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Magmod Magring for Magbox - YouTube

The Magmod Magring for Magbox is an alternative method of mounting the Magbox to lights. In fact, unlike my previous video where I mounted the Magbox to my Godox strobes which are a Bowens mount, this Magring is meant for two small strobes. As you’ll see, I’m mounting two NIkon SB800 flashes into the Magring.

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If you saw my video on the MagMod Magbox, then you saw how cool was that. The softbox can just magnet to the front of this mount. Today I want to show you how you can use little strokes like this with the same softbox. Now I’m not going to show you the softbox. You can watch that video. Just Click the card right there and you could be taking, you’ll be taken right to that video. You can see all that soft box. What I want to show you is how to use these two flashes with this part, this, this, this. Hey, this is Scott Wyden Kivowitz, a storyteller with a camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about in this video. We’re going to be talking about this from magma od and a quick thank you to Mack worldwide warranty for partnering with me on these video because without the macworld or warranty, my equipment wouldn’t be covered.

Check out the diamond warranty from Mack worldwide warranty, which covers accidental damage, fire damage, water damage, and much more. So this is one of the adapters for the Magbox and I got it on the Mag shoe right here that you know you can put on a light stand. Basically your Magbox would magnet to the front of that. But what I want to show you is actually the backside of this and how cool it is of how these little flashes just go in here. So first you open the doors. That’s it. Now you have to have the, you have to have these Magadapters on your flash. This is for the normal, you know the normal Magmod is like the Dome and the grid and that kind of stuff, the snoot and so on. When you have this on here, this is awesome metal, so you can just take this, slap it in there.

You can see it’s actually holding. Didn’t even close the door yet. I’m going to put the other one on again. It’s there, it’s holding. I didn’t even close the door yet. Now if I close the door, it’s now secure. These are not going anywhere, and if you look at the front, I’ve got two strobes right there, ready to go. I can slap on the Magbox and and just have some fun. You can see as I did that, see how that’s given out a little bit, right? Maybe that’s a magnet that’s getting weak over time from a, a lot of use. This door, these doors are actually meant to secure. These flashes. Delay can’t pop out, they’re not going anywhere. They cannot pop out. And then when you want to take it out, do you want to do one flash instead of two? You just opened the door and take out the flesh. That’s it. See how easy that is? Let me just put it on. Close the door. Done. Now you can take your Magbox and slap it in front and beyond your way. Again, be sure to check out my video on the Magbox and my thoughts on it. And if, if you have any question, just common below.

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You might have noticed two companies in the photography industry doing things that are frustrating you. It’s possible one of these companies is even confusing you.

Today I want to share two mistakes that I know are frustrating me, and could likely be frustrating you.

My hope is that these companies notice some commentary here on Photofocus and respond to your frustrations.

Nikon

First up is Nikon, but before I dive in, know that I am a Nikon photographer. I have been forever and will continue as such. But when a company does something that I feel is wrong, even if I am a loyal user, I cannot stay silent.

If you were paying attention when Nikon first announcement the Z6 and Z7 cameras, then you might also know about the FTZ adapter. The FTZ costs nearly $250 when purchased on its own.

But until recently, when you purchased the FTZ along with a Z6 or Z7 kit, the adapter was only $100.

Maybe the FTZ wasn’t selling as well as Nikon hoped it would, or maybe they have a second version of the adapter coming out soon. But Nikon decided to make the FTZ adapter free for anyone who buys a Z6 or Z7 camera … in the United States only.

FTZ Lens Adapter is now free? Seriously, Nikon? - YouTube

Whatever is driving this decision from Nikon didn’t think through the ramifications they were going to have from making a $250 product free for new purchases.

Because people who purchased the FTZ adapter (like myself), are now out a lot of hard earned money.

I love Nikon. Heck, they’ve been extremely good to me as you will see here.

But this makes me mad, frustrated, and I want answers. I want to know how Nikon will make good on this change, and make their customers happy.

Adobe

Next up is Adobe. Here we are again, so many of us as Adobe users for many years. I’ve been using Photoshop and Lightroom for so long, I cannot even remember a day when I didn’t use it.

You might recall that when Lightroom first came out it was called Lightroom. Sometimes it was referenced as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I always thought that was odd.

But really it was just Lightroom.

Then one day, when Creative Cloud became a thing, it was decided that Lightroom was to be renamed. Because a lighter, simpler version of Lightroom was to be released.

