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Gear review: MB-N11 Battery Pack

In Gear Review by Patrick

The MB-N11 Battery Pack is an accessory that Nikon released specific to their latest mirrorless cameras the Z6II and the Z7 II. At first, I held off on purchasing this, but as I utilized my Z6 II more I realized that something just did not feel right. I am used to my Nikon D6 and the way that I grip …

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The Old Texaco Slogan

In Standard by Patrick

“You can trust your car to the man with the star”. For those of us old enough to remember this phrase know that it goes along with the Texaco Corporation. Still up and running in the US, Latin America, Europe among other places, the bright red star is still going realtively strong. I can remember pulling into Texaco stations with …

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History and Americana

In Standard by Patrick

We are fortunate here in the Midwest to have one of the greatest collection of Americana items anywhere located at the The Henry Ford Museum. Items from the early 1700’s to current day are all to be found in the the museum. The entire museum can take over three hours to tour and see all the exhibits. There truly is …

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Gear Review: Think Tank Sling Bag

In Camera Bag, Gear Review by Patrick

Recently I needed a different more comfortable way of carrying both my DSLR and Mirror-less systems for quick family trips. These are trips that I don’t require a lot of gear. In the past I have used the Think Tank City Walker 10. The bag has worked fine, but I never really like the front flap and the fact that …

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Natures Adaptations

In Wildlife by Patrick

In her infinite wisdom, Mother Nature has given creatures the ability to adapt to varying seasons. Here is the Midwest we have examples of this all around us. I am fortunate as a photographer to witness a great many of these adaptations. One of the most simple, yet most vital is with birds. Take for example this American Goldfinch. A …

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Z6 II FTZ Firmware Update

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Warning: The new Nikon Z6 II cameras require an FTZ firmware update before you can use your FTZ adapter with your F mount lenses. I was really surprised that the new Nikon Z6 II I just purchased required an immediate firmware update.  If you have not upgraded the firmware then the first time you attach an F mount lens to …

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Firmware Updates

In Standard by Patrick

Not to be outdone by their sister cameras the Z6II and Z7II, Nikon’s original full frame mirrorless cameras have just received a firmware update. Earlier in the week, Nikon released updates for the Z6II and Z7II. You can find those here.

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Nikon Z6II and Z7II get firmware updates

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon’s full frame mirrorless cameras just received minor firmware updates. Here is the link. Nikon releases this update even as the Nikon Z7II is in short supply. The Nikon Z6II is more widely available as of this posting.

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Save / Load Settings

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Regardless of the camera model you shoot, the bodies give you a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to customizing your menus. This is a wonderful thing as each photographer has his or her own style and operate a little differently. As and example, one common preference that I prefer is to shift the focus from the shutter to …

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Is AI replacing getting it right in camera

In Standard by Patrick

This is one topic that has been on my mind ever since the inception of post-editing suites like Topaz Labs, Luminar and Photolemur have began to incorporate this type of technology into their proprietary photo editing suites. Is this causing photographers to rely less on the tried and true techniques of handholding, panning, knowing exposure and shutter speeds, knowing that …