Category: Gear Talk

Balls Done Right! First Look at the PMG Ballhead

Pro Media Gear is an interesting company. They don’t make the kind of gear that photographers and magazines usually get excited about but they do make an assortment of items that are essential to all of us. Things like Arca Swiss compatible clamps and plates, L-brackets, gimbal heads, flash brackets, etc., and now a ball…


Nikon’s New 300mm f/4 – First Impressions

Nikon recently announced their replacement for the current 300mm f/4 fixed focal length telephoto and I received mine about a week ago and thought I’d provide my initial impressions. I’ve wanted a compact 300mm for a long time but was hesitant because it lacked the Vibration Reduction (VR) feature that I wanted for handheld shooting….


Meet the New Addition – The Lensbaby Composer

If there’s one thing photographers can’t get enough of, it’s gear and gadgets. So, needless to say, I was thrilled to find a Lensbaby Creative Effects Kit under the tree this year from Santa. Odd considering that most of the work I do demands critical sharpness and minimal distortion and a Lensbaby is kind of…


The If / Then Christmas List for Photographers

No one is more obsessed with gadgets and gear in general than photographers and it’s around this time of year that thoughts turn to wish lists. So I thought I’d put together a different kind of list than the usual “what to get for a shutterbug” list. With my list, what you should get depends…


On the Road Again

Like many photographers, I love to travel. Traveling the world provides unique and rewarding cultural experiences and photographic opportunities. In a few days, I’ll be scratching that itch again with an excursion through Patagonia, that wild and untamed region in the heart of Chile and Argentina. I’ve done my research, looked at other photographer’s images…


Living with a Hot Body – The Nikon D800E

That’s Hot Body as opposed to Hard Body which I would use to describe the D4. I bought the D800E to use as a second body to the D4 and to replace my retiring D2Xs – these are my impressions and experiences after three months of use. I’m going to dispense with the technical comparisons…


I Love this Lens!

If you’ve been into photography for any length of time, you probably have an assortment of lenses to do various things and, if you’re a working pro, these are part of your standard toolkit that you don’t give a second thought to – each best for specific tasks. Likewise, I don’t really think about any…