Nikon Enters The Full Frame Mirrorless World! Soon…..

So the rumors are true!
Nikon has listened to the consumer and have a full frame mirrorless camera in development, along with a series of specially fitted lenses.
What’s that you say?
When, and how much?
good questions.
no answers.
One thing that was in the press announcment was the fact that they are also working on an F-Mount adaptor for the camera.
For me, that continues the Nikon legacy of no lens left behind. Huge news in my book.
Now let’s see the camera.
Payience is a virtue my mom always taught me.

Holiday Gift Guide Part 3 – The Other Items

Sure, you may have hit some sales, and had the basics, well now we bring you some things that have been tried and tested for your gifting pleasure.
Apple AirPods

First thing I said when i saw these was that I didn’t even own them, and I’ve already lost them!
OK, So I bought them, and they are outstanding! There are other options, but the Apple elegance of the buds and the charging case is phenomenal.
With 5 hours of life, plus the case holds another 24 hours and they recharge fast in :15 min.
Also, the phone capability is so good, all of the folks I chat to while walking down a NY street, are amazed at the quality.
And depending on your photo group affiliation, you can get a discount at Apple. Stay away from the knock-offs. Cheaper, and there is a reason for that.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Part 2 – Camera Bags

Oh, sure, we all have them, and most of us have multiples. Do you need another? Probably.
So what was new this year?Plenty.
So here are some of the faves from Peak Design, ThinkTank, SKB, Tenba, and BlackRapid (check out BR special 20% discount code below!)

Peak Design has been coming on strong with 2 great walk-around bags
Everyday Sling 10L and now the Everyday Sling 5L, a smaller version, perfect for the DJI Mavic Pro and when you just want to carry a little less. Here’s the larger size-
And the smaller, with a look inside so you can see the great design elements.

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Black Rapid : Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself

You can’t expect all of your gear to last forever.
You buy a new camera every few years, and I’ll bet you have more than 2 camera bags.

Can we talk about one bit of gear that gets used daily? It’s your camera strap.
It’s time to check it out, and make sure it’s up to snuff.

Let’s go back a step: My favorite camera straps are Black Rapid, and when I first saw them a few years ago, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to sling my camera to the side or back.
Man, was I wrong. these straps have save my back, and in a long day on a shoot, like an event or music, these straps have been lifesavers.
Truly my go-to bit of gear. And I’ve tried a ton of em!
They’ve been around for more than a few years now, and continue to improve them.
One of the key contact points, the carabiner, has gone though some changes.

And now, a reality check:

A few friends, and noted photographers who have been heavy users from the start, have had some mishaps using the 1st gen straps.
If you call having your camera and lens fall to the ground from at least waist high, a mishap. An expensive fall.

Why did this happen? Heavy users, with first gen Black Rapid, have seen the metal knob that secures the carabiner to the strap get worn down.(see above on the left)
And when it gets worn down, the carabiner can slip out. And so can your camera.
They have made huge improvements on the new straps and you can see the stronger, more robust machining and design on the latest straps.
You can see the brass locking fitting, the quieter connector, and just a higher quality design.
Still feeling anxious?
You can add-on a Tether Kit and put your mind at ease. Connects your camera to the strap with an extra strap, in addition to the carabiner.

The point is, nothing lasts forever. Straps included.

The good folks at Black rapid have started a <a href=”http://www.blackrapid.com/tradein-program” target=”_blank”>trade-in program, so you can get upgraded at a discount.

You don’t want to be the person who has a camera hit the sidewalk. Check you gear and then get a new strap.
My straps of choice is the Breathe. The double strap is great, and if I’m rolling with 2 DSLR’s , it’s the way to go. For my mirrorless work, the Breathe is the hit.

Stick with these folks, your back will thank you.

The New Nikon D850 – 45.7 MP of Goodness

Nikon, I just can’t quit you!
Don’t think I ever will.
This new, long awaited D850, coming in at an MSRP of about $3300, (wasn’t that what the D810 was?) clocks in with some amazing specs. OK, first some photos.


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