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Braving the elements

As a wildlife photographer, shooting in all kinds of weather conditions pretty much goes with the territory. One piece of equipment that I find invaluable is the Think Tank Hydrophobia for my long lens. IT keeps me shooting in the rain and protects...

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Zemlin lens caps – Brillaint

One thing I could never understand with Nikon is why they did not provide lens caps to there more expensive glass like super-telephotos and such. Seems to me that this would be of paramount importance to protect that precious front element. But, they...

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Gear Review: Nikon Z 600 f/4 TC S

This h as been a dream lens of mine for a long time. Needless to say, you need to save some pennies and dimes for a while to purchase this lens. With a gear locker now cleaned out and several of my older...

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Ultrawide Lens Comparison

When in the market for ultra-wide landscape lenses, I had really two options that would work with Z system from Nikon. The 14-30mm f/4 S and the 14-24mm f/2.8 S lenses. Nikon makes some seriously good wide lenses and the old AF-S...

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The Nikon Z8, I stand corrected

At the beginning of the Nikon Z8 release, I wrote a post wondering if the Z8 was just a means for Nikon to boost their profits and capitalize on the success of the Z line of mirrorless cameras. Having had a chance to finally...

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Tragopan Blinds: Essential Gear

Getting close to shy critters or birds is always a priority for wildlife photographers. Often though, this is a challenge even with the best techniques and knowledge you will find you may need to employ a blind. Blinds or hides as they are...

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Gear Review: Think Tank Trailscape 18L

Backpacks, Rolling Bags, Sling bags or Daypacks, you name it, I have probably tried it. One thing photographers will tend to accumulate are bags. Why then would I gravitate toward another and the answer is to solve a problem. While planning a...

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Gear Review: Nikon Z f/4.5 S

General Overview: The Z 400mm f4.5 VR S is Nikon’s second 400mm telephoto prime lens for Z-mount after the Z 400mm f2.8 TC VR S.  Nikon as the the smallest and lightest 400mm lens that the company has ever created.  Unlike the Z 800mm f6.3 VR...

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Gear Review: Profoto A10

For years I have been using Nikon Speedlights and truth be told, they have served me well and functioned as advertised. To this day I still utilize them as needed and the ones that I use are the SB-5000 speedlights. Recently, while out shooting with some friends,...

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