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RAWtalk Episode #106 – An interview with Bruce Bennett

Jared Polin October 20, 2014 Comments Off

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Nikon D750 Real World Review

Jared Polin October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Let me start of by saying this right off the bat, if I was in the market for my first Full Frame DSLR this camera would be it.

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Click Here to purchase the Nikon D750 from Allen’s Camera or Amazon.

When I got the call from Nikon that they were about to announce another NEW Full frame camera I was a little shocked. They already had the D610 and the D810 so where would a new camera fit in the lineup and what would it be called.

You might think the new camera would be called the D710 but no, Nikon opted for the next best choice, the D750. Many people have been waiting for a replacement to the Nikon D700 which packs the top of the line sensor and pro features, but is this the answer?

I am not going to run down all the specs of the Nikon D750 again as I did a preview of the camera right here. What I will do is go into how I tested the camera and why. First off my style is to use cameras opposed to “test” cameras in the lab. Sure certain “lab” tests may garner interesting results but I want to know how the camera actually handles in the real world.

For the Nikon D750 review I chose to go back to High School and shoot a Thursday night football game under the lights. When I say under the lights what I really mean are the four polls with things on top of them that kind of illuminate the playing field.

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This is not the ideal lighting situation for shooting but this camera is said to have the best low light focusing of any Nikon camera (-3 ev), even better than the D4s. On top of that what better way to test the ISO than to do it in a situation that is not ideal. Any camera going back to the early DSLR’s can shine in good light but what separates the winners from the losers is their lowlight capability.

The KING of all camera bags!!!

Adam Lerner October 16, 2014 Comments Off

In this video, I unbox the ThinkTankPhoto Production Manager 40. I take you thru all of the features, talk about build quality, versatility and even show you my first pack with my lighting kit in the bag. This is the bag I’ve been waiting for and I’m sure there are plenty of photographers out there that will want to scoop one up.


Western Digital My Passport PRO 4tb Thunderbolt Review

Jared Polin October 16, 2014 Comments Off

DigiRichie and I both got our hands on the new Western Digital My Passport Pro 4TB Thunderbolt external hard drive. This little guy is a beast like nothing we have seen before. Inside you have 2, 2TB drives that when raided together give you 4TB of storage in a package much smaller than you would expect.

Being that this is a Thunderbolt only hard drive it comes already formatted and ready to go for your Mac. This speed and portability does come at a price, $399.99. But after digging a little deeper you wont find another company producing anything similar or close to the same storage size. I am sure in the next few months they will become more prevalent.

Before I get into the notes from DigiRichie who is currently out on assignment let me tell you how Stephen and I have been using this drive. After that I will post DigiRichies notes.

Stephen and I have been traveling the world shooting videos, photos and recording audio. We always need fast and reliable backup solutions when traveling. Since we use the latest MacBook Pro 15 inch with Thunderbolt this hard drive is the perfect solution. It allows us to not only backup all our files quickly using Thunderbolt but it allows Stephen the ability to edit full HD Video straight off the drive.

We have the drive set up currently to be redundant. That means it’s only 2TB of storage but it’s saving everything twice, once to each drive inside. I feel better when traveling to use this option over the RAID 4TB option. I will tell you that we didn’t rely on just this one hard drive for backup. We also made sure to store all file on the laptop as added security.

Let’s take a look at the drive itself, it’s a little thick, has a built in fan and is bus powered via the built in Thunderbolt cable. You might think the thickness or size of this drive might be an issue for travel but it’s honestly not that much larger than some of the smaller 2TB drives currently on the market. If you don’t think the 4TB is for you WD offers this drive in a 2TB option.

Nikon D810 Real World Review

Jared Polin October 10, 2014 Comments Off

For the FULL RES exported images please click here. Click Here to Download Four RAW Files from the Nikon D810.

When Nikon announced the D810 many people thought it was simply a minor update to the D800. The truth of the matter is that it was a very nice evolution of an already nice camera.
It’s added more FPS, better focus, refined buttons, higher and lower ISO and much more.

Personally I was not a fan of the original D800. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice camera but it had some issues for me. First I thought the files were to large because of the 36 Mega Pixels. Each 14 bit RAW Uncompressed file was 75 megs on my card. To be honest even if they did offer me the RAW S I would not have used it at the time.

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One of the main issues I had with the D800 was the fact that the ISO topped out at 6400. At the time it seemed like even lesser cameras could shoot in lower light situations. I think one of the main reasons behind this was the fact that Nikon saw this as a studio type camera. But in this day and age you really want an all around great cameras wether it’s in the studio or on location in low light.

I’ve never really had a tough time deciding on what gear to take with me when I head out on a trip. It’s generally my Nikon D4s with the hebrew trinity and I am all set for anything that comes my way. But when we were getting ready to head to Poland and Germany I was having an internal fight with myself. I wanted to take my D4s because I was comfortable with and I had not touched the D810 yet.

The day before leaving I decided to challenge myself to take the D810 and leave the D4s sitting in it’s bag at home. I still took the hebrew trinity as my lenses of choice but the only body would be the D810.

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A lot went into my decision to take only the D810. Sure it’s smaller and lighter than my D4s but it was more about button layout and consistency of design Nikon has across the board with their cameras. You can pick up pretty much any Nikon camera from the D3300 to the D4s and feel comfortable with it in your hands because the button layouts and placements are very similar.

If you would like to purchase a Nikon D810 you can do so right here at Allen’s Camera or Amazon.