Adobe Renames Lightroom Again - YouTube

Now, instead of calling the cloud-based version of Lightroom, Lightroom Elements — like Adobe does for the lighter, simpler version of many other products — they went with a more confusing naming structure.

Lightroom became Lightroom Classic CC (where CC stands for Creative Cloud). The new Lightroom (cloud version) became Lightroom CC.

This confused users and caused (and continues to cause) problems for developers. Now, when someone is looking to open Lightroom, they wind up opening Lightroom CC. Now, when people want to install a Lightroom (Classic CC) plugin, they get annoyed at developers that the plugin isn’t working with Lightroom (meaning Lightroom CC).

That frustration list can go on and on.

Here we are again, though, and Adobe has done a renaming to both Lightroom versions.

Lightroom Classic CC became Lightroom Classic. Lightroom CC became Lightroom.

As you will notice, they dropped the CC from each of the names. For those finally getting used to the change from Lightroom to Lightroom Classic CC, you have readjusting to do.

For those just now making the “upgrade” from Lightroom 4, 5 or 6 to the Creative Cloud versions, your Lightroom is no longer Lightroom. it’s now Lightroom Classic.

Sorry …

Frustrations and confusions

I know this might come off as a rant, and it kind of is.

My hope is that companies like Nikon and Adobe, and many others, stop making changes without doing further market research. Ask your users, your customers, your loyal fans. Find out if a change you’re going to make will have a positive impact on user experience, emotions and sales.

For example, if you have a pack of pre-release testers telling you to keep Lightroom the way it is, and make the new software Lightroom Elements, there is probably a good reason for that. Just saying :-)

I’m still going to be a loyal Nikon photographer, and I’m still going to be using Lightroom. But boy is it frustrating, and I feel so bad for all the developers and users who are confused by pointless name changes.

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Magmod Magbox Review and Setup - YouTube

The Magmod Magbox is one of the coolest designs for a softbox. I mean, it’s a softbox, so nothing new there. But the way it mounts, setups and breaks down, is so simple. The way a gel is used is so simple. The way you put on the diffusion screens are brilliant.

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This is going to be fun because today I get to show you something that I am, I, I’ve been very excited about one of my favorite photography industry companies that has come to all the industry over the past few years. They released a product that I have been so excited about. I am a big fan of Mag Mod and well now we’ve got the MAG mod soapbox. This is not that product. This is the bag that the product is sitting in. I think we’re gonna have to go wide on this one. You could see it actually fits right in the frame. It is a, it’s not too big. It’s a very, it’s a small soft box. It’s a small soft box and um, but it’s really nice is this case is pretty good fabric. It is built very well. You can, it is padded on both sides. You can actually open it up from both sides.

Now I am going to open up from this side and just show you what’s going on here. First on this side, we’ve got a bunch of pockets inside here is actually the, uh, mag. I forgot what they called it. That’s what this is also in here, but on the other end, which I will have to get to from the other side is the diffusion screen, but it’s so far down there. I can’t get my hand all the way through, so I’ll have to do it from the other side. These pockets right here are actually made for your little flashes. They’re actually not deep. They stop right about there. They stopped about about here. They’re actually made to slip in your flashes because most of the time you’re magma is being used on your small little strobes. For example, Mag mod on an icon, SB 800 slipped right into there, so you can hold one, two, three, four, five flashes.

All right. In this case, along with your, um, you along with the softbox along with the stuff to go with the softbox end. What’s in here inside of here, I am actually storing these, these are gels that are actually to be used inside of the softbox and they’re nicely labeled. We’ve got your Magenta, [inaudible] purple, your green, kind of like hulk. You’re blue, you’re red, orange, yellow, and my daughter’s favorite teal. What she likes to call it meant blue. What’s really cool about these gels is now in deep, by the way, these are not color correcting jealousies or color effect gels. The nice thing about this is I can take these and put it, use a white backdrop and make the white backdrop, whatever color I want or I can add, you know, I can basically use a softbox and light something and change the color because of these.

