Field Test Review: The Cotton Carrier

The Cotton Carrier is another product that is meant to help you with carrying your cameras around just like the Spider. Designed kind of like a lightweight vest, the advertising for the product will appeal most to wildlife and landscape photographers. However, it may also have some appeal to wedding or sports photographers. I used the Cotton Carrier while shooting in Central Park and while also shooting the recent Yankee parade celebrating their win during the World Series. My findings, after the jump.

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Hands-On: Canon 7D and 100mm F2.8 L Macro Hybrid IS

Canon 7D and 100mm F2.8 L Macro Hybrid IS

After some personal fondling time with the Canon 7D and 100mm F2.8 L Macro Hybrid IS lens at Pepcom, I expect that those who pre-ordered the camera will likely not be disappointed – so long as the image quality lives up to the expectations once we see results from a production model.

Right off the bat, it’s clear that the 7D adds a bit of twist in terms of buttons, which may require a bit of a learning curve if you’re used to the 5D Mk II and 50D. However, the buttons are all laid out very well and it just takes a bit more memorization.

On the lens front, the 100mm Macro lens takes some very amazing photos and doubles as an excellent portrait lens, albeit a bit long when paired with the 7D’s APS-C sensor. How does it stack up against the Nikon D300s, a camera that wasn’t too far away from it (as Canon and Nikon always seem to be placed right across from one another at events)?  Keep on reading for more of my hands-on report on the Canon 7D.

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Tips For Shooting Wildlife

Moth on a Flower

No matter how excited we get, there are certain things we need to remember when photographing wildlife. This is especially true when you are looking for animals that are notoriously hard to capture on camera. Whatever you do though, you need to keep in mind that practice makes perfect and that perseverance will eventually get you that shot. Here are a couple of reminders for your reference. [Read more…]

Free Bogen Webinar – A Budget Safari – Wildlife Photography at Your Local Zoo

Bogen is putting together another free webinar this Friday, June 17, 2009 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m EDT.  This one is all about wildlife photography and centered around getting great shots at your local zoo.  Bogen is also giving away a $195 National Geographic Walkabout Satchel to three winners at the end of the webinar.

Here’s more on the webinar from Bogen:

Listen to our special speakers, David Fisher, webinar host, and Julie Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society Staff Photographer.

During this session David & Julie discuss:

  • Best practices for shooting through fences, wires, and glass partitions
  • Selecting the best gear for a day trip
  • Best times to visit and developing a unique perspective

Also, learn about Julie’s recent trip to South America and a report on the ongoing Conservation photography efforts at the WCS.

Go here to register – it’s free.