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Nikon Does It Again

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We just spent two weeks on the Bighorn shooting Nikon's new 1 V3 mirrorless camera. It's small and compact in size and the controls are set up like our SLR bodies. It shoots an amazing 20 fps with continuous auto focusing and subject tracking. Think that's great? How about 60 fps in single focus mode? 1080/60p video capture, 18 mp and a tilting 3 inch touchscreen. Add a dslr-like grip and a adapter ring that accepts any f mount lens, and the list goes on. This is a go anywhere camera that even Bridger our 6 year old grandson is making outstanding images with while shooting on program mode (with supervision). Check it out with Jody Grober at Roberts Camera.

 

5380 BIGHORN  2014  5479 BIGHORN  2014  6131 BIGHORN  2014

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Quick Holiday Photo Tips

With the holidays coming and friends and family getting together, we'd like to offer a few photo tips for the holidays....or anytime.  

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Send us your best fishing photo

We've shared many of our favorite photos with you over the past few months, but now we want to hear from you. 

Here are the guidelines: We're running a photo contest from today through September 18th.  Send us your favorite fishing photo by emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 1 entry per person so choose wisely!  We will share all entries in a weekly blog and our office staff will choose the winners by September 25th.  1st Place Winner gets a Sage 2050 (5/6) Fly Reel, RIO Hat, and a 2014 Angler's Calendar. 2nd Place gets a RIO Grand Fly Line of their choice, RIO Hat, and a 2014 Angler's Calendar. 3rd Place gets a RIO hat and a 2014 Angler's Calendar.

If you don't have a favorite, get out on the water this weekend and snap one!  We're excited to see your best photos & hope to hear from all our readers.  Good luck!

Bighorn 09 1926

 

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2013 Angler's Calendar Offer

2013 Angler's Calendar & Photo Handbook



2013 Angler's Wall Calendar and free Photographer's Handbook

Includes September-December 2012, 4 bonus months. Start using it now!

Large boxes to record dates and special events

Moon phases, US and international holidays

North American hatch dates

And while supply lasts we'll include a copy of our Photo Handbook free!

$13.99 plus $6.50 shipping

All Beck photos. Calendar By Willow Creek Press

The fly fisherman's choice since 1975”

This item is not in our online store. We'll soon be introducing a new web site so we are not currently updating the present site. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 877-278-5638 to place an order.  Immediate shipping. Thanks for ordering.
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Nikon Capture NX Update

Hi Everyone,

We ran across this blog post reviewing the newly updated Nikon Capture NX 2.3 editing software.  If you're using Capture, or have been considering it, hit the link and give it a read.

Happy Shooting!
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Nikon's New D7000

We've been looking for a smaller Nikon to carry with us when we have limited weight restrictions, so we decided to try the new D7000. There are times when our D3 and D300s are too much weight. To say that we were impressed is not really fair to the D7000.

This is a camera that right out of the box takes amazing pictures – no kidding. We charged the battery, stuck in a memory card, put it on aperture priority at F8, set the white balance to auto, and started shooting. The results were unbelievable. We don't think you can take a bad picture with the darn thing. The HD video offers automatic follow focus. No one else has anything like it. Add the 16.2 mega pixels and you've got file sizes that you can use to create a billboard. You need to try this camera for yourself.  For details on the D7000 and other Nikon cameras and to order, contact Jody Grober at Roberts Distributing today!



Real Photographers shoot Nikon

D7000

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Grip & Grin Photo Question, UV Filters

A reader asks a couple of questions on lens care and wide angle shots. If you have questions, please ask!

Question:

Barry & Cathy:

I am in the process of getting a lens and filters set up. I think I've decided on an 18-135mm lens for my recently acquired pentax K-7 to start, as I'm hoping this focal length will provide good versatility starting out, but isn't going to sacrifice a lot of image quality like a super zoom of 18-200 or 18-250. So my question....when you guys get all of those fantastic hold-up shots published, are those usually shot
at super wide angle, like 12-16mm?

Also do you and Barry use UV filters as protection from salt spray and
all of the risks involved in fishing environs? I have invested in a
quality circular polarizer filter, but am not sure if it is worth the
money for a quality UV filter as well for lower light conditions. Many
folks on the photography forums don't believe in the use of filters for
protection, but probably as fly fishers we subject our camera gear to
much harsher natural elements than the average photographer.

Tight lines and thanks for your advice -Loren

Our Answer:

Loren,
Thanks for writing. Most of our "grip & grins" are shot with a 20mm. We've found that if we go wider the sky gets too dark - especially with a polarizer. And, yes, we use UV filters on all of our lenses. We're in the same camp with you, we just like the extra protection from the elements. And when we have to clean the lens in a hurry we are not always as careful as we should be and sometimes the cleaning cloth ends up being a shirt tail or handkerchief. If we scratch it, it's a lot easier to replace then the lens!Sounds like you've got a good system going with your choice of lenses and camera. If we can help with anything else, please let us know. Good luck with your shooting. Cathy & Barry
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Choosing a Digital Camera

Choosing a  Digital Camera
As trip hosts and photographers for  Frontiers International, www.frontierstravel.com, we're often asked about cameras and lenses and what's a person to do when it comes to selecting a camera or camera system. Considering the investment involved, we offer these tips and pointers to keep in mind if you're in the market for a new camera.


