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on Apr 16, 2019 in Field Reports

That Tax Refund Dilemma

To be totally upfront, I am perhaps not the best one to be offering this advice, so take it with a grain of salt. It’s that time of year when photographers, pros and hobbiets a like are thinking about how to best spend their tax refund. I know because the emails are flooding in asking me which body or lens over this or that body or lens should they buy. I usually ask one question, what will move your photography forward, that piece of gear or time out shooting? Time is money and for many, time is harder to come by than money. There is always a pause in the conversation when I ask this question. With that said, a brand spanking new Nikkor Z24-70f2.8 as I type is on a truck for delivery to me today. The 24-70f2.8VR is a VERY important lens in my kit! It’s a killer lens, very sharp producing gorgeous images. It attaches to the D5 and together, they are a lethal combo! They...

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on Apr 2, 2019 in Field Reports

Time for New Portables!

For a long time, I have traveled with a copy of my Gallery Images so I can take care of my clients while I’m traveling. This is the third time I’ve “updated” my 4TB drives for this traveling gallery. This time, I went with, and love the G Tech 4TB drives. Why did I choose these? Well, I first sent a G Tech 4TB to Brent and asked him to test it by attempting to edit a Z7 video from it using both Premiere and Photo Mechanic 6. Brent found the write speed permitted easy editing and scrubbing of that 4k video. That was good enough for me. Product Highlights 4TB Storage Capacity Micro-USB 3.0 Interface Bus Powered Supports Time Machine & File Vault Aluminum Case Plug-and-Play Includes Micro-USB 3.0 Cables Preformatted for Mac 10.10+ Windows Compatible with Reformatting Using rync, I was able to create new copies of my Gallery Images in a snap! It makes all the difference in the world to our business and I just...

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on Mar 14, 2019 in Field Reports

Think Tank Belt System

I admit it, I’m a Think Tank junkie! Here’s the problem I needed to solve. I needed four extra hands while working with aircraft and shooting the documentary. It’s my nature, when I hear someone needs a hand, I put down the camera and help. Putting down that gear though in a hangar full of grease and fuel, well, there’s the issue. Then there is a time when I need to shoot in a small space and have the flexibility of pulling out a flash or change lenses. No space for a camera bag, an assistant let alone the time waiting. I tried putting a single case on my pants belt but when I needed to drop it quickly, well there went my pants. That’s when I remembered the Think Tank Belt system! The belt system works like a charm in this one application (I don’t use it otherwise) providing protection and quick access to the limited gear I carry. I have the Lens Changer 35 or 50, Slim...

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on Feb 27, 2019 in Field Reports

My Passport Wireless SSD

The My Passport Wireless SSD is a wireless storage solution that is pretty darn cool! Cutting to the chase, ya, it’s fast! What makes this storage system unique is it’s both SSD and wireless. Why would you want this? Let’s say you have to go light cause you’re shooting with the Z6 System, really light with tight space. You could use the WD 1TB or 2TB (my recommended size) Wireless MyPassport along with an iPad Pro and easily handle all your photo uploads, finishing and sending. The Wireless MyPassport has a built-in SD reader that with the My Cloud WD app, you can do all your normal work with just these two devises. Now is it fast? Here are its specs: WD My Passport Wireless SSD Specs Storage Capacity 2TB, 1TB, 500GB & 250GB 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Port 1 x USB 2.0 Micro-B Port 1 x SD Card Slot Built-In 802.11ac Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-Band Wireless Support Up to 10 Hour Battery Life Up to 1.5A...

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on Feb 15, 2019 in Field Reports

The Esoteric Gear We Use

A number of folks have emailed asking me to talk a little about the more esoteric gear we use in filming our documentary, NormandyBound.com. Brent and I gathered some of it up on a rainy afternoon and shot this little video. Now the funny thing about some of our gear, we have to almost fight the guys who are working on “Hit or Miss” so we can use it for filming. One example is the Axler PSR-44 Shooting Riser. Now when Brent said he needed this, I truly had my doubts. This 49lbs riser holds 400lbs and is freakin stable! We all love it! Axler PSR-44 Shooting Riser Axler CS-HCS-60A Adj Pro Slider Another popular item with the mechanics is the strip LED. It fits incredibly well in a plane and its soft light, perfect for filming is easy on their eyes for fine work. Genaray SSL-36 Soft Strip ED Magnus VPH-20 Video Tripod Head Oben LH-2510 Leveling Base Head Magnus DWF-2 Tripod Dolly All of this gear is...

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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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