On this side is the softbox. Now I’m going to pull it out and you can see right here is a soft box. We’ll get back to that in a second. Right here is a diffusion screen, so this is the soft box. This is a Octa, an octa box. It’s a 24 inch octobox and what you’ll notice is on the backside are a bunch of giant magnets. Now I opted to get the MAG box to fit my go. Docs Lights. It’s a Bowlin’s mount it. I’ll show you that in a second. But you can also opt to get this. So that actually holds your small strobes and they did it in a beautiful way. Here’s a clip from that. You just take these and you can stick them right into the back of the magazine. Check that out. Now Watch, I can secure these. So now that those flashes aren’t gonna go anywhere, so not only are the magnets holding them in place, but also these latch doors are basically holding them secure.

This is the inside of the Mag Bucks and all you have to do to open it up is push. Now it is set to go. I can take the diffusion screen and put it on top of the octobox and then go and just start shooting. Before that, I have one more thing to show you and then I’ll put it on a light stand. Remember this? Remember this gel? Well, this Gel would actually slip in like so right in front of the light, which means no light can get passed here. That is not already jelled. The gels, not out here, it’s not on the bulb itself. It fits perfectly in this little groove and that’s it. Now when it’s on a light and when you’ve got the diffusion screen in front, you might be wondering how do you get to the Gel? Well, that’s what that zippers for you basically unzip and then you stick your hand through and he just take off the jail and take it out.

Or if you want to put it back in, put your hand through and just snap right back in place. That simple. One thing that magma is very good at is making products simple. And when you’re all done, all you have to do is put your hand in there and pull the little tabs and then you can put her right back in the bag. It has a, one thing I noticed is that the, the softbox, it’ll get softer over time. It’s very rigid right now. It’s Kinda tough. So getting it in the bag, it’s kind of a hassle. But once you find the right place, it goes in perfectly. And again, once you went to get softer wants, this material softens up a bit. After use, it’ll fit much easier. Let’s put it on a light. And to do that, I’m going to need a light stand.

Good thing I got one right here. This is the [inaudible] that has a Bowen’s mount. If you would like to learn more about this light, just click on that card right above and you can see my video about it. So how do I get that Mag box onto this light? That’s where this comes in handy. This is the MAG box, mag speed ring, Mag box, speed ring adapter. Let’s open it up and put it on. This is nice metal. It’s not plastic. It is. This part is plastic. A little, you know, the little clip, but, but everything else is metal. Uh, pretty heavy duty. I’m impressed. All right, let’s flip it on.

The bone was mount is on my gold dock strobe. You can see that there’s this little lever here. This all this does is it is a little piece of plastic that pushes the softbox away from the mound, the speed ring so that you can remove it because you’ve got these heavy duty magnets on a thick piece of metal. He needs something to help separate and so you can get something to grab and pull it and whatnot. Listen to the sound. When I put the Mag mod on the speed ring, sound secure, doesn’t it? It’s not going anywhere. Now to open it up, like I said, you just push and now I have a softbox almost ready to go now because this is the mag mod around the ring are actually magnets. The magnets are, and there’s a little pieces of metal in the fabric here. Basically the magnets hold this in front.

The magnets are also really nice because it makes it so you don’t have to worry about holding one end while you put the other end on. It just stays okay. So as you can see it is on, I’ve got the modeling light on right now from the go dock flight. The modern light in here with an led, which is really nice. So let’s put a gel in two. You can see what happens when I slide a gel in here. Pick a color, any color. Let’s go with my daughter’s favorite mint blue, also known as teal. As you can see the light is now blue. All I do is flip in the colored Gel and it’s done. I don’t know if you’ll be able to tell a difference when I put this in front in the video, but I’m going to put it in front so you can have a look.

Okay.

Now we can put this right back in front. So I made a mistake. I’m, I was incorrect about the focus diffuser. I called a Bemer, right. Basically the focus diffuser is that clear, the trend that that sort of translucent filter that could go on over the MAG box. Um, so just it came with two that came with the regular white diffusion screen and then the focus diffuser, the focus diffuser is meant to be, or a placement of the light diffusion screen if you want. Basically what Mag mod is saying is when you use that and only that, you’re getting two more stops of light out of the, out of the MAG box, which makes the brightest softbox around because you can just add this and now your light is two stops brighter, which means you can lower your, the output of your life faster, recycle times, potentially lower your ISO if you need to and things like that.

