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Fstoppers Reviews the Mountainsmith Spectrum Split-Use Camera Backpack

Fstoppers Reviews the Mountainsmith Spectrum Split-Use Camera Backpack

Let’s be honest with ourselves. We don’t always need to bring four or five lenses, two camera bodies, and a portable lighting studio with us every time we leave the house. Sometimes it makes sense to own a lightweight secondary grab-and-go day pack that offers more than just camera storage. In this article I take a look at the Mountainsmith Spectrum, a $90 split-use backpack that’s ready to rock.

How G.A.S. Failed Me

How G.A.S. Failed Me
We've all heard of it: Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.). I'd wager that a fair few of us have suffered from it at one time or another. I mean, really, what Nikon portrait shooter doesn't want the new Nikkor 105mm f/1.4? When that wanting turns to lusting and the all-consuming G.A.S., we have a problem that goes well beyond the boundaries of our wallets and begins to affect the most important aspect of our photography itself: our craft. I'd like to share with you a story from when I first began photography in the hopes that it may help some of you avoid one of the biggest mistakes I made.

Fstoppers Reviews the RL Handcrafts Clydesdale Pro-DLX Dual Camera Strap

Fstoppers Reviews the RL Handcrafts Clydesdale Pro-DLX Dual Camera Strap

A good camera strap is something that a lot of people don't find important until they actually try a good camera strap. I have found that getting the camera off of my neck and onto my shoulders to make a world of difference while shooting and especially the day after shooting. This becomes even more important when you are dealing with the added weight of carrying dual cameras. Enter the Clydesdale Pro-DLX from RL Handcrafts.

The New 24.2-Megapixel Nikon D3400 Elevates the Definition of ‘Entry-Level’

The New 24.2-Megapixel Nikon D3400 Elevates the Definition of ‘Entry-Level’

Announced today, Nikon has updated their popular entry-level D3xxx series of cameras with the new D3400. Highlights of the new DSLR include always-connected Bluetooth for automatic sharing with mobile devices, double the battery life of the previous D3300, and image quality that is a step up from mobile photography. The D3400 will come with a new Nikkor DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and cost $646.95, with the option to also add on the new Nikkor DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED for a total of $996.95.

Deal Alert: Datacolor Introduces the Spyder5CAPTURE PRO Bundle Priced at $269.99

Deal Alert: Datacolor Introduces the Spyder5CAPTURE PRO Bundle Priced at $269.99

Announced today, Datacolor is introducing the Spyder5CAPTURE PRO bundle for a managed color workflow from capture to editing. The new product includes the Spyder5ELITE colorimeter, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCUBE, and SpyderLENSCAL. Shipped together in a foam-padded metal case, this bundle is selling for an introductory price of $269.99, which is normally the cost of just the Spyder5ELITE alone.

Fstoppers Reviews the Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G Wide-Angle Prime Lens

Fstoppers Reviews the Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G Wide-Angle Prime Lens

As a former standard zoom lens user, I noticed that 28mm was one of my most preferred focal lengths according to the metadata in my image catalog. Seeing this choice that I've made subconsciously, as well as the obvious advantages of using primes, I finally decided to switch all my zoom lenses with primes. The Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G was my final choice for a wide-angle prime. So far, it looks like I've made a good decision.

Fstoppers Reviews the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro Hard Drive

Fstoppers Reviews the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro Hard Drive

Hard drives are cool again. What used to be just a repository for data has evolved into a multifunctional device that can store data, back up your memory cards in the field without a computer, charge your phone, and even act as a WiFi hotspot. The Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro can do all those things, making it an intriguing option for those of us who desire portability and capability in one device.

Getting Creative With Lav Mic Placement

Getting Creative With Lav Mic Placement

In the wide world of video, one of the most important aspects of production is the sound quality. Sound sells the realism behind your favorite movies and TV shows. In fact, a lot of what you hear when you watch the latest blockbuster or HBO hit series isn't "real." It's created by Foley artists in a studio and mixed in later. This gives the editors maximum control over each individual sound, from footsteps, to gunshots, to engines. Of all the sounds, however, there is one in every feature film that just can't be faked: dialog.

Custom PC Building Guide for Photography and Video

Custom PC Building Guide for Photography and Video

I had been using a Mac since I first started photography and retouching. Over the years, I upgraded my Macs and used them without a problem, and all software that I have been using worked flawlessly. The Mac has several advantages such as ease of use, a perfect interface (OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is still my favorite by the way), advanced file and folder tagging, and security, but there was a problem that led me to change my mind and switch to Windows: very high price tags and limited customization options.

My New Best Friend for On-Location Photoshoots: The Collapsible Wagon

My New Best Friend for On-Location Photoshoots: The Collapsible Wagon

As a photographer who shoots primarily on location, I have a lot of stuff to haul. I shoot both film and digital and frequently I'm bringing a small lighting kit as well. I also tend to go it alone, especially when I'm shooting personal work. Up until recently, I've been doing it the hard way, taking multiple trips back and forth to my car, in order to get the shot set up at my chosen spot. And of course, the best spots are nowhere near the car. My deodorant is doing overtime before I've even squeezed off the first shot. Being a sweaty mess while shooting is no fun, especially when you're shooting people. I'd rather not be known as "Hans, you know, that one photographer with the pit stains."

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