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Nikon D500: Hands-on first impressions

My Nikon D500 arrived today!
Female red-winged blackbird, Fountain, CO. Nikon D500 with 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Nikkor and TC-14EIII teleconverter. 1/2000s f/10 ISO 7200 Effective FL: 1050mm
Female red-winged blackbird, Fountain, CO.
Nikon D500 with 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Nikkor and TC-14EIII teleconverter.
1/2000s f/10 ISO 7200
Effective FL: 1050mm (click to enlarge)

Finally, I get my hands on a true flagship DX body from Nikon. I’ve always had a place in my kit for a DX body, because I appreciate the extra reach when shooting wildlife; especially birds. However, Nikon’s offerings since the D300s haven’t excited me. This camera, however, makes me glad to be a Nikon shooter! Continue reading Nikon D500: Hands-on first impressions

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Hands-on: Nikon 200-500mm VR

The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 AFS G VR (foreground) as compared to the 500mm f/4 VR Nikkor.
The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 AFS G VR (left) as compared to the 500mm f/4 VR Nikkor.

Ah, the joy of receiving a gold box from Nikon! I just received the new 200-500mm f/5.6 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor from B&H Photo. As someone who enjoys shooting wildlife, especially birds, I figured I should check out this new lens. Since I’ve had the lens for less than 24 hours, these are simply my first impressions. Continue reading Hands-on: Nikon 200-500mm VR

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Hands-on with Aurora HDR Pro

Aurora HDR is a new HDR tone-mapping program for Mac users.
Aurora HDR is a new HDR tone-mapping program for Mac users from Macphun Software.

Today, Macphun Software released their latest photo editing tool, Aurora HDR. I’ve had the opportunity to test-drive a pre-release version of the software for a little while, and I really like what I can do with it. Here are my first impressions of this powerful HDR software for Mac. Continue reading Hands-on with Aurora HDR Pro

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Gear Review: Mindshift FirstLight Photo Backpack

Photo Backpacks Designed for the Outdoors

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The MindShift Gear FirstLight photo backpacks are designed for hiking and outdoor use.
The MindShift Gear FirstLight photo backpacks are designed for hiking and outdoor use.

I recently received an evaluation copy of a new series of photo backpack from MindShift Gear. MindShift Gear is a sister company to ThinkTank Photo, whose bags I have been using for years.

The FirstLight series of backpacks come in three sizes: 20L, 30L, and 40L. The number indicates the bag capacity in liters. I was able to get a production copy of the FirstLight 40L to evaluate. Continue reading Gear Review: Mindshift FirstLight Photo Backpack

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