So, so that’s what that’s for. I was incorrect. You don’t put the, you don’t have, you can’t put the white diffusion over on top of it if you want to, but you really don’t need to. You just put the focus, the fusion and that’s it. Or you put the white diffusion screen and that’s it. Let’s get back to this. That’s the MAG box. Now I can’t wait to put it to use. It’s just a softbox. So there’s no point in me showing you examples of the f the photos of with and without the softbox, but uh, cause it’s just a soft box, but it’s just the ease of the softbox is what I think is so amazing. The ease of use and the ease of use and the simplicity magnets. The fact that Mag mod, I mean their magnet and mod, the fact that Mag mod uses magnets for everything is brilliant because it really has simplify things.

In fact, look at what pro photo and go docs have done with their recent lights. So they’ve come out with that. Also have magnet based modifiers. They didn’t create that. They got that idea from magma. So magma has created a brand new market in the photo industry. I brand new niche in the photo industry that a lot of these lighting companies are going with, and it’s because of them. So more innovation. I can’t wait to see what else is coming from mag mod in the future. You gotta love it. Gotta love it when you put a light behind you and you have light in the front edge, the separation. I love it.

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Is B&H Payboo Worth It? - YouTube

B&H Photo Superstore in New York City announced Payboo. It’s a credit card backed by Synchrony Bank which offers customers the ability to get back their sales tax by the way of rewards. It means that if your state’s sales tax is 6% then your rewards is 6%, if it’s 10% then your reward is 10%. The reward is used as statement credit. Know that the APR of the credit card is 29.99%. Instead, I recommend checking out my project Photo Idō which offers photographers the ability to save at local independent camera stores without the need for a credit card.

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So you’re looking to save money on sales tax. So you’re thinking of checking me out. B&H is new pay Abou pay boot pay, boo. Hey there new credit card that gives you rewards which equal the amount of the sales tax in your state. Hey, this is Scott Wyden Kivowitz a storyteller with the camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about. And in this video I want to talk about B&H there, new Paibul credit card pay, Ibu pay, bu credit card and well what it means for you and alternative ways that you could save sales tax on May six, the CEO of being a send out an email saying that nobody likes to pay sales tax, but everybody must pay sales tax B&H and only be an h has a solution to the sales tax issue. It’s nonsense.

A lot of camera stores do not charge sales tax outside of their states. Um, so first things first, he, he was lying. B&H was not the only one to do that overnight. The B&H website got this new pay by credit card on their website and basically, uh, you pay your sales tax on B&H but you pay for the order with the Payboo credit card, which is a, B&H Payboo credit card through another, through a bank. It’s not like being h is the bank, they use it a bank to create this system. And what happens is this is a rewards credit cards. So in New Jersey the sales tax is just shy of 7% if I was to use this credit card, I would get a reward equaling the amount of the sales tax in my area. So or if you are in a state where the sales tax is 10% while, sorry, that is pretty high, that stinks.

But if you were in the area where your sales tax is 10% your rewards on this credit card is 10% so it doesn’t mean you’re getting a 10% discount on the spot. What has happening is you’re paying for the order and then you’re getting that discount as a reward back on your credit card. So it’s kind of like a refund of your sales tax. It’s basically like having cash back to statement credit except it’s not a fixed 2% 3% it’s it’s fixed to your actual sales tax. So if you’re somebody who has a 2% credit card and that is what you use normally to buy at B. And, h, maybe the paper was great for you because now you can actually save more on the reward using the pay be credit card. But I want to talk about this a little bit more. You see you, you, you cannot use this credit card anywhere outside of B and.

H. This is only a B&H credit card. That’s problem number one. Problem number two is there now suckering you into getting another credit card, which I am not in favor of. I rather see you get rid of credit cards. Then to get more credit cards. I don’t want to be the person who tells you to get further into debt. And third, the APR on this credit card is just shy of 30% which means if you miss a payment, you are paying a lot of interest. So yeah, being each give you a really nice solution and if you are good at paying your credit card bills on time and if you are only buying equipment from B&H, didn’t sure Payboo is perfect because now you’re saving on your sales tax. Oh, it’s also worth noting that you cannot use this with the financing credit card there.

Those two separate credit cards. So if you want to finance on B&H, you’d have to get the financing credit card and that does not have the pay benefits of the sales tax and two different credit cards. So if you want to save money on the equipment that you buy a camera stores, if you want to save on sales tax or dis discount in general, that might actually equal more than sales tax checkup. Photo Idō. Photo Idoō is a project I started to help photographers save money at independent camera stores, not big box stores. It has an equal benefit of getting photographers into the physical stores or the online stores of independent camera stores that are struggling to compete with the big box stores like Amazon and best buy and B&H. So if you want to support local independent camera stores and also potentially save money at your local independent camera stores, checkout photo Ido, I will link to it in the description below. It is photo ideo.com the project is still growing. I’m trying to get more stores into the directory, but for now the time when recording their star, 14 stores currently available that you could buy from. That’s pretty cool.

