B&H Bundles on Nikon Gear

Going on right now and lasting through November 21st, are some great bundling deals on Nikon products at B&H. If you’re looking to upgraded, by a gift for a friend or even just enjoy looking and drooling, admit it we all do that at times myself included, then you might want to click the link to see what’s available.

B&H Bundles

The Necessary Equipment

As some of you might know by now, my Dad, my brother and myself are all going to South Africa this next month. Dad is teaching a safari at Sabi Sand Game Preserve by means of Images in Africa, while Brent and I are going to be working on a number of different projects, including some humanitarian work. All of this was made possible by Red Rover Ventures who not only believe in helping others but also what the power of photography can achieve. You can see the results of our first project with Dr. Ross and Red Rover here.

Prepping for this trip has been a logistical challenge as we were provided the opportunity only 2 days before we all went to Photoshop World Vegas. Since then we have been scrambling getting everything lined up that we needed to have done. With a trip of a life time like this you really don’t want to miss anything. This week I’ll be talking about some of the gear challenges for the three week trip I will be going on to South Africa. First off is not only the most obvious for a photographer but also the one that everyone seems to like hearing about, the Camera Gear.


Now I have been very fortunate to have a lot of equipment handed down to me over the years with small investments of my own being made here and there. Well my brother came into the business a little bit late but has made a big impact already. Needless to say he doesn’t quite have all those gear perks that I do. However, thanks to Nikon Professional Services, or NPS, in which I’m honored to be a member, I got some loaner gear to cover both of us and I got to tell you they have been absolutely AMAZING about the whole thing!


I wasn’t really sure if we were going to be able to get anything at first for three reasons: one, it was a real late notice at the beginning of September to pull everything that I needed, two, it was a lot longer time period then the usual consignment time allotment and finally, it was a large consignment in which I requested a D4s, D810, 200-400 VRII, 70-200 VRII and 16-35 f/4 VR. Well knowing that my brother and I were going on this trip to work on a humanitarian project, Nikon was able to pull some strings in the warehouse to get us what we needed for the time that we needed it.

Now keep in mind that when NPS sends out gear they don’t just mail you a box, no no, it’s sent with extreme care, well packaged with every basic accessory you need, as you can see above. All this for multiple video projects and still photography. Thankfully with some help from the nice people who work at NPS and some very basic trading of services, the gear is already in hand and ready for the trip. Now I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging while I’m there but rest assured that afterward I will be posting blogs showing the use of the equipment.

Great Savings on Nikon D600!

It’s that time of the year where the savings are everywhere and the spam emails are coming in like crazy. At times it can be overwhelming and annoying. For any of you out there thinking about a new camera B&H has some great sales going on right now on Nikon, Canon and Sony Camera’s.

If you’re looking for a smaller, quality camera then the D600 might be for you. Check it out here!

Making the best with what you got

There is a lot of talk right now about some of Nikon’s new cameras, the D4, D800 and D800E. Like the rest of you, I went and read the specs on these cameras and was quite impressed. They all sound like very good pieces of equipment. Also like some of you I am not in the position to purchase any of these new toys. Does that bother me? No.

Three years ago I made the switch from my D2Hs to the D3. Both cameras do a great job, the D3 does a better job. The 12.1 Megapixel FX format is far better than the 4.1 Megapixel DX format of the D2Hs. You might be saying,”yea that’s a no brainer, why are you talking about this?” It’s quite simple. Every day a new piece of technology comes out that is better. That’s the way the world works now. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy it. It’s an argument that I’m tired of hearing that you always have to have the newest. Well the newest is not always going to be new. If you have a camera that gets the job done and the results that you want then that’s all that matters. Would I like a D4 to play with? Sure who wouldn’t. If I get one does that mean that I’m going to stop using my D3 I bought, no. The D3 came out in 2007, the D3x and D3s came out in the two years that followed all still good camera bodies, all worth the price.

Images courtesy of Nikon Press Room.

Not in the bag but always good to know more about: Nikon D3s and Nikon D3x

In the hands of the next generation

Seeing that F86E just whiz across the sky was amazing. Getting up close and seeing all the details is great but the true enjoyment isn’t there until it’s up in the air. Now Dad had mentioned that most of the older folks here were flying these aircraft when they were my age or younger. These grandpa’s were reminiscing about the days when they were in flight school, the plane was new and everyone wanted to fly it. They were sharing it with their families and even a few got up on stage and spoke about their experiences. I got to thinking, always scary, of how those generations were passing their knowledge on to their kids and what my folks were passing on to me.

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2 years ago i was blessed to get one of my favorite lenses, the 600f4. I have shot more with that lens than i can recall and now i have been given a new lens in my arsenal the 200-400f4 AF-S VR. I have shot with this lens a little bit back at the Reno Air Races but since then not much. Now i don’t get new gear that often but when i do i always seem to do a double take, because it’s like what did i do to deserve this awesome gift. Well Dad got the new 200-400VR-II and that brought on another hand me down, gotta love those. You can see just some of what he has done so far and I’m sure there will be more to come from the both of us. All that actually brought me to my point of passing on to the next generation and the influences it can have it.

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As the F86E Sabre Jet flew across the sky with the back panels expanded, making figure eights over the runway watching it i could see the past being relived herein the present. This beautifully restored aircraft was zipping by too fast. The sun glared off the wing tips just as it glared off the lens barrel as it was pointed up at the Sabre, and i knew how fortunate i was to get these opportunities and to say thanks to all those that make it possible, gear and all.

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Images captured with D3, 200-400f4 AF-S VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

A New Toy to Play With


For the last two years I have been using the 300 f4 AF-S, which is an amazing lens that i have thoroughly enjoyed. However,  the 300f4 has some limitations. The lens is bigger and a little heavy making it harder to hold steady for longer periods of time.  So for Christmas my parents were very nice and got me a Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR. This lens is great. The light weight design makes it so that it can be held steady for a longer time. The lens is also smaller taking up less bag space which means I can carry more tools when i go out shooting.  About a month ago when I was in Yellowstone photographing the sheep i would’ve killed for this lens. The VR would have helped with the slight breeze and the ability to zoom out would have given me a better shot when the rams were head butting.


My Dad found this Greater Road Runner when he, Jeff Cable and I were out shooting a couple days ago. Jeff and I slowly walked up to the road runner which was very cooperative and stood still on his post. The 70-300 was perfect for photograpphing this guy. By getting close physically i was able to capture a great close-up shot of him without disturbing him or having to put on a longer lens, which would have taken time away from photographing the road runner. If you want to see a video of how this was done you can go to my Dad’s blog. This is a great lens that i can’t wait to play with some more.

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