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Using A Gimbal Head On A Monopod

So…

A few months ago I released a video where I discussed my various tripods, heads, and how I use them. It generated a lot of comments and a few really stuck in my mind – they were about using a gimbal head with a monopod. 

At first, I sort of dismissed the idea. I mean, why would you want to place a giant gimbal head on a monopod when …

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Nikon 500 PF Initial Specs Review

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 piece of glass. As a “first batch” user of …

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 – A Wildlife Photographer’s Initial Perspective

WOW – I’ve been getting a ton of e-mail asking me about the all new Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras for wildlife photography. Well, after spending the last couple of days looking over the specs, brochures, and hands-on reviews from the people lucky enough to get their hands on a pre-release model, I have some thoughts to share. 

And they aren’t good, at least not for wildlife photographers. However, I’m …

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Amazing High ISO – The End Of Fast Glass?

(NOTE – when I refer to “fast glass” in this article, I’m referring to the maximum opening, not AF speed.)

Do we really need fast glass anymore?

After all, with all that fantastic high ISO performance we find in modern cameras, should we all just agree to relegate fast glass to the Jurassic section of the Camera History Museum? Is it time to stop spending crazy amounts of money on …

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Nikon D850 Review

It’s finally here!

The long-awaited Nikon D850 review is finally finished! It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! This is a true field test loaded with real world examples, advice, and tons of tips for getting the most from all the new features. 

Yes, it’s a bit of a long review, but I didn’t want to simply …

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Nikon D850 Unboxing And Setup

OK, I normally don’t do unboxing videos, but I’ve had a few requests for it – along with a a boatload of requests for my initial menu setup. So, in the video below, we’ll do a very brief unboxing so you can see just what you get with the new D850 and then we’ll dive into the menu system and I’ll show you how I set everything up in my camera.…

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Nikon D850: Thoughts, Impressions, And Specifications Review

The earth shook for Nikon enthusiasts on August 24th, 2017 with the launch of the new Nikon D850. For weeks and months prior, rumors had been running rampant to such an extent that this body could easily win the award for “Most Leaked Camera In History.” Still, it’s good to have final confirmation from Nikon.

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail asking what I think about the new addition …

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How To Choose Your Next Lens

One of the most common questions in all of nature photography has to be, “What lens should I get next?”

That question makes a daily appearance in my e-mail, the comments section of my YouTube videos, and across every photography forum known to man.

Typically when the question of getting a new lens is posed, it’s met by a host of internet pundits who are more than happy to weigh in …

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Do You Like Nature, Really?

I received an interesting e-mail the other day, and it really got me thinking – so much so I decided it would make an excellent blog post.

Here’s the e-mail:

Hi Steve, I just read your bio page. I enjoy nature too, probably because I’m NOT a photographer.

Why? 

I find people who are fond of clicking shots usually do not seem to take time to enjoy the scenery. Whenever they find