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The Image Doctors #28

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Nikon D780, Canon 1DX Mk III, and more!

This week saw the announcements of several new cameras, from Nikon and Canon, along with some new lenses. Jason and Rick give their first impressions of the new Nikon D780 and new Nikkor lenses, plus the flagship Canon 1DX Mk III, Fujifilm X-Pro 3 and Olympus OM-D-EM1X. New lenses from Nikon include the 120-300mm f/2.8 sports zoom, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 S for Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras.

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The Image Doctors #21

Affordable camera systems

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We love high-end gear as much as anyone, but sometimes you want a budget option. Whether it’s for a family member as a gift, or even a backup camera, we take a look at some great deals on camera systems that are (mostly) under $1000 US and include one or more lenses.

Our Recommended Camera Kits for under $1000

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Review: Gnarbox WiFi Hard Drive

Gnarbox Product Review: A Wireless Portable Hard Drive for Mobile Workflow

As I find myself exploring the world with my camera, my need to “go light” has ramped up. While I still prefer to use my DSLRs, one area where I can really save some space and weight is by exchanging my laptop for an iPad for overseas travel. My mobile workflow on the iPad is still evolving, but Lightroom CC (formerly Lightroom Mobile), is quite competent for most travel photography. The Gnarbox portable hard drive is a potential complement to the traveling photographer looking to stay light and use a tablet instead of a laptop.

Gnarbox
Gnarbox is a portable WiFi SSD backup solution for mobile workflow.

The Achilles heel of most tablets is storage space. While the iPad Pro can be configured with 512GB of memory, that’s not a lot when it comes to RAW capture with my Nikon D850. In the field, it would be nice to not only have a file back-up solution that integrates with the tablet, but also a way of previewing and triaging images before moving them to the tablet to use in editing apps. Enter the Gnarbox, a portable hard drive with WiFi connectivity.

Gnarbox (gnarly name, dude) is a portable solid state hard drive (SSD) that connects to your mobile device via its own local WiFi hotspot. This means you can use it with mobile devices that do not support USB drives, like the iPad. I got my hands on a Gnarbox from B&H Photo to test, and what follows is my experience with it using iOS mobile devices. Continue reading Review: Gnarbox WiFi Hard Drive

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Travel Photography Secrets

The one photo accessory you can’t afford to leave at home

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A boat passes under a bridge along a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

With summer travel season quickly approaching, it’s time to think about our photo adventures. Whether you’re in a group or traveling alone, there’s one photo accessory that you simply cannot afford to leave at home, and you already know about it. Continue reading Travel Photography Secrets

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Product Review: Oben CTM 2500 Monopod

A $99 Monopod That Delivers in the Field

Oben CTM 2500 monopod
The Oben CTM-2500 5-section monopod

I recently started using monopods again for bird and wildlife photography. Monopods provide stability in the field yet are far easier to pack and maneuver when shooting. I wanted to try out something less expensive than my older Gitzo monopods, so I looked at options and found the Oben CTM 2500.

The Oben CTM 2500 Monopod

The Oben CTM 2500 monopod is an inexpensive carbon fiber monopod that is sturdy enough to hold my 500mm f/4 Nikkor lens. However, I’ve done most of my testing using the Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 VR lens and my D850. I was very pleased to discover that this monopod performs well in the field.  Continue reading Product Review: Oben CTM 2500 Monopod

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