PhotoPlus Expo is Just Around the Corner…

Back to School, Pumpkin latte’s, Halloween candy, And Orange is all over the place!
For me, the fall only means that one of the best photo gear expos is coming soon to NYC.
All of us gear monkeys will be seeing, feeling, touching, buying, new kit that will make what we love even better.

Sure,the tools are important, and we all love them. It’s what you do with them that is the key, as you know.
One thing you should not overlook at PhotoPlus Expo is the incredible amount of learning that is available.
Yes, on the floor there are experts teaching while using a manufacturers product ( It ain’t gonna be done for free!). HOnestly you will learn some very cool stuff that you will use. And probably buy the product they are touting.
BUT… and this is a BIG but.. Do NOt Miss The Seminars!!!
Here is a list of what’s in store to help whet your whistle:
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Fashion Week Photography with Katy Winn – What’s In Her Bag?

One of our favorite people, Katy Winn, who is back in NY this week for fashion week, and we’d like to share again a video we made with her.
Watch, listen, and learn.

And some insight from that same meeting:

It’s always a good lesson to see what a working photographer uses to get the job done. Not about endorsements, freebies, or the latest gear that gets written up.
It’s about what works. And works. and works.
It’s about dependable equipment that the assignment photographer can use to make a living. It may get beat up, pushed around, and scarred, but if it works, it’s in the bag.

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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