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April 18th, 2014

Michael Frye’s Hands On Sony A7r Review

Posted By Michael Frye
Willows and cottonwoods in late-afternoon light, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
I don’t review or even talk about equipment very often, but I reviewed the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E last summer because I think it’s such an important, game-changing camera for landscape photography, with exceptional resolution and low noise. Like many Canon users, I’ve been waiting for Canon to offer a competitor to the D800 and D800E. … 
May 7th, 2013

TrekPak Inserts for Pelican Cases

Posted By Michael Clark
Above is a shot of my Pelican 1510 case with the TrekPak insert set up to carry my Elinchrom Quadra lighting setup. As you can see, I was able to fine tune the dividers to fit the gear just as I needed it to. The TrekPak dividers even allow for diagonal dividers. To create extra space I added the diagonal divider next to the flash head so that I could store a few more cords—and maximize the usable space. If I need to re-organize the dividers, say for camera gear, it is just a matter of removing the pins and rebuilding the divider setup. If you have ever struggled with Velcro padded dividers being generally difficult to deal with then you will love the TrekPak system. You can easily place your gear as you want it in the main compartment and then add the dividers as snugly as you please.
Every once in a while you see something that is so simple and elegant that you smack your forehead and say, “why didn’t I think of that?” Another photographer clued me into the TrekPak inserts for hard shell Pelican cases and after I checked them out online I purchased a kit for my Pelican 1510 … 
June 27th, 2012

The Nikon D800: Nikon’s Medium Format Killer

Posted By Michael Clark
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When Nikon first announced the D800, and its genre-busting 36 MP resolution, I think the entire photo industry was surprised—myself included. I didn’t really feel like I needed 36 MP resolution. Before it was announced, I was sure the D800 would be a 24 MP version of the Nikon D700. But it wasn’t, and thank … 
June 9th, 2012

The Nikon D4: Nikon’s New Workhorse

Posted By Michael Clark
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While shooting big-wave surfing in Tahiti last year, and in Hawaii earlier this year, I remember longing for more megapixels and a faster framing rate than I was getting with my Nikon D700. In short, I was longing for a D4-like camera. And well, Nikon did not disappoint. Without a doubt the Nikon D4 is … 
December 22nd, 2011

Equipment Review: Nikon Perspective Control (PC) Lenses

Posted By Michael Clark
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In a continuing effort to create new and different images I picked up the 85mm f/2.8 PC-E Micro Nikkor earlier this year for shooting landscapes, action and portraits. While this type of lens is definitely not new to Nikon’s lineup, I hadn’t tried them out before and I was very impressed by the images that … 
December 5th, 2011

A Review of the Nikkor AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VRII

Posted By Michael Clark
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As an adventure photographer I prefer to work with equipment that is lightweight and won’t weigh me down but to get the shot sometimes you have to use a big lens. It wasn’t until I starting shooting surfing a few years ago that I even considered buying a big telephoto lens – and by big … 
May 25th, 2011

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Posted By Michael Clark
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The Spring 2011 issue of the Michael Clark Photography Newsletter is now available for download. If you’d like to sign up for the Newsletter just drop me an email and I’ll add you to the mailing list. This issue includes an editorial with recent news and information on the newly revamped Newsletter, an equipment review of …