Nikon Updates The Standards..Plus!

The main lens on my Nikon is the 24-70mm, f/ 2.8.
It serves me well. A little heavy, not the VR as in some others in the bag, but solid,crisp,and a worker.
Add the 70-200 2.8, a 20mm in the bag and I’m home free.
Then Nikon goes and does this:
3 New lens announcements: a revised 24-70mm, f/2.8, a sweet 200-500mm, f/5.6, and a new fast 24mm, f/1.8 prime. more details below the photos.

On the 24-70mm :
Same weight, more VR, as in 4 stops, and a new filter size: 82 mm-Dang! OK, they are coming out with some new filters to fit the new sizes. The price is about $2400, so about $600 more than the current model. Getting what you paid for.

Not sure if I’m selling my current version, but that VR has me tempted
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Bits and Bobs – Fast Looks At Some New Gear

Lots of new products are coming out to help you shoot, share, transport, maintain, post.
Here is a quick look at products from ThinkTank, LensPen, TinType, Epic.

First up:
My favorite roller bag, the ThinkTank Airport International, has always been a perfect, discreet, plain luggage looking way to travel with your gear.
But when you get to the gig, and everyone else is a smart as you, and has one, how do you differentiate yourself in the sea of black?
Here is a new solution from ThinkTank: colors.
Colored wheels, zipper pulls and handles. Easy to do, and if you just needed that wheel upgrade or repair, here is a full up way to do it.
Roller Flare image 3
$35 direct from ThinkTank
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iRig Mic HD – Citizen Journalism On A Budget

The folks at iK Multimedia make some great products for the musician: mics, stands, pre-amps and apps, at a very affordable price for high quality recording tools.
Sure, if you are the next Bob Dylan, this is great news.
I’m not.
I’m a curious tourist who like to capture life around me, either in stills or video.
Truly the iPhone 6 is a brilliant device, and capturing and sharing video and photos couldn’t be easier.
But the built-in microphone is not very discerning.
While on the hunt for a directional, quality mic, that, yes, would plug into my iPhone or iPad, I came across the iRig Mic HD.
With specs like any pro mic, this handheld unit will plug directly into your device, and let you monitor via the headphone jack.
Plus my mic flag fits perfectly.
Now, on the fly, it is a 2 handed deal, yet totally manageable.
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July 4th Fireworks Photos! A Simple Guide to Cool Images

(This is a previously published article, but the fireworks haven’t changed, so it should all still hold true.)

Living in A Powder Keg and Giving Off Sparks!

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CE WEEK – A Fast Look at Some Cool New Tech

It’s the halfway mark to CES in Las Vegas, and CE WEEK has come to NYC.
What that means is that a lot of new tech that may be useful for you as a photog, or just tech for your life is getting shown off. Haven’t put into a real world review situation yet, but looks good at first gut reaction.

Here is a quick look at what caught my eye:
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