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Adobe Renames Lightroom Again - YouTube

Adobe has done it again. Adobe renamed Lightroom Again. First Adobe renamed Lightroom to Lightroom Classic CC. Then they released a “light” version of Lightroom and called it Lightroom CC (instead of Lightroom Elements). Now, almost two years later, Adobe is renaming Lightroom Classic CC to Lightroom Classic.

Turns out, since recording this rant/video, Adobe also decided to change the name of Lightroom CC to just Lightroom. Which makes a complete 360, since the original name of Lightroom Classic was Lightroom. So this further added to the confusion.

Adobe, so why not listen to your prerelease testers and have kept Lightroom as Lightroom and called Lightroom CC something else, like Lightroom Elements?

I really don’t get it.

Lightroom user, sorry you have to be confused by Adobe’s name change nonsense. Sorry to all the developers who have to deal with customer service issues that come up from Adobe’s name change.

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I just can’t figure out if Adobe is listening to its users, to its Beta testers, to everybody or if they just don’t give her, hey, this is Scott one give with a storyteller with a camera and talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about Adobe just announced to the pre release Beta testers that Adobe Lightroom classic cc is being Nate renamed to Adobe Lightroom classic. If you recall when light room was renamed to Lightroom classic cc, I released a video which you can watch right there. I released that video talking about the name confusion, how all the Beta tests or we’re saying do something like make Lightroom cc Lightroom elements and leave light room as light room. Adobe didn’t listen. Adobe did not listen and they renamed blight room to Lightroom classic CC and they came out with a new light room which is Lightroom, cc and confuse.

Everybody confuses all their users and they continue to confuse all their users and they make things more difficult for developers who make plugins for Lightroom. Classic CC. While now as of the Beta version 8.3, they are renaming Lightroom classic cc to light room classic. They’re just adding to the confusion they shared was listened to all the Beta testers from beginning. Now this video is coming out right around the time when Adobe is announcing this change, uh, publicly and, and releasing that version. I am not legally allowed to share this news ahead of time, NDAs and all. But it’s happening. It is happening. Your light room world is about to change again and get more confusing. So here it comes. Thinks Adobe for confusing all of your light room users yet again. Next time, listen to your pre release testers. Hi. And if your Adobe light room user, I’m so sorry that you have to deal with this. I know it’s a problem. I know it’s a headache. I know it’s a hassle.

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Quick Tip - Reverse The Light - YouTube

Since switching to the Nikon Z6, and using it in place of a webcam for screencast and desk filmed videos I’ve noticed two things.

1. A purple hue on my face
2. The ring light is more pronounced in my glasses

It took a while, but I finally did something about it. I reversed the right light so it’s no longer lighting me directly. It’s not bouncing off the wall.

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There’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while because, well, normally I’m that my set doing videos. But lately I’ve been doing a bunch of screencast videos and I started using the Nikon disease six here at my desk. And one thing has become more noticeable from when I used to use a Webcam at my desk. It’s the ring light in my eyes and the hue on my face that isn’t it the most appealing thing. And I’ve known about it for a while ever since switching to the Z six, I’ve noticed that even more. I knew the Ring Light Toro is there, but you know, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do and uh, well let’s solve this right now. So this should look a lot better. The funny thing is I didn’t actually do much. I didn’t change the light. I didn’t change the white balance.

All I did was turn the ring light around something I’d be one to do for a while, but just, I don’t know, maybe I was too lazy to do it for some reason. Now what you have here is basically one light as the main light, but actually it’s even bouncing. So the main light is actually bouncing off of walls. I have a wall here, I have a wall here and a wall here, and the main light is bouncing off those walls and the walls are now illuminating me. And then I have the backlight. There’s actually an overhead light right over my head was why you see such shine on the top of my head. And then you can see there’s more overhead lights in the back. That’s the light that is illuminating me right now. So when from now on, when I’m at my desk, uh, recording any sort of videos that are screencasts style videos, you will see no more ring light in my eyes.

