Nikon D5500 Memory Card Speed Test

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Memory cards matter quite a bit when it comes to your expectations and experience with a DSLR. The Nikon D5500 accepts most modern SD cards, including SDHC and SDXC cards, and takes advantage the speed boost from UHS-I (Ultra-High Speed Type I bus) cards. For a broader explanation of SD card types and designations, see my prior article Demystifying SD Cards.

Below, I have tested a few different memory cards in the Nikon D5500 to demonstrate the positive effects of buying a more capable memory card and to highlight some specifications of particular cards that might make them a better fit for the D5500 and similar cameras. [Read more…]

Steadicam Curve Review

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This review has been a long time coming. The Steadicam Curve has been out for close to two years now. Initially, there were some issues getting production models out the door but the Curve is widely available now and it is relatively affordable at just $59.

If you aren’t familiar with the Steadicam Curve, it is a handheld gimbal for GoPro cameras. Using the Curve in conjunction with a GoPro can deliver very smooth footage while moving – akin to floating through the air. That’s what gimbals do. They prevent the transfer of shake and vibration from your hands to the camera.

I have spent brief amounts of time with it at several trade shows over the past couple years, starting at NAB 2013. From the first time I picked it up, I loved it – loved it. Then, I got one to review and wanted to pull my hair out.

This story has a happy ending; however, you need to hear what is in between if you are interested in the Steadicam Curve. [Read more…]

Booq Python Slimpack Camera Bag Review

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The Booq Python Slimpack is a compact backpack that can handle a decent-sized DSLR kit. It is a comfortable bag to wear – with more than adequate padding on the shoulder straps and back contact points.

The Python Slimpack is made with a rugged, ballistic nylon exterior with a water-repellant coating. It has a top opening for quick access to a camera and lens. The main compartment, however, is completely concealed with access only via the back panel. As a result, you have to completely remove the bag from your shoulders in order to gain access to additional lenses or camera bodies. [Read more…]