Hoodman HoodLoupe

It's a very straight-forward device: it blocks the light.  Given that I shoot a LOT outdoors between weddings and military photojournalism, and the reflection of sunlight and light levels make it incredibly difficult to see the fine details on the tiny screen, let's talk about how it held up.

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Nikon D810

Nikon has won award after award lately for its D800 line of cameras.  They're sensor powerhouses, pushing out images that rival some medium formats, they offer relatively high frames per second, and their focus, speed, and options are leaving most of their competitors completely in the dust (Yes, even Canon).  But nothing can be perfect, right?  Let's see where this body shines and where it leaves me wanting.

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Nikon 24mm F/1.4

Primes.  They're the stuff of dreams to most photographers.  They force you to get into the action for good composition, but they pay off in spades when it comes to going wide, and boy does this lens go wide. As wide as this lens gets, is it worth how wide it opens your wallet?  Let's find out!

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Photoflex Silverdome NXT Softbox (Medium)

Admittedly this is a softbox system, and I use it with the Chimera dual strobe speedring, the Manfrotto 680B monopod, a Manfrotto swivel adaptor, a Pocketwizard III, and one or two strobes, and even occasionally I'll mount my Rotolight NEO into it.  But with that much investment, is it worth getting one yourself?

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Holdfast Moneymaker

There's just something about the style of a classic leather holster dual strap.  Maybe it's a nostalgic trip back to the shoulder holsters worn by my favourite actor Steve McQueen in Bullitt, or a classic Dick Tracy-esque style childhood fascination, but whatever it is, I love the look of the Holdfast Moneymaker.  Looks however aren't everything, so let's take a closer look at this dual-camera harness.

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Rotolight Neo

Let there be light!  Realistically, we really can't do anything in this industry without light; but as many professionals have pointed out it can be very easy to get carried away chasing the hype surrounding the “quality of light.” When professional images are routinely made with D-I-Y setups, does this light merit its cost?

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Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Digital Tablet

Anyone who has ever edited over 300 photos in a single sitting understands the value of maximizing efficiency in post processing. Utilized as a non-graphic design tool it's got some amazing potential, but how does it hold up when the rubber meets the road as a wedding photographer and military photojournalist?

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Everyday Messenger - Peak Design

You've got to be able to carry your gear, so you need something that works well.  Plus in the wedding industry image is critical.  How does the much lauded Everyday Messenger hold up in this photographer's opinion?  Let's take a look.

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