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Wildlife Photography Gear Review

Nikon MB-D18 Grip: New Finding on Battery Required For 9FPS on Nikon D850
October 26, 2017

Just received my Nikon MB-D18 battery grip today and I have been looking forward to finally testing for myself which batteries provide the uplift from 7 fps to 9 fps.  I have read countless reviews, blogs and followed the forums and there are many versions out there on this topic.  Nikon lists that the Nikon EN-EL18a or Nikon EN-EL18b are required to get 9 fps.  Another forum I read states only the EN-EL18b will work.  None of the blogs, forums...

Expert Shield - Best DSLR LCD Screen Protectors
October 9, 2017

You've just spent thousands of dollars on your new DSLR and for a couple of dollars more I just think it makes good sense to protect your investment by applying an after market LCD screen protector, but which one? There are several on the market but the best I have found are those from Expert Shield, specifically the glass ones.  They are super easy to apply without bubbles and once applied you wouldn't even know they were sitting there over top...

Heat3 Layer System - Best Photography Glove
January 4, 2017

Smart Just Got SMARTER. Introducing the Heat3 Layer System designed for photographers by photographers. The Heat Company solicited feedback from hundreds of photographers using the current Heat3 Smart glove to find out how they could improve it. They got a lot of  feedback which has resulted in what is in my opinion the best photography glove available on the market today, the Heat3  Layer System. The new Heat3 Layer System now gives...

Black Rapid Double Camera Strap Review
March 19, 2016

As a wildlife photographer I have two camera’s with me 85% of the time.  Usually a long prime lens like the Nikon 600mm mounted on a Jobu gimblal head and tripod for those shots where I absolutely require the reach to the subject and a zoom lens like the Nikon 80-400 VR or 70-200 VR slung by my side for those times when the action moves in a little closer. By slung I mean with a black rapid strap which up until now was just a single strap but I...

Drone For Wildlife Photography - To Fly or Not to Fly?
May 18, 2015

I have been considering a drone for use in my wildlife photography for a few months now but wondering just how many practical applications there really are. I was well intended when I bought my GoPro but it's been in my bag with one or two exceptions. I tried it for underwater photography but found the results were lack luster.  Perhaps I need to get a little more creative in my approach. This morning I was reading about the Lily Drone. The best...

Best Winter Photography Glove For Extreme Cold
May 5, 2014

Now available at www.coolphotographygear.com [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbbyKo_QAB8[/youtube] Ask any wildlife photographer what their biggest challenge is with shooting during the cold winter months and 9/10 times they are going to tell you that it is keeping their hands or feet warm.  The other 1/10 has something to do with pissing ice cubes.:))  I've wrestled with the warm hand issue for over 15 years and have yet to find the...

DSLR Sensor Cleaning Made Easy
April 10, 2014

Let's face it DUST is the photographers four letter word.  If you're like me you follow the DSLR sensor cleaning protocol as taught to us by the guru's of photography.  Phase one begins with a blower, when that fails you move on to an electro-static brush and finally the dreaded wet swab as a last resort hoping all the while not to leave streaks on the sensor or worse damage it.  And of course I needed to have different solutions and sensor swab...

CamRanger - Toy or Tool for Wildlife Photography?
February 11, 2014

If you own an iPad,  iPhone or iPod Touch and you have a need to control your Nikon or Canon DSLR remotely the CamRanger may just be exactly what you're looking for.  I've always used a remote trigger and it works just fine for shots where I can pre-focus on a spot and sit back and wait for my subject to arrive.  However if the subject did not end up where I expected I was unsuccessful at capturing the image and of course I had to run back and...

Tripod Head News - Jobu Design Adapters Transform 3 in 1 Gimbal Head
September 23, 2013

  Special Offer: Save 15% on Jobu-Design purchases when you use the "Coolwildlife" coupon code. Choosing the perfect tripod head can be daunting given how many are on the market and given the cost of these tripod heads you want to choose the right one the first time around.  Finding the perfect gimbal head may seem like an elusive quest however the folks at Jobu Design have crafted a few clever adapters that allow photographers the best of...

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