Archive for the 'Gear Monkey' Category

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide 5 : Bits and Bobs

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

You know when someone is into a particular hobby, profession, or basic interest, you struggle to find a gift for them figuring that they already have it, or are about to buy it for themselves? Here’s a few items to fill out your list for the photog on your list. It may just show that […]

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide Part 4 : It’s All In Your Hands – Phone Photography

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Hope you had some Black Friday luck in shopping, and are ready for Cyber Monday!Some sweet deal out there, but the current models of things are a bit elusive in those sales. Oh well. Now for the current Gift Guide: We’ve moved past the question about point and shoot cameras V smartphones. Game over. So […]

Black Friday Photo Gear Links 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Before we continue on our gift guide, there are some items you are already looking into, and there ares some deals you may want to take advantage of tomorrow. Of course there will be Cyber Monday! Some of the places with special Black Friday links all listed: THIS JUST IN!! SAVE $2300 at BH on […]

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: The Beauty of the PhotoBook!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The list of items you can wrap now moves into a more classical vein. A book! You may learn from them, be inspired, be moved, motivated, or just enjoy the images that you share without being logged on. I’m a voracious collector of books, and have just one pet peeve: when images are split between […]

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: The Extras They Need

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Let’s continue on with some more gifting ideas, taken from our real world usage of this gear. We can call them accessories, but these are some needed items for the photographer. Hmmmm….. difference between need and want? Not for me to say. Let’s start with gifting the portrait shooters using speedlights and recco of a […]

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Part 1: GoPro or GoHome

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Ahhh yes, it’s that time of year again! Gifting for others, self gifting, deals aplenty, and the economy moves forward. But how to discern the right goodie to get? We’ve been looking at a ton of good through the year and will let you know what we feel is worth your time, and wrapping expertise. […]

Fotodiox Flapjacks : Tasty Name for a Sweet LED Lighting Solution

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Have you tried them all? The explosion of LED lighting solutions in the past years have yielded some great choices for the videographer or still photog needing continuous light. The Studio options are getting cheaper, but are they getting better? After year of using the square or rectangular, which are still viable, I’ve found that […]

Padcaster : An iPad studio tool AND a DSLR Camera Cage

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

There are times when the gear you need, is cloaked in another format, used for something completely different. After purchasing the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera recently, the small size is amazing for the media quality you can generate. There are some drawbacks: you need an external sound recorder, and the small size means you […]

ThinkTank Photo has a new Production Manager to carry your gear

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Not a person, but a sweet new bag in a workable size. Sure they make our favorite camera bags. From the City walker, which is my daily bag, to the Airport International for every travel photo assignment, they just know how to make the best. Why? How about because pro shooters own the company and […]

Canon announces 7D Mark II

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, incorporating professional features and quality in an affordable DSLR. Building upon the proven success of the EOS 7D camera, this new EOS model features a range of “EOS firsts” such as Dual DIGIC 6 […]

Samsung Goes Big at Photokina: NX1 Camera with 4K video, & a 50-150mm, 2.8 Lens

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Big day in Photokina today. Samsung, on it’s second big launch in a short stretch, announces the new NX1 Smart Camera. Shooting 28 MP, at a blazing 15FPS, They are looking to leverage the legacy of Samsung products communicating not only with each other, but now all NFC phones (like the new iPhone 6). ISO […]

Nikon D750 : All of the things you asked for!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

My Nikon D700 has been a good friend for years. Then along came the D800: incredible video specs, 36mp, crazy great body construction. Of course, the d800 beget the D810 bringing it all to a new level. But being greedy, there were things I really wanted and had missed. The just announced Nikon D750 took […]

Sony takes a bestseller and makes more sense in 2nd gen

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

I like a good photo gadget as much as the next shooter, maybe even more. When Sony introduced the QX series of cameras meant to be attached to a smartphone, it was a huge seller. The ability to get better photos on your phone intrigued the masses. I was interested but was not ready for a […]

#PhotoSchool – Learn photography from the cool guys

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

There are so many ways to learn photography, with the plethora of online schools making study at home a pretty easy choice to make. You should want to learn from those who make their living at it, though, then you’ll get methods that truly “get the money” Famed photographer Michael Muller, and Patrick Hoelck have […]

Battery Life: It’s the worst!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I’m mainly talking about the smartphones. You know these things filled with apps that have taken the place of your point & shoot cameras. Snapseed, Camera+, PS, Lightroom Mobile, ProCamera, Hipstamatic, the Classic CameraBag, and of course VSCO. YOU probably have your favorite go-to’s. And then there is the Instagram behemoth to post to. Love […]

BigAcrylic: When Your Walls Need Some Dressing!

