Well, this week I attended another special exhibition of aircraft from all over the globe at EAA Air Venture. While the first time I attended this was many years back (Early 1980's) I can honestly say it has been a must to the last 5 years! I'm sure for everyone that goes there is that something special that draws them. For me, it's seeing the classic Military aircraft. Planes such as the Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, and F-86 Sabre all enthrall me. I'm sure its due to my love of Military history. That's not to say I don't appreciate the Build up's or the Trick planes and their pilots as I do!
Because this I believe is one of the biggest airshows in the country. It is huge! I easily can walk 6-10 miles in a day. So even though being in pretty good shape, you can understand you really have to think about the gear you take with you. Up till now, my rig was a double camera strap and a Mountain Smith bag like I saw Moose Peterson mention in one of his videos. While this worked fairly well, I had something in mind that would save my back. And also allow for other things, a tripod, Umbrella, seat, and other camera gear.
This year I finally built up an idea I had a while back for a mobile camera equipment cart. It using an old Golf Bag Cart as the base. It cost me a couple hours and about 50.00 in products including the old golf cart. I'm glad to say it works pretty well. Now that I used it, I will be retrofitting and be adjusting. I've shown a few pics here of the first build up! I'll share more instruction later. With this, I was able to use two of my Think Tank bags as carriers. This allowed for bringing not only my tried and true Nikon D4 and D750. But also my Sony's, the A7, and A6300. It was interesting shooting with both cameras, with of course plus and minus to both rigs. A Short list of some observations between the systems.
1. The startup, while its gotten better, be it asleep or turning on the Standard DSLR out passes the Mirrorless by a bunch. Very important if your a person that wants to capture those spontaneous moments. I really hope this can be addressed. As in wedding, portrait work, or Wildlife, this is a big miss! (Winner DSLR)
2. Battery Life:
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the battery life on Sony cameras is almost offensive when comparing to a DSLR.
Shooting at EAA this last week brought this to the forefront. My D4 many times I can get a whole day on one battery, but I always carry a spare. The Sony A7 I have a battery pack on, But only using part of the day, I could easily see having at least 6 batteries along for a shoot. (Winner DSLR)
3. One card slot. Now be aware I do know on some of the newer models Sony has added another slot yah!, I just love the peace of mind in an important shoot to have a second copy of the images! (Winner Nikon, but note Sony learning)
1. Sony offers 5-axis in-body stabilization in its newest camera bodies that is very useful.
2. Size, for sure I believe the reason many switch from the DSLR is weight and size. I've always felt I've had good control of my camera when shooting, but not going to lie, picking up the Sony with the 70-200, is a lot different than my Nikon D4 and same lens. (Winner Sony)
3. not only are these cameras feature-packed, they offer tremendously good image quality. Using the Nikon system, I can say without a doubt that the Sony sensor trumps the Canon sensor when it comes to dynamic range and shadow recovery.
The full-frame A7RII and crop sensor A6500 gives me unreal resolution, dynamic range, and sharpness that I’m extremely happy with, and has allowed me to get the most out of my photos. (Winner Sony)
What does this all mean to you and me? I think the biggest thing is knowing we have option's which is a great thing. I'm not into camera soberly, be it Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony just to name a few, are tools that can help you create what you imagine! And lastly to put on your radar was an announcement from Nikon about a new Mirrorless full frame August 23rd, Again options! Got to Love it.
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Hi all hope you're enjoying the first days of summer, just a quick reminder my 20% off all my prints @imagesbylemke.org is in effect till the end of the June. I believe I have a great selection of photo art that can enhance any space
A small reminder to all! I consider myself pretty tech savvy, I keep up with tends, I keep my stuff up to date, be it Computer, iPad/Phone, software etc! But even the best of us can have an epic fail!
So let me explain. About a week and a half ago, Lightroom Classic on my computer had started working real slow! So I checked out the standard stuff, updates, fine, Troubleshooting could not find anything. Until I found that the hard drive I use as my main working library was near full. Now I'll amid that in the past I'd not been really good at going through my images while importing and culling the bad ones.
Thus entered a Program called Photosweaper. This is an excellent choice to go through your images Libraries. Works with pretty much any program or photo storage method! So after doing that and freeing up lots of disk space, I thought I should be good, right? Well not yet, still running slow, what could be wrong? Well, I finally figured it out. Id not checked the firmware on my Promise Pegasus in quite awhile, sure enough, did that and we're good again. Drive and Lightroom are snappy again. Moral of this story! Just try to troubleshoot in an organized way, don't blast a program of equipment without due diligence on your part!
