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Xcencelabs versus Wacom Tablet

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One of the tools that is a staple of anyone who does retouching or processing of images is a graphics tablet. The level of precision that you get with a pen and tablet cannot be duplicated with a mouse to the same degree. There are those who prefer a mouse versus a tablet, but in my humble opinion, the tablet …

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Nikon Z 70-200 F/2.8

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There are certain lenses that should be included in a photographers gear bag. In my humble opinion, this is one of those lenses. The Nikon Z 70-200 F/2.8 S is a versatile zoom lens that was created and designed for Nikons mirrorless Z system. Design Nikon hasn’t tried to make its mirrorless lens smaller than the equivalent 70-200mm 2.8 for …

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Gear Review – Nikon Z 24-70 2.8 S Lens

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I have been on the fence for this lens since it came out.  One reason is because I already own the venerable F-mount version of the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 and it has served me well becoming one of my most used lenses, still performing well even with the FTZ mounts on the mirrorless.  Secondly, the price.  It ain’t cheap!  Initially …

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Nikon Z9 Accessory

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The Nikon Z9 is still a relatively new full frame camera to the market and as such, accessories that are what I would consider essential, are slowly appearing. One aspect of the Nikon Z9 that probably could have been engineered better was the eyecup in my humble opinion. There are many hacks out there, some of which are quite creative, …

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Platypod Elite First Impressions

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Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Platypod / Platyball and I am not being paid for this review. They have not told me what to say, and do not get to review this blog prior to posting. All thoughts expressed herein are my own. Back in 2019 when this relatively new concept of the taking the traditional ball head and …

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SmallRig for the Nikon Z9

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Inevitably, when a new camera comes on the market, accessories are not always available immediately. Such is the case with the new Nikon Z9. Fortunately, the third-party technology moves quite rapidly and eventually those tools that work in tandem with the camera become available. Some may take a bit longer than others, but they always seem to get done. In …

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Line Dock – Essential Gear

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In my quest to have less gear when I travel, yet still have enough to get the job done, I stumbled upon a project that needing funding called Line Dock. This was back in 2017 on Indeigogo.  IT showed promise and was just what I was looking for when Apple decided to eliminate all the ports on their laptops.   Line …

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Gear Review: F-Stop Tilopa Backpack 50L

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Backpacks are something that photographers can collect a lot of. Always searching for the perfect one to carry or precious gear from point A to point B. I have a number of bags for various purposes depending on the assignment of adventure. The F-Stop Tilopa 50L Backpack is the newest addition. I needed a backpack that would carry two of …

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Gear Review: Nikkor MC 105mm f/2.8 S

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A macro lens has been on my radar for a long time.  I have never owned one but have rented and tried them.  My primary use is for portraits and close detail work on projects.  This is where the macro lens really shines.  Nikon has just released a new mirrorless version of its original 105mm Macro released back in 2006.  …

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Gear Review: ProMedial Katana Gimbal

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As our photography skill set evolves and hopefully improves, so does our gear. As someone who chose to pursue wildlife photography, I knew that having long reaching glass, a sturdy tripod and a gimbal head was going to be a staple of my photography. The gimbal head in particular has been an integral part of success in getting images. The …