above how sharp it is at f2.8 and how sweet that DoF is in bringing out them eyes of Maggie. And here’s the really important part of this Field Report, if you do not NEED f/2.8, then get the just as outstanding Z24-200 (which I also own and love). I will get that video done and more photo examples but I can honestly tell ya, yep, it’s the best one!

Moose’s Camera Settings

updated 01.18.2021

We’re in the progress of overhauling our website. Partly cause it’s so dang huge, hard to find things, one of those are my camera body settings. So, I have them all right here! These supersede any settings you might find prior on the website.

I hope this helps you jump start your Nikon body experience!

Z70-200f2.8 & Z1.4x, Schweet!

Photo of Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x
Nikkor Z70-200f2.8 & Nikkor Z1.4x photo courtesy Nikon

The New Year has brought a couple of new additions to the equipment locker and I can’t stop shooting with them! I have two projects coming up in 2021 where I need the reach and narrow DoF of the Z70-200f2.8 so I called my friends at Bedford Camera who instantly put it in my hands! My projects, one critter, and one aviation I feel need that 200f2.8 DoF and attached to the Z 6II, well just make a great combo (and a perfect complement to the D6 / 180-400VR I’ll be shooting with).

Maggie captured by Z 6II / Z70-200f2.8

Why then did I get the Z1.4x? I have no direct need for it at the moment but it goes great with the Z70-200f2.8 so I wanted the option in the kit. I’ve not had the lens that long but I like what I have seen so far. Same basic size and weight as the F Mount 70-200f2.8, same filter size but it does focus faster and it does focus closer. Maggie approves of the new Z70-200f2.8 as well, she said: “ruff, ruff, bark, bark, woof” which means … “that camera which is always pointed at me isn’t so close anymore.” I love the Z70-200f2.8 cause it is incredibly sharp which coupled with its narrow DoF makes for some great shooting. I’m excited to be hitting the road and shooting with this new tool, Schweet!

Camera Shake Podcast

I had a great time and was honored to be a guest on the Camera Shake Podcast that just went live. You can watch the podcast by clicking on the link or photo above. You can listen to it on Apple Podcast and Spotify. Now, this is by no means your typical conversation. I’m not sure f/stop and shutter speed even came up but rather a real-world being a wildlife photographer or aviation photographer. The life in front and behind the camera was more the topics. It’s a great hour and hope you give it a listen! And I want to thank Kersten & Nick for a great time!

Taking Inventory, 2020

Camera gear, the end of 2010

At the end of the year, businesswise, you’ve gotta take inventory for tax purposes. I’ve always taken this as a hint to look at the gear in the locker and challenge myself by asking if it should remain there. Looking back ten years and comparing the locker in 2010 with what’s in the locker right now, only three of the lenses pictured above remain. This revelation, is it a good or bad thing?

You might ask yourself if so little still remains in your kit if you might have purchased the wrong equipment to start with. On the other hand, you might think that technology has really advanced being the reason for the big change. Then, on the other hand, it could be that your photography has evolved to the point that much that old gear had to be replaced by new.

Personally, I look at all the gear in the locker as tools. While I love camera gear, really addicted to it in fact, the reality is I can only afford those tools that make a return on their investment. So I take inventory and as you can see in ten years, a whole lot of tools have come and gone. I like to keep my locker KISS so here it is, the end of the year, and I’m in the locker looking. I’m asking what projects are coming up in the next eighteen months, what can stay, what needs to go, and what needs to be added. It helps me take stock of where I am as a business and photographer. It’s pretty simple, taking inventory, 2020.

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