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Gear Review – Think Tank Video Tripod Manger 44

In Gear Review by Patrick

What to do with your tripod, light stands, backdrop poles and stand and other items that are too long for a normal travel bag. Enter the Think Tank Video Tripod Manger 44. Think Tank Photo added this case to their ever-growing lineup, and this one is a big beast! It’s called the Video Tripod Manager 44, and it’ll hold tripods …

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Mirror-less Mania

In Gear Review by Patrick

Nikon and Canon both released new mirror-less cameras and since, my inbox has been blowing up with questions about this camera. I find it interesting the inevitably when a major announcement like this happens, there arises two camps. One is usually the DSLR purists who would never conceive of using a mirror-less, and the other are proponents of the system …

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Gear Review: Nikon WR-R10 & WR-A10

In Gear Review by Patrick

Light is everything to photography. Without it, there is no picture. Whether natural or manufactured with strobes or speed lights, it is essential for our ability to produce pictures. I am slow to the party for this piece of gear but excited none the less to finally have wireless control of my Nikon speed light SB-5000. Now I have used …

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Gear Review: Yeti USB Microphone

In Gear Review by Patrick

Although I am primarily a still photographer, I am at heart, as are most photographers, a storyteller. I am finding that more and more clients are requiring video in addition to the static pictures for their events and products. This has resulted in a great many requests via email and during photographic outings to put together tutorials on things ranging …

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Gear Review: Wimberley Gimbal Head WH-200

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Panning and handholding big glass can be done with practice and proper technique, but at times, you are going to need a break. Enter a gimbal head. A gimbal head is a type of tripod head that has an arca quick release mount, adjusts tilt, pan and rotation as well as perfectly balancing the lens so it can be moved …

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Gear Review: Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VRII

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OK, so I am way late to the party with this lens. First released in May of 2010, it has been on the scene for sometime and given the cost, it took me a while to save up. This super telephoto has been on my list for awhile. The lens features the innovative Vibration Reduction (VRII) system that allows handheld …

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Nikon announces 180-400mm VR

In Gear Review by Patrick

Today at the CES, Nikon announced the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens. Hailed as the replacement for the Nikkor 200-400mm VR II, it boasts some impressive new technology. I currently own the Nikon 200-400 VRII and it is one of my favorite lenses for wildlife, sports and birding and I not ready to switch for the …

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Winter Gloves

In Gear Review by Patrick

Seems like a simple title for a post, and I actually got the idea from a fellow photographer who every year runs a post on what he uses for glove when out shooting. I have to say that his recommendations are solid and I primarily use the same ones with some modifications. I wanted to share what I use as …

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Ruggard Dry Cabiniet

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Here in the Midwest, we average between 70 and 90% humidity year round. I have been hearing a lot about the necessity to protect my lenses, photographic and optical equipment, mobile electronics, and other valuable accessories from excessive moisture, dirt, and dust. I chose the Ruggard 80L Electronic Dry Cabinet based on trusted recommendations from highly respected photographers. The cabinet’s …

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Nikon 70-300 AF-P VR Update

In Gear Review by Patrick

As noted in a previous post here, I was updating one of my favorite Nikkor lenses, the 70-300. Usually when I get a new piece of gear I will marry myself to it for a week or so to learn its pros and cons before ever using on a client shoot or paying job. So now that I have this …