As much as I like a tripod to be small and easily portable, sometimes you want a more stable tripod, especially for things like panoramas, shooting at night, and long exposure photography.
I recently picked up a 3 Legged Thing Winston (product links are Amazon affiliate), their largest tripod. I picked the 3 Legged Thing for a few reasons, I have one of their Punks Travis tripods, and like it. I use the monopod leg often enough that it is a definite added value. The head also comes with a pano clamp on the QR part of the head, so it can be leveled independent of the tripod, critical for panoramas on uneven terrain. Continue reading “3 Legged Thing Winston Review”
Update: The lens is out, but I haven’t picked one up, saving up for a D850 instead. Looks like the optical performance should be better than the AF-S, but I have not had a chance to shoot them both.
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I don’t usually do sight unseen reviews, but this lens hit at a time I was interested in it, and I found out some interesting things that would be valuable to anyone else looking at it. I have one of the original AF lenses, and was thinking about upgrading to the AF-S until this came out. So, looking at the lenses, should you wait and pay the extra for the AF-P?
The other day on Quora, someone asked “What are the best reasons to switch from a Nikon D610 to a Nikon D750?” (Amazon affiliate links) It may be a little unfair, but I read this as “What is the best excuse to buy a new camera.”
My answer was simple: Because the D610 doesn’t do something specific you need, and the D750 does. And that feature is worth $2000 to you. If you can’t answer what that benefit is, there is no reason to buy replace a fully functional piece of equipment. If I were looking to buy a new camera, the WiFi and tilting screen might be worth the $300 difference, but it isn’t worth $2000, or even the $1000 if I could get $1000 for the D610 body. Add to that the time to buy the new camera, sell the old camera, and learning a new camera, and it becomes even more expensive to switch. Are there benefits big enough to justify that cost? If not, better to keep your money, or all too often your credit card, in your pocket.
Another way to look at that money is as hours of your freedom. For a median US income of $56,000, a $2000 camera represents over 70 hours of work. Factor in that about a third of your income goes in taxes, and it’s over 100 hours. Pay for it on credit that isn’t paid immediately, and it could be many times that.
Of course, there are times where it is worth upgrading, but make sure that you are spending money intelligently, not just chasing the latest and greatest just because it’s new.
A question I like to ask when I am looking at new equipment is “what pictures, that I want to take, can I not take without this?” The part about “that I want to take” is important. A D5 could double the frame rate of my D610, but almost nothing I shoot would benefit from that. I could get the perfect portrait lens, and almost never use it, because that’s not the work I do. Make sure that the features you are buying create benefits you actually need.
If you really have an extra $2000 burning a hole, you will often get better results out of a trip, some training, or a workshop. The benefits of those will last long beyond the release of the next camera upgrade you will have to have.
I recently took a trip to western Pennsylvania for work. It is a beautiful area, and I wanted to get some photography in. I was able to bring along enough photography gear to get out a couple of mornings and evenings to get some great photographs. Here are some things to keep in mind while taking a non-photography trip to get the most out of your opportunity. Continue reading “Photography While Traveling For Business”
Episode 8 of Four Edit Friday, a church at sunset
This is the photograph I used in the “Why I Shoot RAW” post, and includes several treatments, including using selective warming, silhouetted skyline, and massive shadow recovery. Continue reading “Four Edit Friday 8, Churchyard Sunset”
Episode 7 of Four Edit Friday, a blacksmith at Old World Wisconsin.
Old World Wisconsin is a historical reenactment site, that features old houses and buildings from around Wisconsin, and hundreds of volunteers (and some employees.)
This image worked well black and white edits, so it is the rare 3 B&W edits. Continue reading “Four Edit Friday 7 – Blacksmith”
More software is going to a subscription model, which offers the benefits of a smaller up front cost and distributing the cost over multiple lower payments. The downsides are that there is a constant cost, and in most cases the cost of the subscription will overtake the cost of perpetual license and upgrades.
So, which is a better deal for Capture One users? Let’s look at the costs. These are current as of February 2017, and are taken from phaseone.com, and are subject to change at any time. Continue reading “Capture One – Comparing Perpetual License vs. Subscription”
Episode 6 of Four Edit Friday, an abandoned motel.
This is a motel off of Hwy 41 in Wisconsin, probably closed since there were no exits near the motel.
The edits include a day to night look, which was fun in Capture One. Continue reading “Four Edit Friday 6 – Motel”