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Don Mullaney about LensCoat Canon Lens Cover:
March 11, 2014
LensCoat Lens Cover is a way of toning down the bright white of a Canon lens, when doing nature photography and protection from nicks and dings which would devalue a future resale.
Advantages: Camouflage and protection.
Kevin about NEOS Adventurer Overshoes:
March 10, 2014
The pricing for my NEOS rain boots was the best in the nation. Very quick shipping. Thank You
Maria Rebbert about NEOS Navigator 5 STABILicers®:
March 7, 2014
I can run on ice with these boots! (my dog makes me) They are also very warm and easy to take on and off.
Advantages: Totally waterproof. Just great!
Disadvantages: They did rub the back of my ankle where the softer material meets stiffer. Put some padding until they are broken in!
Maria Rebbert about NEOS Villager Ultralight Overshoes:
March 7, 2014
great boots. This is my third pair! I would give 4 and 1/2 stars if there were a way to do that.
Advantages: light weight, fold up for easy packing, waterproof, good soles on snow, with your own shoes inside they are surprisingly warm.
Disadvantages: Have worn out a little quicker than I would have wished. Where the heavy sole meets the thin boot, the boot tends to eventually pull away. I'm lining that spot with duct tape on the inside this time!
John G. about Visual Echoes FX-2 "Better Beamer" Flash Extender:
February 28, 2014
Great for fill-in flash when using a telephoto lens. Requires some fitting to the flash head. Projects a narrow beam at a distance, requiring some trial shots for proper aim on your subject
Advantages: Light weight. Easy stowage when disassembled
Disadvantages: Takes several shots to obtain aim on your subject.
Elizabeth Sherman about NEOS Villager Ultralight Overshoes:
February 27, 2014
I looked for overshoes for 30 years until I finally found NEOS. They are GREAT!!! I have recommended them to my friends and bought them for my husband. Light as a feather, and keep you warm and dry, Couldn't be better.
Darlene Wheatley about Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator:
February 26, 2014
I have been looking for a backpack style camera bag that will accommodate both of my DSLRs and lenses/accessories. I purchased this bag and am very happy to report that it lives up to its promise - room for both and all of my gear. Heading to Africa this year and am confident that this bag will be a travel godsend.
Advantages: Built in spaces for two DSLRs; lots of room for lenses and gear; customizable to your needs, straps to hold a tripod to the bag eliminating the need for carrying additional bags.
Disadvantages: Have not found any yet. May be bigger than some would want but I am very happy with it.
Tom W about PowerPax Slimline AA Battery Holder (4 Pack):
February 23, 2014
Lowest price on the Internet for this particular item, free shipping to boot, and a reasonably acceptable shipping time via snail-mail...it all adds up to a great product and a great website to order from! If other websites are looking to attract, and keep customers coming back, they need to take a good look at NatureScapes.net. THIS is how it is done!
Advantages: Flawlessly fine product. Durable and easy to use.
Disadvantages: For the product,..impossible.
Personally, I wish Naturescapes had a larger selection from this item's manufacturer.
Bill about APEX Beanbag:
February 20, 2014
I take a lot of hawk pictures from my F150 truck while cruising around and I had tried take these by propping my camera with a long telephoto lens on a regular beanbag on the window sill with very mixed results. It is way too much work and time consuming and distracting to the hawks to pull out a tripod each time I see something I want to shoot and I cannot hand hold the camera and big lens still enough to get good detailed shots where I can get sharp images of the pupils in the hawk's eyes. I paid the big bucks for this beanbag and put almost 20 lbs of pinto beans in it. I screwed a ball head onto the top of the aluminum plate and use it with a quick release mount for the camera.
I have used this combo for the last three days and been very happy with the extra stability I have for the combo of a Canon 7D with the 400 mm f/5.6 lens. I have driven around with the camera plus beanbag on the window sill on rural roads and while I do a keep a hand on the camera while driving I probably don't need to, the whole setup seems to adhere very well to the door/window sill on my F150. The bag is obviously not light with so much weight in it but I don't find this to be a problem.
It is very much a specialty item but if you shoot wildlife pictures from a vehicle it seems to work very well.
Janet about Foxgloves Grip:
February 20, 2014
they are great for driving, but didn't keep my hands warm when out shooting. pretty disappointed about that. thought i finally found the answer. the search continues!