You will no longer see that because glass is really bring that out. Of course, when you don’t wear glasses of ring lights in the eyes look really good. I had the ring light since the beginning of making youtube videos since the beginning of doing screencast videos. That was the only light that I ever owned. Four video. I have of course now upgraded. So I now have a better quality lights at my set, but I never did anything to upgrade the lights here. So now I have, now I have really not really upgraded as far as spending more money on the lights, but I just turn around the light and which is an upgrade. And my previous studio where I was doing my videos, I didn’t have the opportunity to turn around a ring light because I didn’t have enough space to really bounce light off.

It would’ve just been like this up against the wall. Now I have enough room that I can actually, um, really, really spread it out. Um, and the light, this one rain light is illuminating the whole area where my desk is, which is a beautiful thing. So my tip for you is if you ever need to adjust your lighting, think about not illuminating yourself or illuminating your subject. Think about bouncing the light. Cause when you bounce the light off a wall, you actually get a very soft effect. It’s a softbox effect just from bouncing the light and making it reflect instead of being direct on your subject.

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This was originally written and published for Photofocus. The article is republished here with search engines blocked and canonical set to the original published article. It is here for archival purposes and so my community can find it too.

Ever since Sony released their first full-frame mirrorless camera in 2013, I have been wanting to make the switch from DSLR to mirrorless.

But I did not want to switch to Sony, for a handful of reasons. Some of which are:

  • The camera is built on the Minolta system, which to me is a turnoff. (Here come the hater comments). You see, I used to work at a large camera warranty company and could see first hand how poorly made Minolta cameras were, how poorly made Sony cameras were. Yes, Sony has evolved over the years, and they’re much (much) better now. But the mount is still based on Minolta.
  • I did not want to switch lenses. I have always been a Nikon user, thanks to my grandfather who left me his Nikon equipment when he passed.
  • I like having good battery life, and the Sony batteries just aren’t up to par.
  • When I tried the a7 II, I was not impressed by its low light capabilities. I used it at an indoor birthday party as an experiment and it couldn’t handle the event.

As mentioned in the first noted reason, Sony has evolved. They’ve come a long way and the newer cameras are far better than the “older” models. So a big kudos to Sony for working hard to make better equipment.

There are additional reasons, but I thought I’d share a few before moving on.

Over the years I’ve tried a bunch of mirrorless cameras, both full frame and cropped:

Of those, the one with the best build and image quality was the Leica M9, but it was also the slowest due to the nature of a range finder, and the most expensive to maintain because, well, Leica is simply overpriced.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 worked well for a short time because of its video capabilities, but I was not fond of the still image quality.

Due to my dislike of all the mirrorless cameras I tried, I stuck with my Nikon D850 for video and still work. Until the Nikon Z series was released.

With that, though, I had my concerns. Here are some of those:

  • The Z cameras use XQD cards, which are expensive and not common among camera brands. However, the card slot is firmware upgradeable to CFexpress which would make the cards (even) faster as well as less expensive.
  • The Z cameras require new lenses, the S line for Z bodies. Go figure. Why not just called them Z lenses?
  • The Z camera requires the use of an adapter (model FTZ) to use Nikon F mount lenses on the new body. This is just like if I want to use my Nikon F mount lenses on a Sony body. Although the advantage of the FTZ adapter is as follows:
    • You can full autofocus capabilities even with F mount lenses
    • You get in-body stabilization even with F mount lenses
  • There is only one card slot when Nikon could have easily made 2 XQD or 2 SD card slots if they really wanted to. This doesn’t bother me too much as I carry a WD My Passport Wireless Pro with me when traveling to do on the fly backups. But I can understand why this would bother some photographers.
The Nikon FTZ Adapter

That was the extent of my concerns. But after spending some time with the Z7 and now owning a Z6, I can honestly say that it’s one of the best Nikon cameras I’ve owned, and definitely the best mirrorless.

Not only is the EVF spot on and incredible. Not only is the autofocus (including in video) fast and accurate, but the battery life is amazing. It uses the same long-lasting battery as the Nikon D850, and it continues to last a long time in the mirrorless body. I can go an entire day of capturing images and video on one charge.

I almost forgot to mention that people were complaining that the camera has no Eye-AF (which uses software to guarantee a focus on eyes). Nikon already announced that it’s coming with a firmware update soon.

Now I’m a mixed camera type. I use a Nikon D850 for work that requires the megapixels, like commercial work. I use the Nikon Z6 for all my videos now as well as street work, photos of my own family and other daily things. It’s on my hip via the Spider Holster, all day every day. It’s light, compact and flawless.

