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Nikon Key Mission vs. GoPro Hero 5

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Nikon recently released the Nikon Key Mission series of action cameras and is there answer to the ever popular GoPro series of cameras. Being more of a still photographer with an occasional foray into the video realm, I was interested to see how these two stacked up against each other. First the new Nikon KeyMisson 360: Nikon KeyMission 360 Tech …

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EVO GP 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Trying to get steady video without putting a camera on a tripod is near impossible, no mater how steady our hands. This becomes even more evident with smaller video devices like the Go Pro. I discovered a great solution that I am pretty pleased with so far. Now those of familiar with still photography know of the gimbal heads that …

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Go Pro Hero 4 – Silver Edition

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

There are times when storytelling requires moving pictures and not just stills. I am finding this to be more apparent in certain situations where although the stills can convey a very powerful message, seeing something unfold live can be even more impact. Although today’s high end DSLR cameras can capture 4K UHD video (3840×2160 at 30p), there are times when …

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Gear Review: Profoto Octa Softbox

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Profoto has many different OCF (Off Camera Flash) modifiers for their lighting systems. They are a bit pricey compared to other soft boxes and modifiers, but the build quality is evident when you first lay hands on one. I chose the 24″ octa soft box which is compatible with their B1 and B2 heads. This is ideal for portraiture as …

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Lighting is everything

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

There are many lighting solutions out there, and for the most part they all provide the key ingredient needed in photography, light! Some are more preferred than others like wireless versus tethered or those that have TTL versus those that do not. Irregardless of what you use for your light, photographers have their preferences and mine is the Profoto B2 …

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New portrait lens announced

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Nikon has announced a new lens for portraits for pre-order. The Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 is a super fast lens that will probably target a very specific market. It’s fast maximum aperture make this an ideal optic for available light—recommended for portraiture or indoor sports. This short telephoto lens can defocus backgrounds with painterly finesse and isolate subjects with three-dimensional fidelity. …

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Camera Bags

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

This is something that every photographer will have a different opinion on. Ask 6 photographers which bag they like best and you will get 6 different answers. Once in a while there comes along a product all can agree upon. This is one of those products. Redesigned and better than the original MP series, the MP v2 has brought Mindshift …

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Nikon Lens wipes

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Depending on the photography you do, finding something to keep the gear clean can be an ongoing search. I like to shoot automotive events in the summer and this can leave the gear quite messy at times. Finding something that works on the spot with efectivness has been years in the making. I was steered toward these by a recent …

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Power to go

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

In an effort to take less gear while on shoots, my search for power led me to the Watson 8 bay charger. Batteries are at the heart and soul of most of gear and it seems like we have to have more and more. I really fell in love with the Watson system because it does AA, triple AAA, 9-volt …

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Gear Review: Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

In the search for an upgrade for my wife’s point and shoot camera, a friend recommended the Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera. After looking at the specs on this camera, I decided to go with it and surprise her. At first she was not crazy about the interchangeable lenses, but that faded quickly when she began playing with it. The …