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Nikon issues service advisory/recall for EN-EL15 batteries

Nikon have issued a recall of certain lots of EN-EL15 batteries, used in the D800/D800E, D7000, and Nikon 1 V1. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly causing the outside casing to become deformed, posing a potential hazard to consumers. Only a tiny number of users have reported this problem, and it only affects batteries with the letter "E" or "F" as the 9th digit of the battery 14 digit serial number, as pictured below.

If your battery is affected, Nikon will send you a free replacement by calling Nikon USA at 1-800-645-6687


Canon 5D MK III vs Nikon D800

For anyone debating between the Canon 5D MK III and Nikon D800, here's an excellent video that compares both cameras in several different key areas.


Review: Case Logic SLRC-205 Sling Bag

Sling bag is compact but swings around to allow easy access to your camera

Sling-style camera bags have become popular lately as they enable you to carry your camera with the ease of a backpack while offering quick and easy access to your equipment without having to take your backpack off. Case Logic's SLRC-205 bag (price US $50 - $80) is one of the more inexpensive sling bags on the market, and after using it for a few days, I've happily incorporated it into my ever-increasing collection of DSLR camera bags (a photographer can never have too many camera bags I always say!).

When I first received the bag I was a bit skeptical -- I didn't think it could hold enough equipment to make it worthwhile to carry on a shoot. My first real-world test though came with a real estate photo assignment, a typical paying shoot for me. Normally I would pack my big, bulky Kata backpack on a shoot like this, but instead I tried the Case Logic bag for a change. It easily swallowed my Nikon D7000 with a big wide-angle zoom (Sigma 15-30mm) in the main compartment. The secondary compartment easily fit my SB-800 Speedlight and a couple of extra cables and batteries. There was plenty of room to spare and the built-in suspension in the main compartment cradled my camera and lens nicely and safely. The system worked great and held just the right amount of equipment for the job!

It easily accommodates an SLR camera with a big attached lens. Notice the memory foam which provides padding and protects the LCD screen.

My second outing was at the beach and much to my surprise, the Case Logic bag happily accomodated my D7000 attached to the biggest lens I own: a Nikon 70-300mm VR zoom. I was off to the beach to shoot some wildlife and the bag turned out to be a great way to carry my equipment on my back while being able quickly access it when needed.

For the most part the bag performed great and what I also liked about it, other than its ability to carry a decent amount of equipment and its great practicality, is that it's reasonably well-made and yet doesn't attract a lot of attention. When I go out to do some street shooting, the last thing I want to do is carry an expensive camera bag that advertises to the world (and potential thieves) that I'm carrying a bunch of expensive camera equipment. The Case Logic bag is pretty low key and doesn't even advertise the fact that it's a camera bag. Sure it may not be made of the same quality materials and construction standards as bags from high-end outfits like Kata or Lowepro, but it's well enough made that it won't fall apart and definitely less expensive than the premium brands. If you are looking for a luxury or name brand bag then this may not be the one for you, but if you want practicality and low cost, this could fit the bill. I like this model and plan to continue using it in my growing repertoire of camera bags.


Nikon - Deep North

Great short climbing documentary on a first ascent above the Arctic circle in Alaska's Arrigetch Peaks. Shot in HD with D7000. Makes me wanna go out a shoot a movie with my D7000!