Advantages: grippers are great for driving. good weight for in the car
Disadvantages: don't keep my hands warm when shooting outside even when i put them inside other gloves. :-(
February 18, 2014
As a photographer who now has to wear glasses as a result of my eagle eyes not being as good as they used to be !!! LOL !! I love the new Hoodman HoodEYE 3X
Advantages: I used to use the HoodLoupe 3.0 to view my preview screen on the back of my camera. Now I know within an instant that my focus is tack sharp and that the photo will not have to be deleted in my post processing
Disadvantages: NONE. The new Hoodman HoodEye 3X has made a positive difference in my work as a photographer
Richard about PowerEx Charger-Analzyer US:
February 18, 2014
Newly introduced to this charger but not unfamiliar with smart conditioning chargers. I maintained for several years a bank of a few dozen hand held two way radios (NiCad) and discovered that battery life is determined by battery care. Since we used volunteers, training to limit talking, holding down the send button was always given but lets says these radios were definitely abused in service.
This charger is not a large professional charger except in its performance. It is well constructed but not industrial. It is quite a bit larger than the usual wall hanger or rapid charger. With its size however comes all the basic functions to maintain your batteries at their best condition and working order. It offers comprehensive conditioning and care for your AA and AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries.
Do you need all this? That depends upon your investment and use of rechargeable NiMH batteries. It does not charge other battery types, Li-Ion, NiCad, etc.
I use on the order of 2-3 dozen AA and a dozen AAA NiMH batteries. The capicity and my usage works well with this charger/conditioner. Full conditioning takes time and there is no way around it. Proper maintenance, discharging/recharging/conditioning batteries to improve their performance and life requires extra time. Although it operates as a rapid charger or anything less by your control, conditioning batteries is time consuming, 39-45 hours according to instructions, and something that should be done periodically.
The instructions are comprehensive and cover all the chargers capabilities. It also gives basic education about battery care, usage, and what constitutes good battery care. Because I have only a few weeks experience my hope is that it will continue to operate as it has so far and for years to come. At this time I believe it will. I like this rapid charger/conditioner.
Advantages: Good construction.
4 batteries independently at a time, any slot.
Accommodates serious complete battery care and maintenance.
Large bright LCD comprehensive information panel.
Cost, low for what it does.
Disadvantages: Large size.
Charges only 4 at a time (make sure you consider your battery usage with the charging/slot capacity to allow proper battery care. 8 slot charge only chargers are available).
Somewhat complex, not a plug and play charger.
Limited to AA and AAA batteries.
LCD panel quite bright always on, not a bedside charger.
Cost more than simpler chargers
Richard about PowerEx 2700mAh Rechargeable AA Batteries - Four Pack:
February 18, 2014
High capacity AA NiMH rechargeable cells, 2700 Mah. After using the Powerex MH-C9000 charger the claimed capacity is reported close to advertised, approx. 2600. I expect that may improve with further conditioning as this is reported from their first conditioning. No battery comparisons done yet.
Advantages: High capacity
Disadvantages: None yet.
debispl about Foxgloves Grip:
February 15, 2014
The gloves are warm in cold weather, but not helpful when weather is below freezing (32 F.) However I like the med.thickness + gripping material.
debispl about NEOS Explorer Insulated Overshoe:
February 15, 2014
My job includes driving tractors and/or shoveling snow for hours. These boots keep my feet warm + dry. They are very quick + easy to put on/take off!!
Bill Bogle Jr. about NSN Safety Plate for Gitzo Tripods - GSP35:
February 7, 2014
This is a necessary safety item as Gitzo does not have set or locking screws. Perfect fit, well made. I added a stainless steel lockwasher, and threaded paracord through the slots and tied it to a clip so I can hang a carabiner directly under the head. Better solution than the S hook.
Advantages: Safety, light weight, perfect fit, peace of mind, security
Disadvantages: None but the cost, but if you paid for the tripod, it is worth it. Pimped my older Gittzo 13XX series.
Bill Staney about Gura Gear Bataflae Backpack 32L:
February 4, 2014
This is a great backpack for traveling (fits all aircraft overhead compartments). Backpack harness system is comfortable enough for moderate hiking.
Advantages: Light weight, holds big lenses, highly customizable, comfortable harness, well designed, high quality, excellent waterproof zippers
Chris about Harbor Digital Flash Extender:
January 29, 2014
Solid unit, which I bought to replace the other brand when it continued to fall in the intense cold of winter because of its use of Velcro as the main structural holding force. In intense cold; the Velcro would not stay glued and left me with a useless flash extender in the field despite repeated attempts to repair it.
