Category Archives: Nikon Gear

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What’s In My Bag? Costa Rica Edition

Here it is! I’ve had a TON of requests over the years for a “What’s in my bag” video. The trouble is, what’s in my bag varies by location. So, I decided to start with the wildlife kit I use when I’m in Costa Rica. However, this is also a really great “general purpose” wildlife kit as well.

For this video, we’ll discuss not only what’s in the bag, but …

Also posted in Travel Tips, Using Your Gear
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The “Secret” To Locating The Hard-To-Find Gear You Want

So, I talk to a LOT of people who are excited about Nikon’s new products (although this post applies to any manufacturer) but there’s often an issue with availability.

In fact, I get e-mails and comments on a regular basis from people asking if I know anything about a particular product’s availability (and no, I don’t).

However, there is a simple little trick for finding hard-to-get gear. In fact, I …

Also posted in Misc, Opinions
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How To Back Up Nikon Camera Settings

Stuff happens.

You send your camera in for repair and it comes back reset to factory defaults. You mess around in the menus, things get out of hand, and you can’t get back to the way things were. You get a second identical body and want a quick way to get your settings from one camera to another.

Well, if you’re using a mid-range or pro-level Nikon body (sorry, this …

Also posted in Using Your Gear
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All About Teleconverters (TCs)

This time around I thought we’d take an in-depth look at teleconverters. Not just what they do – but how they work, how to get the best results, how they affect AF speed and accuracy, the best way to use them and more. Even if you think you know all about teleconverters, there’s probably something new for you in this video.

Plus, as a bonus, towards the end I even …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Nikon Z Series Firmware Update & Recall

Whew – it was a busy night for Nikon! The new Z series firmware (2.0) has been released. I’ve just updated my Z6 and Z7, but have not had the chance to test any of the new features yet – although on paper there does seem to be a lot of nice updates and improvements.

However, there is some bad news – Nikon has issued a recall for some of …

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How To Update Nikon Firmware

So, there you are, casually browsing the latest camera news and you discover that Nikon has just released new firmware for your camera.

But the question is – do you update it yourself or send it in to Nikon for the update?

Well, save your packing tape for returning all the stuff you ordered on that internet shopping spree last week! In the video below, we’ll go through the process …

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Avoid Overexposure With Blinkies

Think you know blinkies? Well, not so fast!

In this video, we’re going to take a look at “Blinkies,” – technically called your Overexposure Highlight Warning or Highlight Alert. No matter what you call ’em though – this video will show you just what they are and how to use them.

During our in-depth look at blinkies, we’ll cover the basics, how they work, why you might like them better …

Also posted in Techniques, Using Your Gear
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All About Auto ISO (Nikon Cameras)

Auto ISO is a frequent source of confusion but it doesn’t have to be that way! In this comprehensive video, we’ll cover how Auto ISO works in Nikon cameras (although it’s likely very similar for all brands). We’ll start with what it does, why / when you should use it, how to set it up, and how it interacts with your various exposure modes. After this video, Auto ISO will …

Also posted in Photo Trips, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Nikon 500 PF Review

It’s finally here – my Nikon 500 PF review and full field report! And let me tell you, it’s a doozy! 

In fact, I may have to apologize for the length. This review is really detailed and goes on for a bit longer than I wanted. I’ve had so many questions about this lens and there are so many different facets to it that it was difficult to keep it …

Also posted in Reviews, Techniques, Using Your Gear, Wildlife
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Nikon 500 PF Initial Specs Review

Update – see he full field report here.

You know, I feel sort of bad for the new Nikon 500 PF lens.

With all the hype and hoopla surrounding the new Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras, this lens sort of got lost in the shuffle. In fact, I think Nikon should have given it an announcement day all its own. The truth is, it’s looking like a fairly impressive …

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