Till Next Time!
PS. To Quote from a Favorite Show: The Answer Out There
Hi All, Lance here. Thought Id share out some interesting news.
For those of you looking for some deals on Canon Camera equipment. You might want to check this out. Bon Ton, the mother company of Boston Store is liquidating its COMPLETE 50,000 SQ FT PHOTO STUDIO! Some of the featured items:
Canon DSLR Cameras, Models, 1DX, 1DS, 5D, 5D-MK3, 5D-MK4, 1DS-MK3. 30+ Canon Lenses, 24-70, 70-200 & 90 TS-E. Hasselblad Viewfinders, HC Lenses, HC150, 210,80,50 & 35. Other Lenses to include, Schneider, Nikon and Rodenstock.
70 + Speedotron Power Supplies, Models to Include, 2403, 2403cx, 4803, 2405,2403B, 2403C & 2405CX
Speedo Heads to include, Models 102 & 202VF
Cimera LG & SM Lightbanks, Umbrellas, 100+ Speedo Reflectors 7” to 22”, Bogen Boom Stands, 50+ Tripods, PhaseOne Digital Backs, Cambo and Regal Camera Stands,
Large Qty of Mac’s & PC’s with Monitors up to 27”, Plotters, Servers, Copiers & Printers
Large Qty of Photo Props, Stock Room Shelving and Pallet Racking.
Go to this site to register and check it out! Global PartnersCA
Looking for a great deal on a Speedlight? check out this deal from Fstoppers
In my world, if you've not had a chance I've been experimenting with a new style editing technique on some of my Zoo photos. Check out my Instagram feed Imagesbylemke! You'll see before and after in any of these images, would love your feedback if you'd like to share with me!
Till next time!
Talk about a week folks! Last week found some days approaching 60 degrees in my area, which is Southern Wisconson. I had some great days in the field. Seeing Common Loons on small area lakes during a stopover on their migration northward. And that was a good thing indeed, as the Northern half of my state as well as bordering states got hit with a late Winter storm over the weekend. Many places receiving a couple feet, we've gotten my guess of 4-6 inches in our area. So besides the Loon picture this week, I got some pics of some of the Lighthouses in our area getting buffeted by 15-foot waves. That was just what I experienced.
Cool Workflow Video's Coming Soon
Hello all and welcome, sorry I know, its been a long time between posts! But I've been working on some great new content that will be launching shortly, namely short video tutorials on workflows in various photo editing applications you may find helpful. So please stay tuned, will launch later this month with weekly updates! I"ve included a quick view of one of my early videos for a taste.
Would also like to share this cool Kickstarter campaign I just saw this morning which I think will be a great addition to anyone in the field! This little jewel is called "GNARBOX 2.0 SSD" – the Rugged backup device for your camera. Check out there the page I think you'll find it an awesome addition to your daily workflow.
Apple's powerhouse iMac Pro wows with stellar performance and design Happy New Year everyone! I'm wishing you a healthy Happy New Year! To start off the year I thought I'd share some things I learned about or reviewed the last few weeks of 2017.
1. Something that will make its way to my camera bag shorty, the "Platypod" What is a Platypod?
Platypod makes flat tripods. They are the world's most compact mini tripod bases for photographers. Inspired by the duck-billed platypus, an animal with flat and broad feet, we designed our camera supports to be ideal for low-angle shots and situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical.
Their flat design makes them strong. Platypods can support even the biggest DSLR cameras and the heaviest lenses. Platypods can also become a portable studio, with accessory holes that are compatible with strobes. Website: https://platypod.com
2. A review I found interesting from NASIM MANSUROV between Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro
Link: Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro
3. I have both a Max out iMac and a 2013 MacPro that I used primarily for my editing options. Apples recent release of the new iMac Pro though is Impressive! Plus it just looks awesome in the SpaceGrey Color. Here's a great review from the folks at AppleInsider:
Hello all, hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time with your friends, family or just chilling. With the Christmas shopping season in full play, and people stressing out what to get for that someone special! I wanted to share an offering that might help you with your holiday needs, and help some friends of mine at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Two software packages that I use to aid in my photo editing workflow now a great deal from MacPhuin For Black FRiday, Now till November 29th.
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.
Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.
Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.
The Luminar 2018 Black Friday offer will be available from November 21-29
About Aurora HDR:
Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste - from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls.
The Aurora HDR 2018 Black Friday offer will be available from November 22-29
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