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New Nikon D800E The launch of the much-anticipated Nikon D800 Digital SLR includes the special edition D800E, designed for photographers who require the sharpest images possible, which is achieved by removing anti-aliasing properties from the optical filter. Apart from the modified filter, the D800E boasts the same astonishing specifications as the D800 - 36.3 megapixels in a full-frame (FX) format, and many of the crowd-pleasing features of the recently launched flagship D4 digital SLR camera. Like the D800, the Nikon D800E also features the same newly developed CMOS sensor with an area of 35.9 x 24mm, a standard ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to a range of 50-25600), the Nikon 51-point advanced AF system, as well as the exciting addition of full 1080p HD movie recording, including many of the revolutionary new video features found in the D4. I'm extremely pleased with the D800E's performance. The image quality is stunning and the new AF system is simply mind blowing.
Nikon D3 dSLR The D3 features a full frame 35 mm equivalent CMOS image sensor measuring 23.9 mm × 36.0 mm. This sensor is larger than the DX format sensors of all previous Nikon DSLRs, and Nikon has coined the term "FX format" to describe it. The D3's sensor has larger pixels and greater light sensitivity than previous DX sensors. This allows the camera to reach higher equivalent film speeds and produce images with less noise in low light situations. Low light situations include times when the camera is operated at high shutter speed or high f number, where the lens' aperture is reduced to improve depth of field and sharpness.Processed with the new Nikon EXPEED engine, the Live View mode in D3, along with D300, was Nikon's first implementation in its DSLR line-up. D3 also utilizes a stepper motor in aperture coupling mechanism for the first time allowing real time depth of field control in Live View with exposure preview and live histogram functions.
New Nikon D7100 Feature-packed with outstanding mobility, resolution and power, the D7100 from Nikon delivers superior DX performance taking your photography to the next level. The combination of the Nikon EXPEED 3 image-processing engine with a powerful CMOS image sensor designed without an optical low-pass filter, offers breathtaking, high-resolution images you can be proud of. And with the professional-level 51-point AF system and Full-HD movie capability this surprisingly light and compact D-SLR brings your vision to life. Whether shooting landscapes, sports, wildlife or studio images, the new Nikon D7100 is designed for you. Housed in a durable dust and weather-resistant body, serious photographers can enjoy extraordinary results in a portable camera that can be taken anywhere.
I use Nikons Nikkor 300mm f2.8 G AF-S VR and 600mm f4 VR prime lenses for most of my photography. These are superb for aviation, giving fast accurate AF performance and sharp results. To get even closer to the action I also use a Nikon TC 14 E11 teleconverter, this converts my 300mm lens to a 420mm and my 600mm to an 840mm but drops them down by one f stop, so that the f2.8 becomes an f4 etc.
Canon XHA1 1080i digital HD camcorder. It has a 1/3" 1.67 Megapixel 3CCD sensor which produces superb widescreen footage. Benefiting from a 32.5-650mm (35mm range) Canon L-series 20x optical zoom lens with Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer, the XH A1 inherits the highest optical standards. A full range of image adjustments are available, including finely graded gain and matrix settings and colour correction. Cine gamma settings are provided for digital filmmakers. With an additional 25F shooting mode the XH A1 is able to reproduce the look and feel of film. I use a Rode NT-G2 external microphone.
New Canon XA20 The Canon XA20 Professional HD Camcorder is a compact "run-and-gun" camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84", 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor that captures video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD Optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm and features an 8-bladed iris to render highlights in a more natural manner. The final piece in the image chain is Canon's Digic DV 4 Image Processor. This high-speed image-processing engine powers Canon's Dynamic IS (Image Stabilization) mode reducing image distortion over traditional up-down left-right image stabilization by adding correction for camera roll in three axes. The power of the Digic DV 4 allows the camera to simultaneously encode your video to two different codecs and bit rates, allowing you to have web-ready versions of your master footage available as soon as you stop recording.
New GoPro Hero 3+ Black Stunning video quality has made GoPro the world’s best-selling camera company, and the HERO3+ Black Edition continues this tradition. High-resolution, high-frame rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 video modes result in professional quality footage and allow for liquid-smooth slow motion playback. 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 enable ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture.
The HERO3+ Black Edition captures gorgeous 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second, perfect for fast-action sequences. Time Lapse mode enables automatic photo capture at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals. Continuous Photo shoots full-resolution stills at a steady 3, 5 or 10 frames per second when holding down the shutter button.