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

OK, who prints their images these days? Not many folks, I know. It’s mainly on a screen. But you can’t have naked walls. I can’t anyway. So when I was in an edit suite a month ago, I noticed some very cool images,float mounted on the wall. All acrylic prints. So I did some more […]

iKlip Puts Your Tablet Where You Need It!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Sure, the case on your iPad lets you prop it up, vertical or horizontal, but you need a surface to set it down on. Or you get to hold it for indeterminate lengths of time. When it’s a matter of sending txts or watching vids, checking email, or heck, even a little shopping, it’s not […]

Olloclip 3-In-1 Macro: Extreme close-up photography in your hand

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I love the Olloclip lenses. There. I said it. There are so many ways to add lenses to that phone in your pocket , and I’ve tried a bunch. Forget the magnets, not a good idea to put one next to your camera. And the cases that have screw in lenses may be good (new […]

CE Week 2014 : Tools And Toys

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

At the half year mark, CES does a small preview coming products in the electronics field,and it;’s called CE week It’s always a goal to see what may enhance your photographic life in the shape of smart thinking, manufacturers listening to the needs of the public, and I’ll admit, some cool gadgets and toys. Please […]

Nikon Beloved D800 gets an upgrade: D 810 – Worth the Dough?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A short while ago I sat down to write , dare I say, a love letter to the Nikon D800 : with the ergonomic excellence, all of the controls in all the right places, files that are mega beautiful @36 megapixels, video quality that’s hard to surpass, fast accurate autofocus features that make my life […]

Samsung “Ditch Your DSLR” Event in Times Square : Your Old DSLR for a New Samsung NX30

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Yep, if you have an old DSLR that you wish was faster, better in low light, smaller, and in general newer? And you’ve been considering getting into that whole mirrorless craze but weren’t sure what it was all about? Last point: and you can be in Times Square tomorrow afternoon, starting at 12? Well,then Samsung […]

Speedlight Ringlights : Right tool for the job

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

There seems to be a holy grail of lighting mods, and the ring light is right up there in the pantheon of  desired tools. The search for best  in class has been an ongoing quest. Nikon D800, 24-70mm-2.8 lens @66mm,ISO 200, 1/125sec @ 4.5 What is it? Essentially, a circle of light surround your lens […]

Coming soon : Sony RX 100 III : Broadcast specs for video in a compact camera

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Well, as sure as the sun will come up every day we know the compact camera you bought last year will be updated this year. Just commit and buy when you need. If you haven’t secured your latest favorite compact, check out what’s coming from Sony in June: The RX 100 III. Maintaining an $800 […]

Nikon 1 gets a 2 Stop Upgrade: J4 and S2 models

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

With the continued success of the Nikon 1 series, they have come out with 2 newer models, the Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2, incorporating the learnings from other models in the Nikon family. Designed for the photographer looking for a lightweight solution with the versatility of a DSLR, and for the family shooter […]

SXSW 2014 : Lexar & Expodisc – 2 bits of gear that let me sleep

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

SXSW  is one long, stimulating, eye opening, head expanding, visual treat for the photographer. It does go from the morning hours all around the clock to the wee hours. And want/have to cover it all. When I get back to my hotel room at about 2:30-3:00 AM this is the workstation awaiting me: MacBook Pro […]

SXSW 2014: First you have to get the gear there!

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

My favorite way to travel gear is ThinkTank Airport International. Period. On this trip, there was a possible video assignment, so I added an Urban Disguise, with a Canon XF100 video camera already built (mic,light,batt,media cards) and ready to go with a wireless lav set-up in the side pouch, and other misc. goodies. yes, I […]

Adobe Lightroom Launches on iPad – Is it ready for takeoff?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It’s part of the new Holy Grail: How can I work with my images on my faster, stronger, better iPad. I spent hours at the Apple store trying to figure this out. All the apps, all of the dongles, all of the workarounds to maintain a similar workflow with an iPad were possible but clunky. […]

SXSW 2014 – Austin’s Cultural Festival did it again!

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

A combination of Interactive, Film and Music make the SXSW Festival in Austin the best blend of pop culture events you can attend in a ten day period. When you arrive they give you 3 muslin bags with designs signifying each portion of the festival and a guidebook for each. Welcome to Austin! What does […]

Nikon & Black Rapid enter into a partnership w/ 2 New Straps

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

It’s not often that Nikon partners up. With the wide acceptance of the Black Rapid strap as the gear of choice for a lot of workers,now you can show your yellow and black colors proudly, while saving your neck and shoulders. These new designs will fit the Heavier DSLRS as well as a modified version […]

Nikon D4s Flagship gets a long awaited update with 409,600 ISO!!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Today, Nikon announces the coming of the new D4s, the professionals choice for years, and gets an update. Oh yeah, that 409,600 ISO is not a misprint. Not the biggest secret out there. It was due. But make no mistake: this is a camera for the pros. This is the top of the line Nikon […]