Remember when you went back to your film lab and waited for the prints to come back from processing and then waited again for reprints to send to family members and friends? Well, those days are gone, thank goodness. With digital we now preview the images in the camera and delete any that we don't like. The memory card in the camera stores the photos that we later download to our computer. The card is reformatted and ready to be used again and again. We can easily share photos by email or online galleries or choose photos we want to print, and with one or two clicks, print them at home! With easy-to-use software editing programs, we can have our own digital darkroom right in our computer. This software can brighten, straighten, get rid of red eye and crop with minimal effort. And, if we don’t want to print at home, there are online print labs ready to help.

We are frequently asked which to consider, a point-and-shoot or an SLR? This question is almost always followed with how many pixels are needed? A point-and-shoot has a fixed lens. With an SLR (single lens reflex) you have the flexibility to interchange lenses. We use both in our travels. Many  point-and-shoot models are the size of a cell phone yet produce stunning images - and shoot video. These cameras are perfect to keep handy in a pocket, purse, fishing vest,  or fanny pack It's a perfect camera to use for instantaneous or impromptu shots

If you want to take it to the next level and are serious about landscapes, portraits, wildlife or bird images, then the flexibility of being able to switch back and forth from a wide-angle lens to a longer focal length (80-200mm or more) to pull in your subject becomes very important. When photographing people it's nice to have the option of a longer lens at times so you don't have to get in their face. On the other hand, if it's your grandson's first birthday, you do want to get close. In wildlife photography, you wouldn't want to walk up to a black mane lion - you'd want a longer focal length. So, we have choices.

Our choice in a point-and-shoot camera today is a Nikon COOLPIX S8000. This slim, handsome camera sports a 3-inch high resolution color display which makes previewing easy, is extremely fast for a point-and-shoot (ISO settings of 1600 are possible) and it offers a 10X zoom with VR (vibration reduction) image stabilization which equates to a 28-280 lens. Also included is Nikon D lighting for better exposures and a High Definition movie mode with stereo sound. The S8000 offers an advanced on board flash and a macro setting that allows focusing as close as 1cm or 0.4 inches. All of this and 14.2 mega pixels gives you a incredible point-and-shoot camera.

When it comes to an SLR for the more serious photographer, take a look at the Nikon D90. Add a 18-200 DX Nikor zoom lens with ED glass and Vibration Reduction and you have an affordable combination that you can travel the world with. The D90 offers 12.3 mega pixels (not as many pixels as the S8000 but bigger), high ISO (200-3200), HD Video with live view, Nikon D lighting and advanced scene modes that automatically adjust exposure for superior picture quality. The D90 comes with NikonView NX Software that makes image browsing and organizing easy.

On a pro level the Nikon D300s is the real deal, offering a 12.3 effective megapixel camera that
fires 8 frames per second in a durable magnesium body. The 300s D-movie function includes an external microphone input for clear stereo sound recordings while the large bright view finder is easy to see for previewing. We own three D300s Nikon cameras. It's our go-to camera. It's probably obvious by now that we are loyal Nikon fans and there is good reason. Nikon helps us make great images and they never let us down. You may agree that money can't buy happiness, but it can buy quality. With our Nikon cameras and Sage fly rods, we know the rest is up to us.

If you want to photograph wildlife then you’ll need a longer lens (300 mm or longer) for your SLR. There are a lot of choices in lenses and good glass is on the expensive side. Our 200-400 comes in at about $7,000 and our 80-400 at $1,650. But a lens that is a real sleeper is the Nikon 70-300 VR at $590. This is an extremely sharp lens and although it’s slower than the big glass in the 200-400, with the higher ISO’s on the D90 and the D300s, it will give you magazine quality images. Get all the technical information on these cameras and lenses at http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/index.htm.


On another note, a good, personal, hands-on camera store is getting hard to find and most of the
big box stores are great on price but lack the kind of service we all long for. We have used
Roberts Distributors in Indianapolis for all of our photographic needs for the past seven or
eight years and we highly recommend them. Our contact there is Jody Grober at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-726-5544. Roberts is price competitive with all the New York and California dealers but their personal service is simply golden. Jody is also a fly fisherman and just a great guy who is always there to help us with our camera questions. If you have a local dealer that you’re happy with that’s great; but if you don’t, please feel free to use our name and give Jody a call.

Good pictures generally have three basic ingredients: Good light, good composition, and capturing
the moment. Think about all the times that we have looked at something and thought,
“Wow, that would make a great picture” or “I wish I had a photo of that to show my friends
and family.” We’ll have that treasured moment if we remember to take our camera along on
our next trip and, of course, if we take time to make the shot.
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What's This Blog About

I've been wrestling for weeks now with what to do about the blog. What I've decided is that it should be a place to talk about lots of things - photography, fly fishing, fly casting, fly fishing travel & lodges, flies, and everything that goes along with these subjects. We're trying to figure out how to do this while maintaining some semblance of identity, organization & easy navigation. We may not get it right the first time, but we hope that you'll be patient with us. We want it to be your go-to place for connecting, community, and conversation. We'll do our best and look forward to hearing from you with suggestions, comments, and critiques. Please visit often and comment often. Let us know how to make it better as we go along. Cathy & Barry

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