So far so good, and I might switch from the D850 to another mirrorless (with that high of megapixels and dynamic range) in the future. Maybe the second iteration of the Z7, or whatever comes next. Maybe something with two card slots if they make it. Why? Because once you use an EVF and find yourself loving it you never want an optical viewfinder again. But for now, split use is what I’ll be doing.

My Nikon Z6 setup is as follows:

Eventually, I’ll be adding the 14-30mm f/4 for video work.

This is my move to mirrorless. It’s been a slow road, but I’m glad to finally be on this journey for the long haul.

Mirrorless Camera - My Move to the Nikon Mirrorless Camera System - YouTube

If you’re interested in seeing that quality of videos to come out the Nikon Z6, visit my YouTube channel and click subscribe.

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This was originally written and published for Photofocus. The article is republished here with search engines blocked and canonical set to the original published article. It is here for archival purposes and so my community can find it too.

Before picking up the Nikon Z6, I had some doubts about the new Z system Nikon created.

First and foremost is the elephant so obviously in the room. The single card slot that only accepts an XQD card, and soon a CFexpress card. Fortunately, CFexpress will make memory cards less expensive for the Z system.

The new camera bodies also have a new lens mount to go with it. Which means you cannot use Nikon’s classic lens collection on the new bodies natively. Sure, they’ll work. But you have to use the Nikon FTZ adapter. That converts the F mount to the Z mount. What I do not like about the FTZ adapter are two things. First, it’s bulky, but I get why. Second, the tripod foot cannot be removed. That gets in the way at times. When using a small lens, the foot isn’t needed, so Nikon should have made that removable. With that said, it’s amazing how well F mount lenses work on the Z bodies. Autofocus is reliable, and you get the added benefit of the in-body vibration reduction even when the F mount lenses don’t have VR in them.

Nikon FTZ Adapter Review - Lens Adapter for Nikon F to Nikon Z Mount - YouTube

I thought I would start with those two pieces of complaints I have because the rest of the experience has been fantastic.

I went with the Nikon Z6 over the Z7 mainly because I am using the camera for video, and do not need it for the megapixels. I need it more for the ISO and 4K capabilities.

Nikon Mirrorless - Nikon Z6 First Look & Impressions - YouTube

So let’s move on to the good stuff…

The Nikon Z6 is compact, with its beautiful image and video quality. I can get well over 1,000 photos on one battery. Which by the way, I almost forgot to mention. I can use the batteries from the Nikon D700, D800, D810 and D850 inside the Z6. No need for buying new batteries.

The grip is big enough for most hands, and the buttons are placed perfectly like most Nikon bodies. It’s familiar and friendly to those who have enjoyed Nikon cameras over the years.

I’ve been using the Z6 lately for family photos, street photos and pretty much all of my videos for YouTube. The EVF is something I wish I had for years. It’s sharp, bright, and vibrant. It’s so great I’m considering replacing my Nikon D850 with a future Z7 to go completely mirrorless.

As you can tell, despite my hesitations and complaints from earlier, the Z6 has met my expectations as a Nikon camera, and I am happy I decided to start moving to mirrorless but remaining in the Nikon universe.

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Peter McKinnon is a photographer and filmmaker from Canada. He’s quite popular on YouTube if you didn’t already know.

Peter published a video on YouTube teaching how to do the Quick-Cut Technique like Edgar Wright.

Edgar Wright is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor known for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Ant-Man, and many other great films.

Edgar Wright uses the Quick-Cut Technique often and does it, pushing the limits, to make his work stand out.

So Peter McKinnon challenged the film and photography world to try it for yourself.

Peter wants to see what you can do with it and to share your video on YouTube using the hashtag, #PMEDGARWRIGHTCHALLENGE.

While I make videos weekly on YouTube, I am not the best filmmaker. I am better at still work than motion work. With that said, I was inspired to try my hand at it in a short, but fun reaction to the challenge.

Here is mine.

Peter McKinnon's Edgar Wright Challenge - YouTube

I cannot wait to see yours, so please comment with a link to your YouTube video so I can see what you’ve done.

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AI Photography Web Apps - YouTube

See 2 AI Photography Web Apps that I think are so impressive, especially for their prices. The first is Remove.BG which removes the backgrounds from your images in second. The other is letenhance.io which enlarges your images in less than a minute.