Sony a6000: Focusing Faster Than a Speeding Bullet! LOOK! Up in the sky! It’s a…

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

…APS-C new camera from Sony! At this point all we can do is drool over the stats: 11FPS! Claiming to be the world’s fastest AF performance at just 0.06 seconds. Like this:Like Loading…

Shoot the Moon with New Nikon Compact

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

How many times have you marveled at the full moon on a clear night, swore you’d get that shot that would have rivaled Melies in personality, and NASA in clarity? You pull out your longest lens (300mm?), get the tripod set, aim and shoot. OK, you change exposure and shoot again. In post you intend […]

Profoto Collapsible Reflectors: Buy your gear one time. Invest in the best.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

If you know what to use collapsible reflectors for, you may already own at least one. It’s probably a White on one side, Silver on the other, circular, and has a wrist twist to fold it into itself and put away in a circular pouch. Profoto has come out with a line of reflectors that […]

Nikon D3300 and 35mm 1.8 lens Start Off The New Year

Monday, January 6th, 2014

On the heels of the D3200, Nikon has made some upgrades on this popular entry level DSLR that add to a great value package. On a topline, you get ISO range of up to 25,600, a sweet compact size, and the new EXSPEED 4 processor. Oh, right 24.2 megapixels to make full use of the […]

Sony Puts 4K in the Consumers Hand

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Are you ready to start using a video camera dedicated to shooting video? This could be the unit you’ve been waiting for. Like this:Like Loading…

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guides wrap it up with #5: The Little Things

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

And the top item on the list is the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle 2 What is it? A very cool shutter release unit that is specific to your camera. Make sure you order the right set for your camera! Trigger your camera by smartphone using the free, downloadable app. Here are the different modes: Timelapse Mode,TimeWarp™ […]

Holiday Gift Guide #4: Software Standards

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Best Software for the Serious Photographer I love Adobe. This is a company dedicated to the image. That’s it, that’s all.  And they listen to the users and build software to serve them best. Like this:Like Loading…

The Places to Shop: Where do you buy all of this stuff???

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

OK, I’m gonna take a short breath, and talk for a moment about the places to shop. Before I go into the gear stores, lets talk about the places that celebrate the still image on a regular basis. Like ICP (International Center of Photography) . With a triple threat, AAA, exhibition hanging on the walls at […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Part 2! a bit of an iGift Guide

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

(Fast note: Sodacase, listed below is doing a 50% off sale this week!) Chase Jarvis talks about the” best camera is the one that’s with you” And today, that would be your smartphone. You shoot, you post, it’s shared. But now you can dress it up, give it protection and add Apps that gives it […]

Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Part 1

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Once again, we have put together a list of photo goodies you may want to give, or most likely get this holiday season. It’s a big one, so we’re doing it in parts. We’ll make sure to hit all of the price ranges and hopefully interests. All products have been assessed as best possible by […]

Real World Review : Rogue SoftBox for Speedlights

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The bain of every photographer using speedlights is the rather ugly, harsh light blasting out of the end of them. It needs to be tamed, shaped, many times softened so that your subjects are treated with respect, and beautiful, flattering light. It’s a quest we’ve all been on. Last week I shot an assignment for […]

A cool look at the Nikon Df from Canada, eh!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

You know, when one of our compadres make a  good video, you have share. Up in Calgary,Canada, there’s snow on the ground but that doesn’t stop Chris Nicholls from walking around and showing of the mew Nikon Df Like this:Like Loading…

Cotton Carrier straps it on , and hands you a comfortable grip

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Sometimes I have a need for a certain device that will help in the way I’m shooting. Living in  a large city, to get the shots you want, you need to be camera ready. I’m talking about camera in hand. Yes, I’ve done the wrap around the hand camera strap maneuver. The Black Rapid is […]

Best of Show PhotoPlus Expo 2013: Light em up!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I walked the lines. pushed , prodded, was explained to, attached, and did visual drive bys. Something had to jump out as the item with purpose, use of tech, design, unique properties. It was not till day 3 of PhotoPlus Expo did it jump out at me, and almost made my wallet jump out with […]

Controling your destiny with Triggertrap now….and in May

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Have you backed much on Kickstarter? I have. Sometimes, it’s uber cool stuff that actually gets made, many times they are late, but as long as they deliver. These folks at TriggerTrap came through. Big time. And they continued to develop till they had an even more affordable camera controller, using , yes, an APP […]

Sony Goes Full Frame and Mirrorless: 36mp strong

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

It’s been long awaited, and the rumors have been flying about this latest salvo in the mirrorless one-up-manship. Sony had a strong lead with the NEX series, and has now laid out a seemingly brilliant camera in 2 flavors. The Sony Alpha 7 with 24.3 mp and the Sony Alpha 7r with over 36mp! Both […]

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