Last week the Nikon J1 and 3 lenses landed on my doorstep.
I have been walking around with the camera and lenses for the past week or so testing it out and trying to see if it is something I would use or suggest for others to use.
So far after shooting with the longer “slow” lens at an event yesterday I see that it is very hard to shoot with the longer lenses. One issue I had was my arms get tired holding the camera out infront of me. Sure there is a zoom but indoors it was very hard to try and shoot with the 30-110 3.5-5.6 lens.
I will keep playing with the camera and give the images a look online.
Today I got my hands on this $3,199 lens at Allen’s Camera 215.547.2841. This is a mega zoom that is a fixed 2.8 lens. What that means is if you are at 120mm it is a 2.8 and at 300mm it still is a 2.8.
This is a very unique lens that no one other than Sigma make. This is the first version to have OS built in and from my sample images it really does a great job stabilizing you images.
Take a look at the video below to see my hands on unboxing, sniff test and sample photos.
Below you will find the full res sample images exported form the Nikon D7000 for you to compare. You will see in the file name which lens is the OS and which is not.
This lens is for someone who is looking for a versatile zoom range in a fixed 2.8 aperture and is not looking to spend $6k for the Canon or Nikon 300 2.8. There are always trade offs between going with the Sigma but for every day shooters shooting amateur sports, dance recitals or pretty much anything else this is another option for you to look into. I was very pleased with how well the OS worked when hand holding at 1/100th of a second.
If you are interested in this lens please call Allen’s Camera at 215.547.2841 and ask for the FRO Price. You can also find it HERE for Canon on AMAZON.
Click the image below to see the FULL RES exported JPEG from RAW files.Read More »
This is a video of me unboxing a rare Nikon F5 50th anniversary edition camera. From my research I have found that there were only 3000 of these ever made with around 300 ever coming to the united states.
If you are interested in picking up this rare camera please call Allen at 215.547.2841
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I will be heading out of town for a weekend shoot in Park City Utah and wanted to pick up a few new toys for the trip.
I have been looking for a pair of in ear headphones and came across the Ultimate Ears 700 which run roughly $149. These in ears meaning they literally sit inside your ears are small yet built extremely well. I wanted to go with something small and easy to pack as my old over the ear headphones which are great when I am home are just to big to take on the road anymore. So far these little in ears are pretty amazing. Even though I am used to ear plugs I have to get used to wearing these for an extended period of time.
These will be great for using on an airplane for my ipod and Ipad as well as blocking out background noise. I will bring you a full report on my findings from my trip to UTAH with these in ears.
Secondly I was looking for a better way to carry my 13 inch Macbook Pro, Ipad and some camera gear. I ran into a kid in Nashville on the way to SXSW who had a ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise 35 v2 that looked amazing. I decided to order one in and it came in yesterday. This bag is just amazing, it fits my Ipad, laptop, a ton of other stuff and honestly it fits the hebrew trinity and D3s (not with a lens on). Thats right it will fit that whole set up so if I needed to do shooting in one location and didnt need a shoulder bag, I would have all my computers and my fav lenses. I consider this bag to be a mobile office as it has everything you need to run any business from anywhere.
I will have a full review of this bag soon after I get home from UTAH. So far so good.Read More »
I got a call from Allen that the T3i had come in. There is really not to much to say about the camera other than it has upgraded a few features and kept the price the same as what the T2i is. That is a great thing that the camera is the same price for the new people who are going to purchase it.
If you own a T2i or 60D I would not run out and upgrade or downgrade to this camera. Stick with what you have and you will be happy.
If you would like to purchase a T3i or any other Canon product please call Allen’s at 215.547.2841 and ask for the FRO PRICE. Or you could check out this camera on AMAZON.
Check out the video below as FroVader decided to stop in as well.Read More »
I know I know I excite very easy and yes this printer excited me. This is the first label printer I have ever owned and I could not be more happy with the purchase. There is no ink to content with as it is a thermal printer. The only item you need to replace are the rolls of labels.
Loading the labels can be a little tricky but I when you place it properly the machine auto feeds them right into place.
This is perfect for anyone that is going to be doing a lot of shipping and is tired of hand writing labels. I have saved hours by having this printer on my desk.
All and all this is an affordable way to make your job much easier.Read More »
The Nikon MB-D11 is the vertically grip for the Nikon D7000. What that allows you to do is have a second battery in the camera as well as take your pictures with the cameras vertical shutter release. Using the grip makes your camera feel a little more substantial in the hands as well as allow you to operate certain functions vertically.
Pro bodies like the D3s and D3x have a larger body with these grips already built in. I personally prefer shooting a camera with a grip as I have been shooting that way since my Nikon F5.
If you have the $249.99 to spend on a grip and think it will be useful to you than I would pick one of these up. You don’t need to get a second battery but you do have the ability to load the grip with another one. This would be great for people who shoot a lot of portraits as you will no longer have to awkwardly turn your camera and wrist to get those vertical shots.
If you would like to pick one up please call Allen’s Camera at 215.547.2841 or you can pick one up at AMAZON below.Read More »
I finally got my hands on a Nikon D7000 review unit and I am really excited to play with it. After hearing so many great things about the camera both low light and video performance I am ready to put it threw the Fro Test to see how it holds up.
Coming very soon you will have a full guide showing you what each button does as well as a guide to giving you some suggestions on how to set the camera. In a few weeks you will have another full on review that will give you a practical look at the D7000.
I really want to see how the quality of this camera is in low light as most of what I shoot is in low light.
If you are interested in purchasing a D7000 please call Allen’s Camera 215.547.2841 and ask for the Fro Price or pick one up here on AMAZONRead More »
Have you seen the Gorillapod or used one yet? Joby the company that makes all of the different Gorillapod models was kind enough to send me one out to play with. I asked for the model that says it can handle a digital SLR with some nice glass attached. It will also be great for holding flashes so you can place them in interesting places!!!
I will have a full review of this item at some point but in the meantime enjoy this unboxing and sniff test.Read More »