#7 – Monolight Buying Advice & Shutter Actuation Count

Freddy wants to know if he’s going to get rainbows and unicorns if he spends five times as much on his next monolight flash. There are reasons to hand over the platinum card, but they may not be what you think.

Next up, Molly’s friend is selling a used dSLR and some of the potential buyers are asking about it’s shutter actuation count. Is that really something to think about? 

Paul C. Buff 

Profoto B2 on Amazon

Elinchrom Deep Octa on Amazon

Photek Softlighter II on Amazon

Camera Shutter Count

Camera Shutter Life Expectancy Database


#6 – Lens Mount Adapters & SSDs for NAS Backup

Is it a good idea to build a camera system based on the plan to use adapters with your next body purchase or should you try to stay native when possible? Are we at the point where we’re lens mount agnostic? Not quite, but Bill & Dan have thoughts.

Next we tackle the question of whether it’s worth using SSD drives in your network backup system. Speed, capacity, and price all factor in. 

Sony LA-EA4 A-Mount to E-Mount FF Lens Adapter with TMT

Sony Alpha A6300 Camera Body

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA

Drobo Gen 3 USB 3 4 Bay Drive Enclosure

Seagate 4TB Internal Drive

Samsung 850EVO SSD

#5 – Target Display Mode & Photo Monitor Advice

It’s a display question bonanza. We’ve got questions from two guys named Nick today from opposite sides of the world. Nick in Australia has a old semi-broken 27″ iMac that he would love to use as a secondary display for his MacBook Pro, but needs some help making that happen.

And Nick from New York has just built a shiny new photo editing computer for himself and now needs to decide on a new under-$1000 monitor to go with it. Don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas for him.

Some things mentioned in this episode include:

The Ins and Outs of Your iMac’s Target Display Mode

How to Boot a Mac from External Drive

Target Disk Mode

Samsung 850 EVO Internal SSD on Amazon

SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Thumbdrive on Amazon

Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter on Amazon

Apple 15″ Retina MacBook Pro on Amazon

Dell 24″ P2415Q on Amazon

X-Rite i1 Display Pro on Amazon

Samsung 28″ UHD Monitor on Amazon

#4 – Photoshop/Lightroom Plugins & Sensor Resolution

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First up is a discussion about Plug-ins – what’s out there, what we’ve used, what we like, and some general theory.

Then we get into another talk about sensor size and resolution. A little bit of theory and history, and the big questions – is bigger really better? Why would you choose one over another?

Alien Skin Exposure

Google Nik Plugins

Perfect Resize


Nikon D810 on Amazon

Pentax 645z on Amazon



#3 – Tethering & Photo-Video Lighting Kit

Our first question this week is about the double-edged sword of tethering your camera to a computer during a shoot and how it might create as many problems as it solves.

Then we tackle what kind of lighting kit to build if you want to use it for both stills and video, and you only have a budget of a thousand bucks.

Some of the items mention in this episode include:

15ft USB to MiniUSB Cable for Tethering

Pyle Laptop Projector Stand, Heavy Duty Tripod

Color Rendering Index

TLCI Rendering by Alan Roberts

Lowell Tota Light

Westcott Flex Daylight LED


#2 – Headshot Lighting Kit & Selling A Leica

Our first question is about putting together a lighting kit to take yearbook-like headshots for your office, but to do so with just a little something extra.

Then we help listener Ellen navigate the shadowy world of selling some of her father’s unused Leica gear in order to reinvest in her own kit needs.

Some of the items mentioned in this episode include:

YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master + Slave Flash + Built-in Trigger System for Canon Nikon Pentax Olympus Fujifilm Panasonic Digital Cameras

Manfrotto 5001B 74-Inch Nano Stand Replaces Manfrotto 001B – Black

Photek Softlighter II, 46 inch Umbrella with Diffuser.

Leica 10773 M-P (Typ 240) 24MP SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Leica 10771 M 24MP RangeFinder Camera with 3-Inch TFT LCD Screen – Body Only (Silver/Black)

Leica 90mm f/2.0 Apo Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (11884)

Leica 28mm f/2.0 Aspherical M Manual Focus Lens (11604)

#1 – Third Party Lenses & Online Backup

First up is a question about third party lenses. Is it really worth spending all that money on the name brand? What should you be thinking about before making a decision?

Next up is a question about online backup. How does it really work? We also touch on backup strategy in general, which is always an important discussion.

Some of the items mentioned in this episode include:

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon Cameras

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Manual Focus Lens (Canon EOS-Mount)

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Canon Mount AFA007C-700 (Model A007E)

Lensrentals Blog

BackBlaze online backup

Crashplan online backup

4TB Seagate USB 3 External Hard Drive