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Here are some new products I’ll be field-testing while in Costa Rica:

Promaster T525P 4-section Carbon Fiber tripod
LowePro Flipside 400 Backpack
Hoya HD Circular Polarizing Filter
UV/IR Cut Filter
RPS Studio Mini Softbox Diffuser

Look for these reviews and of course photos from the trip in the coming weeks here at Lighting the Way.

When we return, we will also be catching up on many loose ends that have been left here on the forum:

Completing multi-part articles, finally posting our film vs. digital test from last year and really shifting our online store into full gear.

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The Nikon 200-400 VR dwarfs even a D3

The Nikon 200-400 VR dwarfs even a D3

The Nikon 200-400 has a telescope-type feel to it

The Nikon 200-400 has a telescope-type feel to it

Lens Tech Specs

Length: 14.2in w/ Hood: add another 6in.

Weight: close to 7lbs – a monopod or tripod is recommended

Build Construction:  Superb. Full metal barrel, stainless steel lens mount, and carbon fiber lens hood.

Has:

  • built-in tripod/monopod mount,
  • 52mm drop-in filter,
  • Vibration Reduction

Particular Uses

  • Bird photography

  • General wildlife photography

  • Landscape / Nature Photography

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About a month ago, I finally decided that it was time to upgrade the Kaz Arts computer station .  It had been a long time since I had kept up with computer technology (since about the last time  I built a machine 6 years ago) and didn’t quite know where to begin.  So, what better place to go to for answers?  Good ‘ole dad, the electrical engineer and all around electronic and mechanical genius.  Which leads into an interesting story…

Ten years ago, Kaz Arts  (as it is known today) began as a customized computer consulting business.  My father and I were very much into computers and technology and we spec’ed out, designed, and put together computers for high-end video-editing, graphics use, and computer gamers.  One of our clients, a photographer, had asked if I knew how to use the Adobe Photoshop program.  As an early adopter of digital capture, I had been using Adobe Photoshop since version 3.0.  So I began training him in Adobe Photoshop, he spread the word to his friends, and the business sort of took off from there.  And here we are today…doing & teaching all aspects of photography, image processing, and image reproduction.

Back to the story of the computer now.  My father offered his suggestions, and I mixed-and-matched components with what fit into my *budget* for the building of this machine.  As with anything in life, things will always cost more and take longer than you always initially think they will.  But that was fine, as I foresee using this machine for as long as my previous machine was in use (6 years).  Here’s the general spec sheet:

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'The Shot' to be compared across mediums

'The Shot' to be compared across mediums

We have finished taking all of the images for our huge digital vs. film show-down.  The film is currently in queue for processing and I will post a list of all the film types shot and also all digital formats shot as soon as we group everything into a single place.  The write up & review will probably come in chunks, so be prepared for a lot of information coming your way.  We have done this test to attempt to settle the score on the current digital technology and its quality level versus the traditional photographic medium.

John-Paul shooting with the Nikon F5

John-Paul shooting with the Nikon F5

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Today John-Paul and I will be taking a number of film sizes and types and making test shots to make the big comparison between film and digital.  The film types up for scrutiny and review?

  • 35mm Kodak Ektar & Ilford FP4 & Kodak Tech-Pan
  • Medium-format 2 1/4 and 6×4.5
  • Large Format 4×5

After the rolls are processed and digitized John-Paul and I will make comparisons to images of same subject matter shot tomorrow as well with both the Canon 5D and the Nikon D3.

We will see who the winners are and definitely share them with you once our results are finalized.

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Epson 4880 Pro with Vivid Magenta Inks

Epson 4880 Pro with Vivid Magenta Inks

Today’s post is not a structured formal review – there will be plenty of those coming in the weeks ahead as new products will begin to ship from the manufacturers.  Instead, today’s article is just a casual discussion about the wide format printer I have been using for the past year: the Epson 4880 with Vivid Magenta Inks.  I have owned the printer for 13 months, 12 of which I have actually used the printer.  Much to my dismay, when the printer initially arrived it sat in its box for about a month as there were other projects going on, and quite honestly no place to put it yet as we really had no idea how large this sucker actually was!  By the way, in case you are wondering – it’s heavy too, about 90lbs!

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In short – yes.  But, there are of course details to follow…

The Panasonic G1 in Bold Red

The Panasonic G1 in Bold Red

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