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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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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 …

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Gear review: MB-N11 Battery Pack

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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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Gear Review: Think Tank Sling Bag

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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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Gear Review: The Nikkor Z 14-30mm S

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This lens really surprised me for more than one reason. First a little background on how I came to have this lens in my tool kit. I like shooting landscapes when I travel to different places and in addition to that, sometimes to capture everything in one click, even if it is not a landscape, you need a wide angle …

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Gear Review: Nikkor Z 24-200 Lens

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Back in the days when I had a DX camera, one lens that I really utilized a lot was the Nikkor 18-300mm. This was a good travel lens that offered a good range, was lightweight and allowed for traveling light while still having the versatility needed to capture the images that I wanted. Upon upgrading to a FX camera, I …