Transcription was done by Temi.com which means it’s an AI generated transcript. The transcript may contain spelling, grammar, and other errors, and is not a substitute for watching the video.

Golden along with the AI series of videos I’ve been creating, I thought it’d be fun to share to web based AI tools that photographers could use or anybody who works with images like graphic designers or things like that. The first is called remove BG, which stands for remove background, so this is a completely free tool. It takes a few seconds and all it will do is remove the background of an image. Now there are paid plans of this. There is an API, so things will be coming in the future like maybe desktop software with integration and Photoshop and things like that. The free version@remove.bg, all you have to do is take an image and drag it on top and you’ll see it’s going to show you the original image and then the image with the background removed. Now, right now I am here and you can see that you can download it at a high res four k version.

You can do some editing if you need to fine tune or restore some areas. You can add a color to the background if you want and you can see actually how precise it is. If you look carefully, you can see it actually did pretty good job considering if you look at all the stuff that’s in the background here, there’s a lot of details that would take photographers a very long time to remove in Photoshop. They did it using artificial intelligence and how much time does that take and you can look, you can download it really high resolution as well. So I’m very impressed with remove BG and it’s just just typing removed out BG in your browser and you can try it yourself. The next one I want to show you is called let’s enhance, and it’s actually let’s enhance.io. This is using artificial intelligence to upscale your images.

Now if you recall, I did a video that was a on Topaz labs, their Ai Gigapixel, which was an upscale or that uses AI to do that. Well, this lesson Hanse is also enough scalar using AI, but it’s free and it’s web based. You don’t have to buy anything. And again, I’m sure things will come in a future where you can do a lot more, like there’s an Api that it exists as a pricing plan. So I’m sure stuff is coming like Photoshop extensions and things like that down the road. But I’m going to take an image. It’s the same image that I just used to remove background, but I s I shrunk it to 400 pixels and I’m just going to drag it in here and I can say it’s a photo. We could add textures and prove colors. I am not going to do either of those.

Let’s check out the advanced settings. You can say I want it to be a jpeg or PNG amps going to hit start processing. Now it’s gonna take a few seconds and it’s going to figure out what it needs to do. And you can see you need to actually make an account in order to do this. So I’m going to go ahead and just do that and uh, show you the final result. Okay, so you can see that it is processing it. Now I’m logged in, I had a few images for free and you have to pay to get a little bit more, but if you only need a few images like this, it’s free, right? Okay. So less than a minute to go, I’m just going to wall. That’s going show you the pricing plan. You can see it, you can actually pay, uh, for 33 a month if you pay annually or you can pay by bundle.

So if you have 20 images, you need to upscale. It’s only $5. So you have different ways that you can actually pay. Um, but if you do it with a subscription, you can do almost a thousand images every single month. So depending on what you need, um, you know, if you’ve got, you know, 300 images were a bundle might cost you $20. You could pay monthly and just say it’s $7 a month and just cancel after the first month, you know, so many possibilities. Okay, so the image is done, I’m going to download it and open it up. Okay. So now you can see a side by side. The one on the left is the original that is 400 pixels. And the one on the right is the one that they created. You can see it is actually softer than the originally original and it’s a little bit sharper in the face.

There are softer tones. I’m sure if I had a texture it’d be a little bit better, but you can see it did actually enhance the image. It is much larger. So let’s take a look at the actual sizes. The magic diversion is 1600 pixels at 300 DPI and the original is 400 pixels at 240 DPI. So you can see it did actually increase it a pretty good amount. And the only difference really being besides the size is it actually is softer. So maybe if I added on the details, the that texture layer, uh, it would be okay or I could bring into something like Photoshop or Lightroom and bring out some of the sharpness. That might be an image now, but that’s AI and that was free. Again, the pricing plan is kind of low. If you want something that you can use forever on ongoing basis, maybe just by Topaz Ai Gigapixel I’m impressed with these two free websites of what they can do.

A using Ai. And again, I love seeing what is coming to the photo industry using AI that it goes beyond just, you know, minor enhancements, more practical tools like these that that could do some pretty fantastic things in a matter of seconds. So if you want to see more like this, more AI based things, just click on the card above and you can see the whole playlist that I’ve created on different AI tools for photographers. Now, make sure you click that subscribe button because I do publish new videos every Monday and Thursday whenever possible. And you don’t want to miss that. And karate kick the notification bell.

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