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New Addition – Op/tech Rainsleeve October 4, 2009

Posted by Lawrence Oei in Editor Notes, Enhancement Gears.
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It must be fear that has driven me to get this, a sales pitch most insurance agent would use against humans. I was looking for something less flimsy but could not find anything more so than the Op/tech Rainsleeve. OK. It’s now equipped in the Lowe Pro Outback 100 all the time. I think I am ready for a rougher ride. (O yes, my Gore-tex paclite shell and hat is my favorite jacket for such scrabbling shoot trips, where bulk is undesirable here)

No big deal accessory. More of a necessity. Comes in a pack of two. Just nice – one for each camera of mine. I did not choose the one with room for the SB-900 for one simple reason – bulk.

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Waterguard WG-AS2 for Nikon D300s and SB-900 Review October 4, 2009

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Nice accessory, functional accessory. Inexpensive. Fits snugly on the Nikon D300s but not on the Nikon D90, with a small gap exposed on the latter. Makes dust and water attacks a thing of the past when mounted under the Nikon SB-900. In fact, I have been researching on the actual weak points of the camera and has embarked on a mini project to safeguard water tight integrity for the Nikon D300s. From the purchasing of stronger weather-resistant lens to all available Nikon accessory to bulletproof the camera, its all been done.

Remember my various articles on weather-resistant Nikon lenses on my Nikon D90 blog…well, I will be expanding on it this time round on the D300s blog. So stay cool, we will cover it all here. Ever since the WG-AS2 has been purchased, it has not been removed ever since under my SB-900. Excellent, very professional looking piece of gear that makes the camera looks much stronger too!

Storm Jacket It Is September 29, 2009

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Will be getting one for the upcoming trip, just in case the weather turns really nasty…

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DIY Solution for Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G VR II September 28, 2009

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Now, for those of you who owns the older Nikkor 18-200mm lens, here’s a piece of good news for you. I have just improvised a very effective double-purpose solution to prevent both lens creep and sweaty palms – Nike Terry Wrist band!

You just get a pair of them off the Nike retail outlet and slip it onto the lens barrel! That’s it really! Now, you can still focus by turning the lens barrel as before while maintaining a firm grip on the entire lens, preventing any form of lens creep. Try it and let me know.It works for me.

Thankfully, my lens doesn’t creep as reported all over the Internet on the 18mm position but will do so, when extending to 35mm. In a way, my sweaty palm (in very hot day shoot) can also now rest on the Dri-fit wrist band, taking those moisture away from the lens itself.

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Best Gear for Photography Dads with Kids September 19, 2009

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I highly recommend this if you still don’t have one…I loved it so much I got two of these! (one for my wife)

Now, your kids can go shoot when you go shoot! A must for active families traveling with small kids.

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Introducing Lowe Pro Outback 100 AW September 19, 2009

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With two DSLR bodies, and a selection of lenses to carry around, its time to break out the shell of conventional approach to carrying them. The Lowe Pro back pack in use does help me carry the entire system around but may prove too cumbersome when it comes to shooting.

And this prove a greater challenge if I lug my kid on the back of my Phil & Ted field pack! This newly released model of a modular pack design seem to do the trick, and her $50 price tag is but rather decent too. Save me getting the Think Tank modular system, which cost so much more…

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New Addition to Family – Nikon MC-DC2 September 17, 2009

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So, to begin this assignment, I need to trigger the shutter in awkward positions and with the camera mounted on the tripod, a remote trigger solution has first to be devised. And it must also be one that allows me to be used on both the Nikon D90 and D300s.

Hence, a visit to Nikon Service Center was made today. And I left the building with the $20 Nikon MC-DC2. Provided you already have the Nikon GP-1, this accessory can then be used with the Nikon D300s. Otherwise, it’s only compatible with the Nikon D90! Be warned.

I think I have almost everything to start the weekend assignment!

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Nikon MB-D10 – Is it Still A Necessity? September 2, 2009

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Through the months, I have grown accustomed to shooting with a battery grip on my Nikon D90 and it has helped provide a tremendous support when shooting for longer hours truly. But when I recently began to shoot with the new Nikon D300s that boast 7 fps, the sheer increased bulk of the body has somewhat make the Nikon D90 look like a Nikon D60 to me.

Even though the Nikon MB-D10 adds an additional frame per second and an extra battery compartment, I am somewhat skeptical to want to use one anymore with this new camera. At $270, its not exactly on my hit list for now…

New Addition – Sandisk Extreme III 16GB CF September 2, 2009

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Just got this over lunch today, to be installed and tested later in the evening on the Nikon D300s. Frankly, the huge price premium of the Sandisk Extreme IV (at 30 MB per second) is just too much for justification. At only $85 for 16GB, its pretty much similar to the 16GB SDHC (Class 4 at 15 MB per second) card I now shoot on my Nikon D90.

Right, the CF card also came with Sandisk RescuePro software, allowing user to recover corrupted digital media if it ever happens.

Though the Nikon D300s came bundled with the Lexar Professional UDMA (45 MB per second) CF card, its but a 4GB card…

Load Them Up! September 1, 2009

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With the dual memory slots in place, its time to lock and load the slots with what is needed for the shoot. Surprisingly, the same 16GB SDHC card bought with my Nikon D90 that allows me to store approximately 2000 JPEG shots can now only store 1400 shots on the Nikon D300s!! I have not figure this one out but will soon…

Nevertheless, this implies the fact that I will need a new 16GB CF card to present me the capability to shoot about 2800 JPEG images! The supplied 4GB CF card is just too small for me!