The Harbor Digital on the other hand, is much more solid, but it does use Velcro, which was the weak spot on the the other brand. However, the Harbor unit's top portion that clips over the Fresnel lens does compress the Fresnel lens in place, so the Velcro is not such as weak point as it is on the other brand where the Velcro is part of the structural strength.
This is a large, light, plastic box, not a flimsy frame. It is more solid and has a better reflective/refractive abilities owing to its design and the placement of a reflector at the base of the box than the other design out on the market.
This does work; what beefs me is that I ordered the unit for the 580 and found it didn't fit; there's a small print thing about 580 and 580exii. Gotta be careful of that or you're out $50+ dollars unless you want the hassle of returning and shipping, which these days is often as much as the cost of the item. So I'm using this on another flash.
Main downside with this of course, is the size. It doesn't collapse and takes up a lot of space in the camera kit. The upside is, that you can probably find space in your bag/knapsack to accommodate it--I did--and it goes on the lens quickly and seems to hold up to abuse much better. It also casts light better, so there is a learning curve to avoid blowing out details.
Advantages: Strength, solid construction, not likely to fall apart at a critical time, throws light farther than the other brand. Well built, and while I really liked and used the other brand, it's glue seams would not hold up to intense cold. The Harbor is much more solid.
Disadvantages: Big and boxy, takes up more space.
January 27, 2014
New camera, new flash, voila new Better Beamer. I have been using these since I first attended one of Greg's field trips a dozen years ago and wouldn't head out without one.
Advantages: Allows you to put just the right amount of light on the subject whether you are crawling along a sandy mid-winter beach at dawn sliding your rig along on a skimmer in front of you or shooting from a tripod across a narrow inlet to catch a Golden Eagle in a pine at dusk, nothing else gets the job done quite as well. Featherweight and easy to set up it is a must have.
penghai about Creative Macro Photography eBook by Charles Needle:
January 27, 2014
This is the best macro book I read. It contains very rich material. I have bought quite a few books for macro or close-up flower techniques books in the past, none of them compared to this book. Actually most of them are just like a subset of this book.
Advantages: 1. Easy to read. I cannot stop reading after I bought it.
2. Detail explanations of what is important to consider in each step. And it is very easy to experiment each technique as the author often showed how he do it in his home. So the reader can easily follow it.
3. Also showed the exact tools/accessories the author used to achieve the image. You also order some tools from the author's web site too.
Disadvantages: 1. A little expensive compared to other ebooks.
2. It didn't cover any digital techniques. I guess the author started his career long ago in the film days. So computer/digital dark room techniques inside.
Capt Bob about Visual Echoes FX-1 "Better Beamer" Flash Extender:
January 20, 2014
Easy to Set up on my Sony HVL 60M
I added 2 velcro dots one on each side
and very tight and solid , Works as planned set in TTL 50 mm and I just dial the exposure wheel for brightness , My Keeper rate has gone up . Great Tool for Birding in the Woods., I have a padded softcase and just leave it together.
Thanks Nature Scapes for a Great Product.
Advantages: Easy set up , Weighs nothing , Durable
Disadvantages: Might get arrested for carrying a Ray Gun. I see no downside , And if you pay attention when ordering you can get a free replacement Fresnal.
Patricia Lindsay about Induro Carbon 8X Tripod - CT213:
January 14, 2014
Completely satisfied with the service and the purchase. The website was very helpful in initially investigating the purchase with its comprehensive comparisons and product descriptions and I received excellent, informed advice over the phone. Delivery was quick and inexpensive, and a necessary exchange was painless (I guessed incorrectly which height the tripod needed to be). The product seems to be of excellent quality and the recipient LOVES his Induro CT213!
Advantages: This tripod is light and compact, yet sturdy enough in the wind (mainly used for scoping birds and digiscoping). The height is perfect for its 6' 1" owner and can be adjusted easily to accommodate his 5' 0" companion.
D. Herst about Pro Storm Jacket Waterproof Telephoto Cover:
January 11, 2014
Love it! I had one that was awkward to put on & bulky to pack, the Storm Jacket is the exact opposite. It folds up into a small, flat package that hardly takes up any space at all, is incredibly easy & fast to put on & works perfectly!
