Picking a Full Frame Camera from Nikon

The good folks at Nikon Canada have provided me a D750 for evaluation.  The D750 is the long awaited successor to the proven and well loved D700.  It’s not the only Nikon full frame of course.  There are the D610, the D810, the D810A, the D3X, the D4 and the D4S.  And of course, one of my personal favourites, the DF.  With so many excellent full frame Nikons to choose from, what makes the D750 such a solid choice and why would you pick it over one of the others? Continue reading Picking a Full Frame Camera from Nikon

Full Frame or Crop Sensor – What Does This Really Mean?

Let’s face it, there is very little in photography more abused, confused and downright misleading than the pantheon of babble about sensor size.  Articles abound, frequently conflicting, many created with best intent, and yet the end result is never clear.  In a move reminiscent of Quixote, I will take on that windmill. Continue reading Full Frame or Crop Sensor – What Does This Really Mean?

REVIEW : Peak Design Capture Pro and Accessories

A photographer that I respect placed the Peak Design Capture Pro at the top of his 2014 gear list so I had to check the stuff out to see what I was missing.  Peak Design made their name by funding some of their projects through Kickstarter and by playing it very straight in their marketing and knowledge transfer tools.  It all sounds good so let’s see what I learned. Continue reading REVIEW : Peak Design Capture Pro and Accessories

DXO Smart Lighting and Clearview – you probably need these tools

I have to start this post with a “thank-you” to Mr. Thomas Stirr who writes for the most excellent Photography Life website.  Thomas recently posted his experiences using a function in DXO Optics 10 called Clearview.  I seriously kicked myself.  You see, I have hundreds of photos shot on September 1st from a helicopter and on top of a cliffside at the Grand Canyon.  The shots were nice enough, I guess, but atmospheric haze and brutal haze from the direct sun on the Eurocopter windshield made the images, well, head to the not for future use bin. Continue reading DXO Smart Lighting and Clearview – you probably need these tools

REVIEW : Phottix TTL Radio Control Systems

Photographers have a love / hate relationship with flash.  On camera flash looks like crap, but as soon as we get the flash off camera, triggering it and getting good images seems to become an exercise in black magic.  Oh I know, every manufacturer has a “wireless control system” usually based on infrared, which as we know is Latin for “doesn’t work in the real world.”  Or only works for guys like Joe McNally.  Radio controlled remote TTL is the answer for the rest of us, and now the very excellent Phottix systems are available in Canada from Henry’s. Continue reading REVIEW : Phottix TTL Radio Control Systems

REVIEW and COMPARISON : Hasselblad H5D-50C and H4D-40

I have owned my H4D-40 for just over three years.  I often feel like I am not shooting it enough, but let’s face it, it’s big and by the time I load up the camera and a couple of lenses, it’s going to be a long day.  I have an RRS L Bracket on mine because I mostly shoot it off a tripod, rather than handheld.  Over the holidays I rented an H5D-50C from Henry’s Rentals to check it out.

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