Lowepro Super Trekker AW11 Hi-tech materials and a fully adjustable harness system makes this bag the most technically advanced of any camera pack. It ensures perfect weight distribution and extraordinary comfort. Harness includes internal frame, load adjustment, compression and sternum straps, CollarCut shoulder straps, and a quick-adjust waist belt. Revolutionary water-resistant zippers, travel cover, and All Weather Cover™ protects your gear against extreme weather, dust and sand. Attachment loops - made from the same tough Hypalon used in river rafts - position the Trekker Tripod Mount™ or optional SlipLock™ accessories wherever most convenient. This bag is ideal for carrying both my Nikon D3 and D300 dSLR's as well as both 300mm and 600mm lenses plus has loads more room for the usual bits and pieces. After using this bag in some serious weather conditions I can highly recommend it, it keeps kit safe and dry and is comfy to carry.
Apple 27" iMac i7 All my editing is done using an Apple iMac 27". Along with the iMacs 27" screen I also run a 27" NEC MultiSync monitor as a dual display setup. My iMac runs on a quad core Intel Core i7 processor with 16Gb of RAM.
I use a magic mouse for web browsing and every day tasks but use a Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet & Pen for photo editing, The pen takes a little getting used to but I can highly recommend it, much more accurate than when using a mouse.
Adobe Photoshop CC Adobe Photoshop CC is the latest iteration of Adobe's flagship image editing and graphic design software. Photoshop caters to a wide range of professionals, from designers and illustrators to forensic scientists and 3D animators. Adobe has given Photoshop's entire user interface a makeover, including a new colour scheme and redesigned icons. Content-Aware technology has been applied to both the Patch tool a brand new Move tool. A collection of photographic blur filters has introduced and video editing support is available in both the Standard and Extended shipping versions of Photoshop CC. Adobe Photoshop CC comes with Bridge CC, a powerful image browser that allows you to browse still and video files, as well as edit descriptions and metadata.
Capture One Pro 7 The raw converter for ultimate image quality. Capture One Pro 7 is a professional RAW converter and image editing software. It contains all the essential tools and high-end performance in one package to enable you to capture, organize, edit, share and print images in a fast, flexible and efficient workflow. Capture One Pro 7’s powerful and intuitive toolset is used by professional photographers to achieve world-class image quality with excellent colour and detail.
Nikon's Capture NX2 program has always been a solid choice for those using the NEF RAW file format used by Nikon cameras. This was the first application that made use of the U-Point technology for selections that is now found in Nikon Software products like Viveza, Dfine, and Color Efex Pro plug-ins for Photoshop and Aperture. Capture NX combines powerful RAW processing features with good file management. The latest release of Capture NX, version 2, has added some powerful new features to the mix that will appeal to both Nikon and photographers with other brands. Of course, the RAW editing features are NEF specific, but there are a number of other editing controls for JPG and TIFF files. I mainly use it for the RAW conversion then do the usual editing with Adobe CS5. Download the free trial here www.capturenx.com/en/index.html
Adobe Premiere Pro Create compelling video content quickly with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software--the high-performance professional standard video production solution. Work dramatically faster thanks to the 64-bit, GPU-accelerated Mercury Playback Engine. Benefit from native support for the video formats you want. Enjoy a smoother path from script to screen with Adobe Story. Experience efficient, collaborative workflows that accelerate production from scriptwriting to editing, encoding and final delivery. The essential solution for video editors or visual effects (VFX) artists working in 2D and 3D.
The MVT-7100 Scanner is a small, lightweight scanning receiver, offering continuous coverage from 100 KHz to 1.65 GHz! It will receive AM, FM, WFM (wide-FM), USB (upper sideband), LSB (lower sideband), and CW (continuous wave; i.e. Morse code) transmissions. The 7100 has 1,000 scan channels organized in ten banks of 100 channels each and one additional dedicated channel for priority. It offers ten individual search banks with the ability to lock out up to 500 frequencies during a search. The MVT-7100 has ten separate search banks, each search bank holds an upper and lower limit, a step increment, and a reception mode. You can change the step and the mode any time after setting up the search bank, but you can't change the upper or lower limit without reprogramming the whole bank. You may also turn the attenuator on for the entire search bank. A full range of scanner frequencies can be found on the Fox2 website.


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