Mr. Al Conner about LensCoat BeamerKeeper:
January 10, 2014
While I agree with the one reviewer that the inside should be smoother so that the velcro of the BB does not stick to it, it's easy to overcome that and store your BB in this pouch. I wander if the designers thought about this or not. Anyway, I like it and it protects my BB and it's easy to carry in the field. You can hook the pouch to your pants belt loop, your backpack or whatever you use to carry your gear. It also easily slips into a backpack or bag.
Advantages: Protects the BB
Disadvantages: The velcro can get caught while storing the BB.
Mr. Al Conner about LensCoat Hoodie Cover:
January 10, 2014
Love this hoodie. It's easy on and easy off. It has the added padding to protect the front element. Fits perfectly. I don't even think about using the Canon lens hood for the 500 (vs I) - only when I send it in for a checkup.
Advantages: Protects front of lens
Easy on, easy off
Stretches to make snug fit
Matches camera lens coat
Bruce Leventhal about Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive:
January 6, 2014
I don't know why this bag has not received feedback from traveling nature photographers. I have owned the StreetWalker HardDrive since 2010. The bag has a narrow profile with a good shoulder suspension and padding for the back and waste. The narrow profile allows me to navigate through dense jungles and forests and allows for free arm rotation that is useful while climbing or snowshoeing. The narrow profile allows the bag to be stowed for air travel. I have yet to find an overhead compartment or below seat space where the bag does not fit.
I currently pack my 7D w/ 300mm f2.8L IS attached & hood in shooting position in the center cradle. I can even fit the body, lens, shade and 1.4x in a ready to shoot position. In addition, the bag holds my 5D mark III, 100 f2.8 Macro, 17-40L, and 40mm f2.8 compact. There is still plenty of space for a 430EX flash, Cokin filter system, variable ND's, cable switches, compact hard drives and batteries. Finally, there is a protected sleeve where I can fit my macbook air or iPad.
Every once in a while I contemplate switching the bag out for something new, but then realize that this ThinkTank really does the job I need it to do!
Advantages: 1. Space to hole long lens (300 f2.8) w/ hood & body in shooting position.
2. Flexible internal compartments.
3. Good side and outer front pockets to stash the small stuff.
4. Excellent shoulder pads that are adjustable.
5. Padded laptop compartment.
6. Solid construction.
7. Narrow profile
8. Price… lowest in class!
Disadvantages: 1. Poor waist belt that lacks padding.
2. Lack of clothing compartment for light jacket
January 5, 2014
This ebook was a disappointment. For something published in 2011, the photos are excellent (though not outstanding), and the diversity of species is truly amazing.
However, I was hoping for some wisdom and detail from someone who really knows bird photography; instead, what EJ provides is a set of beginner-level generalities ("digital photographers also need a good storage system...on a high capacity hard drive") and not-so-useful field advice ("Public parks, zoos, ponds or
waterways are often the best spots..."it is best to use a slow
and methodical approach"). One of the most disappointing aspects of the book is that the "Places in North America to photograph every species" is a brief list of ~ 20 places (including a handful of zoos) with no additional information.
What would have been truly useful is a field guide with specific advice about seasons, locations, timing, and light conditions.
Advantages: A comprehensive set of duck photos in a single pdf.
Disadvantages: Cursory, incomplete, and more about EJ's photo collection than learning about bird photography.
P. LeBlanc about NEOS Voyager STABILicers®:
January 3, 2014
Took them out of the box and as soon as I opened up one of the clips on the strap it broke in my hand. Manufacturer offered me a replacement clip only to find out it can't be replaced easily. Ended up returning them.
Advantages: Never got to use them but they seem like they would work well.
Disadvantages: Sizing of these seems to be tricky, be very careful when ordering.
Chris Summers about Delkin Snap-on Pro Pop Up Shades:
December 30, 2013
I have owned these in the past for this and different Canon EOS bodies. I especially liked that it protects the LCD screen and the flip up cover provides some shade in bright light so you can see the screen better.
Advantages: Protects the LCD screen from scratches or smudges from the moisture or oil on your skin.
Shades the screen when outdoors or in bright light.
Disadvantages: Sadly these are discontinued by the manufacturer which is why I got another one to have in reserve.
elizabeth about NEOS Voyager Overshoe:
December 28, 2013
NEOS Boots are great for Chicago winters; when there's snow and slush on the ground I get around much easier. They go on over my gym shoes and protect my feet from freezing on bitter cold days.